The Pentagon says climate changes are already having a major impact on water quality in the United States.
According to a statement released by the Department of the Army (DOD) on Tuesday, the warming atmosphere is affecting how water enters and exits the United State’s coastal waters, as well as how much water is consumed.
The DOD says it’s “common sense” to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the nation’s coastal waterways to help prevent environmental degradation.
The statement says the water quality of the nation will continue to change as climate changes due to human activities, including rising temperatures and drought.
“Our goal is to improve water quality, including in areas that are particularly susceptible to climate change,” the statement said.
“As the climate warms, we must take steps to protect our water resources from environmental degradation.”
The DOD also said that the effects of climate change on water supply are expected to continue to increase due to increasing global demand.
“We will be watching the water resources of the United Kingdom closely as they face increasing water demand due to climate variability and extreme weather events,” the DOD said.
“In addition, as climate change impacts the nation, we will be working with local, state, and federal governments to address the needs of those regions that are most vulnerable to water degradation.”