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  • The Problem With Water - An Infographic

    WaterSISWEB | Published News
    pjdore
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Water is essential thing for healthy living, but people from different part of the world don't have access to safe fresh water so with this infographic we have covered water and the problems people are facing with regards to this natural necessity.
  • After the Lawn Part 5: Steal good ideas

    Chance of Rain
    EmilyGreen
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Your lawn is in conversion to soil. Planting season is months away. What to do? Go forth on garden tours and steal the best ideas.
  • After the Lawn Part 6: Draw first, dig later

    Chance of Rain
    EmilyGreen
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When planning a rebate garden, draw first and dig later. KCET takes you through some basic design steps for a beginner's succession garden kept simple so it cost no more than the minimal regional turf rebate for Southern California of $2/square foot.
  • California, Texas, and Florida

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    Tom
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    California, the most populous state, has a highly-detailed and structured state water planning process, involving public meetings, task schedules, legislative recommendations, and five-year plan updates. Texas, the second most populous state, has a highly-detailed and structured state water planning process, involving public meetings, task schedules, legislative recommendations, and five-year plan updates. Florida, the third most populous state, is different. The so-called Florida Water Plan is only one short policy rule plus a list of existing FDEP programs. No state water planning…
  • The Everglades’ Mammals Are Disappearing, and We Can Definitely Blame the Pythons

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    Nature World: None Given
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Nature World: Researchers have long had anecdotal evidence that the mammal population in the Florida Everglades - a region famous for its wild and rich biodiversity - was on the decline. That's right, 'mammals' - as in all that's cute, furry, savage, and sly - ranging from skunks, to bats, to even bobcats. Now a new study has found the first concrete example of this decline, with invasive pythons named as the primary killers of the region's disappearing marsh rabbits. If you know anything about rabbits, you...
 
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  • The Stream, March 27: Antarctic Floating Ice Shelves, Glacial ‘Doorstops’, Melting Rapidly

    Kaye LaFond
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Global Rundown Rainfall and rising lake levels near Dallas, Texas have caused officials to consider easing of water restrictions, and China‘s new environmental law has hit a couple of state-run refineries with fines. Antarctic ice shelves are melting rapidly, and farmers in India will soon be able to access satellite crop data via their cell phones. A wasteful-of-water welfare scam is spreading across Maine. “We must continue improving the wise and efficient use of water…Water conservation is still needed and is the new norm.” — Tom Kula, executive director of the…
  • Water’s Major Role in Disasters Not Matched in New Framework to Reduce Risk

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Beyond Sendai, water community turns attention to Sustainable Development Goals. Photo courtesy UNISDR via Flickr Creative Commons Negotiators from around the world met in Sendai, Japan, last week for the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.Click image to enlarge. By Codi Kozacek Circle of Blue International negotiators in Japan last week signed a new agreement to protect communities from natural disasters like floods, droughts, cyclones, and tsunamis. The agreement, negotiated in Sendai, a northern Japanese city near the Pacific, aims to reduce mortality and…
  • What Can Be Done to Strengthen India’s Natural Resource Management? [Part 2 of 2]

    Circle of Blue
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    For two years, the Wilson Center and Circle of Blue have explored the contest for food, water, and energy in India and the troubling ways it plays out across the country. In part one of this series outlining our findings, we explained the basics of India’s natural resource management choke point. Photo © Aubrey Ann Parker/Circle of Blue A coal-fired power plant under construction near the Mahanadi River in Chhattisgarh. Already, 73 percent of the state’s electrical production relies on the Mahanadi and 58,000 megawatts of new generating capacity is planned. Click image to enlarge. By…
  • On Meeting the Colorado River for the First Time

    Brett Walton
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton tastes the iconic river. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue Circle of Blue’s Brett Walton stands by the Colorado River, in Grand Canyon National Park. Click image to enlarge. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – The sunlight had not yet flooded the river’s inner canyon on the morning I met the Colorado. The temperature on this March day would reach 87 degrees Fahrenheit by the afternoon, but just after daybreak the sand bars on the river’s edge still held the memory of a cool spring equinox night. Having just descended the Bright…
  • The Stream, March 26: Climate Change Slows Down the Atlantic Ocean

    Kaye LaFond
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    The Global Rundown Melting ice in Greenland has hindered normal circulation of the Atlantic that brings heat north from the tropics. California residents don’t think their neighbors are doing enough to conserve water, and many citizens of Ireland may refuse to pay their water bills. Flooding has killed four and interrupted copper mining in northern Chile, and cholera will continue to hurt Haiti until the necessary water supply and sanitation improvements are made. “We’re not paying it. We don’t have it.” — Sarah Murphy, Irish citizen whose family of 5…
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    U.S. EPA Water News

  • MONDAY: EPA Administrator to Attend POLITICO’s Playbook Lunch

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    WASHINGTON – On Monday, March 30, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will join POLITICO’s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen at Playbook Lunch to discuss the work the agency is doing to implement President Obama's Climate Action Plan to build more resilient communities and curb the carbon pollution fueling climate change. The conversation will focus on the Clean Power Plan and EPA’s upcoming clean water regulations
  • EPA Action Ensures that Runoff Doesn’t Harm Nearby Streams at North Reading, Mass. Construction Site

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    BOSTON – An EPA enforcement action resulted in reduced amounts of sediment and contaminated run off impacting streams and waterways near a construction site in North Reading, Mass. The recent settlement between EPA and Gilbane Building Co. resolved EPA allegations that the company violated a Clean Water Act General Construction Permit at the work site
  • NEWS ADVISORY: EPA Issues Pesticides Warning in Caribbean; Methyl Bromide Suspected of Making Four People Ill on St. John, U.S. VI

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    (New York, N.Y.) Today, the EPA issued a pesticides use warning advisory (web link below) with information about the restricted use of pesticides. Pesticides must be used in accordance with label directions. The EPA is working closely with the U.S. Virgin Islands government to investigate an incident of suspected exposure to Methyl Bromide reported on March 20, 2015. Paramedics responded to a call that four people staying at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort in St. John became ill
  • EPA acts to protect Puget Sound shellfish beds from manure runoff, fines Lynden dairy

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    (Seattle—March 26, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a compliance order and $7,500 penalty to R. Bajema Farm for violations of the Clean Water Act. During a 2013 inspection of the Lynden, Washington dairy farm, EPA staff observed the discharge of water polluted with animal waste to a ditch that flows into Fishtrap Creek and the Nooksack River, which empties into North Puget Sound near shellfish beds
  • EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Runoff that Contributes to Algal Blooms

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    CHICAGO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $17 million to fund projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality by preventing phosphorus runoff and soil erosion that contribute to algal blooms and by reducing suspended sediments in Great Lakes tributaries
 
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  • Eco-millionaire’s land grab prompts fury

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Guardian: Douglas Tompkins calls himself a 'deep ecologist'. He is a millionaire on a quest to preserve some of Argentina's last frontier lands from human encroachment by buying them and turning them into ecological reserves. But Argentina may not permit him such philanthropy. Opponents are branding him a new-age 'imperialist gringo' and claim he has a secret aim: to help the US military gain control of the country's natural resources. Tompkins, who sold his Esprit clothing firm in 1989 for a reported $150m...
  • Australia: Climate change: Coalition accused of politicising greenhouse gas target

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Guardian: The Abbott government has been accused of politicising the release of official greenhouse gas projections that confirm Australia’s international climate change pledge for 2020 is becoming easier to reach, but which will also increase pressure for Australia to adopt a more ambitious post-2020 target. The official figures have shown that the total greenhouse gas reduction required to meet Australia’s bipartisan minimum target of a 5% cut by 2020 is now 236m tonnes, a decrease on previous estimates....
  • Cyclone on course to smash into Australian coast a second time

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Reuters: Three days after making landfall, Cyclone Nathan continued to threaten Australian coastal communities, with 400 residents of a remote northern island on Monday ordered to evacuate after meteorologists warned the storm was intensifying. It is the second time since late February that people living in Goulburn Island off Australia's Northern Territory have had to evacuate to escape a tropical cyclone. "Police have the power to force people to evacuate," said regional controller Commander Bruce...
  • Calif Fourth Year Of Drought, New Regulations & $1 Billion In Relief

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    National Public Radio: KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Winter is coming to an end here in California. And you would barely notice it ever happened. This January was the driest on record since the state started keeping records in 1895. That means we are entering year four of a major drought with no relief in sight. This week, California's governor, Jerry Brown, announced plans for a $1 billion drought-relief package. And state water officials introduced water-saving measures for homes and businesses. Molly Peterson has reported extensively...
  • The Everglades’ Mammals Are Disappearing, and We Can Definitely Blame the Pythons

    Nature World: None Given
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Nature World: Researchers have long had anecdotal evidence that the mammal population in the Florida Everglades - a region famous for its wild and rich biodiversity - was on the decline. That's right, 'mammals' - as in all that's cute, furry, savage, and sly - ranging from skunks, to bats, to even bobcats. Now a new study has found the first concrete example of this decline, with invasive pythons named as the primary killers of the region's disappearing marsh rabbits. If you know anything about rabbits, you...
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  • Spring plankton bloom hitches ride to sea's depths on ocean eddies

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal the start of a warmer season on land, a similar 'greening' event --a massive bloom of microscopic plants, or phytoplankton -- unfolds each spring in the North Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic.
  • Greener industry if environmental authorities change strategy

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Fewer industrial firms would violate environmental legislation and a higher number would adopt cleaner technologies if environmental authorities would focus their monitoring efforts on companies with the most environmentally damaging technology. At a societal level, such a strategy would mean less pollution at the same or a lower cost of monitoring, according to new research.
  • Predicting pesticide loads more accurately

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    The EU wants to further improve the authorization process for pesticides. The different national procedures for this are supposed to be further harmonized. Researchers have now developed a software for estimating the transfer of pesticides into surface water initially in Germany.
  • Pacific-wide study reveals striped marlins' preferred habitat, may help avoid overfishing

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Using the largest tagging data set to date, biologists have shown that across the Pacific Ocean the vertical habitat of striped marlin is defined by the light-penetrated, uppermost part of the ocean known as the epipelagic layer, within eight degrees Celsius of sea surface temperature.
  • Simple method of binding pollutants in water

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    New types of membrane adsorbers remove unwanted particles from water and also, at the same time, dissolved substances such as the hormonally active bisphenol A or toxic lead. To do this, researchers have imbedded selective adsorber particles in filtration membranes.
 
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  • Top 10 Tips for Saving Water - An Infographic

    superdrain
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Water is important to everyone and everything. We use it every day and sometimes don't notice how much we waste. With recent laws and taxes, the idea of reserving water has never been as important to home owners. We have just created Infographic titled 'Top 10 Tips For Saving Water' has the best ways to do just that. It features 10 ways anyone could apply to their daily lives and save a large amount of water. Ranging from the bathroom sink to the kitchen tap they've all been proven to be beneficial. This Infographic is sure to benefit any reader who decides to have even a quick look through.
  • A system of systems approach to energy sustainability assessment: Are all renewables really green?

    Sina
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Highlights • We propose a System of Systems (SOS) approach for energy sustainability evaluation. • We develop a new SOS-based sustainability indicator, Relative Aggregate Footprint (RAF). • RAF integrates four resource use efficiency criteria: carbon footprint, water footprint, land footprint and cost. • RAF values show that not all renewables are resource-use-efficient (e.g., biofuels). • Geothermal and onshore wind have the lowest; and coal, oil and biofuels have the highest RAF scores. Abstract Renewable energies are emerging across the globe in an attempt to slow down global…
  • The Problem With Water - An Infographic

    pjdore
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Water is essential thing for healthy living, but people from different part of the world don't have access to safe fresh water so with this infographic we have covered water and the problems people are facing with regards to this natural necessity.
  • Managing Texas' rural land key to conservation

    AHamed
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Water conservation and agriculture experts say that stewardship of private rural lands is the key to the future of conserving water in Texas, where farms, ranches and forests make up 83 percent of the state's privately owned land. Good stewards, they say, make every drop of rain count, which benefits landowners and the state's water resources.
  • Giant Ancient Roman Water Basin Uncovered

    Waterlover
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    Italian archaeologists have unearthed the largest Roman water basin ever found, right in the heart of modern Rome. Found some 65 feet down near St. John in Lateran Basilica during the excavation of the new metro C line, the huge irrigation basin measures 115 feet by 230 feet. “It’s so big that it goes beyond the perimeter of the metro work site. It has not been possible to uncover it completely,” Rossella Rea, the dig’s director, said at a news conference in Rome.
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 21 – 27 March 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    I saw this sign (looks like it’s from the UK) on Eric Fitch’s Facebook page and it immediately conjured images of a 1950s horror film, which I turned into a blog post.  If the sign is Photoshopped, that’s okay with me. Pretty imaginative. Click here for the weekly water news. “A weed is a plant that has […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 14 – 20 March 2015 First day of Spring or Autumn. Whichever it is, enjoy! ... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 7 -13 March 2015 Running late today after an early morning (2 AM 13... TGIF! Weekly Water…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 14 – 20 March 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    First day of Spring or Autumn. Whichever it is, enjoy!  Sunday,22 March, is World Water Day! Congrats to Rajendra Singh of India, winner of the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize. Click here to see the weekly summary of water news. We don’t have a technology problem with water, we have a governance problem.” - Bob Rae at #CWR2015   Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 February – 6 March 2015 I am headed to Ottawa for the Canadian Water Network’s biennial meeting, Connecting... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 7 -13 March 2015 Running late today…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 7 -13 March 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Running late today after an early morning (2 AM 13 March) return from Ottawa where I attended the Canadian Water Network’s biennial meeting, Connecting Water Resources 2015. Every bit as exceptional as I thought it would be. Many of the posts below have the hashtag #CWR2015 where you will see the archive of the huge number of Tweets that occurred during […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 February – 6 March 2015 I am headed to Ottawa for the Canadian Water Network’s biennial meeting, Connecting... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 7 –…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 February – 6 March 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    I am headed to Ottawa for the Canadian Water Network’s biennial meeting, Connecting Water Resources 2015. I attended the 2013 meeting and it was one of the best conferences I’d ever attended. It had an excellent mix of high-profile international speakers, oral presentations, posters, networking, Canadian hospitality, and friendliness. I expect #CWR2015 to be more of the same. Surprise! Pat Mulroy, on the […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 14 – 20 February 2015 Here is the weekly water news – click here. Seems... TGIF! Weekly Water News…
  • Four-Day Expert on Iran’s Water Issues: My Radio Farda Interview

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Four days in Iran. Yes, I am now an expert on the Islamic Republic of Iran’swater issues, especially in Esfahan. So none other than Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Persian language outlet Radio Farda interviewed me on that same topic. So here is my interview, a mixture of Persian and English. It’s a little under 11 minutes: click here. But I must be an expert – I stayed […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 10 – 16 January 2015 A few pictures from my brief (4 days) trip to... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 3 – 9 January…
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  • Dirty Water Politics in the Senate

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    By Michael Kelly, Communications Director – Follow Michael on Twitter (@MichaelEdKelly) Two things: The drinking water for 1 in 3 of us is at risk of pollution and destruction. EPA wants to fix that and has proposed a strong, commonsense rule to protect clean water. Two more things: Polluters hate EPA’s Clean Water Rule. And certain members of Congress are doing everything they can to help polluters stop the rule. Which brings us to this week’s Pollute-A-Rama. This week the House and Senate are voting on their 2016 budget resolutions – the blueprints they’ll use…
  • Welcome to Spring!

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    By Chris Bathurst, National Canvass Director It is light longer. Temperatures are climbing and birds are migrating. You are probably excited about the prospects of spring, followed closely by summer (especially if you live anywhere in the northeast). Your friendly door to door Clean Water Action organizer is also welcoming the change of season. We are very proud of our field staff for their intrepid work throughout this entire challenging winter – save for say our California and Texas team of course. I want to take this time to let you know a little more about those bundles of clothes…
  • Keeping Plastic Out of the Chesapeake Bay

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Will Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer, (@TrillChillWill on Twitter) Last winter, environmental advocates trawled the Chesapeake Bay for trash and made some disturbing discoveries. The Bay is plagued with plastic. Bags are littered across the Bay floor, wreaking havoc on natural ecosystems for crabs and oysters alike. Similarly, plastic microbeads are being found in fish and marine mammals. Plastic bags account for a significant portion of trash and litter pollution in our neighborhood streets, communities, waterways, including rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Honestly,…
  • The Power of the Chemical Industry at Work

    admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    By Cindy Luppi, New England Regional Director Yesterday Senators Vitter (R-LA) and Udall (D-NM) introduced the bill the chemical industry has wished for, one that allows Big Chem to continue to profit at the expense of our health. Upon introduction of the bill today, Cal Dooley, President and CEO for the industry trade association, urged its “swift passage”. And no wonder… the bill, an update to our nation’s main chemical policy, includes a number of gifts for the industry. A few examples: Gift #1: The bill would tie the hands of state governments. But it is the states that have…
  • More Attacks on Our Water

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO – Follow Bob on Twitter (@BWendelgass) If you were following the news stories about the appearances by the Republican Presidential candidates in Iowa over the weekend, you saw a number of new attacks on EPA’s proposal to restore protection for small streams under the Clean Water Act. The attacks weren’t a surprise, but they were disappointing and wrong. The attacks were disappointing because protecting our water and our environment used to be a bi-partisan goal.  The Clean Water Act passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support in 1972.  Both…
 
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  • Pricing Akvo FLOW

    Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    We’ve been working to improve how we price Akvo FLOW moving forward. It’s the first time we’ve made price adjustments since Akvo assumed responsibility for FLOW from Water For People three years ago. This isn’t about how to charge more – it’s about how to make it easy to understand how we charge, and adjusting how FLOW is priced to reflect how it’s being adopted and what the costs of supporting that adoption tend to be.As the use of FLOW scales up around the world, it’s really important that everyone at Akvo is also very clear about how to…
  • Expanding our horizons in Fiji

    Stefan Kraus
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    “Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as a basic necessity for good health is a fundamental building block for economic and development growth. There is a need to monitor and maintain the surveillance of WASH in both schools and communities through efficient and consistent data collection.”These were the words of Fiji’s Minister for Health and Medical Services, Mr Jone Usamate, as he opened last month’s five-day Akvo FLOW and RSR training workshop in Fiji. He followed this by emphasising the potential of mobile and wireless technologies to transform health service delivery…
  • Responsible data for humanitarian response

    Annabelle Poelert
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    ‘Data is the present day equivalent of oil – but we haven’t figured out how to refine it yet.’This was the general message of the Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response conference that I attended at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague last week. The conference attempted to identify concrete steps towards working with data in the development sector to improve humanitarian response. Thinking about a future in which data will play an increasingly large role, several big questions came up.What is useful data?The promising buzzwords ‘big data’ and ‘open data’…
  • Dots in the Pacific

    Aulia Rahman
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Above: Port Vila, Vanuatu, seen from the World War II memorial which overlooks the town.I had heard of Vanuatu before. I think it was in 2006 when I was still working in my previous organisation. We had a project building government capacity for climate change negotiation in three countries – Nepal, Fiji, and Indonesia. Fiji was classified as one of 20 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) dotted around the South Pacific. Vanuatu was another, and that’s where I heard of it for the first time, though I never thought I would get the chance to step foot on it almost eight years…
  • The new RSR is almost here

    Adrian Collier
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    For the past seven years we’ve been working with hundreds of international organisations to bring projects online with Akvo RSR in order to provide a consistent and consumable format for activities to be presented to the world.One of the most powerful features of Akvo RSR – as it stands today – is that it brings a voice to people working in the field via RSR updates. With the introduction of RSR Up early in 2014, this was brought to Android devices. We’ve seen first hand the impact this can have for internal communication to increase visibility for projects as things…
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    Aguanomics

  • Flashback: 23-29 Mar 2014

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    A year later and still worth reading...There is no such thing as a "free lunch" from coalSix years of aguanomicsThe Impact of Cars on the Health of IndividualsPalm Oil Delusion
  • Friday party!

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    This video comes from Israeli sources, and it's great. The sad thing is that we could be seeing the same from the people of Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon (and Syria, Jordan and Egypt, for different reasons). So... "glass-half-full-see-the-potential"?
  • Anything but water

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    How Putin et al. are robbing the Russians blind. Coming from the other direction, Zimbabwe's Minister of Finance (from the opposition party, often undermined by Mugabe) describes his attempts to help his peopleState-by-state crony capitalism in the US, plus the $760 for $1 returns lobbyists get from US politicians (using other people's money, of course) How does drawing help us think? Probably in the same way that good teaching helps students learnThe departing Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection got a nice present from staff: 26 pages of "Everything is Fine [since…
  • Seven years of aguanomics

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Dutch mountain hiking...Well, it's been seven years of digestion, if you think about the millions of words I've trawled through in preparation for the 5,000+ posts on this blog. It's been enjoyable, educational and -- hopefully -- useful to the thousands of people who have stopped by at one time or another.So, what's happened since the last update? We've returned to Amsterdam after nine months in Vancouver to find the city and its people better than we remembered. I bought a flat (on the second floor, just to be safe) and found a job as an Assistant Professor at Leiden University College…
  • Is desalination a boondoggle or helpful backstop?

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    JH emails:I’m from Melbourne, and I was wondering if you could tell me more about you opinion on desal plants.Melbourne only built the desal plant when our water levels looked dire due to a long drought. I was just finishing high school at the time, and remember how the newspaper began printing water reservoir levels in the daily.In retrospect that the desal plant looks like an bad decision, but at the time I don’t really recall that there was significant objection to its initiation (there was a lot of political noise later due to its cost and delays etc.). Once the drought broke there…
 
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  • Fleeting Glimpse ~ Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Ephemeral

    Lindy Le Coq
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    River otter feeding after sundown. ~ Beach Haven, Orcas Island, WA – USA ~
  • underwater dreaming

    floresypaz
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    she floats just beneath the ocean’s waves her brown hair spread like a scallop seashell. her gaze, fixed on the profile of a white sun that disturbed the surrounding blue-green waters with flecks of white light, surrendered to a warmth that blanketed her face. unaware of what lies above, she lifts her hand and breaks the ocean feels the sun’s kiss–an eruption of heat that envelops her hand. the mermaid said she discovered peace.
  • This crocodile trainer is in for a surprise

    Phil
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    It takes some real balls to do this job.
  • The Lead Up To This Adventure

    staroftheraven
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Two more days of work, four of being eighteen, and four before I leave home until May. A little less than ten days until I get on a plane and go to Europe. Those are small numbers. Very small. I’ve never truly appreciated how small they are. And the craziest part is that I know perfectly well that they are just going to get smaller. Regardless of what happens, April 6th will come. And that is freaking insane. Time is doing weird things – or maybe I’ve just never fully comprehended its ceaseless movement before. I am going to Europe in ten days. I’ve still can’t…
  • New on 500px : Fiery Again by All4Nature

    Chae H. Bae
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    ​Dear Friends, The test drive series continues. Some outings are so fruitful that you just keep coming back to them again and again. I realised after posting the previous version that the fiery sky was not having proper contrast and color and the picture probably had some purple tinge. Hence decided to redo this editing from the start and give the colored clouds some more definition and keep the foreground as natural as possible. The swirl as last time needed some extra love in post-processing to show it full glow. We all learn from our mistakes and thats the beauty of it. We strive for…
 
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    Chance of Rain

  • After the Lawn Part 6: Draw first, dig later

    EmilyGreen
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When planning a rebate garden, draw first and dig later. KCET takes you through some basic design steps for a beginner's succession garden kept simple so it cost no more than the minimal regional turf rebate for Southern California of $2/square foot.
  • The Assignment? “Explain the Delta”

    EmilyGreen
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    KCET's new Bay Delta Project, funded by the Rose Foundation, explains how water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers ended up in the faucets of 25 million Californians and fields of the San Joaquin Valley.
  • After the Lawn Part 5: Steal good ideas

    EmilyGreen
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Your lawn is in conversion to soil. Planting season is months away. What to do? Go forth on garden tours and steal the best ideas.
  • “After the Lawn” Part 4: Killing grass

    EmilyGreen
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Putting lawn in is a lot easier than taking it out. To learn how to dispatch it, click on the image to be taken to Part 4 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.” …
  • “After the Lawn” Part 3: Turf dormancy

    EmilyGreen
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Allowing lawn to go seasonally brown is a smart way to save water and divert irrigation to high-value trees.
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  • Newfoundland and Labrador Honours Drinking Water Operators

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador‘s Department of Environment and Conservation recognized the work of municipal drinking water system operators at its annual Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop, which took place this year in Gander from March 24 to 26 Marvin Bull of the Town of Eastport received the Operator of the Year Award, […]The post Newfoundland and Labrador Honours Drinking Water Operators appeared first on Water Canada.
  • EPCOR to Purchase Arizona Water Company

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    27 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Epcor Water (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of the City of Edmonton-owned utility EPCOR, has reached an agreement to purchase the assets and operations of Arizona’s Willow Valley Water Company from GWR Global Water Resources Corp. for approximately $2.5 million. Willow Valley is located in the north-western corner of the state of Arizona, and the Willow […]The post EPCOR to Purchase Arizona Water Company appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Federal Government Invests in Canadian Wastewater Treatment Technology

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    27 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    On March 27, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Minister Gary Goodyear, along with MP David Sweet, announced a $10 million repayable contribution to Hamilton-based Fibracast, through FedDev Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF). Fibracast is a manufacturer of advanced membrane technologies used in water treatment, and the government’s investment is intended to […]The post Federal Government Invests in Canadian Wastewater Treatment Technology appeared first on Water Canada.
  • RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study Released

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    25 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    With the release of the 2015 Canadian Water Attitudes Study on March 24, RBC and GlobeScan today hosted a webinar examining some of the study’s most intriguing insights. The webinar included commentary from GlobeScan co-CEO Chris Coulter, RBC’s Lynn Patterson, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Executive Director Robert Haller, and Bob Sandford, Chair of the […]The post RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study Released appeared first on Water Canada.
  • March 2-4, 2016: GLOBE 2016

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    24 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Where: Vancouver, BC Organization: GLOBE Website: http://globe.ca/home/events/globe-series-of-conferences-and-trade-fairs/The post March 2-4, 2016: GLOBE 2016 appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • California, Texas, and Florida

    Tom
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    California, the most populous state, has a highly-detailed and structured state water planning process, involving public meetings, task schedules, legislative recommendations, and five-year plan updates. Texas, the second most populous state, has a highly-detailed and structured state water planning process, involving public meetings, task schedules, legislative recommendations, and five-year plan updates. Florida, the third most populous state, is different. The so-called Florida Water Plan is only one short policy rule plus a list of existing FDEP programs. No state water planning…
  • Cheap water is too expensive

    Tom
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The long list of impossible things includes a substantial water use fee. That’s too bad because cheap water creates all kinds of problems. But, hey, who would have ever thought that a rich guy from Connecticut with a questionable background would move to Florida and plow $70 million into getting elected governor? Elected twice! The dream is alive! Some recent water use fee dreamers: Preston H. Haskell, To protect Florida’s aquifer, put a price on water: “Pricing of water in a range of 50 cents to $2 per thousand gallons would be reasonable and effective.” Robert…
  • The “Secretary’s Three Priorities”

    Tom
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    What is FDEP all about? In the hagiography that Herschel Vinyard left behind him, his three “priorities” are called “fundamental goals”: Improve the regulatory process, Increase access to our award-winning state parks, “Get the water right.” (p.1) The current FDEP homepage, without explanation, rephrases the Big Three: Developing a consistent and effective regulatory process. Ensuring the quality and quantity of our state’s water resources. Increasing the access to our award-winning state parks. Did the public have any role in picking the original “three…
  • Everything is awesome

    Tom
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Environmental innovation: When you leave as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, agency staff writes a 26-page booklet explaining just how awesome you were. You get to introduce the booklet by affirming “tremendous strides over the previous four years in protecting the environment.” There is lots of proof too: Environmental resource permits are issued in half the time of four years ago. (p. 2) Water use permitting was also “streamlined.” (p. 4)  The booklet even notes “Success Beyond the Secretary’s Three Priorities.” (p. 15)…
  • Water policy attention deficit disorder

    Tom
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The water bills being developed by the Florida House and Senate have both good ideas and not-so-good ideas. (Considerably more bad stuff in the House version.) Only the Senate went to the trouble of holding more than a few public meetings to develop a full proposal. Do the bills omit anything worthwhile? Did they pay any attention to the recommendations in some recent well-respected water policy efforts? Go bold on decentralization? Perhaps the best long-term solution to our water problems will be to abandon centralized water systems altogether. (David L. Sedlak, “Water 4.0,”…
 
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  • Help With Private Water Supplies Event in Thirsk on March 16th 2015

    Jonny
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Dales Water will be attending a special ‘Help with Private Water Supplies’ seminar at the Thirsk Rural Business Centre at the town’s Auction Mart, from 10am – 4pm on Monday 16th of March 2015. The event is free and it has been put together to offer advice to people who get their water supply from a spring, stream, well or a borehole. Business owners, a domestic users, landlords and landowners etc. are all invited to come along. There will be lots on offer including an overview of the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 and the rules / implications surrounding them. Plus…
  • High Specification Boreholes

    Jonny
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:39 am
    In certain industries a higher specification borehole installation maybe required to ensure a business can operate successfully and profitably. This can be for a number of reasons such as the need to comply with government regulations, to ensure that final product (of which water helped produce) meets the required quality standards, the need to reduce operating costs when margins get squeezed by mains water bills or simply because the client wants the highest specification borehole possible. What is a High Specification Borehole? The best way to explain a higher specification borehole is to…
  • Dales Water Provide Rapid Turnaround Service to Borehole Water Dependent Site

    Jonny
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Over the Christmas period our maintenance team responded to an emergency call out from a site in the North of England. The entire water supply had failed meaning no water was being delivered from the borehole. The site in question runs entirely on a private water supply and should they have to switch onto a mains supply due to failure it becomes expensive and inadequate. Luckily our maintenance team were on hand to help; responding quickly to the call out, diagnosing the issue, sourcing the replacement pumps and implementing the fix in under 24 hours. This allowed the site to become fully…
  • The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment in Borehole Drilling

    Jonny
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Health and safety plays a big part in the way we do things at Dales Water and one area we pay a lot of attention to is the protective equipment worn and used by our staff working on drilling sites throughout the UK. A number of our recent projects have required specialist PPE due to working with harsh chemicals (see our post on borehole acidisation) and on a number of sites we work on have bespoke PPE requirements. Choosing the Right Type of PPE PPE is usually the last line of protection for our workers against hazards and the PPE chosen will depend on the work environment, the work…
  • New Staff Member Announcement + Christmas Hours 2014

    Jonny
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    We’re delighted to announce the appointment of a new Administration Assistant, Karen Ellis, who will be based at our recently refurbished Melmerby Head Office full time. Karen has a background working in Human Resources and in her new role she will primarily be helping the management team, dealing with telephone calls, customer queries and liaising with existing customers. The appointment comes as part of continued expansion and we’re thrilled to welcome Karen on-board at Dales Water. Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2014 This year our head office officially closes on Monday 22nd…
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