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Recommendation 1: Assess national water-related vulnerabilities


Water resources in the West are particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, and that vulnerability will intensify in areas with rapid population growth and increasing water demands.

The federal government should assess how water shortages can impact humans and the environment and develop a cohesive policy for preventing catastrophic effects of drought and groundwater depletion. Although all the western states have developed formal drought plans, their focus and their commitment to sustainable use of limited water resources varies widely.


To quantify water supplies in drought-prone areas in order to avoid catastrophic consequences of water scarcity on people and the environment.