The fresh water of the Great Lakes is the lifeblood for our region, but in the future it may be seen as a lifeblood to other regions, too. That’s just one thought shared with me by Jay Famiglietti, a hydrologist and Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He’s in Northeast Ohio as part of the Case Western Reserve University Think Forum lecture series, here to talk about whether we can solve the global water crisis. So I asked him, how bad is the crisis, and can we solve it?
FAMIGLIETTI: “I think the global water crisis is far worse than most people imagine, because it includes both the water quality and water quantity components, and when you put those two together, I’m sorry to say it’s almost an unsolvable problem. And so what I like to tell people is not that we need to bury our heads, but that we need to learn how to manage our way through. We’re not going to end it, but we can manage our way through.”