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As land development increases across the United States, concerns grow about sustaining an adequate fresh water supply. In fact, states such as Connecticut, an east coast state, where water is thought to be prevalent in comparison to many western states, are already facing water shortages as evidenced by interruptions in stream flow and other factors. Through the use comprehensive governmental action, including smart growth techniques, federal, state, and local governments have an opportunity to mitigate water shortages in states like Connecticut by integrating governmental processes and increases in scientific research.

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