Sprawl Worsens Water Crisis In Drought-Hit Cities

Sprawl development is making the nation's drought even more painful by impairing the landscape's ability to recharge aquifers and surface waters, according to a new report released today.
August 29, 2002, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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Nationwide, paved-over land sends billions of gallons of water into streams and rivers as polluted runoff, rather than into the soil to replenish groundwater. This groundbreaking report, Paving the Way to Water Shortages: How Sprawl Aggravates Drought, estimates the extent of this phenomenon in 18 rapidly growing cities. The authors urge communities to adopt "smart growth" policies to reign in sprawl and protect water supplies and watersheds into the future.

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2002 in Smart Growth America
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