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Organization Urges Presidential Candidates to Focus on Water Issues

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American Rivers calls attention to water infrastructure issues

American Rivers, an organization dedicated to protecting the nation's rivers and water supply, recently urged 2016 presidential candidates across all political parties to make a clear choice to invest in water infrastructure.

The organization cited a water infrastructure investment need of nearly $1 trillion to ensure that the United States has access to clean drinking water. Citing the recent events regarding drinking water in Flint, MI, American Rivers indicated that maintaining healthy rivers is the key.

"The crisis in Flint is a stark reminder of the critical importance of clean water supplies to our health and our communities." -- Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, in a recent press release

Bring water infrastructure into the 21st century

American Rivers indicated that the nation is on the verge of a water crisis and the need to bring water infrastructure into the 21st century is critical to the future of the nation, its public health, and its economy.

The organization also went one step further, asserting a need for an "unprecedented commitment" for ensuring clean water from the new incoming presidential administration and also asked to establish a "Clean Water Trust Fund."  The Clean Water Trust Fund would ensure monies were consistently available to protect the nation's water supplies and help other cities in a situation similar to the Flint water crisis.

Investment of $1 trillion

According to American Rivers, the goal of $1 trillion could theoretically be accomplished over the next 25 years with individual 35-cents-per-day investments. That math works out to $127.75 per person, per year -- with a total per-person investment over a 25-year span of $3,193.75.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.