Paving Our Way to Water Shortages

Washington, DC (June 25, 2003)- The summer of 2002 will be remembered for putting Americans from coast to coast through one of the worst droughts in decades. While experts discussed the links between water shortages, erratic weather conditions and population growth, there is also evidence that the way we grow- development patterns- can exacerbate problems with both water quality and quantity. Increases in impervious surface cover from sprawling development impair the landscape’s ability to recharge aquifers and surface waters.


Presented by John Bailey, Deron Lovaas, and Betsy Otto. This presentation examines how policies to promote “smart growth” and low-impact development techniques can help to ensure adequate water supplies and to protect aquatic resources into the future.
Listen to Paving Our Way to Water Shortages.
About the Smart Growth Speaker Series
The Smart Growth Speaker Series hosts speakers on a monthly basis to describe this new development paradigm, explore specific approaches, to foster dialog, and identify opportunities for positive change in growth and development patterns. Event sponsors are the Smart Growth Network, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Building Museum. The series, which is free to the public, is held at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W, Washington D.C. (Judiciary Square Metro). Registration not required.
Listen to the Smart Growth Speaker Series on your computer. Audio archives and other resources from past presentations are available under the Event Theme/Description. These resources are free.
For more information, contact Kevin Nelson or visit the Smart Growth Speaker Series.