atmosphere 0.0001% surface storage (rivers, lakes) 0.02% groundwater/ soil water 0.5% glaciers 1.9% oceans 97.6% How much of this is useful for humans? How do humans use water? Which countries have water available?
Many rivers and some of the largest lakes in the world lie along, or flow across, the border between the United States and Canada In fact, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system contains one-fifth of the world's surface fresh water First international treaty between Canada and the US signed in 1909 was Boundary Waters Treaty International Joint Commission (IJC) was created to help prevent and resolve disputes relating to the use and quality of boundary waters
IJC has six members – three from the US and three from Canada – who follow the Treaty as the prevent or resolve disputes on water use on either side of the border The current Chair of the Canadian Section of the IJC is The Right Honourable Herb Gray of Windsor, Ontario The current Chair of the US Section of the IJC is Mr. Dennis Schornack of Michigan
And guess where theyre looking to quench their thirst?! Read the title article from Macleans and answer the questions that follow it.
A summit has been called regarding the supply of freshwater in the Middle East You will each represent a country and will try and make decisions with delegates from other countries about freshwater supplies. Resources: Briefing Notes Map Hotspots + Additional Research (gathered from other sources)
Regional Hotspots The Jordan River The Yarmouk River The West Bank Mountain Aquifers The Euphrates River The Players US Syria Jordan Palestine –Israel –Iraq –Turkey