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The Reference Shelf: U.S. National Debate Topic: 2021-2022 Water Resources

Table of Contents


1 The Right to Drink

The U.S. Drinking Water Crisis

The US Drinking Water Supply Is Mostly Safe, but That’s Not Good Enough

Millions of Americans Drink Potentially Unsafe Tap Water: How Does Your County Stack Up?

Flint Has Clean Water Now: Why Won’t People Drink It?

The Pandemic Has Exposed America’s Clean Water Crisis

Revealed: Millions of Americans Can’t Afford Water as Bills Rise 80% in a Decade

The Hidden Racial Inequities of Access to Water in America

How Development of America’s Water Infrastructure Has Lurched Through History

Why Scientists Should Shape Environmental Policy

2 Waste and the Water Problem

Sewage and Wastewater Treatment

Toxic Waters

Filthy Water: A Basic Sanitation Problem Persists in Rural America

Sewage is Still ‘America’s Dirty Secret’

Lethal Algae Blooms—An Ecosystem Out of Balance

The Science of Harmful Algal Blooms

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City’s Water Supply, Officials Say

3 Protecting Natural Water Bodies

Protecting Rivers, Lakes, and Watersheds

Healthy Watersheds Protection: Basic Information and Answers to Frequent Questions

Debunking the Trump Administration’s New Water Rule

Three-Eyed Fish and Two-Headed Turtles? The Stench of this River Spanning U.S.-Mexico Border Is Legendary

US States Face Water Crisis as Global Heating Increases Strain on Supplies

Countries, Home to One-Quarter of the World’s Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress

4 Finding Solutions

Solutions and Strategies

Our Cities’ Water Systems Are Becoming Obsolete: What Will Replace Them?

It Could Only Cost 1% of GDP to Solve Global Water Crises

How Monitoring Local Water Supplies Can Build Community

Could These Five Innovations Help Solve the Global Water Crisis?

Seagrass a Powerful Ally in the Fight Against Climate Change Says Seychelles-Based Expert

In New Mexico, Pecos River Sustains Communities, Traditions, and Wildlife

5 Policy Issues

State and Federal Water Policy

Trump’s Environmental Policies Rule Only Part of America

Why Farmers and Ranchers Think the EPA Clean Water Rules Goes Too Far

The Green New Deal: What Does It Mean for Water?

Green New Deal: Strengths and Weaknesses

Lawmakers Open Groundwater Fight Against Bottled Water Companies

How States’ Rights Became a Liberal Environmental Cause

This Is How the Government Should Define Waters of the United States

Why Shifting Regulatory Power to the States Won’t Improve the Environment

Relax: Gutting the EPA Won’t Make Your Air Dirtier and Water More Polluted

Water and U.S. National Security

A Military View on Climate Change, It’s Eroding Our National Security and We Should Prepare for It

What Does Water Have to Do with National Security?

Climate Change, Water Security, and U.S. National Security