“Particularly in Western Oregon, I feel clean water is an often-overlooked resource. With a changing climate we have much to be concerned about for the future of water access in the Western United States. The recent earthquakes in Mexico, one of which I experienced when visiting there, brought to top of mind our own fragile infrastructure and the value of water in our daily lives. Water systems are sensitive to disruption – and we cannot live very long without water, just a few days. As important, I think, is the health of our marine ecosystems. Ocean acidification threatens much of the world’s food supply. Protection of both the marine and terrestrial parts of our water system should be a top priority for decision makers around the world. We need to keep our blue planet blue!”