Water Scarcity: Global problem, local solutions

Aquatic biologists study life in the water.

Water is essential for life. Yet, we live in a time where water is increasingly scarce. Globally, humans are already using more than half of the available fresh water every year. Our increasing demand for water threatens the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and the biota that live within.

Recognizing this problem, our program has developed with the premise that global problems require local solutions. We use our study area, the lower Flint River Basin of southwestern Georgia, as a case study for understanding and providing solutions to water scarcity. Much of what we learn is relevant elsewhere.