Water Quality and Quantity

Population growth and rising demand for water may play an important role in how wildland fire is managed 10-20 years in the future. What challenges, risks, and opportunities do you foresee with the availability and quality of future freshwater supplies? For example, consider the following questions:

  • In 10-20 years, what will the availability of fresh surface water look like in the western United States? What about in other areas of the country?
  • In 10-20 years how will water management policies affect wildland fire management within watersheds?
  • How might increasing water demand affect wildland fire management and public perceptions about the use of scarce water supplies to fight wildland fire?

Feel free to answer any of these questions, or come up with your own scenarios of what the future will look like.