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Burning our Rivers: The Water Footprint of Electricity – By Wendy Wilson, Travis Leipzig & Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel

This is a must-read report that sheds a whole new light on the amount of water used to generate the wide range of sources used to generate power – you will be surprised.

An excerpt from the Report:

It takes water to produce electricity. As many Americans retreat to air-conditioned environments to get out of the heat, the flame increases under our limited freshwater resources. The electrical energy used to create our comfort zones requires massive withdrawals of water from our rivers, lakes and aquifers to cool down nuclear, coal and natural gas power plants. Some of this water is evaporated while the majority of this water is warmed up—causing thermal pollution—killing aquatic life, increasing toxic algae blooms and decreasing the sustainability of our water supplies.”

Read the entire River Network Report.