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Drought Threatens Businesses & Communities

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Western states remain gripped by an ongoing drought, the driest 22-year period in the last 1,200 years. Water supplies are at critically low levels. Image for illustration purposes
Western states remain gripped by an ongoing drought, the driest 22-year period in the last 1,200 years. Water supplies are at critically low levels. Image for illustration purposes

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US Chamber of Commerce 

Western states remain gripped by an ongoing drought, the driest 22-year period in the last 1,200 years. Water supplies are at critically low levels.

Why it matters: Water scarcity will affect drinking water access and agriculture. Water is also a critical input for many industries, from manufacturing to mining, explains Grant Baker, Chamber Associate Manager for State and Local Policy.

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Be smart: There are significant federal resources available to states and localities to help:

·  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided $8.3 billion in funding for water resilience for Western states and communities.

·  Many states also have ample American Rescue Plan Act funds available.

And: President Biden should declare a federal disaster to free up further federal emergency resources for drought-stricken states.

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Bottom line: Policymakers at all levels of government must help build greater water resiliency to address this challenge.

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