Landmark Report Outlines Solutions for Addressing U.S. Freshwater Crisis


CHICAGO, Sept. 29 - An unprecedented alliance of diverse stakeholders has worked tirelessly over the past six years to transform the way we use and consume water. Today, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread announced the release of "Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources ," which culminates the Foundation’s work through its Charting New Waters (CNW) initiative. 

Veolia North America has participated in the CNW initiative since 2011, collaborating with the Foundation to address the country’s freshwater challenges. The report’s recommendations are informed by the wisdom of more than 600 diverse experts who have participated in CNW, and are based on principles that can help guide the efforts of public agencies, utilities, businesses, advocates and communities. 
 “Charting New Waters has served as a strategic collaboration among leaders advocating for freshwater reform, and we are excited to have been part of this effort,” said Ed Piñero, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Public Affairs at Veolia North America. “This report is a step in the right direction toward establishing a set of priorities that preserve this vital resource for future generations of Americans.” 
The Johnson Foundation launched CNW to catalyze and amplify innovative solutions to U.S. freshwater challenges. The recommendations captured in the September 2010 consensus report, Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges set the stage for the Foundation’s work in the ensuing years.  By continuing to convene diverse leaders from business, agriculture, government, academia and environmental organizations, CNW has advanced the principles and recommendations put forth in the Call to Action
“Having partnership with and contribution from Veolia North America has been absolutely integral in our examination of how our nation’s water infrastructure can be re-imagined, redesigned and recreated to address the challenges we face,” said Dr. Lynn Broaddus, Director, Environment Programs at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.  “Strategic collaboration like this that occurs between sectors can  set a new course toward sustainable and resilient U.S. freshwater resources – creating an overall better quality of life for all of us.”
The report marks the conclusion of the Foundation’s work on U.S. freshwater issues and will provide a platform to discuss successes and set goals for the battles that still lie ahead. The Foundation will be conducting a final convening that will focus on the progress made over the past six years by everyone involved in CNW and opportunities for others to carry the work forward.  
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