Water resource management is not confined to international contexts, of course. For me, it literally hits home with regard to the issue of hydrofracking, which is being considered in New York State. The Hudson Valley sits upon a vast expanse of shale, which contains large quantities of natural gas. But the extraction of this resource is costly, environmentally destructive and nowhere near foolproof. As this article states, “leaked fracking fluids have been suspected to cause cattle deaths, an array of human health problems, and environmental damage as well as depleting property value.” While there may be financial profit to be gained from natural gas extraction in the short term (and where does that money go?), the future costs could be much higher – what would be the cost of purifying a contaminated water supply for the entire city of New York? I say NO to fracking in NYS!