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The United States Water Crisis

The United States Water Crisis is an interactive report published as a part of a graduate thesis in May 2019 by Andrew Levinson (now a coder and graphic developer for The Wall Street Journal) that explores the effects of forces like "population growth and climate change," on the United States's water supplies. The graphic storytelling website allows users to scroll through three sections that demonstrate how our water systems have changed and what the consequences of these changes are. The first section, Background, answers questions such as "Why Are We Running Out of Water?" and "Where Does Our Freshwater Come From?" The second section, Water Stress, explores conditions and climate events that alter our water systems, such as droughts and floods. The third section, Water Action, allows users to "pick [a] conservation strategy," including "behavioral changes" and "infrastructure investments," and use sliders to explore how different magnitudes of each strategy will influence overall conservation efforts. While the site focuses on a national water crisis, it does reference other critical water events that have occurred globally in Cape Town, Mexico City, and Australia. The United States Water Crisis concludes with a hope that "understanding the magnitude of these specific courses of action will enable us to drastically change our relationship with the most valuable natural resource on earth."
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2020-02-07
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