Article on U.S. watershed stress

Sectoral contributions to surface water stress in the coterminous United States
K Averyt et al. 2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 035046

This article seems to be receiving a fair bit of hype.  Sandra Postel blogs about the paper on National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative and the American Water Resources Association has posted about it as well.  What I find interesting is that water stress associated with cooling water extraction for power plants shows up in the index, suggesting that a single power plant has the potential to stress water supplies at the watershed scale.  Check out the article…it’s open access!


Dr. Kevin McGuire is an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and the associate director for the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech.

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