by Max Brantley
I'll try to remember to add a link later when the report is posted, but word comes of a news conference today on risks of water shortages in 14 states, including Arkansas.
I'll be surprised if some of the problems aren't in those counties where people have pumped water for agriculture as if there was no bottom to the aquifer.
Water shortage risks will hit a very large percentage of all U.S. counties by midcentury, according to a major new TetraTech study to be released at 1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m. PDT on July 20th by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The county-by-county analysis looks at how water supplies could be jeopardized in the more than 1,000 counties facing water sustainability problems. The analysis will show a 14-times increase in the number of the most severely threatened U.S counties. The extent of U.S. agriculture at risk will be outlined during the news event.
Fourteen states — Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas — will be identified as facing the greatest overall at water-related risks, including limitations on water availability as demand exceeds supply.
News event speakers will be:
* Sujoy Roy, principal engineer and lead author, TetraTech;
* Dan Lashof, director, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council; and
* Laura Sands, coordinator, Agricultural Carbon Market Working Group.