Charting New Waters – A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges

This report, produced by the Johnson Foundation, offers a comprehensive, cross-sector examination of u.S. freshwater challenges and solutions. It represents consensus recommendations of diverse interests convened by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin.  

‘Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges’ is the culmination of an intensive two-year collaboration spearheaded by the Johnson Foundation, exploring solutions to U.S. freshwater challenges. The report identifies serious challenges to the quality and supply of freshwater, such as pollution and scarcity; competing urban, rural, and ecosystem water needs; climate change; environmental and public health impacts; and a variety of economic implications. The document offers actions to confront these threats and a plan to ensure that freshwater resources are secure for the 21st century.