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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CRS Issue Statement on Water Resources

Nicole T. Carter, Coordinator
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

The federal government has a long history of involvement in water resource development and management to facilitate water-based transportation, expand irrigated agriculture, reduce flood and drought losses, and more recently to restore and protect wetlands and aquatic ecosystems. Increasing pressures on the quality and quantity of freshwater supplies have heightened local and regional water use conflicts. Pressures include population growth, in-stream species and ecosystem needs, water source contamination, agricultural water demand, energy sector water use, climate change and variability, Indian water rights claims, and recreational uses. The impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico coastal resources, including wetlands and marshes, and the potential for Asian carp expanding their range into the Great Lakes remain issues of considerable concern in the 111th Congress.

Date of Report: August 3, 2010
Number of Pages: 4
Order Number: IS40407

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