DES Calls Attention to World Water Day and New Hampshire’s Water Challenges
Concord, NH – The N.H. Department of Environmental Services (DES) urges everyone to observe World Water Day on March 22, 2010, by recognizing that water is a basic requirement for all life, and by taking responsibility for daily decisions that affect the state’s water resources. This year’s theme is “Clean Water for a Healthy World.” From March 19-23, the public is invited to visit the World Water Day display in the DES lobby at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord.
“New Hampshire residents can be thankful that we have such an abundance of high-quality water resources,” noted DES Commissioner Tom Burack. “Other states and other countries are not as fortunate,” he added. “But we also need to understand that New Hampshire’s water resources are finite, and that these resources are often under stress due to the decisions we make about daily water use, landscape maintenance, shoreland development, the design of our communities, and the investments we make in water-related infrastructure.”
The New Hampshire Water Resources Primer, a major report prepared by DES, has identified four major challenges facing water resources in New Hampshire. The first is landscape change associated with economic and population growth, and its implications for increased water demand and for deteriorating water quality. Second is climate change. Third is aging and inadequate infrastructure. And, fourth is the need for more information to better manage the state’s water resources. The full report is available from DES on-line at www.des.nh.gov on the Water Resources Plan Process web page.The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Information on international efforts for World Water Day can be found at www.worldwaterday.org/ .
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