EPA is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, EPA and American University will host a public symposium in Washington, D.C., with speakers that represent a diverse array of industries including agriculture, food and beverage production, manufacturing, recreation, tourism and fishing. EPA will also release a draft report on the importance of water to the U.S. economy.
Additionally, EPA held a workshop on September 19 in Washington, D.C., to present the findings from background papers and to engage a diverse mix of analysts and decision-makers from different regions and sectors of the economy in a discussion. Topics included challenges that private and public sector decision-makers face in managing and using water resources, methods and tools analysts use to generate information to support decision-making, and gaps in information that would improve management and use of water resources.