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  • Belo Monte, Brazil: The tribes living in the shadow of megadam

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    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Guardian: By the Great Bend of the Xingu river in the depths of Amazonia, the Juruna tribe is being drowned by what seems at first sight to be a flood of TV game-show prizes. There’s a shiny new motorboat moored by the old canoe, the latest four-wheel drive parked beside a chicken coop, satellite dishes outside every home and wide-screen plasma TVs inside. But these are not the spoils of victory. They are the consolations for defeat in an existential battle against Brazil’s biggest engineering project, the...
  • The SDWA – 40 years of Safe Drinking Water

    We All Live Downstream
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    16 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) Celebrating 40 years of Safe Drinking Water Today is the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Like our drinking water itself, a lot of people don’t think much about SDWA (pronounced Sid Wah) until there is a problem. But the important thing about our nation’s landmark drinking water law is that its implementation chugs along no matter what. Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the water sector including the Public Water Systems regulated by SDWA and public health and environmental…
  • December 15, 2014--Eight unbelievable solutions to future water shortages (Guradian)

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    denise
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s estimated that we use 9tn cubic metres of water every year. As the global population grows, it is becoming an increasingly precious resource, with millions forced to walk for more than a mile to collect their daily supply. We investigate the innovative technologies that will help tackle our water crisis in future.read more
  • Sarah Bates’ Presentation: ‘Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning’

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    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    About two weeks ago we at Oregon State University were thankful to have Sarah Bates of the National Wildlife Federation and The Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at theUniversity of Montana visit us. She spoke on an important but oft-overlooked issue, Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning. Here is a PDF of her PPT: Download Bates_OSU_presentation_Nov2014 The presentation was based on […] Related posts: Sarah Bates’ Report: ‘Land Trusts & Water – Strategies & Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land…
  • Food webs: Who eats who, and what does that tell us?

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    Waiology
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By Elizabeth Graham Food webs are maps of “who eats who” within an ecosystem (Figure 1a). Each node, or point, in the web represents a species or group of organisms; nodes are connected by a link if there is a known feeding relationship between the two groups. Though they are built on simple predator-prey relationships, food webs integrate complex information about biotic communities and key ecosystem processes, such as energy and nutrient flow, and are increasingly being used to study both biodiversity and function of freshwater ecosystems. Stream food web (a) before and (b) after trout…
 
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  • The Stream, December 17: California is 42 Cubic Kilometers of Water in the Red

    Kaye LaFond
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Global Rundown Scientists have calculated that it would take more than the amount of water California uses in a single year to make up for water lost during the drought. The World Bank just approved a loan to Kenya for improved water access, and British Columbia just approved a controversial hydropower project. Oil is now worth less than bottled water, and an aerial photo of Brazil’s drought resembles a woman screaming. “Words can’t express what it feels like to view a landscape as bleak and disturbing as the one in this photo. In the four years I’ve lived in Brazil,…
  • Map: Sao Paulo Water Supply Systems

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Drought has placed Sao Paulo’s Cantareira water supply system under extreme stress. Map © Codi Kozacek / Circle of Blue Map: The Cantareira reservoir system transfers water from the Piracicaba, Capivari, and Jundiai river basins to supply the vast metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. This map shows the four main reservoirs that make up the Cantareira system. Five other reservoir systems also supply Sao Paulo. Click image to enlarge. Failed rains and the water demands of 20 million people have collided to create the worst water crisis on record in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.
  • The Stream, December 16: Central America Drought Becoming Humanitarian Crisis

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    The Global Rundown A severe drought is threatening food security in Central America. Los Angeles’ water supply is at risk from earthquakes, the newest section of China’s South-North project is now delivering water, and Jordan’s water sector desperately needs investment. Brazil found super bacteria at the 2016 Olympic sailing site, while the United States passed legislation to improve water and sanitation access abroad. Nicaragua is starting construction on its inter-ocean canal, and Brazil is nearing completion of its Belo Monte hydropower dam. Vietnam’s Mekong River…
  • Report: Water, Temperature Changes Not Central Drivers of Sub-Sahara Africa Conflicts

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rainfall is not a strong motivator of violence, but higher temperatures are. Photo courtesy Andrew Heavens via Flickr Creative Commons In Sub-Saharan countries like Ethiopia, water shortages are much less likely to predict violent conflicts than other factors.Click image to enlarge. By Codi Kozacek Circle of Blue As forecasts for global climate change become increasingly dire, a growing body of research is focused on untangling the links between human violence and events like heatwaves, droughts, and floods. Organizations including the International Panel on Climate Change and the United…
  • Infographic: Toxic Algae in Ohio Drinking Water Sources

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Algae toxins present in seven lakes, reservoirs and rivers that supply drinking water to 1 million people. Graphic by Codi Kozacek / Circle of Blue Seven public drinking water sources in Ohio have been listed as “impaired” due to high levels of algae toxins.Click image to enlarge. Seven lakes, reservoirs and rivers that supply drinking water to approximately 1 million people in Ohio have repeatedly exceeded safe levels of a toxin that can cause sickness and liver damage, according to a state water quality report. The toxin, produced by algae, rendered the water undrinkable for…
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  • EPA Region 7 Receives Report of Groundwater Analysis by U.S. Geological Survey for West Lake Landfill Superfund Site

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Dec. 17, 2014) - EPA Region 7 has received an independent report issued today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) about groundwater conditions at the West Lake Landfill Superfund Site in Bridgeton, Mo., and will carefully review the report’s findings as the Agency moves toward selection of a final remedy for the site
  • EPA Awards Additional GLRI Funding to Federal and State Agencies to Expand Efforts to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    CHICAGO -- U.S Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds totaling over $3.1 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to target harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie
  • EPA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Agency tours small drinking water systems, discusses small system challenges in Coachella Valley LOS ANGELES — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). State, local and community representatives joined EPA Regional Administrator at an event held at the San Jose Community and Bea Main Learning Center in Coachella Valley, Calif
  • Protecting a Vital Resource for Safe and Healthy Communities: EPA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Safe Drinking Water Act

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Dec. 16, 2014) - Across the country and throughout the Heartland, most people take it for granted: Turn the tap to quench your thirst, and you can be reasonably assured that your water is clean and safe to drink. It’s an assurance greatly bolstered by the Safe Drinking Water Act, a landmark environmental protection law passed by Congress 40 years ago today
  • This Season, Let’s Celebrate Clean Water

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    There’s more to celebrate this month than just the holidays – this month also marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. We all rely – and have come to expect – that plenty of clean water will flow from our faucets whenever we need it. Whether for drinking, cooking, or bathing, water plays an obvious role in our daily lives
 
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  • Thailand fails to clean lead-poisoned creek despite court order: HRW

    Reuters: Thin Lei Win
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Reuters: Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. In 1998, Lead Concentrates (Thailand) closed a mine in Klity Creek in Kanchanaburi province, but the 400 or so ethnic Karen subsistence farmers living in a nearby village struggle with health problems and continue to fight for a cleanup, the watchdog group said in a report. In what activists...
  • Belo Monte, Brazil: The tribes living in the shadow of megadam

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Guardian: By the Great Bend of the Xingu river in the depths of Amazonia, the Juruna tribe is being drowned by what seems at first sight to be a flood of TV game-show prizes. There’s a shiny new motorboat moored by the old canoe, the latest four-wheel drive parked beside a chicken coop, satellite dishes outside every home and wide-screen plasma TVs inside. But these are not the spoils of victory. They are the consolations for defeat in an existential battle against Brazil’s biggest engineering project, the...
  • Trees are fed up with our carbon, refuse to grow faster

    Grist: Sam Bliss
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Grist: tists have long expected extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to boost tree growth - the climate-changing waste product of our fuel-burning ways is plant food, after all. But a new study suggests that trees in tropical rainforests around the world are not in fact growing any faster, even as CO2 levels in the air shoot past 400 parts per million. This conclusion isn`t just bad news for trees, though. All species threatened by climate change - that`s you, humans - should be worried. You see,...
  • China’s Great Green Wall is Holding the Desert Back

    Nature World: Brian Stallard
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Nature World: China's arid north is slowly being invaded by its own desert, which is the source of growing dust storms and nearly useless land. To fight it, they are planting whole forests - a living wall of hearty trees to keep the desert at bay... and it's working. That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal Land Use Policy, which details how China's "Great Green Wall" has helped shelter the country from dust storms while simultaneously helping to reintroduce vegetation into the...
  • Greenland’s ‘Supraglacial’ Lakes Could Trigger Future Ice Loss

    Nature World: Jenna Iacurci
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Nature World: Previous predictions of Greenland ice loss may have been greatly underestimated, as new research shows the region's "supraglacial" lakes could trigger faster ice melt in the future. Supraglacial lakes are bodies of water that form on the ice sheet surface from melted snow and ice. According to the new study, these lakes will migrate farther inland over the next 50 years, potentially causing drastic changes in Greenland's ice sheet flow and contributing to rising sea levels. "When you pour pancake...
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  • Satellites measure increase of Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 -- a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period.
  • Australia's coastal observation network may aid in understanding of extreme ocean events

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A network of nine reference sites off the Australian coast is providing the latest physical, chemical, and biological information to help scientists better understand Australia's coastal seas.
  • Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    The engineered spring flood that brought water to previously dry reaches of the lower Colorado River and its delta resulted in greener vegetation, the germination of new vegetation along the river and a temporary rise in the water table, according to new results from the binational team of scientists studying the water's effects.
  • Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated life

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks -- the oldest rocks on Earth -- the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters can support microbes living in isolation from the surface.
  • National model of restoration: Nine Mile Run

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    A study by a hydrologist shows that one of the largest urban-stream restorations in the United States has led to the recovery of fish and, more importantly, a groundswell of local support. Nine Mile Run, which is part of a watershed that drains 6.5 square miles of land, had been truly abused by urbanization and industrialization. Toxins leached into the creek from a slag heap left over from the steelmaking process, sewer lines discharged into the water, and so much of the waterway had been buried in culverts or diverted from its natural path that Nine Mile Run had become toxic. The…
 
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  • 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.
  • 'Disaster' in Maldives as capital suffers water crisis

    Waterlover
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    India and Sri Lanka airlifted drinking water to the Maldives after a fire at a desalination plant led to severe shortages and triggered unrest on the streets of the honeymoon islands' capital. Authorities declared a "disaster situation" after the fire on Thursday led to a drinking water crisis on the main island of Male, one of the world's most densely populated capitals. Much of the capital was still without drinking water Friday and local media reported that angry residents fought and attacked shops that rationed mineral water, while hotels in Male said supplies were rapidly running out.
  • Characterising performance of environmental models

    Sina
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
    In order to use environmental models effectively for management and decision-making, it is vital to establish an appropriate level of confidence in their performance. This paper reviews techniques available across various fields for characterising the performance of environmental models with focus on numerical, graphical and qualitative methods. General classes of direct value comparison, coupling real and modelled values, preserving data patterns, indirect metrics based on parameter values, and data transformations are discussed. In practice environmental modelling requires the use and…
  • Water Conflicts and Diplomacy: Trans-boundary Conflicts and Interbasin Transfers

    aqua
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Lecture by Dr. Neil S. Grigg for Colorado State University's free Massive Open Online Course, "Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing 21st Century Water Issues."
  • Water Conflicts and Diplomacy: How Conflicts Block Integrated Management

    aqua
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Lecture by Dr. Neil S. Grigg for Colorado State University's free Massive Open Online Course, "Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing 21st Century Water Issues."
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  • Tree Care – Understanding the Language of Tree Service Contracts

    parkandco
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    When people ask for help pruning their trees, many aren’t sure what to ask for. They know their trees need work but they don’t how to describe it. Tree service ads don’t help. They use terms such as trimming, cutting, topping, rounding, crowning, heading, shearing, lacing, sculpting, wind-sailing and the list goes on. The words attempt to describe pruning operations but they don’t explain what will be done. They leave tree owners scratching their heads and often disappointed with the results. To help clear up the confusion, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developed a…
  • The Best Landscaper of All

    parkandco
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We frequently receive requests asking for names of good landscapers. Because we must remain impartial, we aren’t able to make any recommendations. Except for one….Mother Nature. Use her as a guide and you’ll hardly go wrong. View the Landscape Watering Guide for more information. For instance, in nature, rain flows over the canopy of a tree and cascades to the ground from the edges of the branches. We call it the drip line. This is where 90 percent of a tree or plant’s water-absorbing roots are located. Now think about where your emitters are placed in your…
  • Grease is the Word

    parkandco
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The kitchen is the heart of the home; laughter, conversation, and satisfied appetites can be inspired by the home-cooked meal. Sadly, one less appealing culprit may also find its origin in the kitchen, specifically the kitchen sink: fatbergs, giant globs of fat, grease, and oil that build up and clog pipes. Water that goes down the kitchen drain doesn’t disappear; it travels through the sewer system to the wastewater treatment plant to be processed and cleaned and then is reused for purposes such as groundwater recharge and landscape irrigation or released back out into nature to join the…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids to Save Water

    parkandco
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    When it comes to water conservation, we believe it starts at home… with our children. It is so easy to teach children from the very beginning the importance of conserving one of the Earth’s most valuable resources. Together, we can build a foundation of knowledge so our children all grow up to be stewards of the Earth. Help your kids learn these five simple tips for conserving water. 1. Turn off the faucets When brushing teeth or scrubbing their soapy hands and face, teach your children to turn off the faucet so they do not let water simply run down the drain. 2. Tightly turn off the…
  • Cutting the Curb for Beneficial Use of Stormwater

    WUIW
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    On November 1, the morning was crisp and the volunteers were full of energy. Over 40 community members arrived at 7:30 a.m. to learn about green infrastructure and a relatively new idea called low impact development. By lunchtime a 20-foot wide and 200-foot long area in front of Mesa Urban Garden and neighboring restaurant, República Empanada, had over fifty native plants installed, rockwork purposefully placed, and organic mulch topping the surface! James DeRoussel with Watershed Management Group provides orientation to volunteers. For the City of Mesa, the completed planting will provide a…
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 6 – 12 December 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I am recovering from my four days at NWGA’s Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, where Oregon State University colleague Dorthe Wildenschild (shown here) gave her farewell Darcy Lecture. The big West Coast storm wreaked a lot of havoc yesterday, including an ‘exciting’ landing for me at Portland International Airport last night. What struck me were the seven-foot waves produced at Lake Tahoe. These […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11 July 2014 Self-promotion alert! Here we go…. Looking west across Lake Tahoe with... TGIF! Weekly…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 29 November – 5 December 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    I will be heading to NGWA’s Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas next week, 9-12 December.  It is the place to be if you do groundwater so I hope to see you there! Maybe Ginny Groundwater (on the far left) will make an appearance! Unlikely, but one can dream. I think she’s with the Orange County Water District. Click here for the […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 December 2013 – 3 January 2014 We concluded one year and began a new one this... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 November 2014 Fewer Tweets this week because of the AWRA…
  • JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – December 2014

    Susan Scalia
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – December 2014 Harrison et al. examine retention of nutrients in oxbow wetlands. Greathouse et al. examine the influence of Red alder on nitrogen concentrations in the Oregon Coast Range. Hirsch uses subsampling of six very large datasets to better understand the biases in regression-based flux estimates. Guo et al. explore the effects […] Related posts: JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – August 2014 JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – August 2014 Featured Collection: Clinch River  The... JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – April 2014 Featured Collection: Contaminants of Emerging Concern II…
  • Sarah Bates’ Presentation: ‘Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    About two weeks ago we at Oregon State University were thankful to have Sarah Bates of the National Wildlife Federation and The Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at theUniversity of Montana visit us. She spoke on an important but oft-overlooked issue, Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning. Here is a PDF of her PPT: Download Bates_OSU_presentation_Nov2014 The presentation was based on […] Related posts: Sarah Bates’ Report: ‘Land Trusts & Water – Strategies & Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 22 – 28 November 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Running late today – jet-lagged from yesterday’s trip from Budapest to Corvallis, Oregon. Had a great first meeting as a Steering Committee member of the Global Water Partnership.  Here is a picture of my Dutch GWP Sterring Committee colleague Alice Bouman-Dentener enjoying a glass of water from the Budapest Waterworks, which we toured on 26 November. Alice is an […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 8 – 14 November 2014 Seemed to have dodged snowy and freezing rainy weather here... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 15 – 21 November 2014 Love…
 
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  • Will EPA Finally #KickCoalAsh?

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    By Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaigns Coordinator  – Follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger) Coal Ash on the Dan River – courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance After years of delay, EPA will finalize its coal ash rule on December 19th. Will it be strong enough to protect the hundreds of communities impacted by this toxic waste? Six years after our nation’s largest industrial waste spill – the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant disaster that dumped over a billion gallons of toxic slurry into two Tennessee rivers and buried several homes – the Environmental Protection Agency…
  • The SDWA – 40 years of Safe Drinking Water

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) Celebrating 40 years of Safe Drinking Water Today is the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Like our drinking water itself, a lot of people don’t think much about SDWA (pronounced Sid Wah) until there is a problem. But the important thing about our nation’s landmark drinking water law is that its implementation chugs along no matter what. Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the water sector including the Public Water Systems regulated by SDWA and public health and environmental…
  • Seriously, FPL?

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Kathy Aterno, National Managing Director and Florida Director – Follow our Florida Team on Twitter (@CleanWaterFL) Did you know that in some states – including Florida – electric utilities are allowed to charge ratepayers for the costs of complying with environmental laws, even if the ratepayers were not the ones that caused the company to need to clean up its act? Bad as that is, a few months ago, Clean Water Action and allies the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Earthjustice learned that one Florida utility, Florida Power and Light wanted to go a step farther. They…
  • Celebrating the SDWA!

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) On December 9th I spoke at a Safe Drinking Water Act 40th anniversary Forum about why we have to stop using our drinking water sources as a dumping ground and our treatment plants as a pollution solution. The day’s agenda featured leaders from the drinking water sector, including representatives from Public Water Systems, drinking water associations and the state agencies who implement the Safe Drinking Water Act. There were some special guests too. Vic Kimm was one of the first EPA employees and the Director…
  • Duke’s BIG ASH PROBLEM

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    By  Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaigns Coordinator – Follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger) Leaving 100 million tons of toxic, industrial waste in unstable, unlined pits near rivers and lakes sounds like a bad idea, right? Not necessarily, according to the CEO of Duke Energy. Earlier this year an old pipe under one of Duke Energy’s inactive coal ash ponds broke, spewing an estimated 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. (Coal ash is the toxic remains of burning coal.) It took Duke nearly a week to stop the flow of pollution, which contaminated at least seventy miles…
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  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 16 December 2014

    Aquadoc
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    Joshua sent these to me on 15 December 2014. Lots of great opportunities! 1) Senior Environmental Affairs Officer - UNEP (Nairobi) 2) Director General - WorldFish (Malaysia) 3) External Final Evaluation (Water and Hygiene Promotion) - Croix Rouge (Vanuatu): Download ToR final eval SCP2 4) Field Staff: WASH - Action...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 15 December 2014

    Aquadoc
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    News from last week from Elaine and Spot the Wonder Steer. Check out the 'Ebola' category just below the second red heading. There are also links to stories about more diseases. Do you know of a colleague who would be interested inreceiving these Bulletin Boards? Please forward to them. A...
  • Sunday Silliness: Report - Solving the Postdoc Problem

    Aquadoc
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    This has been making its way around the Twittersphere.... I think magic pixie dust is by far the best option. Higher pay? Better mentoring? C'mon, get serious! "An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another." - Mason Cooley
  • Paper: 'Implications of Using On-Farm Flood Flow Capture To Recharge Groundwater and Mitigate Flood Risks Along the Kings River, CA'

    Aquadoc
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    Just received this paper from a good friend: 'Implications of Using On-Farm Flood Flow Capture To Recharge Groundwater and Mitigate Flood Risks Along the Kings River, CA', by Philip A. M. Bachand, Sujoy B. Roy, Joe Choperena, Don Cameron, and William R. Horwath, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48, 13601−13609. Download...
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 6 - 12 December 2014

    Aquadoc
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Late today. Recovering from my four days at NWGA's Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas, where OSU colleague Dorthe Wildenschild (shown here) gave her farewell Darcy Lecture. The big West Coast storm wreaked a lot of havoc yesterday, including an 'exciting' landing for me at Portland International Airport last night. What...
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  • Reporting on culture and development in Suriname

    Lissy van Noort
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    Above: participants on the first RSR training workshop in Suriname for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Cultural Policy Unit (ICE)Photo by David de BruijneLast week, we organised our first ever RSR training course in Suriname. Together with our strategic partner CommonSites, we are working with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair’s International Cultural Policy Unit (ICE) to bring online via RSR culture and development projects in eight focus countries. In July this year, we organised an RSR training workshop in one of these focus countries; Kenya. My colleague…
  • Hacking #IATI aid development tools, for a better information chain

    Siem Vaessen
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Last week Akvo had a technical encounter with Zimmerman & Zimmerman, in Amsterdam, of which I’m managing partner. We organised a 2 day hackathon to see how we could fit Aidstream to Akvo RSR and Akvo Openaid and vice versa. Aidstream provides organisations with an IATI publication tool out of the box. The goal of this hackathon was to A: establish a good understanding of the underlying technology that drives Aidstream, B: provide the Akvo RSR tech team with a better understanding on how to enrich the Aidstream datamodel with RSR data and C: enrich Akvo Openaid with a function to…
  • Connect4Change captures patient feedback in Uganda

    Jo Pratt
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Connect4Change (C4C) is a consortium of Dutch development organisations (Cordaid, Edukans, ICCO, IICD and Akvo), that are working to apply technology to accelerate the development of people in Africa and Latin America. Investing almost €50 million over five years, its vision is of a world where people – particularly women and young people – are able to access relevant information that lets them shape their own future. Information technology is the main enabler in this process. Akvo’s role in the Consortium is to assist everyone involved in gathering data and sharing…
  • The journey to transparency for NDLink in Nigeria

    Charlotte Soedjak
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    In the spring of 2014 we started working with NDLink (Niger Delta Link) to help publish their project portfolio online using Akvo RSR. NDLink is an initiative of PIND Foundation and aims to encourage partnerships in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Through its online platform, NDLink aims to unite stakeholders in the region, trying to close the existing communication gap and improve information sharing. Around 1,000 projects will be published on the NDLink website using the Akvo RSR platform. We’ve been working since June to collect all project data in the required RSR format…
  • Three great new features, in Akvo FLOW

    Mark Tiele Westra
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    Now features Survey folders, Cascading questions and Roles & permissions The December FLOW release contains three major improvements which we’d like to tell you a bit more about. As things will look quite different, we thought it would be good to give you some advance notice. We will roll out this release over the coming two weeks. Survey folders Where before, you only had a single level of folders in which to store your surveys, now there is a real folder system with folders inside other folders, just like a regular computer file system. This makes it much easier to organise large…
 
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  • Kickstarter update with mockup of the calendar!

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    We're over 80 percent towards the funding target of $2,000.In this video, I show a mock up of the calendar and how each month's activity will go.I also describe the $3,000 stretch target, to print more copies (500 instead of 100) at a lower price ($20 instead of $10). ALL backers will get double their calendars -- a great gift! -- if we hit the stretch goal!Find out more here.
  • Two thoughts on Kickstarter

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    My campaign for the 2015 Water Smarts Calendar is going well, with about 70 80 percent pledged so far. I'm hoping that we hit the target -- and the stretch goals (to lower the cost per calendar) before 31 December. I am using Kickstarter for a few reasons. First, I like its "all or nothing" system of building support, since nobody pays until enough people pledge. Second, I like the way it allows people to pledge different amounts according to their interest and situation. Those two aspects bring up two related issues.First, what about the 60 percent of projects that fall short of their…
  • Monday funnies

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This seems about right...
  • Speed blogging

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fleck, riffing on my Water Smarts calendar, offers some useful perspective on the 20% who care and the 80% who don't care about water issues (until forced)Australia will probably suffer $1 trillion in additional damage from climate change by 2100, especially in places vulnerable to floods and wildfires. Related: NOAA has a "toolkit" to help Americans prepare for climate-related disastersAn excellent overview [pdf] of the OECD's activities and reports on improving water managementThis review of ecosystem services payments in Latin America brings up troubling questions on payments and results…
  • Flashback: 8-14 Dec 2013

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    A year later and still worth reading...The cost of (not) adapting -- i.e., "crazy weather crushed my car/destroyed my crop/killed my cat..."Amsterdam versus Vancouver -- why I returned to A'dam from VanCGreen taxes that are not so green -- our paper explores the difference between "fiscal" and "behavioral" taxesIn search of stupidity ... as a means of learning
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    The Water Information Program

  • December 15, 2014--Greenland ice melt underestimated, study says (Guardian)

    denise
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Melting ice from the coast of Greenland could make a much bigger contribution to rising sea levels than has previously been thought, a new study suggests. Scientists believe a previously overlooked side-effect of global warming could greatly increase the rate of melting of the vast Greenland ice sheet.read more
  • December 15, 2014--Climate deal would commit every nation to limiting emissions (New York Times)

    denise
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
     Negotiators from around the globe reached a climate change agreement early Sunday that would, for the first time in history, commit every nation to reducing its rate of greenhouse gas emissions — yet would still fall far short of what is needed to stave off the dangerous and costly early impact of global warming.read more
  • December 15, 2014--Eight unbelievable solutions to future water shortages (Guradian)

    denise
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s estimated that we use 9tn cubic metres of water every year. As the global population grows, it is becoming an increasingly precious resource, with millions forced to walk for more than a mile to collect their daily supply. We investigate the innovative technologies that will help tackle our water crisis in future.read more
  • December 15, 2014--Healthy Animas, healthy animals (Durango Herald)

    denise
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Potentially, harmfully high levels of nutrients are flowing from the Florida River into the Animas River, and one project is hoping to make a dent in the problem. The Animas Watershed Partnership and rancher Keith Fassbender recently finished fencing almost a mile of the Florida River west of the Durango-La Plata County Airport as part of the effort.read more
  • December 14, 2014--Colorado needs this water plan (Times Call)

    denise
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    If the value of water to Colorado's future was ever in doubt — and, no, it never was — then the recently released draft of a state water plan should make clear just how important this resource is, from Denver to Durango. Prepared for Gov.read more
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  • the endless meadow of thought

    bradford graham west
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    night time storybook riddles, the endless meadow of thought. counting the stars above, slowly the eyes draw heavy and fall back. through these dream scape knacks, she comes knocking at my door. and all for a while in absolute calmness, a beam of her laughter spills out into my soul,  overflowing onto the floor. she opens the frayed drapes of darkening certainty and breathes out the sunshine warmth. as the breeze drifts by, under all the leaves of the trees above over the rushing creek waters, over rock and pebble - leading us back again to the elevated castles sitting high. brick on top of…
  • New on 500px : Bonsai Morning Glow by nevadax1

    Chae H. Bae
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The iconic Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe is bathed in a warm pink glow just before sunrise. Thanks for looking! via 500px http://ift.tt/1wiCu2w
  • Northern Ireland: A Few Photos

    moniquejessica
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Antrim Coast Basalt Columns of Giant’s Causeway Water Below Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge ———————– Like these photos? Check out more on my Flickr photostream.
  • Virginia's Natural Bridge Park 2011

    Mssergeyevna
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    37.630134 -79.543094
  • New on 500px : Reflection by SurfingEye by SurfingEye

    mic2mic
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Palm Tree reflections in the dusk glow of a San Diego Night… via 500px http://ift.tt/1GsVpe4
 
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    Water Canada

  • October 14-16, 2015: RemTech 2015

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Where: Banff, AB Organization: ESAA Website: www.esaa-events.com/remtech/The post October 14-16, 2015: RemTech 2015 appeared first on Water Canada.
  • July 17, 2015: 20th Annual ESAA Golf Tournament

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Where: Red Deer, AB Organization: ESAA Website: www.esaa-events.com/golf/The post July 17, 2015: 20th Annual ESAA Golf Tournament appeared first on Water Canada.
  • September 9, 2015: An Evening with Jane Goodall

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Where: Edmonton, AB Organization: ESAA Website: http://www.esaa.org/events/#id=163&wid=401&cid=153The post September 9, 2015: An Evening with Jane Goodall appeared first on Water Canada.
  • February 13, 2015: Water: A Risky Business Workshop

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Where: London, ON Organization: Credit Valley Conservation Website: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/water-a-risky-business-tickets-14654386665The post February 13, 2015: Water: A Risky Business Workshop appeared first on Water Canada.
  • VIDEO: Raw Sewage Enters New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance shares this video footage of raw sewage entering New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River. The video was taken on December 10, 2014. For more on this story, click here. Share your thoughts in the comments!The post VIDEO: Raw Sewage Enters New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River appeared first on Water Canada.
 
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    Waiology

  • The natural history of New Zealand’s freshwaters: Series conclusion and reader feedback

    Waiology
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    By Daniel Collins Over the past two months, Waiology’s Freshwater in Focus series on natural history has published 14 articles, from 13 authors and seven institutions, describing the diversity, complexity, and beauty of New Zealand’s freshwaters. From atmosphere to lithosphere and mountain to coast, we have seen examples of how water shapes the landscapes and ecosystems, and what traits plants and animals have acquired to thrive and survive in these environments. The articles highlight the wonder of the natural world – whether for curiosity’s sake or to better under our natural…
  • The secret lives of freshwater mussels

    Waiology
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Kevin J Collier and Sue Clearwater You may not see them, but they are probably out there somewhere…hiding under overhangs and around fallen branches out of the main flow along stream banks, or buried in soft sediments on lake bottoms with only their siphons showing. And where you find one freshwater mussel there are likely to be more, sometimes many more. Part of a bed of freshwater mussels quietly doing their thing 24/7. The inhalant siphon is fringed with tentacle-like sensory cilia and will occasionally “cough out” clumps of pseudo-faeces comprised of particles that have been…
  • Food webs: Who eats who, and what does that tell us?

    Waiology
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By Elizabeth Graham Food webs are maps of “who eats who” within an ecosystem (Figure 1a). Each node, or point, in the web represents a species or group of organisms; nodes are connected by a link if there is a known feeding relationship between the two groups. Though they are built on simple predator-prey relationships, food webs integrate complex information about biotic communities and key ecosystem processes, such as energy and nutrient flow, and are increasingly being used to study both biodiversity and function of freshwater ecosystems. Stream food web (a) before and (b) after trout…
  • Lamprey – Living fossils in our midst

    Waiology
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Cindy Baker Lamprey and hagfish (known as cyclostomes or agnathans) are the only living jawless vertebrates. Over 360 million years old, lampreys swam past herds of drinking dinosaurs, and have survived at least four mass extinctions. The brain of the lamprey is believed to be the closest example of our primal vertebrate ancestors, and lampreys provide important insight into the evolution of fins, jaws and the skeleton, plus vertebrate motor control, and immunology. The oral ‘sucker’ that lamprey use to attach to objects and fish.Lamprey have evolved to utilise the same lifestyle as…
  • How many whitebait eggs does it take to make a whitebait fritter?

    Waiology
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Paul Franklin Every spring New Zealanders can be found creeping out at the crack of dawn to line the lower reaches of our rivers in the hope of catching that New Zealand delicacy – whitebait! As the mist lifts and the fishing comes to an end for the day, conversations turn to that critical question… what’s the best recipe for whitebait fritters? I don’t claim to have the answer to that, but I do hope to provide some insight into how many eggs might be needed… and the answer might just surprise you! A whitebait fritter.Whitebait are the juveniles of five species of native…
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  • ASR trends

    Tom
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Florida Atlantic University professor Fred Bloetscher and three co-authors have just published their “Lessons Learned from Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Systems in the United States.” Florida has more ASR wells and more operating systems than any other state: The article surveys problems experienced in constructing and operating ASR projects. Nationwide, about a quarter of ASR projects have been abandoned. Half of Florida “sites are no longer active or have wells that are no longer used” (p. 1617). ASR systems can be very effective but are not a magic solution…
  • Fertilizer down

    Tom
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, fertilizer sales have declined in the last decade. Year-to-year tonnage varies substantially but two-year averages less so. For example, the average of years 2011 and 2012 is less than the average of 2001 and 2002. Total multi-nutrient tonnage declined by about a quarter. “Nonfarm” uses decreased much more than farm uses. The same general trends are reported for nitrogen and phosphorus tonnage. Good water quality news because, potentially at least, lower sales of fertilizer could mean less deposited in surface and groundwaters.
  • Tools awaiting use

    Tom
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The Florida water law toolbox has several handy tools that are used very seldom (or never). For an example, look to the fundamental premise of water use permitting that an application must be “in the public interest.” Unfortunately, that foundational premise has “never been articulated clearly by either the legislature or the water management districts.”  (p. 433). If a serious attempt were made to issue permits only when clearly in the public interest, decisions likely would be much different. A second potentially important, but little-used tool, is reservations…
  • A full water policy toolbox but with forgotten tools?

    Tom
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Tool box made by Henry O. Studley (1838-1925) for his work in making and repairing pianos. Now in the Smithsonian, it a masterpiece of craftsmanship and holds over 300 tools in a space of 40” x 20” (when closed). Conceivably, it might be desirable to add more tools to the Florida water law toolbox. We should keep in mind, however, that the 160,000 words in the current Water Resources Act are the product of four decades of refinement. The statute already contains many, many tools for effective water management, including some never used at all or used very rarely. A number of those…
  • Teeny-tiny water policy toolbox

    Tom
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    We hear once again how the next legislative session will be the “year of water.” Why it this so hard to accomplish? Answer: Many of the best policy tools are not allowed on the job site. How about additional water regulation, like more efficient plumbing standards to save money and water? Nope, not to be considered. Re-examine existing tax incentives that encourage water use and pollution?  No way, buddy. Restricting residential landscape fertilization practices? Verboten. Maybe put in place some price incentives, creating a fee per thousand gallons of water or pound of…
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • Completed Domestic Borehole Refurbishment Project

    Jonny
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    In early November we updated the Dales Water blog with Part 1 of a domestic borehole refurbishment project which you can read about here. We’re pleased to announce the project is now complete and the refurbished borehole is fully up and running. Background on the Project The site in question had an old borehole drilled in 1954 that required a full revamp. The dated infrastructure was the main problem along with an unsealed headworks meaning it was no longer compliant with regulations. You can see an image of the old setup below: Domestic Borehole Old Setup Our Solution The project was…
  • Boosting Water Pressure in Shopping Centres and Other Commercial Buildings

    Jonny
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:54 am
    We recently received an enquiry regarding a newly refurbished shopping centre in the South of England. The building houses a number of retail outlets but also hosts a selection of restaurants, casual eateries and coffee shops that use water in reasonably large quantities. Due to its location and how mains supply was delivered to the building several of the restaurants were having to deal with low water pressure and volume which made routine tasks extremely difficult and in some cases impossible to carry out. After speaking with the shopping centres engineering team and obtaining details of…
  • Dewatering Boreholes

    Jonny
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    Whilst groundwater is often a blessing for many businesses and domestic dwellings it can also present problems for construction companies and mine operators. This is due groundwater creating a high water table that prevents the building of foundations, excavations or on-going mining projects. Wherever groundwater is likely to be encountered at a site of construction it can lead to a number of undesirable effects such as increased load on supports, lack of stability and flow of material. Fortunately many obstacles can be removed or alleviated by a process known as dewatering which suppresses…
  • Dales Water Attend Craven District Private Water Supplies Event

    Jonny
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    Last month Jonny and Joe attended the Craven District Private Water Supplies event over in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It’s been 2 years since the inaugural event which was very popular with residents throughout the Yorkshire Dales region as it gave them a chance to speak with regulators and private water supply engineers like us. The event was started following the Private Water Supply Regulations of 2009 that came into force during January 2010. The new regulations represented a big change for many domestic users and with a large percentage of homes around the Skipton area either completely…
  • Domestic Borehole Refurbishment Project

    Jonny
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    Not all of our work requires a borehole drilling from scratch and we’re often called upon to fix problems with existing installations and to refurbish water supplies from yesteryear that have been neglected or fallen into disrepair. In the first of 2 part series of posts we are going to show how this can be achieved. The site has an existing borehole, drilled in 1954 which is in need of a revamp. Our work proposed is part of a complete redevelopment of a farmhouse and the owners want to make use of the old borehole for domestic supply. The existing borehole was been drilled into a chalk…
 
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