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

Table of Contents

Preface



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



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