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Meridian Institute

Charting New Waters

Meridian Institute provided process design and facilitation services to The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread throughout the Foundation’s six-year examination of U.S. freshwater issues, known as Charting New Waters. The body of work under Charting New Waters was informed by the knowledge and insights of more than 600 individuals from approximately 265 organizations that participated in dozens of convenings between 2008 and 2014.  The effort culminated in September 2014 with the release of Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources. This final report delivered timely recommendations to catalyze transformative changes in how the United States manages its freshwater resources in the face of climate change, failing infrastructure, drought, extreme storms, and other critical challenges.