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  • Drier Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America

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    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Post: The water could start at any time. Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know. Her husband, Chuck, 62, will set out to walk the farm with a moisture probe to see which fields are the driest. One run of water covers only about 18 acres of their 500, so they have to choose carefully. As rural America wilts, this is how those left working its powder-dry land get by: At the appointed hour, Chuck turns the head...
  • Water Governance Issues? Spin the Sustainability Wheel!

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Buckle up for a ride on the sustainability wheel! Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel, by Flurina Schneider, Mariano Bonriposi, Olivier Graefe, Karl Herweg, Christine Homewood, Matthias Huss, Martina Kauzlaric, Hanspeter Liniger, Emmanuel Rey, Emmanuel Reynard, Stephan Rist, Bruno Schadler, and Rolf Weingartner (Published online in...
  • Protecting Clean Water in the Real World

    We All Live Downstream
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Ellen Gilinksy -the EPA Senior Advisor for Water- at event in Austin, Texas It’s hard to imagine a U.S. House of Representatives more out of touch with reality.  People support protecting water resources and getting in front of climate change and off of fossil fuels.  Today, the Committee responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act passed a bill to block EPA progress in restoring protection to streams and wetlands.  Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill blocking important policy proposals on both these critical issues. Out in the real world, our…
  • July 20, 2014--U.S. water quality: No day at the beach (Denver Post)

    The Water Information Program
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    What do you pack for a day at the shore? How about a hepatitis shot, antibiotic ointment, and a vomit bucket? A study conducted by the environmental organization NRDS found that as many as 10 percent of U.S.read more
  • Top 5 Reasons to Collect Rainwater for Your Landscape

    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    July is not only Smart Irrigation Month, but it’s also our summer monsoon season. There’s no better time to talk about rainwater harvesting. Here are our best reasons to take advantage of this great resource.  1. Rain is free Wouldn’t it be great if water just fell out of the sky? Okay, I’m kidding… it’s hard to imagine that right now… our 125th day without rain (our last significant rain was March 1). While we are well below normal in our rainfall so far this year, we do average almost 8-inches a year. And with a typical Arizona desert home, we have rooftops, driveways and…
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  • The Stream, July 24: China Establishes Seven Water Trading Markets

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    China Rules for pilot water trading markets in seven Chinese provinces will be approved by October, Reuters reported. The markets could improve water use efficiency in the country, but some experts have questioned their legality under Chinese law. India India is hoping to forge closer ties with Nepal by offering to help develop hydropower in the country, Reuters reported. Nepal could generate an estimated 40,000 megawatts from hydropower, but currently generates just 600 megawatts. United States The U.S. government is set to spend $US 1 million studying how the chemical MCHM could affect…
  • Film Review: ‘Divide in Concord’ Details Revolution of America’s First Bottled Water Ban

    Miles Beauchamp
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Kris Kaczor / 750 Productions Jean Hill fought to pass the first bottled water ban in the United States in Concord, Massachusetts. Click image to enlarge. By Miles Beauchamp Circle of Blue Divide in Concord — a self-funded documentary about the battle to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in Concord, Massachusetts — will have its Michigan premiere at the 10th annual Traverse City Film Festival with two screenings on Saturday, July 26, at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Directed by  Kris Kaczor, the documentary follows the efforts of two women, Jean Hill and Jill…
  • The Stream, July 23: Monsoon Rains Flood Parts of India

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    India While some regions of India are mired in drought, the country’s eastern states are being inundated by monsoon rains, AlertNet reported. Floods have displaced 10,000 people in Odisha, where floodwaters from a major river washed into 30 communities. Agriculture A drought in Thailand and the closure of a government subsidy program for rice growers will likely bring rice production down 10 percent to a 5-year low, Bloomberg News reported. Farmers expect rice yields to decline 20 to 50 percent in major growing regions due to a lack of water. Wheat production in Canada, the world’s…
  • The Stream, July 22: Drought Strains Food Security in Lebanon

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Rainfall has been far below average in Lebanon, leading to water shortages for farmers and a drop in fruit and vegetable production, Inter Press Service reported. As a result, food prices are rising and straining food security for Syrian refugees and border communities in the country. Energy China’s National Energy Administration cautioned regional developers to avoid building coal-to-gas plants with disregard to water availability and technical and financial constraints, Reuters reported. As many as 50 coal-to-gas plants, which use large quantities of water, are being proposed in China,…
  • In Silicon Valley, Symbols of California’s Drought Abound

    Brett Walton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    But a lukewarm response in the world’s technology capital. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue Marty Grimes, spokesman for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, walks with a local television crew in the middle of a groundwater recharge pond outside the district’s headquarters in San Jose, California. In a normal year, water would be to their necks. Click image to enlarge. SAN JOSE, California – The rutted patch of dirt outside the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s headquarters is not supposed to look like a playground for all-terrain vehicles. The 11-acre site is usually…
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  • EPA Settles Stormwater Case to Protect Richmond Water Quality

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    PHILADELPHIA (July 22, 2014) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the city of Richmond has settled alleged violations of Clean Water Act regulations that protect waterways from polluted stormwater runoff. In a consent agreement with EPA, Richmond has agreed to pay a $12,000 penalty to settle the alleged violations related to its storm sewer system and notified EPA that the city is now in compliance with the applicable regulations
  • EPA Awards over $11 Million to State of Oklahoma to Improve Water Quality

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    DALLAS – (July 21, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $11 million to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The grant is part of EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure
  • EPA Solicits Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grant Proposals

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    (CHICAGO) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality. This year, shoreline cities with a population greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply for green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000
  • EPA releases proposal to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska fisheries from potential impacts posed by Pebble Mine

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Seattle—July 18, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 is issuing a proposal to protect one of the world’s most valuable salmon fisheries, in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the risks posed by large-scale mining at the Pebble deposit
  • EPA Awards $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters Funding will go to projects nationwide, including University of Baltimore work in the Patapsco Watershed

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    (PHILADELPHIA, July 17, 2014) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $2.1 million to 37 organizations, among them the University of Baltimore, to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. The University of Baltimore will use its $59,827 EPA grant to help clean up the Patapsco River watershed
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  • Drier Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Post: The water could start at any time. Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know. Her husband, Chuck, 62, will set out to walk the farm with a moisture probe to see which fields are the driest. One run of water covers only about 18 acres of their 500, so they have to choose carefully. As rural America wilts, this is how those left working its powder-dry land get by: At the appointed hour, Chuck turns the head...
  • Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires Across Northwest

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New York Times: A cool, wet spring that drew out luxuriant growth in parts of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a ferociously hot and dry early summer, has created a fire-season tinderbox across the Pacific Northwest that exploded over the past week with dozens of wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. More than 3,500 people, including fire crews from all over the country and National Guard troops in Washington and Oregon, have been battling the...
  • Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

    Reuters: Jennifer Dobner
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Reuters: Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a "blockade" at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead. "These projects do nothing but devastate the land and pollute the water and air,"...
  • Global warming emissions from meat consumption rising rapidly

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Mongabay: Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production have increased by more than 50 percent over the past 50 years and are set to zoom higher as the developing world consumes more meat, finds a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research is based on analysis of the impacts of livestock production per calorie consumed, including water and fertilizer use, land area requirements, and other factors. It went beyond carbon dioxide, evaluating...
  • Climate: Meat turns up the heat as livestock emit greenhouse gases

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    ScienceDaily: Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. It is published by Climactic Change. Carbon dioxide is the most-prevalent gas when it comes to climate change. It is released by vehicles, industry, and forest removal and comprises the greatest portion of greenhouse gas totals. But methane and...
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  • Eco-pottery product from water treatment sludge

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Sludge obtained from water treatment plants were studied as suitable materials to be used in the pottery industry to make suitable pottery products.
  • Sapronoses: Diseases of another kind, caused by pathogenic microorganisms

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    The drought that has the entire country in its grip is affecting more than the color of people's lawns. It may also be responsible for the proliferation of a heat-loving amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater bodies, such as lakes, rivers and hot springs, which the drought has made warmer than usual this year. Sapronoses are infectious diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms that inhabit aquatic ecosystems and/or soil rather than a living host.
  • Research charts ecological impact of microbial respiration in oxygen-starved ocean

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    A sulfur-oxidizing bacterial group called SUP05 will play an increasingly important role in carbon and nutrient cycling in the world's oceans as oxygen minimum zones expand, according to research. To conduct this study, researchers plumbed the depth of a seasonally anoxic fjord, Canada's Saanich Inlet, to chart how microbial community metabolism changes as oxygen minimum zones form.
  • Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    "Alaska wood frogs spend more time freezing and thawing outside than a steak does in your freezer, and the frog comes back to life in the spring in better shape than the steak," said the lead author on a recent paper demonstrating that freeze tolerance in Alaska wood frogs is more extreme than previously thought.
  • Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A new geological study concludes that the disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside. "Perhaps the most striking finding is that, while the Oso landslide was a rare geologic occurrence, it was not extraordinary," said a team leader for the study.
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    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join the next session of Smartscape classes for landscape professionals and receive expert instruction on how to better serve your clients. The Smartscape program is a comprehensive, research‐based training program that instructs landscape professionals in the fundamentals of design, installation, irrigation, and maintenance of low‐water‐use landscapes. The need for efficient water use, the regulatory environment, methods of water conservation in the landscape, and the principles of Xeriscape are key components of the program. The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (a Water –…
  • See Which Photo Contest Submission “Rains” Supreme

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    The second annual Water – Use It Wisely photo contest is a wrap, and we have a winner! After reviewing over 1,000 incredible images celebrating water throughout Arizona, Dave C’s photo of a post-rain scene in Boulder Canyon was a drop above the rest. “The celebration of water in a climate like ours can be very different for each person. For me, it’s not permanent features like lakes and rivers that call for celebration but the temporary, seasonal, fleeting water that hydrates our thirsty land,” said the photographer, a nature fanatic and hiking enthusiast. “This particular…
  • Lawn & Order

    10 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Many homeowners prefer a lawn close to the house that may provide a recreational or play area for children or pets, a relaxing place for lawn chairs and family gatherings and to create a cooling effect. Lawns can be functional and their root mass provides erosion control and helps to filter, capture and break down pollutants. In fact, a practical sized lawn can be part of a Xeriscape, as long as it’s used sparingly and properly maintained. To keep your lawn healthy this summer, follow the guidelines below. Water lawns only when they need it. If you leave footprints when walking across…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Collect Rainwater for Your Landscape

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    July is not only Smart Irrigation Month, but it’s also our summer monsoon season. There’s no better time to talk about rainwater harvesting. Here are our best reasons to take advantage of this great resource.  1. Rain is free Wouldn’t it be great if water just fell out of the sky? Okay, I’m kidding… it’s hard to imagine that right now… our 125th day without rain (our last significant rain was March 1). While we are well below normal in our rainfall so far this year, we do average almost 8-inches a year. And with a typical Arizona desert home, we have rooftops, driveways and…
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month!

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    July is typically the month of peak water demand for landscapes in Arizona. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for homeowners. By planting low-water-use plants, watering efficiently, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, you can save money, save water and see better results. Here are some tips to get you started: Turn on your irrigation system and walk around the yard to look for emitters or sprinkler heads that are broken, clogged, or misaligned. Install a…
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  • ‘The Santa Cruz Declaration’ – Good, but Misses Some Points

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A few days ago one of my email lists contained this message from Ben Crow: The Santa Cruz Declaration on the Global Water Crisis came out of a US National Science Foundation sponsored workshop on Equitable Water Governance last year. It was published in Water International earlier this year with commentary from several figures in the field of water. It seeks to describe several categories […] No related posts.
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 July 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve been told the Japanese have a real affinity for toilets, especially high-tech varieties. This picture surfaced in one of my Tweets this week. Here is the story. My only experience with a high-tech Japanese toilet was at the Holiday Inn at the Osaka Airport in 2003. I was faced with a device with numerous switches, […] 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 Water News Summary, 26 April 2014 – 2 May 2014 I am headed to Denver later today for…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11 July 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Self-promotion alert! Here we go…. Looking west across Lake Tahoe with former UNR student and good friend Sarah Raker. This was on 29 June 2014 on a wonderful field trip in the Truckee River basin led by Janet Phillips, who is developing a Tahoe (Truckee River source) – Pyramid Lake (terminus) Bikeway. What a ride that would be, especially the […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 February 2014 Lots of snow in Corvallis today. Maybe up to one... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 June – 4 July 2014 Running a little late this week but not…
  • Congress Navigates the Clean Water Act: Is Water Wet?

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    So will Congress determine whether water is wet? Could take some time. Friend and colleague Jan Schoonmaker of Van Scoyoc Associates sent this material to me. The following message accompanied his email. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing yesterday on the scope and impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule entitled “Definition of the ‘Waters of […] Related posts: CRS Report: EPA & Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States” More good stuff! Another great report from the Congressional…
  • Lake Abert’s Desiccation: Natural or Not? Let’s Find Out!

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    A few days ago The Oregonian published an article by Rob Davis about the drying of Lake Abert (or Abert Lake as the locals call it): Lake Abert, Oregon’s only saltwater lake, is disappearing and scientists don’t know why. Here is an in-depth story from Davis and more: 5 things you should know about Lake Abert, Oregon’s disappearing salt lake. As is often […] No related posts.
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  • EPA Rejects Proposal for Pebble Mine

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    On Tuesday July 15, I had the privilege of attending my first hearing on Capitol Hill. I got there early to take it all in, and was the first one in the audience by a good fifteen minutes. Clean Water Action assigned me to listen and report on the hearing, held by the House Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The hearing was about Section 404c of the Clean Water Act, which authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “restrict, prohibit, deny, or withdraw the use of an area as a disposal site for…
  • Protect Clean Water, Protect the Merrimack River

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    By Shanene Pierce, Massachusetts Intern – Boston Office It wasn’t until I joined the cross-country team in high school that I began to pay closer attention to the Merrimack River and Valley that I called home. I used the winding paths along the Merrimack to challenge and build my running endurance while training for my first 5k race. I’ve seen bald eagles soar above me while commuting along the river to and from my classes at University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Merrimack River is a beautiful place: when the Pawtucket Falls freeze over in midwinter, the rushing of snowmelt come…
  • Protecting Clean Water in the Real World

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Ellen Gilinksy -the EPA Senior Advisor for Water- at event in Austin, Texas It’s hard to imagine a U.S. House of Representatives more out of touch with reality.  People support protecting water resources and getting in front of climate change and off of fossil fuels.  Today, the Committee responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act passed a bill to block EPA progress in restoring protection to streams and wetlands.  Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill blocking important policy proposals on both these critical issues. Out in the real world, our…
  • DC Imposes a Citywide Ban on Polystyrene Foam

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    by Lily Biggar, Communications Intern For folks like me living in the nation’s capitol, this summer has brought unbearable humidity, another so-so season for the Washington Nationals, and continued congressional frustrations. However, DC has finally given us a reason to smile. On July 14th, the City Council voted to place a ban on polystyrene foam, the harmful petroleum-based material used in everything from packaging to takeout containers. While the ban may go unnoticed by consumers using polystyrene only to hold their morning coffee, it will certainly be noticed by our environment.
  • What the Appalachian Trail Taught Me about Clean Water

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    by Rachel Sicheneder, Clean Water Action alum Water. Clean Water. It’s amazing how my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail has completely centered my life around it. For safety measures I carry at least one liter of water at all times. Because of this I am constantly checking and re-checking my maps to locate my next water sources. Will my next fill up be a spring or a river? Will I have to travel up or down a mountain to get to it? Will it be clean enough to drink straight? Or will obvious signs of pollution force me to pull out my filter? I sometimes try and find towns along the way by…
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  • Water, Volume 6, Issue 7 (July 2014) - Open Access

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Water, Volume 6, Issue 7 (July 2014), Pages 1873-2163 If you cannot download the articles, visit the issue's homepage. Caveat emptor: The publisher of this journal, MDPI, has been listed by librarian Jeffrey Beall as a 'questionable publisher'. Table of Contents: Articles Article: Marketing Household Water Treatment: Willingness to Pay...
  • Water Governance Issues? Spin the Sustainability Wheel!

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Buckle up for a ride on the sustainability wheel! Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel, by Flurina Schneider, Mariano Bonriposi, Olivier Graefe, Karl Herweg, Christine Homewood, Matthias Huss, Martina Kauzlaric, Hanspeter Liniger, Emmanuel Rey, Emmanuel Reynard, Stephan Rist, Bruno Schadler, and Rolf Weingartner (Published online in...
  • The IWRM - WASH Nexus: Moving Forward; John Akudago on WASH & IWRM in Haiti (PPT)

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I realize I run the risk of losing readers by using the word 'nexus', one of the most overused words in my professional constellation. I thought about 'concatenation' but decided that word was best eschewed. So you're stuck with yet another nexus. One of the many great things to emerge...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 21 July 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    More excellent news articles from Elaine and Spot. Do you know of a colleague who would be interested in receiving these Bulletin Boards? Please forward to them. A quick email to geosciences-bboard@att.net with the word "subscribe" in the subject line and the email address will be added to the listing....
  • ICYMI: PNAS Issue 'Climate Change & Water in Southwestern North America' - Plus Ça Change...

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A day or two ago someone Tweeted a link to a paper by Peter H. Gleick, Roadmap for sustainable water rersources in southwestern North America, from PNAS, December 2010. I immediately thought, 'I must've missed this one,' and started to read the abstract: The management of water resources in arid...
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  • Data collection with ICCO Bolivia

    Laura Roverts
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    La Paz, Bolivia, was the very first place I visited in Latin America before I fell in love with that part of the world. And now, after seven years, I was so lucky to return to La Paz for an Akvo FLOW training workshop with ICCO Sur and some of their partners. ICCO is already using Akvo FLOW in other projects around the world. I arrived with my colleague Iñigo on Monday 16th June. The city of La Paz is breathtaking. Literally. Altitudes in the city vary from 3100 to 4100 meters above sea level, which means oxygen levels are reduced. Above: Angel Ramos from ICCO (middle) interviews an…
  • Cordaid in Haiti

    Kendra Terry
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Above: The Greener Side of Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Kendra Terry.I traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with colleague Charlotte Soedjak to give an Akvo RSR training to a group of Cordaid staff, along with representatives from a few of their partner organizations. For those who were familiar with RSR, the presentation focused mostly on how to provide updates to already existing projects. Everyone who attended seemed excited to use the tool in a new way.With Akvo RSR, partners can upload new projects with “static” information: a summary, background, project plan, goals, and…
  • Akvo FLOW in Mali

    Giel Hendriks
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:03 am
    Above: Dagmar Verbeek takes local news station ORTM through a demonstration and explanation of Akvo FLOW. Photo credit: Giel Hendriks.Together with Dagmar Verbeek & Valentin Iogo, I recently gave an Akvo FLOW training in Bamako to all the different organizations active for the WASH Alliance in Mali: WaterAid, CECEP, HELVETAS, ALPHALOG, Wetlands International, AED, ARAFD, CAEB, GRAT and ICCO.The Dutch WASH Alliance is a collective of NGO’s that, by combining its strength and collective capacity, wants to improve the availability of drinking water and sanitation facilities. They work in…
  • Starvation in a granary

    Aulia Rahman
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    With plenty of resources, starvation shouldn’t be Indonesia’s middle name. Mismanagement continues to be one of the biggest issues. Globally, up to 40% of fisheries’ catch end up as bycatch and wasted (WWF, 2009). Photo credit: Aulia RahmanI often sit down with my 2-year-old boy accompanying him watching the Baby TV channel. One of his favorite shows is Hungry Henry, which is about a squirrel-like character, or some kind of,err, I have no idea what Henry is, but one thing is for sure – just like the title, Henry is always hungry and he always yells “Henry is…
  • Hiring a Communications team member in Amsterdam

    Mark Charmer
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    Everyone at Akvo is part of the communications team, by being a real life and virtual personification of the organisation day to day. But the comms function itself is coordinated by a small team based in London, New York and Amsterdam. We help all Akvo staff develop the way they tell the Akvo story, how they explain our products, how they bring to life the work of partners and how they build new connections with like-minded people and groups. We also work hard to steer and evolve the brand and devise ways to help a growing organisation feel small, simple, dynamic and accessible. We’d…
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  • Ronald Coase, institutons and water

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    A LONG time ago, TS sent this:Ronald Coase died this past week at age 102. I think many people continue to misinterpret/misuse his core ideas and theories, i.e., the hard core right using his stuff to support the argument that any government regulation or intervention is bad. As you know, he advocated for property rights (which government would facilitate) to help us efficiently manage our environmental challenges, among other things.I think you've applied some of his insights to your writing on water, e.g., setting up water rights for people so they could sell some of their unused allocation…
  • Booze, cigarettes and sweets?

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    We regulate the sale and consumption of alcohol and tobacco to under-18s for their own protection, but why do we allow unlimited sales of candy bars, soda, energy drinks and so on?Those concentrated sources of sugar lead to cavities (I've got plenty), obesity, immuno-suppression, learning problems, etc. They do little or nothing positive for someone's health.I'm proposing a regulation that limits the percentage of calories from sugar in prepared foods, not a ban on sugar, home baking, etc. Thoughts?
  • Speed blogging

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Five things hippies get wrong about water -- a guest post I wrote for the (leftie) Angry Bear blog, featuring many disagreeing comments...Nice post on Israel's water complication (Palestine)We will not reach "the technical potential for water savings [on farms, in homes] without significant institutional and political change". Related: institutional inertia and the difficulty of changeMiami: home prices up, sea levels up. Can growth overcome facts? Related: The Atlas of Loss and Death tracks an increasing frequency of natural disastersReasonable: The US government may start to tell states to…
  • So what about Detroit?

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I have followed Detroit's fall with interest, mostly because I am hoping that an entrepreneurial government will allow a thousand flowers to bloom in the hollowed-out city (population has dropped by 60 percent; 200,000 properties are vacant). That process will take time, even if it's going in the right direction.In the meantime, the city is bankrupt, and one-third of its debt ($5 billion) is linked to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), which is trying to collect $175 million in past-due debt from its customers.This action is sensible but controversial in two ways. First, DWSD…
  • Monday funnies

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Why are people taking selfies in ALL the wrong places?
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  • Tree 1814 vs carbon 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    The classic Sognabåten handmade after old traditions meeting a brand new kayak made in carbon http://ift.tt/1rsR984
  • Gerringong Surfer

    Daniel Walker Photography
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    On Monday July 21, I went for a drive down the coast looking for something to photograph and as I was driving around I ended up at Gerringong beach where there was a large of group of males surfing and body boarding. This shot was taken of one of the better surfers. Please like me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielwalkerphotography
  • Megantas Spirit

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    ” Magenta’s Spirit “ Check my Facebook page Feels amazing to watch sunset and dusk on that beach. At al qasr beach -Dubai 4 Exposures processed with luminosity masks and digital blending Enjoy ! http://ift.tt/1A9iKzc
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    Easy Branches
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Balanced on a Blade of Grass a Dew Drop Magnifies the Rays of Morning Light http://ift.tt/1pKkcAR
  • 5 Tricks to Avoid Being Hungry All the Time

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    July 11, 2014    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD Once, one of my clients half-jokingly requested an exorcism from the demon possessing her body: hunger. Kind of a gruesome analogy but, truth be told, it’s fairly accurate considering how out of control she felt. When my clients struggle like this, I often say I wish I could wave a magic wand to make it all better, which of course I can’t. But what I can do is offer some tried and true advice to effectively rein in appetite and help regain a sense of balance. The five strategies below are tops for doing just that, and each also has the power to…
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    Thirsty in Suburbia

  • Road-Tripping and Tower-Tipping

    Gayle Leonard
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We may be delirious from the onset of Midwestern summer heat, but I’m out of my mind with three of my favorite things, all wrapped in one package: water towers, […]
  • “New” Edible Water Bottle: Been there, done that in 2010!

    Gayle Leonard
    25 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Isn’t parody supposed to follow reality? Nah, in our modern internetted world, that’s just another old-timey rule we can toss out! Case in point: my internetted world is aflame this […]
  • Drought Jokes: “It’s So Dry…” California Edition!

    Gayle Leonard
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:58 pm
    California is facing its worst water shortage in decades. This is somewhat funny, both “curious-funny” and “ha-ha funny” because the state’s severest drought in modern history gives us an excuse […]
  • Best water-related news headline…ever?

    Gayle Leonard
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:39 pm
    We always appreciate effervescent, fluid prose so our hats are off to Kevin Murphy of the Winona (Wisconsin) Daily News for this splashy headline: “Fountain City water rates spike” Dirty […]
  • Funeral for a Friend: Buried Water Infrastructure in 1949

    Gayle Leonard
    23 Jun 2013 | 11:22 am
    To paraphrase Mark Twain, I didn’t attend this funeral, but I’d like to send this nice note to say I approve of it! This item from the June 13, 1949 […]
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    Chance of Rain

  • Bracing for scarcity

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    L.A. Natural History Museum's "Just Add Water" series looks at the need for landscape reform in California. Hosted by UCLA's Jon Christensen, panelists include native plant expert Carol Bornstein, landscape designer Pamela Berstler and environment reporter Emily Green
  • Cecil Garland, 1925-2014

    14 May 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Cecil Garland, the Utah rancher whose name is synonymous with wilderness preservation throughout the Great Basin and in Montana, died Sunday of pneumonia according to an obituary issued through the Great Basin Water Network. Garland, 88, was born in Ohio and raised in Appalachia. On leaving the Air Force after World War II,  he hitched to Southern Nevada where he spent a decade dealing cards in a Las Vegas casino. As the Rat Pack-era began in the 1950s, Garland and his wife, Barbara Heavin, moved to Lincoln, Montana, where they opened a general store. It was in Lewis and Clark County where…
  • Avoiding pollution, drought’s evil twin

    21 Feb 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Drought has rewritten accepted orthodoxy about yard care. Among the things to do: water less often, more deeply. Rake. Compost. Squarely on the list of things not to do: fertilize, apply pesticides or use leaf blowers. Advice from a veteran garden writer about dry season good practice.
  • Emptying reservoirs, empty words

    17 Feb 2014 | 10:20 am
    Rancho Mirage, where President Obama golfed last weekend, is located between Palm Desert and Cathedral City. The heavily irrigated areas, many denoting water-hungry golf courses in California’s Mojave Desert, are highlighted in red. Source: NASA/Earth Observatory *President Obama came to the Central Valley to address drought and climate change. Everyone “is going to have to start rethinking how we approach water for decades to come,” he said. After making the remark in a speech at a ranch in Los Banos, a farm town roughly 75 miles northwest of Fresno, the President spent…
  • Through Isabelle’s eyes

    7 Feb 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Her early career as an artist predicted the style of landscape architect Isabelle Greene.
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    International Water Law Project Blog

  • Dr. Götz Reichert: Entry into Force of the UN Watercourses Convention – Should Europe Care?

    Gabriel Eckstein
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    The following post by Dr. Götz Reichert is the fifth in the series of essays related to the entering into force of the by 1997 UN Watercourses Convention (see the introduction to the series, and the first, second, third, and fourth essays). Dr. Reichert is head of the Environment Department at the Centre for European […]
  • Dr. Kishor Uprety: A South Asian Perspective on the UN Watercourses Convention

    Gabriel Eckstein
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    The following post, by Dr. Kishor Uprety, is the fourth in the series of essays related to the entering into force of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention (see the introduction to the series, and the first, second, and third essays). Dr. Uprety is a lawyer with The World Bank. He can be reached at aastha7 […]
  • Dr. Dinara Ziganshina: UN Watercourses Convention in Central Asia – The Current State and Future Outlook

    Gabriel Eckstein
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Managing the impacts of climate change and demographic growth, as well as reconciling different demands on water for drinking needs and sanitation, ecosystems, agriculture, food production, industry and energy are major water security challenges in the Aral Sea basin shared by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. These challenges require a holistic, mutually beneficial and cooperative solution that is agreeable to all parties involved. A 2011 regional assessment on the role and relevance of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention to the Aral Sea…
  • Dr. Salman M.A. Salman: Entry into Force of the UN Watercourses Convention – Where are the Nile Basin Countries?

    Gabriel Eckstein
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    The following post, by Dr. Salman M. A. Salman, is the second in the series of essays related to the entering into force of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention (the introduction to series can be found here, while the first essay is available here). Dr. Salman is an academic researcher and consultant on water law and […]
  • Dr. Stephen McCaffrey: The Entry Into Force of the 1997 Watercourses Convention

    25 May 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The following post, by Dr. Stephen C. McCaffrey, is the first in a series of essays related to the entering into force of the UN Watercourses Convention (see introduction to series here). Dr. McCaffrey is the Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and former Special Rapporteur of the […]
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    Water Canada

  • March 25-26, 2015: TRIECA 2015

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Where: Brampton, ON Organization: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Website: http://www.trieca.com/The post March 25-26, 2015: TRIECA 2015 appeared first on Water Canada.
  • New Phosphorus Technology Introduced in Quebec

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Premier Tech Aqua (PTA) has announced a new technology that can help clean lakes and watercourses of phosphorous and control blue-green algae blooms. The announcement comes in response to provincial regulations in Québec. The phosphorous removal and disinfection wastewater treatment chain is certified by the Bureau de normalization du Québec (BNQ), and can produce an […]The post New Phosphorus Technology Introduced in Quebec appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Elevated E. Coli Levels at Vancouver Beaches

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Officials in British Columbia are warning people not to swim at three West Vancouver beaches after water quality sampling revealed elevated E. coli levels. The 2012 Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines recommend a level of less than 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 millilitres of water for primary contact activities like swimming. Vancouver Coastal Health’s […]The post Elevated E. Coli Levels at Vancouver Beaches appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Ecojustice Releases New Drinking Water Report

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Ecojustice has released a new report suggesting Canada’s drinking water standards are lagging behind international benchmarks. The report, Waterproof: Standards, examines maximum allowable levels of contamination in Canadian drinking water, as set out in Health Canada’s Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. It then compares these regulations with frameworks in the United States, European Union, […]The post Ecojustice Releases New Drinking Water Report appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Troubled Waters

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    The Capital Regional District’s (CRD) attempt to build a Vancouver Island wastewater treatment plant has become a bureaucratic debacle as messy as the sewage it is trying to clean up. In 2006, the province of British Columbia mandated the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee to oversee waste management and make recommendations to the board. […]The post Troubled Waters appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • NIWA revising national flood statistics

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    By Daniel Collins As we have seen in Northland in recent days and in Christchurch in March, severe floods pose a significant threat to rural and urban lives and livelihoods. One person drowned in the Waitangi River on Saturday, and the cost of the flooding will likely be in the millions. As a point of comparison, the Southland floods of 1984 cost insurers $140 million (inflation-adjusted to 2014). Protecting against flood hazards is a vital part of local government responsibilities, as mandated under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941. It is…
  • Reviews coming in on new policy for freshwater management

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    By Daniel Collins The Government recently released the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2014). The policy provides the most comprehensive instructions to regional councils yet on how our freshwaters – rivers, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers – are to be managed. Amendments made in the new policy include numerical thresholds and bottom-lines for a range of water quality attributes in order to meet human and ecosystem health objectives (referred to as the National Objectives Framework, NOF). This was a key recommendation of the Land and Water Forum. Reception of the new…
  • New ID key reveals freshwater invertebrates of Campbell Island

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    By Shelley McMurtrie New Zealand’s subantarctic islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site of unparalleled beauty and outstanding natural values. One of these islands—New Zealand’s most southern landmass Campbell Island—is home to several globally rare species including its unique and colourful megaherbs, and one of the largest colonies of royal albatross. With an ever-increasing need to protect biodiversity values and understand how climate change will affect world ecosystems, the Subantarctic region is assuming increasing significance. However, our knowledge and understanding of the…
  • Using models to understand and protect our braided rivers

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:38 am
    By Murray Hicks Braided rivers, defined by networks of channels that are forever changing and shifting, are iconic features of the New Zealand landscape. Their existence depends on abundant supplies of gravelly sediment and frequent disturbance by floods and freshes. They also support unique communities of in-stream and terrestrial organisms (fish and birds) that have adapted to this dynamic physical environment. For example, the channel changes are sufficiently intense that riverbed weeds are naturally controlled, leaving bare gravel bars and islands which make relatively predator-safe…
  • Citizen scientists help map Christchurch flooding

    15 Jun 2014 | 7:03 pm
    By Daniel Collins The Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011 had a disastrous effect on Christchurch and its residents. But one effect could not be known until much later – flooding. The earthquakes changed the height of the ground across the city, raising or dropping the land by several 10s of centimetres in places. This meant that the flood risk maps we had of Christchurch were no longer as true as they used to be, and they needed to be updated. An opportunity to update the flood maps came when another disaster struck Christchurch. As an intense southerly moved up the country, many parts…
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    Watery Foundation

  • Zombie water ideas

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Zombie water ideas are undead; no matter how many times they are killed by what appears to be lethal refutation, they still act alive. Here’s a few of them: A ring of desalination plants around Florida can provide all the water we need. Zombies have no interest in economic efficiency. There almost always are cheaper alternatives to desal, including improved efficiency. Privatizing water rights and setting up markets would solve water supply shortages. This ignores the many practical obstacles to a functioning water market. The undead can ignore any reality. Agriculture’s water…
  • Eliminate the negative

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This will be the first gubernatorial administration in many years without any kind of a water management or growth management “commission” or “task force.” (For that matter, this administration has not set up an energy commission. Or a climate commission. Or a governmental reform commission. Or an open government commission. Or a tax reform commission.) If you invite people to say what they think, they just might say something you don’t like. No reason to hear any of that, with an election coming up and all.  
  • Falling into failure

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Peter Paul Rubens, 1620, “Fall of the Damned” General glumness abounds in the Leroy Collins Institute report from last February: “Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future” (pdf). From education to transportation to the state’s tax system, they conclude that the state is in worse shape than a decade ago and not getting any  better: We think Florida passed a tipping point in the 2000s – a point at which the gradual accumulation of many small changes became a large and (nearly) irreversible one. New high-skill jobs go where there are existing concentrations…
  • Stevenson’s “Journey”

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The best natural history interpreter you will ever hear is Jim Stevenson. His book, “My Journey in Florida’s State Parks: A Naturalist’s Memoir,” is just as interesting. It is a “partial” memoir and covers mostly the 25 years he devoted to the Florida Park Service as Park Ranger, Biologist, and Chief Naturalist. Jim packs the book with fascinating true accounts of important events in state parks. First hiking trail in the Florida State Park system? Laid out by Jim in Torreya Park. First prescribed burn? Tested, with Jim’s prompting, at Falling…
  • Stop the madness of “independent scientific peer review”

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    It would require a whole article to explain why the system of “independent scientific peer review” for establishing minimum flows and levels should be terminated. Briefly, here is what is wrong: Scheduled at the end rather than at the beginning. The statutorily-mandated “peer review” occurs at the end of the MFL scientific investigations, rather than usefully guiding the effort from the very beginning. This results in wasted work and needless expense. Deliberately undermines agency credibility. By assuming that WMD scientists  can’t be trusted to figure out…
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • Dales Water Borehole Helps Asparagus Grower Save on Mains Water Bills

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Dales Water Services were approached by a vegetable growing and washing farm based in North Lincolnshire that specialises in Asparagus and Shallots. Employing over 20 full time staff the operation is one of the largest asparagus producers in the UK and supplies to a range of supermarkets and grocers up and down the country. The farm uses state of the art equipment to streamline production during the busy harvest season but up until earlier this year were relying on mains water for the washing of crops prior to packaging. The owner contacted Dales Water in early 2014 to look at the possibility…
  • Benefits of Borehole Water Supplies for use on Pig Farms

    19 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Water is important but it’s an expensive resource that is easily influenced by infrastructure and climate, often leaving the pig farmer with an expensive, inadequate supply that is restricted in times of good weather. Furthermore, we are all seeing our mains water bills go up with reports of mains water companies making substantial profits at the expense of end users. Couple this with water dependant livestock, wash down and general agricultural use the volumes of water used can significantly accelerate along with the water mains bill that accompanies it in a short space of time.
  • Melmerby Run Results and The Tour De Dales

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    On May 25th 242 runners took to the streets of Melmerby to take part in the Melmerby 10K road race. As mentioned in an earlier blog post we were sponsoring the race and providing all the bottled water for runners and spectators. Joe Barnett, Dales Water – Melmerby 10k – 50:38.8 The race was a big success with runners from all over North Yorkshire taking part including Joe Barnett, one of our Engineers, who completed the race in 50:38.8. You can also see the race winners below: Category Winner Winning time Total racers Overall O’grady,Shaun 33:28.1 242 Female Barlow,Sharon…
  • Dales Water Sponsor Melmerby 10k Run

    19 May 2014 | 2:43 am
    We’re pleased to announce that this year we are sponsoring the Melmerby 10k run which takes place on Sunday May 25th at 11.30am. As part of our sponsorship we have provided all the bottled water for participants in the race. This 10k race used to be part of the Yorkshire Dales Race Series and is hugely popular with runners and running clubs across North Yorkshire. The race starts and finishes in the village and is an undulating one lap route. The race has been promoted and organised by Wath & Melmerby Cricket Club and those participating will get to see some picturesque…
  • Dales Water Bereavement

    10 May 2014 | 3:39 am
    It is our sad news to inform all our clients, friends, suppliers and those associated to Dales Water Services Ltd. that one of our founding directors, Chris Dodds, died on the 08th May at 10.20am. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his death. Needless to say all at Dales Water are saddened by this news and Chris will be greatly missed. He was a great colleague, father, friend, husband and director of Dales Water Services Ltd. We will continue although it will never be quite the same without Chris. Dales Water Services Ltd
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