President's Message, March 2019
HOLD ON TO your hat. The March winds mark the change of seasons and usher in World Water Week. The 2019 theme is, ‘Leaving no one behind,’ and World Water Day, March 22, will focus on tackling the water crisis and addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
As most AWRA members already know, water scarcity is far from a third world problem. Entire American rural and urban communities, often composed of marginalized groups, are overlooked in the crafting of policy, if not victims of discrimination. The United Nations has declared, ‘water for all—whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right,’ yet tonight over 50,000 unhoused people in Los Angeles, California will go to sleep with water insecurity.
Water Week 2019 communicates the nexus of water to human dignity and the value of water to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation—and to inspire action. While AWRA does not engage in any political advocacy, we are proud to be a trusted resource for decision makers seeking forward thinking strategies, best available science, and tested best practices to incorporate into investment and policy discussions. We can also express the importance and magnitude of issues and offer information on options to address them. Other actions we can take are to:
If you actively engage in our community, your career and organization will benefit. We offer multiple opportunities for engagement via conferences, social media, webinars, committees and publications.
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