The White House’s Moonshot for Water with Charles Fishman

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The one and only Charles Fishman joins The Water Values Podcast to discuss a momentous development in water: the presence of a $267 million federal budget request from President Obama targeted to water initiatives. Charles brings his unique insight and gift for storytelling to this major development.

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • The backstory of how Charles came to write The Big Thirst
  • Why a federal budget request for water technology innovation is so significant
  • How water technology innovation even came to be in the federal budget request
  • How the Paris climate talks impacted the budget request
  • The programs that the budget request for water proposes to target
  • Charles’ idea for furthering water technology
  • How Charles proposes to implement his idea to release a flood of water innovation

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2 thoughts on “The White House’s Moonshot for Water with Charles Fishman

  1. Shannon Cunniff

    Listened to the podcast this morning and found it to be informative and thought provoking. Glad folks like you and Charles Fishman are bringing water issues to the public. Public engagement in these issues will be necessary to urge state legislatures to create more flexible systems that reflect all the current benefits and values that water provides –environmental, industrial, agricultural, and public health. Modernizing measuring water (surface and groundwater; frozen and liquid forms; supplies and uses; fresh, briny, and contaminated) combined with rapid analytics and transparent data sharing is an essential first step. (One of many challenges will be that the same drop of water is used multiple times. Hurts my head to think about the complications.) And similarly critical, someone like you to explain the implications.

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