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  • Changes needed in 50 year-old drinking water standards to maintain consumers' confidence in tap water

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st Century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best.
  • G. Tracy Mehan III Article: 'Mixing Grey & Green: Integrating Asset Management & Green Infrastructure'

    WaterWired
    Aquadoc
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    G. Tracy Mehan III, who graced these pages just a few days ago, is back with an article written for the January 2015 issue of Water & Wastes Digest, 'Mixing Grey & Green'. He was kind enough to send me a PDF. Download Mehan_Mixing_Grey_and_Green A little blurb to whet your...
  • RAINWATER GARDEN WINS 2014 “CATCH THE RAIN” PHOTO CONTEST

    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events
    parkandco
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Community Invited to See Best-in-Show Garden at Glendale’s Main Library The City of Glendale’s Water Services Department, Conservation and Sustainability Division, known for its award-winning programs, took home another honor. Glendale received top ranking in the 2014 Water Resources Research Center’s “Catch the Rain” photo contest and captured the Best-in-Show prize for a picture of the Glendale Rain Garden in action during a summer monsoon. Hosted by the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, the annual contest seeks photos telling the exceptional stories of…
  • EPA Awarding Grants to Protect and Restore Wetlands

    U.S. EPA Water News
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. The National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs
  • Ethnic minorities and deprived communities hardest hit by air pollution - UK study

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    A new study has found big differences in air pollution across communities in England, with deprived and ethnic minority areas the worst affected.
 
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    Circle of Blue WaterNews

  • Pace of U.S. Dam Removals Accelerates

    Brett Walton
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    72 dams were torn down in 2014, a record. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue The Elwha River, famous for its salmon runs, flows through the sediment that accumulated behind Glines Canyon Dam, which was removed in August 2014. A record number of U.S. dams were torn down in 2014. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue When the last chunks of concrete from Glines Canyon Dam were ripped from bedrock in August and the Elwha River again touched its old course, the moment marked an engineering and environmental milestone: the completion of the largest dam removal in U.S.
  • The Stream, January 28: Obama’s Visit to India Does Not End in a Climate Deal

    Kaye LaFond
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    The Global Rundown Barack Obama failed to secure a firm commitment on carbon emissions during his recent trip to India, but Florida Governor Rick Scott is making a firm financial commitment to the Everglades. Groundwater in Lahore, Pakistan is declining rapidly, and taps in Blantyre, Malawi are still running dry following flood damage three weeks ago. The Australian state of New South Wales has suspended the license of a fracking operation on suspicions of water pollution.  “But here’s the truth: Even if countries like the United States curb our emissions, if countries that are growing…
  • Infographic: The Drier, Wetter, Warming U.S.

    Kaye LaFond
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Despite warm and cold extremes in 2014, precipitation and temperature trends over the past century show a drier Southwest and Southeast, a wetter Midwest and Northeast, and overall warming. By Kaye LaFond Circle of Blue The data is in, and though 2014 was a year of weather extremes, more than 120 years of record-keeping show a steady climatic progression. Over the last 50 years, changes in precipitation and temperature have amplified. Some regions of the country are drying out or becoming wetter. The entire United States has warmed. The annual State of the Climate report was released earlier…
  • Panama Canal Expansion Will Have Big Effect on Energy, Water, and Grain in U.S. and China

    Keith Schneider
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Deeper channels and immense new locks are due to open in 2016. Photo © Keith Schneider / Circle of Blue The scale of the Panama Canal construction to excavate new channels, widen existing shipping corridors, and complete three new lock chambers on the Pacific side, and three more close to the Caribbean, make the canal expansion a 21st-century parallel to building the Egyptian pyramids. Click image to enlarge. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue PANAMA CITY, Panama – It was an elaborate, even theatrical display of national pride and elite engineering. On January 19, Panama’s…
  • The Stream, January 27: Tropical Andes Glaciers Declining At Fastest Rate in 300 Years

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    The Global Rundown Glaciers in the tropical Andes have declined as much as 50 percent in the last 30 years, and China’s coal production dropped for the first time this century. The developing world is producing so much plastic that it could eventually outweigh all of the fish in the ocean, conservationists warn, while scientists have found that the toxicity of storm runoff is greatly reduced by soil filters. Floods in Malawi are expected to cut the country’s projected economic growth this year, a bank in Brazil has raised millions for water treatment and renewable energy projects,…
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    U.S. EPA Water News

  • EPA Awarding Grants to Protect and Restore Wetlands

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. The National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs
  • Medford, Mass. Company Settles with EPA for Oil Spill

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    BOSTON – Erickson Fuel Company, Inc., a Medford, Mass. oil distributor, has agreed to pay a penalty of $14,500 to settle EPA claims regarding a January 2014 oil spill, and Erickson’s failure to prepare an oil spill prevention plan. The January 2014 oil spill originated from a parked diesel fuel delivery truck and ultimately caused oil to be released to Winter Brook, which flows into the Mystic River
  • EPA Selected as ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation 2015 Awards Top 30 Finalist

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Government and industry leaders encouraged to attend February 5 Showcase and submit votes via social media to determine winner ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its Watershed Index Online (WSIO) tool has been selected as a Top 30 finalist for the 2015 Igniting Innovation Awards, presented by the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community
  • EPA, States and Automotive Industry to Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Summary Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the automotive industry and the states signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary initiative also calls for cutting the amount of mercury, lead, cadmium, asbestiform fibers and chromium-6 salts in motor vehicle brake pads
  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership Initiates San Antonio River Basin Project

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Contact: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov DALLAS – (Jan. 21, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) are celebrating the start of the Urban Waters Project. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Christopher Columbus Hall, 201 Piazza Italia, San Antonio, Texas
 
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  • Atmospheric Rivers Add to Antarctica’s Ice Sheets

    Environmental News Network: KU Leuven
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Environmental News Network: Extreme weather phenomena called atmospheric rivers were behind intense snowstorms recorded in 2009 and 2011 in East Antarctica. The resulting snow accumulation partly offset recent ice loss from the Antarctic ice sheet, report researchers from KU Leuven. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow water vapour plumes stretching thousands of kilometres across the sky over vast ocean areas. They are capable of rapidly transporting large amounts of moisture around the globe and can cause devastating precipitation...
  • UK State Environmental Watchdog Calls for Moratorium on Fracking

    Sputnik: None Given
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Sputnik: Fracking is the process of extracting gas and oil from shale rock by drilling into the earth. "We cannot allow Britain's national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to be developed into oil and gas fields ... Parliament should protect the rights of citizens by throwing these changes [eased fracking laws] out when they are debated later today,' EAC head Joan Walley, was quoted as saying in a statement published on the parliament's website. According to the report, the proposed infrastructure...
  • Obama Seeks Wilderness Designation for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    EcoWatch: Stefanie Spear
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    EcoWatch: President Obama’s Administration moved to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known as one of the most wild and remote areas in the world. The Department of the Interior announced yesterday the release of a conservation plan that recommends additional protections for the Refuge that asks Congress to designate core areas—including its Coastal Plain—as wilderness, the highest level of protection available to public lands. This is the first time in history that a Wilderness recommendation...
  • Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    BBC: President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area. This would halt the possibility of fossil fuel exploration in the refuge's potentially oil-rich coastal plain. The proposal drew an angry response from top state-elected officials. Some 2.8 million hectares (7 million acres) of the refuge are managed as wilderness. The new plans would see a further 4.8 million hectares (12.3 million acres) hectares set aside. The...
  • Last year tied with 2010 as warmest on record: British data

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    Reuters: Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average surface temperatures last year were 0.56 degree Celsius (1.0 Fahrenheit) above the long-term average of 1961-90. "This ranks 2014 as the joint warmest...
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    Water News -- ScienceDaily

  • Spiky 'hedgehog particles' for safer paints, fewer VOC emissions

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations.
  • Nordic marine scientists: Showcasing growing pressure on oceans?

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    A group of 13 scientists argue that the Nordic countries are in a unique position to showcase how to handle the growing pressure on the oceans. However, this relies on a collective ability to regard change as connected.
  • Slope on ocean surface lowers sea level in Europe

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    A ‘slope’ on the ocean surface in the Strait of Gibraltar is lowering the sea level in Europe by 7cm, researchers have discovered. This research will help to more accurately predict future sea levels by providing a more complete understanding of the factors that control it.
  • Satellite study identifies water bodies important for biodiversity conservation

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Using satellite images to study changing patterns of surface water is a powerful tool for identifying conservationally important 'stepping stone' water bodies that could help aquatic species survive in a drying climate, a new study shows. The approach has been applied to the Swan Coastal Plain near Perth in Western Australia, which has more than 1,500 water bodies and is one of 25 designated biodiversity hotspots on the globe.
  • Easter Island mystery: Why did the native culture die out?

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Long before the Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1722, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui showed signs of demographic decline. However, the catalyst has long been debated in the scientific community. Was environmental degradation the cause, or could a political revolution or an epidemic of disease be to blame? A collaborative study suggests that the island's native culture reacted to natural environmental barriers to producing sufficient crops.
 
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • RAINWATER GARDEN WINS 2014 “CATCH THE RAIN” PHOTO CONTEST

    parkandco
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Community Invited to See Best-in-Show Garden at Glendale’s Main Library The City of Glendale’s Water Services Department, Conservation and Sustainability Division, known for its award-winning programs, took home another honor. Glendale received top ranking in the 2014 Water Resources Research Center’s “Catch the Rain” photo contest and captured the Best-in-Show prize for a picture of the Glendale Rain Garden in action during a summer monsoon. Hosted by the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, the annual contest seeks photos telling the exceptional stories of…
  • How Does Your Water Use Stack Up?

    parkandco
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    With all of the resources to ‘check out’ at City of Mesa Libraries, we’ve just included another unique addition. Just inside the lobby at Mesa Main, you can’t miss the 16-foot tall pyramid of 136 water jugs – a display that reminds, and in many cases, shocks consumers with the fact that they use this much water every day. Free water saving tips, Xeriscape landscape ideas and more are also available at the exhibit which promotes the value of water in everyday life while underlining the importance of using water wisely and saving money by lowering utility bills.
  • Winning with Wayne Drop – The 2014 Kid’s Contest Wraps Up

    parkandco
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    We have a winner in the 2014 Water – Use It Wisely Kid’s Contest! The contest was a smash hit, with 2,778 total entrants who downloaded the Where’s Wayne Activity Book and helped Wayne Drop, the Water – Use It Wisely mascot, save water around his house. But there could only be one winner of a Disneyland family vacation, and that honor went to 11-year-old Simon. The Phoenix native is headed to the Magic Kingdom soon and is excited to meet his favorite character, Pooh. Congratulations to Simon and thank you to everyone who participated! For more ways to teach your kids…
  • Tree Care – Understanding the Language of Tree Service Contracts

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

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

  • Hydro-paradigmgate? James E. Nickum: ‘Revisiting Water Paradigms’ – Finding the Right Frame of Mind

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:31 pm
    James E. Nickum, who is Vice President of AWRA’s sister organization IWRA and Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Water International, penned an article, ‘Revsiting Water Paradigms’, for the current copy of the IWRA newsletter (download below). I have taken the liberty of posting the article below. The title is a subtheme of the upcoming IWRA XVth World Water Congress in Edinburgh, 25-29 May 2015. […] Related posts: Coping With Floods ~ What’s in a Name President’s Column by C. Mark Dunning, AWRA President Floods continue... YARPP powered by…
  • G. Tracy Mehan III Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disasters’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    G. Tracy Mehan III, an attorney and a Mississippi River basin kid just like authors Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer, penned this excellent review of their book, Mississppi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disasters. Tracy was kind enough to send me his review, which will appear in the January-February 2015 issue of The Environmental Forum: […] Related posts: Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies’ Cutting to the chase: Read the book! Well-written and researched... Book Review: ‘The Emerald Mile’ Have you ever received a book you thought…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 17 – 23 January 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    For those of you who enjoyed The Oregon Water Conference (TOWC) in 2011 we are hoping to resurrect it in 2016. We will likely be partnering with the immensely successful OSU Hydrophiles’ Water Research Symposium. Details are being worked out and I’ll let you know when we’ve got something firm. Tentative dates are 17-19 April 2016 on the Oregon […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 December 2014 – 2 January 2015 Welcome to 2015! Hope you had a very good start... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 3 – 9 January 2015 I wasn’t sure I…
  • ‘Checkbook’ Hydrology: Caveat Emptor

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:25 pm
    These comments are directed to water professionals (real or wanna-be) and not to hoi polloi (not intended as a derogatory term). Some faithful readers might get a sense of déjà vu when they read this post. I feel obliged to repeat that December 2008 missive. Today there is a lot of chatter about water budgets and how similar they are […] Related posts: Ralph C. Heath Is Gone, But His ‘Basic Ground-Water Hydrology’ Won’t Be Forgotten! Ralph Carr Heath, USGS hydrologist for 34 years and then a consulting... YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 10 – 16 January 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    A few pictures from my brief (4 days) trip to Iran. This picture is one of me on an bridge in Tehran looking north to the Alborz Mountains, the highest mountains (one peak > 18,000 feet)  in Iran. The Caspian Sea is on the other side. Here is a shot of a viewing platform in a large urban park […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 3 – 9 January 2015 I wasn’t sure I would get this out but thanks... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 December 2014 – 2 January 2015 Welcome to 2015! Hope you had a very good start... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary,…
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    We All Live Downstream

  • Protecting Our Drinking Water – Is It Too Much to Ask?

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) The U.S. Senate will vote on amendments to the Keystone pipeline bill and two of them are directly related to drinking water protection. Clean Water Action is urging Senators to vote “Yes” on the Gillibrand and Cardin amendments.       Senator Gillibrand’s (D-NY) amendment #48 would remove special treatment for the oil and gas industry and repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing from Safe Drinking Water Act oversight. Underground sources of drinking water need to be protected from ALL activities…
  • The Science of Water – It’s Complex and it’s Simple

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) I have been working on water issues for many years, and for all of that time I have known that the Clean Water Act is meant “. . . to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” But until I read EPA’s draft Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence earlier this year, I don’t think I had truly grasped the power of these words. EPA’s study is a review of the science demonstrating that…
  • A Year That Confirmed We Need to Put Drinking Water First

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) One year ago today we learned that a chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia had led to a “Do Not Use” order. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Charleston area could not use their tap water for anything other than toilet flushing and fire fighting. As the crisis continued, details came to light. Over 10,000 gallons spilled. A coal-processing chemical called crude MCHM that no one had ever heard of. Freedom Industries managing a tank farm very badly. A lack of health effects or other…
  • Drinking Water Sacrificed for Oil and Gas Industry Profits – What We Don’t Know CAN Hurt Us

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    By John Noel, National Oil and Gas Program Coordinator – Follow John on Twitter (@Noel_Johnny) Sacrificing Our Drinking Water for Oil and Gas This week Clean Water Action released a first-ever analysis of the little known Aquifer Exemption program within EPA’s Underground Injection Control program. For those concerned about clean drinking water supplies for future generations, transparency within the Environmental Protection Agency, and the cavalier attitude oil and gas interests take towards regulation of their operations, this report is for you. What is wrong with Aquifer…
  • Oil and Gas and the Safe Drinking Water Act

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Programs Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) The Infographic – download and share While it is widely recognized that Congress exempted hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, it is less understood that SDWA still pertains in several ways to fracking and oil and gas exploration, drilling and wastewater disposal. When SDWA first passed in 1974, Congress authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set up a program to protect underground drinking water from injection practices of…
 
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  • G. Tracy Mehan III Article: 'Mixing Grey & Green: Integrating Asset Management & Green Infrastructure'

    Aquadoc
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    G. Tracy Mehan III, who graced these pages just a few days ago, is back with an article written for the January 2015 issue of Water & Wastes Digest, 'Mixing Grey & Green'. He was kind enough to send me a PDF. Download Mehan_Mixing_Grey_and_Green A little blurb to whet your...
  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 28 January 2015

    Aquadoc
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    More jobs from Josh! All previous postings can be found here. ) Assistant Professor of Water Policy, College of Forestry and Conservation - University of Montana (Montana, USA) 2) Gender Equity Consultant - GEF (Washington DC) 3) Spanish Speakers: Realización de la evaluación final del Proyecto Reducción de los Usos...
  • Tuesday Twofer - IWRM Classics by Neil S. Grigg and Asit K. Biswas

    Aquadoc
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    When I posted James Nickum's article on 25 January 2015 I was 'reunited' with two classic IWRM papers - one from 2004 and the other from 2008. Here they are. Biswas, Asit K. (2004). Integrated water resources management: a reassessment. Water International 29(2): 248-256. Download Biswas_IWRM Grigg, Neil S. (2008)....
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 26 January 2015

    Aquadoc
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Ready with more bulletin boards! Do you know of a colleague and/or student who would be interested in receiving this Bulletin Board? 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. Elaine's...
  • Hydroparadigmgate? James E. Nickum: 'Revisiting Water Paradigms’ - Finding the Right Frame of Mind

    Aquadoc
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    James E. Nickum, who is Vice President of IWRA and Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Water International, penned an article, 'Revsiting Water Paradigms', for the current copy of the IWRA newsletter (download below). I have taken the liberty of posting the article below. The title is a subtheme of the upcoming...
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  • The ambassador of the oceans has a message for us

    Aulia Rahman
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    It’s 2.00am and dark. The moon is undergoing an eclipse and although the stars are bright, it’s not enough to dispel the darkness. There is the sound of the breeze stroking the palm trees mixed with the sound of waves hitting land, but apart from that, all is very quiet. A giant Chelonia mydas emerges silently from the sea and makes her way through some debris, crawling across the sand. For the green sea turtle, and most other sea turtle species, dry land is not a friendly place to go if you’re a creature with flippers. But this part of the lifecycle is a must,…
  • Creating the first Akvo timeline

    Alvaro de Salvo
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Three months ago, when I began working for Akvo, one of the first things I was asked to do was to create an organisational timeline. The objective was to build out a stream of the most relevant events of the organisation’s history. It would be an online place to have a visual story for us to reflect upon our past and how we got to where we are. It would also give team members, colleagues and partners a sense of the chronological DNA of our development.Above: montage of images from the Akvo blog illustrating important events in Akvo’s history.With a curious spirit and a…
  • Government of Ethiopia and UNICEF compile national water & sanitation inventory

    Jo Pratt
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Improving access to water and sanitation through better data collectionAkvo is working with UNICEF and the Ethiopian government in all woredas (districts) of the Somali Region of the country to support the development of the national WASH inventory (NWI). The inventory provides data on water supply schemes in urban and rural areas, sanitation and hygiene practices of households, and the status of water supply and sanitation facilities at health institutions and schools. Above: (l to r) Musie Harun Hassen, Water Resource Development Bureau; Muhyadin Abdirahman Hassen, Education Bureau;…
  • On the road to open data: glimpses of the discourse in India

    Isha Parihar
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    Recently I attended an India Open Data Community meeting organised by the World Bank in New Delhi that brought together government officials, academics, corporates, developers and a few development sector professionals to discuss social and economic open data opportunities in India and the emerging partnerships forming around them. Organised at the highly regarded Indian Institute of Technology, the meeting was focused on three key areas; experiences of institutions using open data around the world, how organisations need to prepare to tap into the growing potential of open data, and how to…
  • Shining excitement during rainy days in Vietnam

    Anna-Marthe Sessink
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    During December 2014, ICCO invited us to give a training workshop to some of its local partners in Vietnam. Frodo and I travelled to Da Nang, the commercial and educational centre of Central Vietnam, where Le Hien, ICCO’s programme officer for Vietnam, arranged the training venue. The aim of the course was to introduce Akvo tools (Akvo RSR and Akvo FLOW) to the participants, and identify opportunities to help them introduce them into their own projects and work methods.Beating Murphy’s lawOur trip got off to a shaky start when we arrived at Singapore airport to find our flight…
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  • Underinsuring and overusing

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    I'm combing two slightly related ideas in this post.On the one hand, we read that Exxon has been fined $1 million for spilling 1,500 barrels of oil back in 2011. They also paid $136 million to clean up the oil and $2 million in compensation to victims. I'd have fined them $10 million at least, to reverse the "profit maximizing" behavior that led them to keep pumping in a flooded area (the competition shut down their pipelines), but I doubt whether any fine would have been necessary had they been carrying the "performance insurance" I designed to put the insurance company on the line for…
  • Global water crisis number one threat to society?

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Let's hope indeed, as such headlines should draw more attention to water management failures and the need to reform -- in recognition, of course, of The End of Abundance.But first one caveat (and a good one): There is no single global water crisis. There are, rather, a bunch of local crises (and non-crises), each with characteristics unique to their locations. That means that solutions can be found and implemented in each place without needing to coordinate with others (as is the case with nuclear warfare or GHGs).Bottom Line: There's no global water crisis, and local water crises are not…
  • Anything but water

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    The American Water Works Association has taken my advice, five years later, to open its future article archive to everyone. Now all they need to do is make past articles available. The world will benefit from knowledge and authors will benefit from the dissemination of their ideas. I doubt that the AWWA makes much on reprint charges (I saw this when my book went from five paid downloads per month to five-hundred-plus free downloads), so what's keeping them? Addendum: They are making the archive available for free late this year!I gave a talk a few weeks ago, "Russia's economic failures and…
  • Monday funnies

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    This cute video points out how silly it is to pay for "stuff you can get for free," but remember that tap water -- although cheaper than bottled water -- needs to have a price if (1) we're going to maintain water systems and (2) want to ration its use when it is scarce.Indeed, this issue has been around for awhile. Just watch this campy but still-relevant take on "water privatization: exploitation or business?" from this 1958 episode of "Leave it to Beaver"H/Ts to LA and EF
  • Bleg: Good science books on water and environment?

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    ZD asks "You have any favorite books that talk about the chemistry/physical science side of water? How it behaves and interacts with the environment?"I am stumped, as I do most reading on human-water interactions.Anyone?
 
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  • Reflections

    Kiki Walker
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
  • The Springs of Saratoga Springs

    standingoutinmyfield
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    I was speaking at a conference in Saratoga Springs, NY this past weekend, and while I was there I di
  • row boat , traditional thailand , Ayutthaya , Thailand 1 by Nzb_N

    Biken Shrestha
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    Photo Credit : Nzb_N
  • Israeli Occupation Army Destroys Palestinian Water Line in Jordan Valley

    OccPalGaza
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:09 am
    JORDAN VALLEY, January 29, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army Thursday destroyed a water line connecting two villages in the northern Jordan Valley, according to local sources. Aref Daraghmeh, head of the municipal council of Al-Maleh, told WAFA an Israeli army force accompanied by heavy machinery broke into the area and destroyed a water line connecting between the villages of Atoof and Yerza. The water line, 1000 meters long, is currently under construction. The Jordan Valley, which makes up about one-third of the total area of the occupied West Bank, is home to dozens of illegal Israeli…
  • shadows

    amongmyfrivolousthoughts
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:06 am
    There’s a shadow girl Hiding behind my mirror She hates gossamer and Fairy lace on her dress Wearing her muddy shorts With a too-wide smile She asks me innocently Why I’m trying so hard To paint her to oblivion By staining her dark hair With shades of vermillion Why I’m dipping my brush In starry black charcoal To smudge away her eyes Why I torture her slowly By ripping away parts of Her with molten tallow Why shafts of light are Gliding over the tranquil Waters of her silk dress Like sun rays on the ocean “Why can’t you just see,” I say to her with a sigh…
 
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  • Rain barrels: fad or fix?

    EmilyGreen
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Are rain barrels a fad with all the charm of a placing trash can in front of the house? Or can they be a valuable conservation tool in dry Southern California?
  • Deal allows L.A. to plow Owens Dry Lake bed

    EmilyGreen
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    A new deal between the City of Los Angeles and Great Basin air regulators ends a three-year-long court bid by the city to avoid carrying out remediation work that it didn't want to do, spending money that it didn't want to spend and sacrificing water that it wanted to keep.
  • Proposition 1 analyzed for voters

    EmilyGreen
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    A Pacific Institute report shows Proposition 1, California's 2014 water bond, weak on conservation
  • Fourth year in the garden

    EmilyGreen
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The third in a series of photo essays on the progress and setbacks faced in taking over the remnant of an old California orchard.
  • Starve the lawn, not the tree

    EmilyGreen
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Well-intentioned reductions in lawn irrigation to conserve water can have catastrophic consequences for LA's urban canopy. The Urban Forestry Council and Barbara Eisenstein have the 411 for progressive tree care.
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  • Winnipeg Under City-Wide Boil Water Advisory

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    For the first time in the city’s history, all of Winnipeg was put under a boil-water advisory on the morning of January 27 after six out of 39 water samples tested positive for bacteria. In addition to city residents, the advisory has affected schools and health-care offices, while also leading to a scarcity of bottled […]The post Winnipeg Under City-Wide Boil Water Advisory appeared first on Water Canada.
  • February 2, 2015: UWaterloo Public Lecture: Phosphorus and Nitrogen and Carbon, Oh My!

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Where: Waterloo, ON Organization: The Ecohydrology Research Group and the Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo Website: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/uwaterloo-public-lecture-phosphorus-and-nitrogen-and-carbon-oh-my-tickets-15305502169The post February 2, 2015: UWaterloo Public Lecture: Phosphorus and Nitrogen and Carbon, Oh My! appeared first on Water Canada.
  • February 10, 2015: Vancouver – WaterCity 2040 Workshop #3

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Where: Vancouver, BC Organization: Waterlution Website: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vancouver-watercity-2040-workshop-3-tickets-15436267291The post February 10, 2015: Vancouver – WaterCity 2040 Workshop #3 appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Water Forecast

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    The future is notoriously difficult to predict. But if the past is anything to go by, the coming decades could bring a lot of change. Since the early 1980s, worries over chlorine by-products have been replaced by Giardia and Cryptosporidium concerns. Ultraviolet disinfection and membrane filtration have also emerged on the scene. Meanwhile, tragedies like […]The post Water Forecast appeared first on Water Canada.
  • February 18, 2015: 50th CAWQ Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Where: Burlington, ON Organization: CAWQ Website: https://www.cawq.ca/cgi-bin/symposium/details.cgi?language=english&pk_symposium=38The post February 18, 2015: 50th CAWQ Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research appeared first on Water Canada.
 
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  • Cabinet dis-appointments

    Tom
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    What a mess the Governor and Cabinet made in dismissing the much respected Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. After Cabinet members dozed through the firing of Commissioner Bailey and then a hiring of a new Commissioner, they slowly woke up. Agriculture Commissioner Putnam now says that Cabinet members “were misled.” Attorney General Bondi theorizes that the Governor didn’t know about the firing until it happened. CFO Atwater accepts “my share of responsibility” for not knowing of any “friction.” Naturally, Governor Scott…
  • Boldly affirming the status quo

    Tom
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave a talk on water policy last week to the Florida House Committee on State Affairs. He recommended “bold action” but the most remarkable thing about the talk was how little change he advocated. There was no mention of modifying water governance, budgets, or taxation authority. There was no call for pulling back rules, none of the rote calls for a return to the “core mission” of the good old days. Putnam did not recommend a state water board, more long-distance transport of water, seawater desalination, more lawsuits against…
  • Environmental policy stringency and trust

    Tom
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Is there a relationship between the level of corruption in a state government and the related environmental policies? According to a study published in 2013 by the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the answer is yes. Oguzhan Dincer and Per Fredriksson concluded: Overall, the robustness analysis indicates that our main results are quite robust. Corruption has a negative effect on environmental policy stringency when the level of trust is low, but this effect decreases and eventually disappears as the level of trust rises. We find that while corruption reduces the…
  • Less is less

    Tom
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Every year, the Florida Department of Management Services publishes a “Workforce Report.” Last week’s annual report received only a little press coverage. As for a number of years, Florida remains dead last in both state employees per capita and in the cost of state personnel. In fact state government positions have even declined by 10 percent in the last five years. Would you be pleased to learn that your child’s school has the highest student–teacher ratio? Would you think that having the smallest number of police officers per resident is a good measure of…
  • 1948-2015-2082

    Tom
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Much of south Florida water management today is devoted to undoing, or heavily modifying, water management decisions made in 1948 when Harry Truman approved enactment of the Central and Southern Flood Control Project. The project begun 67 years ago has provided substantial flood protection and is the direct predecessor of the state water management system. Project planners recognized that the natural system merited some level of protection: The basic problem of this area is, therefore, to restore the natural balance between soil and water in this area insofar as possible by establishing…
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