Climate Change and Water: In Brief

As the U.S. Forest Service’s Climate Change and Water: In Brief summarizes, declining water quantity and quality are becoming common issues, especially where our demands exceed supply. Growing water demands, in turn, put aquatic resources and other services at risk because less water is available to sustain them. Many municipalities, businesses, farmers, and citizens already face difficult decisions about how—and where—to get their water. Future changes in the timing, magnitude, and quality of waterflows resulting from climate change will compound these water challenges.