Water Resource Management

When it comes to helping ensure a clean-water future, LMI is ready to dive in.


More precious than oil—or liquid gold for that matter. It’s fresh water, and it’s a limited commodity growing more scarce every year.

Right now, nearly 1 in every 7 people lacks ready access to clean water. With the world’s population on track to reach 9 billion by 2050, that crisis will surely spread. Meanwhile, climate change is already shortening monsoon seasons, exacerbating droughts, and raising sea levels, which in turn is pushing salt water up into the rivers. In developed nations, aging infrastructure tremendously complicates the logistics of moving water from areas of plenty to areas of need.

A Global Perspective

LMI recognizes that water issues are global issues. We understand that problems of this magnitude need strategic thinking, long-term planning, and a multi-faceted approach. That’s why we have been formulating our approach to the water problem for years, helping clients from the Department of Defense to Catholic Relief Services get out in front of looming water challenges. We have united our recognized strengths in policy, logistics, analytics, and organizational and process improvement to help tackle the world’s growing water problem from multiple angles, and for clients at the local, state, national, and international levels:

  • For federal, state, and NGOs, we can help prioritize the water preservation, recovery, and distribution efforts that will create the most positive impact.
  • For water coalitions, we can provide guidance on the organizational structures, information architectures, funding, and human resource and process capabilities they will need to effectively govern water as a shared resource.
  • For individual relief organizations, we can magnify effectiveness by highlighting duplicated efforts across stakeholders.
  • Finally, we can help these same organizations take a much-needed step back: evaluating which programs are working well and offering insight into ways to improve.

Ensuring a clean-water future is a puzzle on the largest and most critical scale. To learn more about how LMI’s cohesive approach can help solve it, click below. 

Quantifying the Army Supply Chain Water Bootprint

The US Army got a handle on its water bootprint—quantifying the amount and effects of water used by its goods and services suppliers—to plan for future sustainability. A primary concern driving the study is that timely provision of critical goods and services could be at risk if water-intensive production lines suffered unforeseen water shortages. Download now »  

Climate Change: What You Can Do Now

Functional managers can now join in the climate change discussion through Climate Change: What You Can Do Now, LMI's new book discussing how the issue relates to public health, IT and communications, land use, infrastructure, vehicles and fleets, supply chain, and national security. The book is a roadmap for managers challenged with developing a strategy for their organization for mitigating and adaption to a changing climate and shows how responding to climate change is a good business decision. More information »

Climate Change Blog

A companion blog to our book, Climate Change: What You Can Do Now. Join the conversation, dialogue with the book authors, share your insights and point of view. View LMI's Climate Change blog »

Our Experts

Meet the LMI experts who are helping our clients keep their heads well above water. 

Larry Kobayashi

Mr. Kobayashi came to LMI from the US Federal Government, where in his last assignment he put together the Center for Climate Change and National Security. Prior to that assignment, Larry was the Director of the In Q Tel Interface Center, a quasi venture capital firm that the US Intelligence Community established to identify, fund and bring cutting edge technologies into the community. Prior to joining the USG, he was an officer in the US Navy for seven years, serving on an aircraft carrier and at the Pentagon. Larry has a degree in international relations from Colgate University.

Francis Reilly

Mr. Reilly is a Senior Consultant and Research Fellow at LMI where he is currently serving as a subject matter expert to US Customs & Border Protection regarding removal and control of invasive species such as Carrizo cane and salt cedar that obscure operational control of Border Patrol Agents and pose huge water availability problems in the arid southwest. His water interests were brought to bear in developing a water footprinting methodology to meet the Army Environmental Policy Institute’s needs and led a project “Quantifying the Army Supply Chain Water Bootprint.” Recently he has been working with DoD to develop market-based approaches to environmental stewardship including implementing ecosystem services on military buffer lands, nutrient trading, wetlands, and conservation banking. He helped develop Low Impact Development policy for the US Army and subsequently DoD and has provided support to the US Army Water Interest Workgroup. He is also the executive director for The Watersheds and Wetlands Work Group a professional organization of resource managers, environmental regulators, and academicians with interests in wetlands and integrated wetland and watersheds management and regulatory science.
Mr. Reilly came to LMI from his own business, The Reilly Group. There he was providing consulting services to government clients (including the Army Corps of Engineers, Customs and Border Protection, National Park Service, The Commonwealth of Virginia, The State of Delaware, and the US Environmental Protection Agency), Fortune 100 companies (including Chevron and General Electric), and educational institutions (including Adelphi University and Virginia Tech). His assignments have included curriculum and program development, environmental risk assessment, permitting support, preparation of comments on proposed rule-making, and technical and logistical support services. 

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