Mar 14, 2011

More Organizations Join Charting New Waters

Alliance plans regional forums to increase awareness of freshwater challenges

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread announced that more than 55 new organizations have joined Charting New Waters, a growing alliance of organizations calling for action to avert a looming U.S. freshwater crisis. The latest organizations to join include business, agriculture, academia and environmental institutions.

"This is an exciting time to join Charting New Waters as we continue to tackle one of the nation's most critical challenges, our freshwater resources," said Lynn Broaddus, director, environment programs at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. "These newest alliances represent significant progress in bringing together the best and brightest and demonstrate that there is major support from a diverse set of stakeholders eager to take a leading role in improving our nation's freshwater policy."

Those joining the effort agree with the principles laid out in “Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges,” issued in September 2010 by the 20 original participants of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread’s Freshwater Summit. The consensus report identifies the serious challenges facing freshwater in the United States and offers specific recommendations to address the risks associated with inaction.

The new participating organizations also have issued their own public commitments to freshwater issues on the Charting New Waters website.
Some of the new organizations to join Charting New Waters include Veolia Water, the American Farmland Trust and the Alliance for Water Efficiency.
Charting New Waters currently is moving into a significant new phase to broaden and strengthen its network by reaching out to more stakeholders and local communities. As part of this effort, the organization will organize regional forums across the nation to create better awareness of freshwater challenges and showcase real solutions.

In addition, a new visual identity for Charting New Waters is being launched to further reflect this new phase of work. The organization unveiled its new logo last week.

Charting New Waters recommends streamlining coordination among federal, state and local governments and other sectors of society; creating a national commission to address our freshwater challenges; and improving accounting and reporting mechanisms in order to better understand the true value of freshwater resources.