Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2012 - (Page 11)

S resources. From the President Keeping America’s Water Flowing SUSTAINABILITY IS THE capacit y to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility that has environmental, economic and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, which is the responsible management of our BY JOE LILES, NRWA PRESIDENT In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time, a necessary precondition for the wellbeing of humans and other organisms. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. Healthy ecosystems and environments provide Protecting our communities and our vital resources. precious water resources by sustaining There are two major ways of managing our impact on ecosystems. One is environmental management; this our nation’s water infrastructure approach is based largely on information gained from eduis a critical and ongoing challenge. cated professionals in earth science, environmental science and conservation biology. Another way is consumption management Rural Water faces this challenge with of resources, which is based largely on information gained from experience, knowledge and the knoweducated professionals in economics. Human sustainability interfaces with economics through how to keep America’s water flowing. the voluntary trade consequences of economic activity. Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails, among other factors, international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms, from controlling living conditions, to reappraising work practices such as developing new technologies that reduce the consumption of our resources. Without water, none of the above is possible. Sustainable water infrastructure is vital to providing the American public with clean, safe water and helping to ensure the environmental, economic and social health of our Rural Water communities. Protecting our communities and our precious water resources by sustaining our nation’s water infrastructure is a critical and ongoing challenge. Rural Water faces this challenge with experience, knowledge and the know-how to keep America’s water flowing. Second Quarter 2012 • 11 http://www.nrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2012

From the President
Rethinking the World's Water Systems
Financing Sustainable Through Energy Conservation
Financial Dashboards
Rural Water Testifies Before the U.S. Senate
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
From the CEO

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