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Project Watershed Central New York

Dedicated to facilitating water resource education in Central New York

Water Resources

Water resources are sources of water that are useful to human beings for drinking, recreation, irrigation, livestock production, industry, etc. Even though 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water, a majority of it is salt water. Only 3% of water on the Earth is fresh water, and 75% of this is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. The supply of fresh water is so limited in many parts of the world that the shortage constitutes a serious problem for the human inhabitants. It has been predicted that global scarcity of water resources will occur many decades before the much-heralded depletion of fossil fuel resources. Water scarcity is but one side of the problem; water quality is the other, in as much as a resource can also be lost through its degradation.

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