Resilience to Freshwater Quality and Usage Across the USA

Halie Kish, Dr. Ben van der Pluijm, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences/LSA, University of Michigan, 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, Mi 48109

Reliable freshwater access is essential to the future of human life on our planet. Many communities across the United States are increasingly affected by water quality issues, which create local and regional water supply concerns. This undergraduate research study examines the extent of freshwater access and water quality across the lower 48 states of the United States, specifically focusing on groundwater and surface water reservoirs. Outcomes allow predictions as to what could happen if we continue on the current path with our use of water resources.  Using the spatial data analysis program ArcGIS, we analyze and compare publicly available data to define regional patterns across the United States. These patterns will help inform local communities about the challenges of water needs, access and quality, and will motivate policy-makers to enforce the protection of this key human resource.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Halie Kish

Institution: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Type: Poster

Subject: Environmental Science & Sustainability

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4646