THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Water Science and Technology Board
Committee on Advancing Desalination Technology
Friday, April 18, 2008
304 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
Desalination: A National Perspective
Recent technological advances have made removing salt from seawater and groundwater a realistic option for increasing water supplies in some parts of the United States, and desalination will likely have a niche in meeting the nation's future water needs. This new report, from the National Research Council of The National Academies, states that a federally coordinated research effort is needed to understand and lessen desalination's environmental impacts and further lower its costs.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on April 24, 2008 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Acdemies Press.