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  • Flashback: 14-20 Apr 2013

    Aguanomics
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    A year later and still worth reading...Water management in Singapore -- learn how they've succeededSo, you want to be a water economist -- four simple sentences that are HARD to executeReal or fake water conservation? Yes, there's a difference
  • April 23, 2014: Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders

    Water Canada
    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Where: Online Organization: Canadian Water Network Website: http://www.cwn-rce.ca/events/virtual-events/The post April 23, 2014: Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Demand for traditional medicines is rising, may lead to increased cultivation of medicinal trees

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Formalizing trade in herbal medicinal products has the potential to increase the demand for on-farm grown raw material and raise the level of cultivation of medicinal tree species in smallholder...
  • “How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly / App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US

    U.S. EPA Water News
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. The How’s My Waterway app and website, http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies
  • Sandra Zellmer & Christine Klein Guest Post: Missouri River Floodplain Owners Seeking a “Double-Take” from Taxpayers

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    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A few days ago I posted my review of Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster, by Christine A. Klein, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida and Sandra B. Zellmer, the Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska. Below is a piece they have written about an issue on the Missouri River. Here is a PDF: Download Missouri_River_Takings_Blog_Final   ********************************************************* Landowners flooded […]
 
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  • The Stream, April 18: China Report Says One-Fifth of Farmland Polluted

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Pollution Heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and nickel are some of the most common pollutants contaminating approximately 19 percent of arable land in China, according to an official report, The Wall Street Journal reported. The contaminants are deposited in the soil by water and air, and some of the most polluted areas are in the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta. A study of water samples from North Carolina’s Dan River found that the water is safe for farmers to use for irrigation, the Greensboro, N.C.-based News and Record reported. There have been concerns about the…
  • The Stream, April 16: Scientist Says Deforestation, Not Dams, Caused Massive Flood in the Amazon

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Extreme Weather Extreme flooding along the Madeira River in the Amazon basin, which killed 60 people and displaced 68,000 families this year, was the result of massive deforestation in Bolivia and Peru, according to a scientist who was previously the head of the Inter-American Development Bank environmental division, IPS reported. His assessment contradicts the views of conservationists and government officials who have said the flooding was the result of two large hydropower projects on the river. This summer, weather forecasters in the United States will be creating maps of potential storm…
  • Jolted by Reality, Colorado River Water Managers Plan for Persistent Drought

    Brett Walton
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Unprepared for more years of drought, basin states work to preserve Lake Powell. Image via Shutterstock Water managers in the Upper Colorado River Basin want to keep more water in Lake Powell during droughts to preserve hydropower generation and ensure water supplies downstream. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue The severe risks of an extended drought in the Colorado River Basin – a shutdown of hydropower generation, functionally empty lakes, and restrictions on water use – are forcing the basin’s seven states to consider unprecedented changes in how they manage a…
  • The Stream, April 15: El Niño Predicted for Mid-Year, Bringing Extreme Weather

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Weather and Water An El Niño weather pattern, in which surface water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator warms, is likely to develop this summer, according to the World Meteorological Organization and other prominent weather agencies, AlertNet reported. El Niño conditions are known for influencing extreme weather around the globe, such as flooding in China and drought in Australia. Seventy-three percent of British beaches were ranked at the highest water quality level in 2013, according to an annual beach guide created by the Marine Conservation Society, the Guardian reported.
  • The Stream, April 14: Crowdsourcing Data to Map China’s Water Quality

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    China A startup program in China, initiated by the company behind the Taobao Marketplace, seeks to create a map of water quality across the country by allowing residents to purchase water quality testing kits and upload the results with their smartphones, Bloomberg News reported. The results will be aggregated in a map that the company’s founder, Jack Ma, hopes will help prioritize environmental cleanup efforts. Chinese officials are investigating the response to an oil leak near Lanzhou that contaminated the city’s water supply with the carcinogenic substance benzene, Reuters reported.
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  • “How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly / App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the US

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. The How’s My Waterway app and website, http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies
  • EPA Proposes Plan to Clean Up Toxic Site in Glen Cove, New York; New Phase in Multi-Million Dollar Cleanup to be Launched

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a cleanup plan to address contaminated ground water and soil at the Mattiace Petrochemical Co., Inc. Superfund site in Glen Cove, New York. The ground water and soil are contaminated with volatile organic compounds as a result of previous operations at the site by a chemical distribution and drum cleaning business
  • EPA Employees Mark Earth Day by Cleaning Up Proctor Creek with Local Residents

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    ATLANTA - EPA’s new Regional Administrator for the Southeast, Heather McTeer Toney, will roll up her sleeves alongside other EPA employees and community partners to clean up Proctor Creek in Atlanta, Ga., this Earth Day. WHAT: Proctor Creek Cleanup to mark 44th observance of Earth Day WHO: Heather McTeer Toney, U.S
  • U.S. EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Permit for Carbon Sequestration Injection Well in Decatur, Illinois

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    CHICAGO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment on a proposed permit that would allow Archer Daniels Midland to inject carbon dioxide deep underground at a facility in Decatur, Illinois. This process – known as “carbon sequestration” – is a means of storing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The public comment period opens today and closes May 30, 2014; a public hearing will be held on May 21, 2014
  • EPA Stops New Jersey Company from Selling Illegal Pesticides; Protects Public from Health Risks

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Hannam Mart and NJ Hannam Chain Inc. for selling insecticides and anti-bacterial cleaning products at the Hannam Mart retail store in Fort Lee, New Jersey that were not registered and improperly labeled. Products used to kill pests and bacteria must be registered with the EPA to ensure they will not make people sick. They must also have labels with instructions on their proper use written in English
 
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  • UN Tells Oil, Gas Industry to Leave Fuel in Ground

    Bloomberg: Alex Morales
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Bloomberg: In a world that has never produced so much oil and gas, the United Nations is seeking to persuade producers they need to leave three-quarters of their reserves in the ground and explore cleaner energy to combat climate change. “The fossil fuels we do use must be utilized sparingly and responsibly,” Christiana Figueres, UN climate chief, said in the copy of a prepared speech to the industry. “Three-quarters of the fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground.” The UN is seeking to enlist...
  • Climate change In the balance

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Economist: IN SCIENCE, more information is supposed to lead to better conclusions and greater consensus. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which published its latest report on March 31st, certainly has more information. The new study synthesises 73,000 published works (a quarter of them in Chinese). This represents a 100-fold increase in about 30 years. But consensus remains elusive. Richard Tol of Sussex University, in Britain, disparagingly appraised the report’s conclusions as “the four...
  • Exxon Mobil agrees to share more data on fracking risks

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Reuters: Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, has agreed to disclose more information about the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing, the process known as fracking. In an agreement with New York City's pension funds, which control Exxon shares worth roughly $1.02 billion, the company would report on risks surrounding disposal of fracking waste water, air pollution, methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells, and other issues. Exxon plans to compile the information...
  • Iceland Prime Minister Says Climate Change Will be Great for Iceland

    Wire: None Given
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Wire: Iceland's prime minister is ready to ride the wave of melted polar ice caps to increased food production and export opportunities for his arctic island. During a recent interview, Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said that climate change could open up new economic opportunities for the country, according to The Reykjavík Grapevine. "There’s a water shortage, energy is becoming more expensive, land is in short supply and it is predicted that the cost of food will rise in the foreseeable future...
  • Global warming could dry out a third of the Earth by 2100

    Salon: Lindsay Abrams
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Salon: Forget changing rain patterns - warmer temperatures alone could bring drought to a third of Earth`s land area by the end of the century. That`s the gist of a new study from Columbia University`s Earth Observatory: Hotter temperatures will mean more evaporation, drying out the soil and posing a significant risk to global agriculture and food security. Climate Central has the details: Climate models using the so-called business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions scenario, which assumes no effort...
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  • Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.
  • Methane climate change risk suggested by proof of redox cycling of humic substances

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Disruption of natural methane-binding process may worsen climate change, scientists have suggested, painting a stark warning on the possible effects of gases such as methane -- which has a greenhouse effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. Researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere.
  • Mars: Meteorites yield clues to Red Planet's early atmosphere

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Geologists analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars to understand the history of the Martian atmosphere. Their new article shows the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways early in the solar system's 4.6 billion year evolution.
  • Crucial new information about how the ice ages came about

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Scientists have discovered new relationships between deep-sea temperature and ice-volume changes to provide crucial new information about how the ice ages came about. The researchers found, for the first time, that the long-term trends in cooling and continental ice-volume cycles over the past 5.3 million years were not the same. In fact, for temperature the major step toward the ice ages that have characterized the past two to three million years was a cooling event at 2.7 million years ago, but for ice-volume the crucial step was the development of the first intense ice age at around 2.15…
  • Shade grown coffee shrinking as a proportion of global coffee production

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Over the past couple of decades, global coffee production has been shifting towards a more intensive, less environmentally friendly style, a new study has found. That's pretty surprising if you live in the U.S. and you've gone to the grocery store or Starbucks, where sales of environmentally and socially conscious coffees have risen sharply and now account for half of all U.S. coffee sales by economic value.
 
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  • Celebrate Trees for Arbor Day!

    parkandco
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    April is Water Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and how to select and water landscape plants correctly. But another exciting event to celebrate in April is Arbor Day, a special day set aside the last Friday in April to help focus our attention on the importance of trees in our environment. Did you know one tree can filter over 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, equaling 11,000 miles of car emissions, besides providing cooling shade, edible fruits, attractive flowers or habitats for wildlife? With over 100 days of 100…
  • Celebrate AZ Water Photo Contest

    parkandco
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In a state full of picturesque landscapes, the most lasting images are the ones that feature water. From canyon streams to shimmering lakes, morning dew on ponderosas to rain puddles in backyards, something about capturing water scenes in Arizona inspires awe. For the second annual Water – Use It Wisely Celebrate AZ Water Photo Contest, we’re once again putting the power of the picture in the hands of Arizonans. This year’s contest kicked off on April 7th, and already has inspired over 600 amateur and professional photographers to submit their photos. The winning image will receive a…
  • Adventure Alert – It’s a Party for the Planet!

    parkandco
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Water – Use It Wisely will celebrate Earth Day with SRP and other conservation-minded community partners at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will music, crafts and activities for the young and the young-at-heart. Test your water-sense with our super cute plumber duckies – answer correctly and you can take one home! We’ll also have buckets full of water-wise landscape information. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the new smart home water guide, Find & Fix Leaks that are Draining Your Budget. Sometimes leaks can be sneaky – this handy…
  • What’s All the Buzz about Pollinator-Friendly Plants?

    parkandco
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    April is Water Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and how to use water more efficiently. But another exciting event to celebrate in April is Earth Day, a special day set aside each year on April 22nd to help focus our attention on the importance of protecting our environment. One easy way you can do your part is by selecting pollinator-friendly plants for your landscape. But first, let’s define what a pollinator is and why they are important. A pollinator causes plants to make seeds (fruits and vegetables) by moving pollen from the male…
  • Five Ways to Celebrate Arizona Water Awareness Month

    parkandco
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    April is Water Awareness Month (WAM) in Arizona! The purpose of WAM is to create a greater awareness of water issues through community education, action and celebration. Arizona’s first Water Awareness Month (WAM) was proclaimed in April 2008 by the governor’s office to help create a culture of conservation. The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) partners with organizations throughout the state to promote water conservation and encourage Arizonians to adopt water-efficient lifestyles. An interactive website serves as a portal for water-related information, classes, and events in…
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 April 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The Portland (OR) Water Bureau will drain one of its reservoirs of 38M gallons (almost 117 acre-feet) of water because a man was videotaped urinating in it. Hardly cause for concern, but it’s for PR. City Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees the PWB, said in The Oregonian: “Politics had no impact on our decision in this case. But […]
  • Sandra Zellmer & Christine Klein Guest Post: Missouri River Floodplain Owners Seeking a “Double-Take” from Taxpayers

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A few days ago I posted my review of Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster, by Christine A. Klein, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida and Sandra B. Zellmer, the Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska. Below is a piece they have written about an issue on the Missouri River. Here is a PDF: Download Missouri_River_Takings_Blog_Final   ********************************************************* Landowners flooded […]
  • Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Cutting to the chase: Read the book! Well-written and researched with a strong message: no more floodless floodplains – let rivers flood! Disclosure notice: I received a free, unsolicited copy of this book from the publisher. I know the first author, Christine A. Klein, from our time on the NRC Bay-Delta Committee and I consider her a friend. She’s the […]
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11 April 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    This photo, from Justin Quinn, is titled, ‘Uncle Sam’s Bad Habit’. I like it.  It’s almost as funny as someone from The Nature Conservancy using a bottled water promotional video to advance the idea that groundwater is inaccessible. The following words of wisdom accompanied the Tweet: checkout this cool site that helps show why @nature_org doesn’t count groundwater as easily accessible… What […]
  • CRS Report: EPA & Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    More good stuff! Another great report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS): EPA and the Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”. Claudia Copeland is the author. Download CRS_Report_EPA-USACE_Waters_of_US Summary On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly proposed a rule defining the scope of waters […]
 
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  • Putting the Yuk Into the Clean Water Act Policy Debate

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter – @LTCWA I’m pretty sure that anyone who read today’s news about three teenagers urinating into a finished water reservoir in Portland OR thought “…. Yuk, I don’t want that in my drinking water!” We need an similar but overwhelming public reaction of disgust and outrage about polluters’ effort to block one of the most important pieces of clean water policy in decades. According to news reports, cameras caught three teenagers urinating into a reservoir used to store drinking water which has already…
  • Cool Shades, Clean Water

    jscott@cleanwater.org
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    by Jonathan A. Scott (@jscottnh on Twitter) “What do hip-hop sunglasses have to do with Clean Water?” you might ask.   This is not an academic question. When Todd Wilkerson, founder and CEO of trendy eyewear company Shuttershades first approached Clean Water Action about supporting our organization we had to think about it (for a second, but not any longer than that). Here are some of the obvious answers: Everybody cares about clean water. We all have a stake in keeping our water clean. Right now is Earth Month. As far as we’re concerned, it’s all about the water.
  • Failing to Protect Drinking Water in California

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    By Andria Ventura, California Program Manager On April 15, California’s Department of Public Health announced an enforceable drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (also called chromium-6, the contaminant made famous in the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich, of 10 parts per billion (ppb).  This is a disappointing end to the 10 year wait for a limit that was supposed to be established by legislative mandate in 2004 While California is now the only place in the US to regulate hexavalent chromium in drinking water, this standard is 500 times higher than the public health goal of .02 ppb,…
  • On Tax Day – Let’s End the Subsidies

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Nic Clark, Michigan Director Follow Nic on Twitter – @ClarkNic Remember the Enbridge oil spill in the summer of 2010? We’re quickly approaching the four-year anniversary of that environmental disaster and the Kalamazoo River is still dealing with the consequences of Enbridge’s screw up. For far too long in this state and country, we have relied on fossil fuels to power our communities and economy. I am a firm believer in the idea that we need to move away from these dangerous and outdated forms of energy towards a renewable energy future. However, it seems despite the history we…
  • Protecting Clean Water in Vermont: a flatlander’s view

    jscott@cleanwater.org
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
      by Jonathan A. Scott, Managing Editor, Clean Water Action News (@jscottnh on Twitter) First, I admit for the record that I do not live in Vermont. However, I can see Vermont from my house. It’s over there, right on the other side of the beautiful Connecticut River. Also for the record, as a New Hampshire resident only since 1989, my views may carry less weight than a native-born New Englander. If you live here, you know that is because only 2nd or 3rd generation Granite Staters are considered true natives. The rest of us “flatlanders” might be living here now, but we are lumped…
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  • State drought policies just don’t hold water

    Editor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    Posted by Katy Grimes at the Flashreport  Part l of two stories about the reality of California’s water supply Whether or not California’s drought conditions are brought on by alleged “global warming,” most agree the state is lacking rainfall. What many in the state refuse to acknowledge is that this is actually typical; drought occurs 40 percent of the time in California. It’s not unusual. However, government and public officials with an agenda of opportunistic control are fueling the melodramatic media coverage of the state’s rainfall shortage. And many of…
  • Claremont should be wary of water takeover plan

    Editor
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    By Jon Coupal His column in the Inland Valley Dailey Bulletin As most Californians are aware, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has been defending homeowners’ rights for more than 35 years. Attacks on property rights come in many forms — from excessive property taxes to overregulation and ballooning costs for sewer, water and refuse collection. A particularly dangerous movement has taken hold in California that constitutes an immediate threat to homeowners in Claremont. The city government is planning to use eminent domain to seize the local water system currently owned and operated…
  • As drought continues, feds could seize San Luis Reservoir water

    Editor
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:42 pm
    By Stephen Frank  The farmers of Fresno made a tough decision last year.  They decided to “bank” some of their allotted water in the San Luis Reservoir to be used this year.  That is difficult but good planning.  What the farmers could not know is that the Federal government after allocating over 50% of farmers water to protect fairy shrimp, salmon and delta smelt, would now take the banked water as well. If California was only going into a deep recession, this makes sure it is a deep Depression.  Any wonder citizens have little trust or respect for…
  • Article: Wheat gave way to grapes & almonds

    Editor
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:20 am
    By Dennis Wyatt   Wheat — and not almonds, pumpkins or even grapes — is what attracted farmers to the Manteca region after the Gold Rush in a bid to make a living. The crop started appearing in the area in 1850. It was about the only viable crop for several reasons. First there was no irrigation. Developed markets were thousands of miles away. There were also two basic soil choices — adobe which retains moisture but is impassable during winter and sandy loam that can be farmed year-round.The geological boundary for the two types of soils is along French Camp Road. Passable roads…
  • Interesting Interview: Is protecting one fish leading to drought?

    Editor
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:45 am
    Is protecting one fish leading to a drought? The National Review’s Charles Cooke joins Morning Joe to discuss how efforts to protect the Delta smelt fish in California are helping lead the region into manmade drought.   Watch this Interview  
 
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  • Nepal WASH Alliance

    Isha Parihar
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Who? The Dutch WASH Alliance is a €50 million Dutch government programme headed by a consortia of six Dutch organisations active in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector: WASTE, Simavi, RAIN, AMREF, Akvo and ICCO. It aims to increase access to safe and sustainable water and sanitation services and improve hygiene practices, especially for women and marginalised communities. The WASH Alliance is a five year (2011-2015) programme that operates with the help of local partner organisations in eight countries; Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Uganda and…
  • What is innovation?

    Kendra Terry
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:33 am
    I recently attended a Technology Salon during which we spoke about the meaning of innovation.  The salon brought about 30 people, with backgrounds ranging from university educators to NGO staff and founders to USAID personnel, all asking what is innovation?  Innovation is creativity, it is bringing new solutions to old problems, it is a reworking of entire departments in otherwise bureaucratic institutions.  The salon got me thinking about how innovation is central to international development.  There is a host of mostly smaller organizations whose very makeup is innovative and then there…
  • Announcing Akvo Foundation USA

    Emily Armanetti
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    We’ve officially set up Akvo Foundation USA, with headquarters at the OpenGovHub in Washington, D.C. and an office in New York City. Akvo Foundation USA (501(c)(3)) will operate as an independent entity from Akvo Foundation in the Netherlands, while working in close collaboration with our network of hub offices around the world. We have an MOU in place with Akvo Foundation in the Netherlands, which outlines roles and responsibilities and we are accountable to an active and engaged board with whom we meet quarterly.Quite a lot of work has gone into establishing the U.S. foundation and, now…
  • Akvo RSR Up now available in the Google Play Store

    Adrian Collier
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:23 am
    We mentioned back in January that we were beta testing an Android mobile application. Well we’re super pleased to announce that we have completed this test run and are ready to launch this to the big wide world!It’s called Ako RSR Up and is designed and created to Upload project Updates from Android devices.From today Akvo RSR Up is available in the Google Play store for free. Making it extremely easy and simple to download and install. We’ve made an instructional YouTube video and also provided user documentation within the apps GitHub repository.Of course, now that the app…
  • 9 questions for Akvopedians

    Mark Charmer
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    Akvopedia is a free-to-use online resource for finding and sharing knowledge about water, sanitation and hygiene projects. We’ve just designed an online survey that aims to examine and understand better the global Akvopedia user experience. It’s really simple and quick to complete – 9 easy questions, taking a few minutes at most. If you use Akvopedia, we’d love to hear your views. Just head over to www.akvopedia.org and the survey will pop up automatically. More context, for the curious The online survey will provide a sample that complements site metrics that are…
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  • Flashback: 14-20 Apr 2013

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    A year later and still worth reading...Water management in Singapore -- learn how they've succeededSo, you want to be a water economist -- four simple sentences that are HARD to executeReal or fake water conservation? Yes, there's a difference
  • Friday party!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    This video shows the triple point (gas-liquid-solid) of an unknown substance.
  • Anything but water

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Yes, it's a conspiracy: tax software companies lobby against US tax simplificationUh oh update: average temps will increase 4-5C with business as usual (i.e., reality). In related news, Al Qaeda has decided that the fastest way to destroy America is by inaction: we're screwing up without their helpSolar vendors worry about "uncertainty" due to subsides. Their solution? Permanent subsidiesSaudi Arabia will spend $1 trillion to double energy supplies... that are sold below cost. I bet they could save money (twice) by raising prices to reduce demand and the need for extra capacity (even if KSA…
  • Biased nexes, damned dams and abusive infrastructure

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Each of these elements can be mismanaged due to missing information.Some people want to manage the "nexus" of energy and water, but those sectors overlap and affect other sectors, such as environment, food, transportation, urban setting, and so on. A failure to include other relevant interactions will result in surprise outcomes when management targets an optimal nexus of water and energy.Those outcomes will turn into outright failure and destruction if interest groups are allowed to manipulate nexus targets to meet their narrow interests (e.g., corn ethanol was supposed to deliver green…
  • Speed blogging

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Still getting caught up, after the book launch and teaching...Engineers use smarter sensors to test quality and reduce system leaks. Now they only need manager motivated to reduce leaks Fleck discusses the Bureau of Reclamation's "option" to pay attention to endangered species and puts the "minute 319 pulse" release of water into the Colorado River Delta into perspective (figure). That "environmental experiment" is tiny compared to irrigator diversions that drain the river 98 percent of the timeBrian Richter (of the Nature Conservancy) discusses sources and uses of water in the US.
 
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  • Class Participation 4/9/14

    jjc95
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Topic:This article indicates the importance of water in relation to issues such as world hunger, diseases, and sustainability.Pg. 1-Clean water has done more for the health of humanity […]
  • Tax Payers grievances

    NADTD
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    1. DR JACK & CURTIS, (2014), Taxpayers grievances [ONLINE]. Available at: http://ewn.co.za/2014/04/02/Taxpayers-grievances [Accessed 4 April 14].
  • Free Access to Popular Water Articles

    NADTD
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Free Access to Popular Water ArticlesFor free access to popular sample articles of one of our Water journals please click below on the journal of your choice. In […]
  • Sacred Water

    chrisandvalentina
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    While visiting California during the holidays, my aunt gave us six vials of water which had been collected from sources all over the world. This water has been […]
  • Water

    talesofinconsequence
    8 Nov 2013 | 12:10 pm
    A water bottle, yet unopened, stood in solitude next to a tap contemplating the meaning of life. The End. // //
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    Washlink

  • 2014 Symposium on Water, Sanitation & Hy

    WASHLink
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    2014 Symposium on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Asia #WASH Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, August 27-29 http://ow.ly/vxAm3 #watsanFiled under: WatSan
  • Meet Raya, the Sanitation Muppet | Menta

    WASHLink
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Meet Raya, the Sanitation Muppet | Mental Floss http://ow.ly/vsIwQ #wash #watsanFiled under: WatSan
  • WEDC – A Collection of Contemporary Toil

    WASHLink
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    WEDC – A Collection of Contemporary Toilet Designs | India Sanitation Portal http://ow.ly/vsE1j #WASH #WATSANFiled under: WatSan
  • British have pledged 10 m pound to impro

    WASHLink
    12 Feb 2014 | 6:25 am
    British have pledged 10 m pound to improve #sanitation & water facilities for Gurkha communities in Nepal. http://ow.ly/tx1ya #WATSANFiled under: WatSan
  • paper: Living conditions and public health status in three urban slums of Lagos, Nigeria

    WASHLink
    25 Jan 2014 | 4:59 pm
    from  South East Asia Journal of Public Health   Living conditions and public health status in three urban slums of Lagos, Nigeria (available as 6 page pdf below ) Akinwale OP1, Adeneye AK2, Musa AZ3, Oyedeji KS4, Sulyman MA5, Oyefara JO6, Adejoh PE7, Adeneye AA8 1Director of Research (Neglected Tropical Diseases), Head, Molecular Parasitology Research Laboratory, Public Health Division; 2,5Research Fellow, Public Health Division; 3Research Fellow, Clinical Sciences Division; 4Research Fellow, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Division; Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos…
 
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    Water Canada

  • April 23-24, 2014: Extreme Weather: Impacts, Challenges and Adaptations

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Where: Ottawa, ON Organization: Canadian Climate Forum Website: www.climateforum.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Symposium-program-April-3.pdfThe post April 23-24, 2014: Extreme Weather: Impacts, Challenges and Adaptations appeared first on Water Canada.
  • May 26-28, 2014: Communications Workshop: ‘Pass the Mic’

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Where: Toronto, ON Organization: Canadian Water Network Website: http://canadianwaternetwork.createsend1.com/t/r-l-xmjiyk-tykijitiuu-p/The post May 26-28, 2014: Communications Workshop: ‘Pass the Mic’ appeared first on Water Canada.
  • June 8-13, 2014: A Rock in the Stream: Water Opportunities and Challenges in Cape Breton

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Where: Cape Breton, NS Organization: Canadian Water Network Website: http://www.cwn-rce.ca/young-professionals/workshops/a-rock-in-the-stream-cape-breton-workshop/The post June 8-13, 2014: A Rock in the Stream: Water Opportunities and Challenges in Cape Breton appeared first on Water Canada.
  • April 23, 2014: Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Where: Online Organization: Canadian Water Network Website: http://www.cwn-rce.ca/events/virtual-events/The post April 23, 2014: Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders appeared first on Water Canada.
  • April 28-30, 2014: CANECT 2014

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Where: Mississauga, ON Organization: Envirogate Event Management Inc. Website: http://www.envirogate.ca/canect/The post April 28-30, 2014: CANECT 2014 appeared first on Water Canada.
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    Waiology

  • LAWA’s new environmental monitoring website clears up water quality data

    Waiology
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    By Maree Clark and Kati Doehring The launch of LAWA (Land, Air, Water Aotearoa) last month is a significant milestone for our country’s environmental reporting. A web-based platform, LAWA displays state and trend information for more than 1100 freshwater monitoring sites throughout New Zealand in one place, and in an easy to understand format. It’s the first time you can look at data for a site, catchment, region or the country in one place and in a standardised way. It’s unique in that it allows everyone to learn about the state of our rivers, independently whether you’re a school…
  • World Water Day, 22 March

    Waiology
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:43 pm
    By Daniel Collins Since 1993, March 22 has been World Water Day. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of water to society and of the challenges people face in securing sufficient and safe water. Like many efforts run by the United Nations, it fosters collaboration between the economic and hydrologic haves and have-nots, and cooperation among riparian nations*. The water-energy nexus The theme for this year’s World Water Day is water and energy. Water is required to generate almost all forms of energy, and energy is needed to distribute and treat water. In New Zealand, a…
  • Calling for Christchurch flood photos

    Waiology
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:58 pm
    By Daniel Collins The flooding that Christchurch experienced on Wednesday was extreme, leaving many houses flooded and roads closed. To build a better understanding of how vulnerable different parts of Christchurch are to flooding in the future, particularly following the earthquakes, we would like your help. If you took any photos at or near peak water levels anywhere in Christchurch during Wednesday morning or early afternoon, please send them to NIWA (floodphoto AT niwa.co.nz)* with the street address and time, and with the subject “Flood”. We will use the images to help identify how…
  • The colourful redfin bully

    Waiology
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:09 pm
    By Amber McEwan As the temperatures gradually get warmer, we aren’t the only ones thinking about hopping into our local river. A small, yet spectacularly attractive little native fish called the redfin bully uses this time of year to make the move from the sea to fresh water. The male redfin bully is one of our most brightly coloured native freshwater fish (A. Perrie).The redfin bully is usually a freshwater fish but they undergo a migration when they are young. Adults lay eggs in streams and rivers and when they hatch, the tiny larvae are swept downstream and out to sea. They spend 3–6…
  • Happy holidays from Waiology!

    Waiology
    22 Dec 2013 | 2:00 pm
    By Daniel Collins After the recent water quality series, Waiology will be taking a break over the holidays, springing back to action mid-January. Over the course of the year, Waiology published 67 articles and hosted four series – on wetlands, water governance, water quality, and native freshwater fauna. See the archives for the complete list. Based on visits to specific articles, the most popular one this year was Bob Wilcock’s on dicyandiamide (DCD), at 4500 pageviews. The second most popular, at 2500 pageviews, was my article from last year on the water footprint of milk. A few other…
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    Watery Foundation

  • An outbreak of ordinariness

    Tom
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The “springs bill” being considered in the Florida Senate is full of commonsense policies. The bill calls only for measures that should have been in place long ago, enjoy strong public support, and cost less than recent water management budget cuts. If asked, almost all Floridians would favor what is in the bill: Finally mapping springsheds of major springs? Adopting minimum flows and levels for major springs no later than 2020? Deciding by 2017 on how to protect or recover the listed springs? Requiring local governments to adopt at least a minimum landscape fertilizer code? …
  • Dodged a few

    Tom
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    In light of the many mistakes made in Florida water history, it is good to remember that some misguided water ideas never came to reality. Here’s a few: No fresh water impoundment was ever constructed in upper Tampa Bay. The so-called Intracoastal Waterway “missing link” between St. Marks and Tarpon Springs was never built. The State of Florida strongly supported this damaging project for many years, partly because it would bolster the argument for the “Cross Florida Barge Canal.” The Barge Canal itself was stopped. The original canal work has been at least…
  • The even bigger wealth effect

    Tom
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As I noted last Monday, higher income households tend to use more water, apply more fertilizer, etc. That is significant by itself but wealth and income patterns have even more profound effects on water (especially because of the state’s high income inequality). How? Benjamin I. Page, Larry M. Bartels, and Jason Seawright, “Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans” (Perspectives on Politics, March 2013, Figure 4.) It turn out that wealthy people have much different views on desirable policies than most Americans. As shown in the figure to the right, for example,…
  • The wealth effect

    Tom
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Higher income is associated with more intense water resource impacts. Higher-income households use more water and are less sensitive to conservation pricing.More expensive homes also apply above-average amounts of  fertilizer and pesticides. Only expensive residential developments are able to build in wetlands and pass on the cost of mitigation credits ($75,000 or more per acre).  Water conservation campaigns can preach that ”every drop counts.” If you search for where the number of wasteful drops is the highest, however, you may end up at the homes that can most easily…
  • Drought challenges: California and Florida

    Tom
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Is there any way to compare current drought challenges in California with Florida droughts? The states are very different but perhaps a few numbers will be illuminating. Rainfall. For California, statewide rainfall last year set a record low: 7.38 inches. The comparable record low for Florida is 41.48 inches (way back in 1917). Water withdrawal intensity. The statewide average in California is about 200,000 gallons of fresh water withdrawn per day per square mile. In Florida, the average is half that: about 104,000 gallons per square mile per day. Evaporation. Fresno, California (in that…
 
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • Manual Handling Course Completed

    Jonny
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    With several members of our team completing the National Water Hygiene Card Scheme in March this month our maintenance and drilling staff undertook the CIEH Level 2 Award in Manual Handling course. The course was run by Livius Training based in Ripon and this Chartered Institute of Environmental Health qualification has been designed for employees who carry out manual handling at work and provides essential information about various manual handling hazards and how to address them safely. Why is this training important? Under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, employers are…
  • Dales Water Staff Take National Water Hygiene Scheme Course

    Jonny
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    As part of our commitment to staff training and health and safety last month several members of our team took the National Water Hygiene Card Training Course. Some of our new Water Hygiene Cards The training card is relatively new and was designed to replace all water company specific hygiene schemes. Before the hygiene card workers had to undergo separate testing, health screening and to carry several separate cards for each water authority. Now they only need one. What is the water hygiene card course? The course provides an understanding of how important it is to maintain good hygiene…
  • DEFRA Abstraction Reform Consultation: Our Responses

    Jonny
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:12 am
    The DEFRA Consultation for Abstraction closed on the 28th of March so we thought we would share our responses to the questions posed in the online survey. For those unaware, the Environment Agency and DEFRA released a consultation on Abstraction Licence Reform which is the first time significant changes have been considered in approximately 60 years. Everyone with an abstraction licence will be affected by the proposed changes should they occur, including those with historical Licence of Rights (i.e.: not time limited). This affects both surface water and groundwater abstractions. What are…
  • Our Thoughts on the Proposed Changes to Abstraction Licensing Regime in England and Wales

    Jonny
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:45 am
    The Environment Agency (EA) and DEFRA are proposing to change the abstraction licencing regime in England and Wales, the first time substantial changes have been made in approximately 60 years. They have released a consultation on this that can be found here. This briefing note has been prepared to highlight the changes that are being proposed by the Environment Agency and provide our opinion on these changes following a workshop that has recently been run by the EA and DEFRA. It is by no way conclusive or covers all issues present and is our own opinion and interpretation of the changes. The…
  • Dales Water Partner with DAB to Become Approved e.syline Partners

    Jonny
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    We’re pleased to announce that Dales Water are now an approved e.syline partner for DAB and their range of e.sybox products. This partnership means we are now part of a select group of companies who carry stock of the e.sybox with an extended 3 year warranty only available through e.syline partners. What is an e.syline Partner? Our e.syline partner status means DAB have selected us to help provide customers with the highest levels of support and service. Our knowledge of pumping systems for a wide range of residential and commercial applications means we can provide customers with sound…
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    Donna Vincent Roa

  • One Water Communication: Why We Need Standardization

    Donna Vincent Roa
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I believe that we value what we understand. We use scales, models and frameworks to help us understand complex matters and materials. Review the conceptual models and categorization efforts of Daniel Defoe, Charles Darwin, Anders Celsius, John Smith Elgin Marbles, Seamus Heaney, Tycho Brahe, Captain Bligh, and my favorite, Rear Admiral Francis Beaufort, author and […] The post One Water Communication: Why We Need Standardization appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Measurement: Recurring Theme at “Convergence in Communications”

    Donna Vincent Roa
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I attended this jam-packed, day-long event at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA and had access to information-rich sessions and networking with the who's who of the DC communication community. The event's focus – emerging trends and disruptive technologies that are creating major shifts in how organizations manage public relations, communication, and public affairs – solidly piqued my interest. Billed as "the […] The post Measurement: Recurring Theme at “Convergence in Communications” appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Water Cluster Leaders: Real Challenges and No Simple Solutions for Water Technology Testing and Commercialization

    Donna Vincent Roa
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    EPA Convenes High-Level Water Cluster Leaders Meeting The recent US EPA invite-only, information-packed Water Technology Innovation Cluster Leaders Meeting titled "Successfully Supporting Early-Stage Companies: The Role of Technology Testing" in Cincinnati, OH featured thought-provoking messages about the water industry and insider insights on the water technology testing paradigm. Led by Sally Gutierrez, Director, Environmental Technology Innovation Clusters […] The post Water Cluster Leaders: Real Challenges and No Simple Solutions for Water Technology Testing and…
  • Internal Branding Key to Creating Water Utility Employee Ambassadors

    Donna Vincent Roa
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Internal branding can ignite employee performance, strengthen the profit potential of a water utility, and play a key role in helping utility executives and leaders inform staff of their external-facing expectations. To stimulate employee brand support and organizational change, internal communication and branding efforts should be a direct and constructive expression of the organization's vision […] The post Internal Branding Key to Creating Water Utility Employee Ambassadors appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • H20:DC – On Capitol Hill Advocating for the World for the Water Act

    Donna Vincent Roa
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    H20:DC – A Different Kind of Conference I really didn't know what to expect when I signed up for the World Vision H20:DC event described as a "different kind of conference, for people who are tired of talking about justice and want to do something." I was drawn in by its emphasis on exchanging ideas with today's leaders […] The post H20:DC – On Capitol Hill Advocating for the World for the Water Act appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
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