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Water Stress in the U.S.

Figure 10.9

This figure appears in chapter 10 of the Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment report.

In many parts of the country, competing demands for water create stress in local and regional watersheds. Map shows a “water supply stress index” for the U.S. based on observations, with widespread stress in much of the Southwest, western Great Plains, and parts of the Northwest. Watersheds are considered stressed when water demand (from power plants, agriculture, and municipalities) exceeds 40% (water supply stress index of 0.4) of available supply. (Figure source: Averyt et al. 20116c050821-4d0f-452a-9fb3-6576a5cc1c2e).

When citing this figure, please reference Averyt et al. 20116c050821-4d0f-452a-9fb3-6576a5cc1c2e.

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This figure was created on March 20, 2014.

This figure was derived from Freshwater Use by US Power Plants: Electricity’s Thirst for a Precious Resource. A Report of the Energy and Water in a Warming World initiative .

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