WATERSHED: "That area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."
- John Wesley Powell
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Water and Energy
As communities grow and the global population continues to rise, our energy demands, and utilization of new generation sources, places increased strain on our water systems. From traditional fossil fuels and hydropower, to the cutting-edge developments in biofuels, water is a critical element of increasing generation capacity, accessing new hydrocarbon reserves, and meeting exponentially increasing energy demands.
Our stories capture the progress made by the energy industry to conserve and protect water resources, identify vulnerabilities that exist in different production modes, reflect on mistakes made in the past, and highlight new innovative efforts aimed at minimizing the impacts of energy extraction and generation on our water systems.
Blue Legacy explores the water-energy nexus through the lens of a watershed-first approach to examine how the energy needs of communities are connected to the water systems that we all depend upon.