Looking ahead 50 years and projecting the nation’s water future is a daunting, but important, undertaking. Based on the most respected governmental forecasts, that future involves significant changes in water availability such that we must begin to prepare soon. This article discusses four areas of water use that must be met for the nation’s water security needs: (1) water for concentrated populations, (2) water for ecological stability, (3) water for food production, and (4) water for energy production.
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