Water issues crop up as farmland disappears
Because our sprawling suburbs consume a larger area compared to dense urban areas, more farmland and wildlife habitats are displaced per resident. As green spaces are cleared and covered with concrete in the suburbs, rainfall is less effectively absorbed into the ground water aquifers. This threatens both the quality and quantity of water supplies.
Sprawl also increases water pollution as rain water picks up gasoline and oil runoff from parking lots and roads. Sprawl also fragments the land, which increases the risk of invasive species spreading into the remaining forest.