Sandra Postel, Todd Reeve, Christian McGuigan, Change the Course: A New Model of Freshwater Conservation and Restoration, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 28-34 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/change-the-course-a-new-model-of-freshwater-conservation-and-restoration/) Abstract: In more and more river basins around the world, water use is bumping up against the limits of a finite supply. Groundwater is being overpumped, wetlands are drying out, lakes are shrinking, and large rivers—from the Indus and the Nile to the Murray and the Colorado—are so tapped out that they rarely reach the sea.1 Society faces a difficult conundrum: water is finite, but human demands for it are not. Water is needed to produce just about everything we use, eat, and wear—from electricity and paper to burgers and blue jeans. Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have estimated that humanity's collective water footprint totals some 9,087 cubic kilometers per year—a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of 500 Colorado Rivers.2 We depend on freshwater ecosystems for clean water, fisheries, food, and recreation. They support the web of life on the planet. Any hope to keep rivers healthy requires that we do two things: shrink our human water … Topics: Conservation; Environment