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    23 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    State threatens to cut off SSJID water to protect fish By Jason Campbell A water war is about to erupt on the Stanislaus River. It’s all because the State of California — which may stop all diversions from the Stanislaus River starting June 5 to protect fish — has told the South San Joaquin Irrigation District that it may overrule historic water rights. If that were to happen it means Ripon, Escalon and Manteca farmers would run out of irrigation water by mid-August.   The cities of Manteca, Lathrop, and Tracy may no longer have any surface water by then as well. But the SSJID is…
  • Air pollution associated with higher rates of chronic kidney disease

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Air pollution may play a role in the development of kidney disease, according to a study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Effective Communication in the Water Industry

    Donna Vincent Roa
    Donna Vincent Roa
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    With permission from The Water Values Podcast Website… Listen Now Donna Vincent Roa, a communication specialist, water sector communication expert and Managing Partner at the Vincent Roa Group, comes on The Water Values Podcast for a discussion on the importance and effectiveness of communication using storytelling, visual and symbolic elements, and language to educate and […] The post Effective Communication in the Water Industry appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • How to Harvest Rainwater

    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    In this arid land, when it rains, it really does pour. Residents who hope to take advantage of this free, yet ephemeral water have begun a revival in the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting, which involves capturing and storing rainwater near where it falls. It’s no surprise that people are interested: harvesting rainwater can save energy and water, reduce the salt levels in the soil, and help reduce storm water runoff. Rainwater harvesting involves slowing, spreading, and sinking the flow of water. Most residential yards grade away from the home, and this is still important to…
  • The Benefits of Climate Change

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Diederik B. writes:*Climate change has began transforming life on earth. Everyday we read about the impacts of global warming on the internet and in newspapers. We have learned that it is responsible for the rise of sea levels, for a loss of biodiversity, and for many other terrible things. It is evident that global warming is an issue that needs to be dealt with quickly. However, there are also some positive externalities that can be derived from climate change.In this post I would like to focus on the arctic specifically. While the melting ice caps is becoming a huge issue for some…
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  • Orange County Recycled Water System Shows Importance of Collaboration

    Brett Walton
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    From Southern California, a model of success for water’s future. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue Denis Bilodeau, a director of the Orange County Water District, points to the reverse osmosis system in the district’s $US 481 million wastewater recycling plant. The facility purifies sewer water and injects it into its drinking water aquifer. California officials say projects like this are necessary for increasing the state’s water supply. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California – For those who believe technological leaps will rescue…
  • Peru and Chile Gold Mine Projects Address Water Concerns

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    The mining companies behind the Conga and Pascua-Lama mines are working to gain support from communities who have been worried about water pollution and adequate supplies. Photo courtesy of the future is unwritten via Flickr Creative Commons The Pascua-Lama gold mine in Chile and the Conga gold mine in Peru have faced stiff opposition in the past from community groups with concerns about water. The companies, however, have renewed efforts to reach out to these groups and are making slow progress. Click image to enlarge. Decisions by developers to prioritize water stewardship and community…
  • The Stream, November 21: WHO Says for Every $1 Invested in Water and Sanitation, $4.3 Return

    Kaye LaFond
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    The Global Rundown Chicago cannot shut off the water supply of a suburb that owes it $US 28 million in unpaid water bills, and the Utah wants to shut off the water supply to the NSA. 2.5 billion people do not have basic sanitation services, and half of the children in Yemen are malnourished. Germany has foregone a ban on fracking, and water intakes in Canada could soon be clogged with a jelly-like plankton that resembles caviar. “We may not know yet what the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will look like. But we do know that water and sanitation must be clear priorities if we are…
  • The Stream, November 20: Concerns About Water Not Stopping Nicaragua Canal

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Global Rundown Nicaragua will soon begin construction of its ocean-linking canal, Saudi Arabia is spending billions to build water infrastructure, and New York City continues to build a massive drinking water tunnel. Ireland has reduced its planned water rates. Uruguay is recycling cooking oil into biodiesel, and a Netherlands paper mill is recycling water. There could be floods in New York, but there won’t be a drought in Turkey. It is easier to find cellphone coverage than piped water in much of Africa. “The Nicaraguan people will get a big Christmas present,” –Paul Oquist,…
  • Recycled Water Facility in Australia Offers Lessons for Global Drought Planning

    Brett Walton
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Recycling wastewater is cheaper than desalination and less environmentally damaging than river diversions. Photo courtesy of Water Corporation Water Corporation, the state-owned utility that serves 1.5 million people in Perth, the largest city in Western Australia, operated a three-year recycled water demonstration project. The project’s success led Water Corporation to break ground in October on Australia’s largest facility to replenish aquifers with recycled water. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue The blueprint for meeting Australia’s future water demand…
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  • Why Lizards Have Bird Breath

    Nature World: None Given
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Nature World: It has long been thought by scientists that birds' one-directional loop through their lungs was a unique characteristic, but a new study shows that lizards too may share this type of breathing. If University of Utah researchers are accurate with their findings, it would mean this unidirectional flow evolved long before the first birds, arising nearly 300 million years ago in a common ancestor of lizards, snakes, crocodiles and dinosaurs including birds. "We thought we understood how these lungs...
  • Should U.S. Government Kill Thousands of Birds to Save Salmon?

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    National Geographic: Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them. It's September, and the low-lying island is relatively quiet. Most of the fledglings and their parents have left, and only a few thousand pelicans and cormorants remain. But in the spring, 60,000...
  • 6 Questions What’s Next for Keystone XL as US Senate Votes

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    National Geographic: A U.S. Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, slated for Tuesday, won't resolve the seemingly endless pipeline saga that has engulfed Barack Obama's presidency. Even if the Senate passes a bill to force approval of the $8 billion U.S.-Canadian pipeline, as the U.S. House of Representatives did for the ninth time last week, that won't end debate and begin the project's construction. Not even close. Congress is unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority to override an expected Obama veto. Even...
  • Pipeline builder advised to gin up fake grassroots support

    Grist: None Given
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Grist: TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world`s largest public relations firm to promote a proposed alternative pipeline that`s entirely in Canada. Greenpeace Canada obtained documents that the U.S. public relations firm Edelman drafted for TransCanada that outline a campaign to promote Energy East, the company`s proposed 2,858-mile pipeline that would transport crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to the east coast of Canada. The company...
  • Keystone XL pipeline opposition forges ‘Cowboys and Indians’ alliance

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Guardian: As she watches the red sun dip past the window of her home deep in a South Dakota valley, Beth Lone Eagle says she isn’t prepared to see a tar sands pipeline tarnish any bit of “God’s country”. With the US Senate scheduled to hold a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, the Lakota woman says ranchers, landowners and tribal nations throughout the midwest are girding for a fight regardless of how the process in Washington plays out. The debate over the controversial pipeline, which would run...
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    Water News -- ScienceDaily

  • Salinity counts when it comes to sea level

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.
  • Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.
  • Environmental bleaching impairs long-term coral reproduction

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Bleaching -- a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal partner that provides the coral with color -- is also affecting the long-term fertility of the coral.
  • Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    In the Northern Hemisphere, there's a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. During the last 50 years, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren't fully understood. Now a team of researchers has shown that agricultural production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in this seasonal carbon cycle, with corn playing a leading role.
  • 'Aquatic osteoporosis' jellifying lakes

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    A plague of “aquatic osteoporosis” is spreading throughout many North American soft-water lakes due to declining calcium levels in the water and hindering the survival of some organisms. The reduced calcium availability is hindering the survival of aquatic organisms with high calcium requirements and promoting the growth of nutrient-poor, jelly-clad animals.
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  • The Water Cycle Song

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    A science song that teaches the three phases of the water cycle: Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation. The Water Cycle Song teaches the process of the water cycle.
  • In pictures: US snow chaos

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Images from the north-east of America which has been hit by a massive snowstorm, freezing temperatures and travel disruption.
  • World Toilet Day: These images should break the internet but they probably won't

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Globally, 526 million women are forced to go to the toilet in the open – often facing physical threats and violence as they are forced to wait until after dark before leaving their houses. In India around 818 million people defecate in public. In the Congo around 72 per cent of the population do not have access to an indoor toilet, while 80 per cent of Ethiopians, roughly 71 million people, also defecate outside.
  • Idaho tops US in water use per capita

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average and Idahoans use more than people in any other state.
  • Farming on Water to Prevent the Effects of Climate Change: The Floating Gardens of Bangladesh

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Climate change threatens to worsen the severity and duration of floods in low-lying Bangladesh. Floating farms — and produce that can flourish in flood conditions — are a way to help Bangladeshis live with rising waters.
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • The Best Landscaper of All

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

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

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

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

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    In this arid land, when it rains, it really does pour. Residents who hope to take advantage of this free, yet ephemeral water have begun a revival in the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting, which involves capturing and storing rainwater near where it falls. It’s no surprise that people are interested: harvesting rainwater can save energy and water, reduce the salt levels in the soil, and help reduce storm water runoff. Rainwater harvesting involves slowing, spreading, and sinking the flow of water. Most residential yards grade away from the home, and this is still important to…
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 8 – 14 November 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Seemed to have dodged snowy and freezing rainy weather here in the Willamette Valley. But it’ll be back. Getting psyched for my upcoming Global Water Partnership meeting in Budapest 24-26 November. I’ve been getting lots of e-documents to peruse. Lucky I’ve got some long flights ahead of me. I leave on 21 November, return on Thanksgiving Day. I have […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 23 – 29 November 2013 I had a very good Thanksgiving and I suspect I... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 November 2014 Fewer Tweets this week because…
  • Remembering Reisner Redux….And Then Some

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Yesterday we at Oregon State University were treated to a great seminar by Sarah Bates, who spoke on ‘Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning’. It was based on her excellent publication, Land Trusts & Water – Strategies & Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land Conservation. I hope to get her PPT for posting, since it provided […] Related posts: What Can Young Farmers in the Arid West Teach Us About Water? Read This Report Who listens to young farmers, especially when it comes to... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 November 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Fewer Tweets this week because of the AWRA Annual Conference I attended in the DC area. You can see all the conference Tweets at #AWRA2014 The graphic is from Lenny Konikow’s presentation and shows the recent contribution of groundwater depletion to sea level rise. This contribution has apparently been neglected by the IPCC crowd. A good number of jobs came in this […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 2 – 8 August 2014 The Lake Erie algal bloom took center stage on the... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 – 22 August 2014 The truth will out.
  • Read This Commentary: ‘The Global Groundwater Crisis’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Jay Famiglietti just published this commentary in Nature Climate Change. It’s a chilling message, and he says so right below the title: Groundwater depletion the world over poses a far greater threat to global water security than is currently acknowledged. Anyone even remotely interested in the world’s water predicament has to read this paper. It’s not long. […] Related posts: GWP Perspectives Paper: ‘The Links Between Land Use and Groundwater’ Is this awesome or what? From my friends at the... Texas Water Resources Institute’s TxH2O Makes Texas…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 25 – 31 October 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I am a day late posting this – hope you had a Happy Halloween! A scary picture of me from Gayle Leonard. Today I’m off to the AWRA Annual Conference in the DC area. It’s AWRA’s 50th anniversary. Great organization made possible by great, engaged people. Talk about WaterWonks! Click here for the weekly water news summary. Enjoy! “Keep […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 4 – 10 October 2014 Great news about the Nobel Peace Prize – nothing like good... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 April 2014 The Portland (OR)…
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    We All Live Downstream

  • What a Week – Clean Water Action in Motion

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) It’s been quite a week for our Clean Water, especially for our National Program Team. Here are some of the highlights: Congressional Testimony on Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water: I testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy today. You can find my testimony and our press release here. EPA’s Dr. Peter Grevatt talked about 40 years of Safe Drinking Water Act progress and the challenges ahead Celebrating: At our annual event in Washington DC last…
  • Virginia Groups Take Strides to Protect Their Communities and Our Region’s Drinking Water from Gas Drilling

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This week the U.S. Forest Service released the George Washington Forest Final Revised Forest Plan. The plan was updated for the first time in over 20 years due to the prospect of high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities within the national forest. Given the unique nature of the GW Forest, the Forest Service rightly put drinking water first and prohibited fracking throughout the forest in 2011. The GW Forest is the headwaters for an incredible 2.7 million people in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Its watershed serves as a direct source of drinking water for 262,000…
  • The Baltimore Bag Bill.

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    By Will Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer – Follow Will on Twitter – @TrillChillWill Each week, Clean Water meets with residents and community associations and we continue to hear one overwhelming environmental concern – an abundance of trash in our neighborhoods. Whether we’re in Hampden, Westport, Park Heights, Armistead Gardens, Curtis Bay, or Sharpe-Leadenhall the complaint is the same; trash. The most visible element of this trash: plastic bags. Plastic bags in the trees, gutters, alleys, playgrounds, and waterways. There are too many plastic bags and something needs to…
  • Red Herrings and Meat Dresses on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Neil Bhaerman, Crew Coordinator, Pittsburgh Phone Canvass – Follow Neil on Twitter (@neilanalien) If you’ve driven the Pennsylvania turnpike, especially the stretch between the state capitol in Harrisburg and the coal and gas rich southwestern counties, you’ve probably seen some eye catching billboards. One, featuring Lady Gaga with a raw steak on her head, asks, “Would you take energy advice from a woman wearing a meat dress?” Another, with Yoko Ono, asks, “Would you take advice from the woman who broke up the Beatles?” A third, with Robert Redford, shouts out:…
  • Shake It Off & Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Americans Expect Clean Water

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Americans Expect Their Elected Officials to Protect Clean Water “The new Congress could be one of the most hostile to clean water and other environmental concerns, based on the new leadership’s extreme anti-environment records and positions. But that’s not what the American people want, and it’s not what they voted for.”  – Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO Shake it off, and keep your eye on the ball! Yesterday’s elections brought some good and not-so-good news for clean water. But the bottom line remains unchanged: people care about their…
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  • State Stops Water in Area of Central Valley—Files Lawsuit for Government Made Disaster

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    By Stephen Frank  Between the Feds and the State Water Project, farmers in the Friant area of the Central Valley got NO water this past year. “. Instead, the Exchange Contractors were supplied much of the summer with water released from Friant Dam, a major cause of the Friant Division’s first-ever Zero allocation of CVP water. Friant’s petition takes issue with the State Board’s failure to honor water right seniority and imposition of “health and safety” use limitations on the Reclamation’s Delta water exports. The Congressionally authorized purposes of the Central Valley…

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    State threatens to cut off SSJID water to protect fish By Jason Campbell A water war is about to erupt on the Stanislaus River. It’s all because the State of California — which may stop all diversions from the Stanislaus River starting June 5 to protect fish — has told the South San Joaquin Irrigation District that it may overrule historic water rights. If that were to happen it means Ripon, Escalon and Manteca farmers would run out of irrigation water by mid-August.   The cities of Manteca, Lathrop, and Tracy may no longer have any surface water by then as well. But the SSJID is…
  • State drought policies just don’t hold water

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

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

    29 Jan 2014 | 12:42 pm
    By Stephen Frank  The farmers of Fresno made a tough decision last year.  They decided to “bank” some of their allotted water in the San Luis Reservoir to be used this year.  That is difficult but good planning.  What the farmers could not know is that the Federal government after allocating over 50% of farmers water to protect fairy shrimp, salmon and delta smelt, would now take the banked water as well. If California was only going into a deep recession, this makes sure it is a deep Depression.  Any wonder citizens have little trust or respect for…
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 15 - 21 November 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Love this picture of a 'band' of lake effect snow descending upon the Buffalo area. See more photos here. Let's hope that the area does not experience a spell of warm weather or worse, a warm rain-on-snow event. Could be ugly... Two stars - Jay Famiglietti and Lesley Stahl, both...
  • Groundwater Thursday Twofer: George Pinder & Mary Anderson on 'Forty Years of Groundwater'

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    George F. Pinder and Mary P. Anderson are two of the foremost groundwater scientists of our era. Both are members of the National Academy of Engineering (where outstanding hydrogeologists go, whether or not they are engineers). Each wrote a groundwater piece for AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT (May 2014), a general...
  • Get On The Pot & Give a Crap! It's World Toilet Day!

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Many of you know that I am not a big fan of 'days' - World Kumquat Day or whatever. Even World Water Day is no exception. Every day should be World Water Day! But World Toilet Day is different; far more people are in need of access to sanitation than...
  • Is That Ecosystem 'Altered' or 'Degraded'? Robert T. Lackey Redux: 'Is Science Biased Toward Natural?'

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:10 am
    Is that ecosystem 'altered' or 'degraded'? Maybe the answer is not as obvious as you think. Good friend and colleague Bob Lackey gave an updated presentation of his provocative talk, Is Science Biased Toward Natural?, as the keynote speaker at the recent 35th Annual Meeting of SETAC, Vancouver, BC, 9-13...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 17 November 2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Lots of news from last week from Elaine and Spot the Wonder Steer. Check out the 'Ebola' category just below the second red heading. There are also links to stories about more diseases. Do you know of a colleague who would be interested inreceiving these Bulletin Boards? Please forward to...
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  • Notes from the UK’s largest* development conference

    Jo Pratt
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    *Probably.In 2013, for the first time, the UK met its target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid. This represented the overdue fulfilment of a commitment made over 40 years ago, and a victory for campaigners. Besides Britain, only Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates spent more than 0.7% of their national income in aid in 2013. The next step is to enshrine the 0.7% in law, a move which gained cross-party support when a Private Members Bill tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore passed its second reading in the House of Commons in…
  • Akvo RSR 3. The journey so far.

    Adrian Collier
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Earlier this year, I embarked on a journey into user experience design and development. You see, I’ve always been a database person, but I knew we needed to think much more about what’s known in the tech industry as “UX”. So I got into studying user experience academically and applying the insights day to day. It’s been great to do – I was able to improve my understanding of how users are actually understanding the product I manage, and how they don’t, and start to gain more understanding of what might be done to improve the overall experience…
  • Business drives access to water in Ghana

    Marten Schoonman
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    “Before we go out to collect data we first talk with the districts’ Community Development Officers. They know all the communities within the district. This way you are sure that when the enumerator team goes out to the field, they will not leave any community unattended. I advise you all to do the same.”These were the words of Mohammed Kplega who is an information technology specialist for the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in Ghana’s Western Region. They were pronounced during a workshop on data cleaning and analysis held in Koforidua, Ghana October 14-17. People…
  • Bringing our own work to life, online

    Emily Armanetti
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Our pup Guido. Amsterdam, August 2013. Photo credit: Emily Armanetti.One of the key things we do at Akvo is help our partners bring their work to life, online. This is exactly what our Akvo RSR tool is designed to do – capture project activity and describe programmes in a dynamic way which can include text, images and videos. Today, more than €1billion in programmes and projects are visible online in Akvo RSR.We fundamentally believe in transparency. It’s a key principle on which our organisation was founded. We’ve spent years helping organisations achieve this by bringing…
  • Mingalabar connectivity?

    Frodo van Oostveen
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Street view, Sule Pagoda Yangon. Photo credit: Frodo van Oostveen.The first tweet I posted in Myanmar was directly from the taxi on my way from Yangon airport to the Inle Valley Bed & Breakfast on Pyay Road. Back in March, I wrote about feeling the change in Myanmar and I still feel it happening. At the airport it was easy to buy an Ooredoo SIM card for 1,500 kyat ($1.50) with additional data top up for 5,000 kyat ($5). During my last visit, I needed to rent a SIM card (without data), or had the option of buying a SIM card for the unrealistic amount of around $2,000 (BusinessWeek: When a…
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  • Flashback: 17-23 Nov 2013

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Flashback: 10-16 Nov 2013A year later and still worth reading...The economics of drugs -- legalization is going better than planned, as these "problems" have not gotten much attention. Probably because pot dealers are not usually violentHonor, science and the Dutch -- it's about transaction costs. ReallyDon't leave shit lying around ... someone may use it for THEIR garden
  • Friday party!

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This rant underlines the problem (bankers screwing taxpayers and customers without consequences) and the solution (utility banking separation from markets).*Bottom Line: I'd drink to honest bankers and diligent regulators!* Read more about "rabid bankers" in The Economist
  • Light pollution - easy solutions, difficult implementation

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Moritz M writes:*Can’t sleep? Feel depressed? Chances are that the reason might be in front of your window: more and more studies suggest that light pollution is causing many health problems, including sleep deprivation, depression and various forms of cancer. This light pollution map illustrates how bright your city/district looks from space. Although the topic remained relatively disregarded in the past, governments and municipalities more and more realize the impact of excessive use of light on the environment, health and public spending. Many examples show how light pollution can be…
  • The Benefits of Climate Change

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Diederik B. writes:*Climate change has began transforming life on earth. Everyday we read about the impacts of global warming on the internet and in newspapers. We have learned that it is responsible for the rise of sea levels, for a loss of biodiversity, and for many other terrible things. It is evident that global warming is an issue that needs to be dealt with quickly. However, there are also some positive externalities that can be derived from climate change.In this post I would like to focus on the arctic specifically. While the melting ice caps is becoming a huge issue for some…
  • Anything but water

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    True: "It seems that the most fearful people in our country are those who don't travel and are metaphorically barricaded in America... We end up afraid of things we shouldn't be and ignoring things that threaten our society, such as climate change and the growing gap between rich and poor"Want to save the climate? End subsidies of $550 billion to fossil fuelsPDFs from the EU: "How to communicate the risks of population growth?" and "Five principles to guide knowledge exchange in environmental management"Great TED talks on "The Global War on Drugs [FAIL]" and "The Social Progress Index [as a…
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  • Patience by hodge676

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
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  • Patience by hodge676 : New Popular Photo on 500px

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    “Patience” Morning shot in Medicine Bow National Forest. Initially the conditions were not in my favor, but several hours of waiting finally yielded something I could work with. Side note, had to make a few tweaks that I didn’t do on my original posting. mountains,reflection,rocks,sunrise,water

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” He continued,…
  • Still Alive

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Let me update chaaaa… ONE MONTH DOWNNNNNN I have to say ( knock on the biggest tree in the Redwood forest) that my time on accutane so far has not been horrendous. Looking online and seeing all these photos of people’s faces pealing off had me a tad freaked out, but through my experience I’ve found out it’s all about PREPARATION ! I now down about three bottle of water a day instead of a 12 pack of beer, I’m lathering my face up with aqua fur ( which I have to see looks veryyyy weird… like I rubbed by face in a box of pizza ) and I’m now using this…
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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
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  • Work With J-PAL : Accepting Applications for 96 Positions Starting 2015!

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
     PRESS RELEASE The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and partner organizations currently have 96 job opportunities available in 16 countries with more positions likely to become available by summer 2015. J-PAL’s recruitment drive is an excellent opportunity to join us and our work to alleviate poverty. J-PAL is a network of 111 affiliated professors around the world who use randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. Started and based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, J-PAL also has six regional offices in Africa…
  • TED Talk: Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Dr. Francis L. de los Reyes III is a Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Associate Faculty of Microbiology, and Training Faculty of Biotechnology at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on biological processes and combines modeling, bioreactor experiments, and molecular microbial ecology tools in addressing fundamental and practical issues in environmental biotechnology and environmental engineering. An important area of his research and teaching is water and sanitation in developing countries. Current and past research projects (funding of ~ $4.5…
  • edX: Introduction to Drinking Water Treatment – OCT 28

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Learn about urban water services, focusing on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment. About this Course This course focuses on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment. Unit processes, involved in the treatment chain, are discussed as well as the physical, chemical and biological processes involved. The emphasis is on the effect of treatment on water quality and the dimensions of the  unit processes in the treatment chain.  After the course one should be able to recognise the process units, describe their function, and make basic calculations for a preliminary…
  • Webinar – Disability: Making CLTS Fully Inclusive

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    “press release” On Thursday 30th October, 10-11.30am (GMT), the CLTS Knowledge Hub together with Hazel Jones (WEDC) and Jane Wilbur (WaterAid) will be hosting a webinar on the theme of the recently published Frontiers issue 3:Disability-Making CLTS fully inclusive. About the webinar CLTS aims at total sanitation. For that it has to be inclusive. There are ethical reasons for this, but the bottom line is that while any open defecation continues, all are affected. This webinar will focus on people with disabilities and their particular needs for access to sanitation. People affected…
  • E4C Webinar | WASH in Emergencies: Lessons Learned and Way Forward October 28

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    press release Presented by Daniele Lantagne, Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University Moderated by Sean Furey, Water & Sanitation Specialist, Skat Foundation October 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM EDT (convert to your time) Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are critical needs for populations affected by emergencies such as natural disasters, outbreaks, and violence.  In this webinar, we will learn about commonly implemented emergency response interventions to treat drinking water and find out about their successes, failures, and…
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  • Deal allows L.A. to plow Owens Dry Lake bed

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Joke shaming water wasters works

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The EPA veto of Colorado's massive Two Forks Dam ended the era of big infrastructure and forced Denver to take the lead in urban water conservation.
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    Water Canada

  • Clean and Pure Water

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
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  • Bluline

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
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  • Canadian Electricity Association

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
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  • Blue-White Industries

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 pm
    BLUE-WHITE is a leading manufacturer of Peristaltic and Diaphragm type Chemical Metering Pumps, Variable Area Flowmeters, Ultrasonic Flowmeters, Digital Meters and Skid Systems. Blue-White Trade names include: Pro-Series, Proseries-M, Flex-Pro, and FLEXFLO Peristaltic Metering Pumps; Proseries-M, Chempro-M, Chem-Pro and CHEM-FEED Diaphragm Metering Pumps; Dia-Flex Diaphragms; Sonic-Pro Ultrasonic Flowmeters and BW DIGI-METER Digital Paddlewheel Flow meters. […]The post Blue-White Industries appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Shock Waves

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    In March 2011, a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Japan. More than 15,000 people died as a result of the 9.0-magnitude quake and 14-metre-high tidal wave. And although these fatalities haven’t been directly linked to radiation released when three of the plant’s six reactors had […]The post Shock Waves appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • Lamprey – Living fossils in our midst

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Aslan Wright-Stow Streams and rivers are typically thought of in two dimension space, flowing from upstream to down, from high in the catchment and then out to sea. Delve a little deeper however and we find a third dimension – a vertical space underneath the streambed that’s home to many freshwater invertebrates. Linked hydrologically to the overlying water column, the hyporheic zone sits underneath what is typically considered the bottom of a stream or river and links groundwater to surface water. Given the inability for simple direct observations and difficulties in sampling the…
  • Carbon cycling in mountain ranges – Our environmentally friendly Southern Alps

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Sarah Mager The Southern Alps of New Zealand are the source of some of New Zealand’s most iconic river systems.  The development of the South Island has been intimately connected with these powerful water sources. For instance, the Clutha initially provided a critical navigation route into Central Otago and the early gold fields; the Waitaki sustains eight hydroelectrical power stations that were crucial to developing a power-hungry growing nation; the Waimakariri, Rakaia and Rangitata all provide large water sources to the Canterbury Plains, both as surface and groundwater resources,…
  • Understanding the natural history of New Zealand’s nutrient fluxes

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Emily Diack and Sarah Mager Water quality in New Zealand has been a hot topic of late, especially when it comes to the growing impact that agriculture and land use changes are having on our waterways. Maintaining good water quality is fundamental for sustaining our indigenous ecosystems, but how do we define what that ‘good’ level of water quality is? The transformation of New Zealand’s vegetation cover and land use has had a significant impact on the functioning of freshwater ecosystems and water quality, with local waterways becoming increasingly subject to pollution and nutrient…
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  • Kansas, Colorado, California…(Florida?)

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    With the current legislative talk about water, why is there no discussion of the need to develop a real state water plan, as we see in Kansas, Colorado, California and other states? Some of their ideas are quite interesting. One part of the draft Kansas draft plan, for example, focuses on “Reducing our vulnerability to extreme events.” The draft Colorado Plan says the goals are to “..defend Colorado’s compact entitlements, improve the regulatory processes, and explore financial incentives while honoring Colorado’s water values and to ensure that the state’s most…
  • Taking the Long View

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    The good done by passage of the Land and Water Legacy amendment, if properly implemented, can far outweigh short term disappointments. If you believe this, you might be interested in listening to Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to the Wilderness. A sample track is below: The Rap Guide to Wilderness by Baba Brinkman
  • 2010 Water Use: United States and Florida

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    The U. S. Geological Survey finally released their report on 2010 water use in the United States. The big message is that national water use has decreased significantly. Total fresh water withdrawals decreased by 13% between 2000 and 2010. Public water supply–down 5%. Irrigation (mostly agricultural)–down 9%. The recent USGS report on Florida water use also quantifies striking trends of decreasing water withdrawals. Total fresh water withdrawals from 2000-2010 decreased by 22%, public water supply decreased by 9%, and agricultural withdrawals went down by 16%. The national…
  • Liking the environment

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Mike Grunwald explains(?) Florida voters’ position on the Land and Water Legacy and on candidates for governor: Floridians like the environment. We just don't like politicians that like the environment. http://t.co/TQFoBBLJmv — Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) November 5, 2014 Why would that be so? It could be how much Rick Scott and his supporters spent to achieve a 1% margin of victory. According to a Wall Street Journal estimate, Scott outspent Charlie Crist by a margin of roughly two to one. The Scott campaign expenditures are said to be more than a hundred million…
  • Florida’s “great nature bank”

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    In 1971, Governor Leroy Collins advised, We should think ahead and plan to save these hidden places of our land. We should find ways with private and public funds, to buy them up for all the people of the generations to follow. This would be our state’s great nature bank. (Forerunners Courageous, p. 110) If you haven’t voted already, and are not sure how to vote tomorrow on the Land and Water Legacy constitutional amendment, please consider voting for it. This program would revitalize a Florida tradition of committing funds for land and water conservation going back to 1972. The…
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • Dewatering Boreholes

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

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

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

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    As part of our commitment to health and safety Dales Water undertake various training courses throughout the year. With several staff taking a manual handling course in the Spring this week saw some of our drilling & maintenance team taking part in an onsite forklift training day. The course was provided by Livius Training and carried out at our premises in Melmerby. This had several advantages from both a cost point of view and not requiring staff to travel off site. It also meant staff would be trained in a real working environment where the forklift is used on a daily basis. DWS Fork…
  • Acidisation of Boreholes

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    From time to time boreholes that have been drilled into chalk aquifers need to be either developed to increase performance or rehabilitated due to blockage by incrustations. One technique used to achieve this is acidisation whereby hydrochloric acid is used in large quantities to facilitate the removal of soft material from within the borehole and to open fissures in the underlying chalk. This process is done to increase the flow rate of the borehole by allowing more water into the aquifer. How Acidisation Works CaCO3(s) + 2HCl(aq) → CaCl2(s) + H2O(l) + CO2(g) By introducing an acidic into…
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  • 2014 World Water Summit: Time for Action on the Global Water Agenda

    Donna Vincent Roa
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    On Thursday, November 6, I attended The Economist’s 2014 World Water Summit, where the world’s leading thinkers on water policy, management, irrigation, technology, economic development, sanitation and hygiene and water-related risks gathered in London to catalyze action in response to the looming global water crisis. Driven by the event theme – Time for Action – speakers […] The post 2014 World Water Summit: Time for Action on the Global Water Agenda appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Roa Pens Communication Chapter for Water Anthology

    Donna Vincent Roa
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    With more than 25 authors who are sharing ways to accelerate change around water, a new anthology called “Damned If We Don’t” aims to educate water professionals and inspire them to take action.  SACRAMENTO – Donna Vincent Roa, water sector communication expert and managing partner and CEO of Vincent Roa Group, has penned a chapter titled, […] The post Roa Pens Communication Chapter for Water Anthology appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Value of Water Book to Debut Internationally at Frankfurt Book Fair

    Donna Vincent Roa
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 — “The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Smart CEOs,” available on Amazon, other online retailers, and the Value of Water book website, will debut internationally at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 8-12. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest international fair for books and content. Last year, […] The post Value of Water Book to Debut Internationally at Frankfurt Book Fair appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • New Realities Needed for Water Sustainability

    Donna Vincent Roa
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Water’s scarcity and abundance impact the availability and price of goods, the profit of companies, and the vitality of economies. Climate change realities coupled with urban growth, infrastructure demands, and economic constraints create additional pressures on cities, businesses, and water utilities. These circumstances highlight the need for increased awareness about the value of water and […] The post New Realities Needed for Water Sustainability appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Effective Communication in the Water Industry

    Donna Vincent Roa
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    With permission from The Water Values Podcast Website… Listen Now Donna Vincent Roa, a communication specialist, water sector communication expert and Managing Partner at the Vincent Roa Group, comes on The Water Values Podcast for a discussion on the importance and effectiveness of communication using storytelling, visual and symbolic elements, and language to educate and […] The post Effective Communication in the Water Industry appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
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