Alliance for the Great Lakes
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Cameron Davis (312)375-2004
Ed Glatfelter (847)548-5911
Alliance to Congress: Water Conservation Would Create Jobs, Advance Great Lakes Compact
The Alliance for the Great Lakes calls on Congress today to direct $10 billion of emerging federal economic recovery funds to much-needed water conservation efforts.
A new Alliance report, Water Works: How Water Conservation Can Create Jobs & Leave Our Nations Waters Better for Future Generations, advises that an infusion of $10 billion in congressional economic recovery funds could create some 200,000 jobs.
More importantly, the report says those jobs would lead to a more resilient national infrastructure, with the money used to retrofit buildings, reduce leakage and otherwise make more efficient use of the nations water.
We need to get the country back to work, said Alliance President Cameron Davis. But we also need to make sure were not putting the country on a stimulus sugar high with new jobs that are here today, but gone tomorrow because they dont lead to change thats smart for our childrens children.
According to the report, although considerable attention has been given to how renewable energy and sustainable green infrastructure using nature to treat or purify water can create jobs, relatively little attention has been given to how the same can be true of water conservation efforts.
Of all our complex water infrastructure needs, sustainable green infrastructure and water conservation are the closest we have to silver bullets, the report states.
The report was prepared with help from Ed Glatfelter, incoming director of the Alliances Water Conservation Program. Glatfelter formerly worked for the Illinois Water Survey and ran the municipal Central Lake County Water Agency. He also helped write the recently-adopted Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin Water Resources Compact as a municipal representative.
Practicing water conservation will do more than create jobs and replace aging infrastructure, said Glatfelter. Itll help implement the compacts forward-thinking policies on conservation and efficiency policies that preserve and restore the Great Lakes waters while countering global warming and its effects.
A copy of the report is available at: http://www.greatlakes.org/Document.Doc?id=504
For more information, see: www.greatlakes.org/WaterWorksReport
Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is the oldest independent citizens' organization in North America. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. More about the Alliance for the Great Lakes is online at www.greatlakes.org
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