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  • Water, Volume 6, Issue 10 (October 2014) - Groundwater, Climate Change, Economics, Runoff & More! (Open Access)

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Water, Volume 6, Issue 10 (October 2014), Pages 2849-3246 If you cannot download the articles here, visit the issue's homepage. Caveat emptor: The publisher of this journal, MDPI, has been listed by librarian Jeffrey Beall as a 'questionable publisher'. Some good stuff here - check it out. It's free. Table...
  • Making the Case for Tap Water (VIDEO)

    Administrator Account
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    This TEDx talk from Heather Himmelberger focuses on the value of drinking water.
  • Protect Clean Water – Kids Get It

    We All Live Downstream
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    By Susan Eastwood, Campaign Organizer – follow Susan on Twitter (@SCEastwood) Emil, age 8, said it best. “Don’t throw trash on the ground because when it rains, it washes into the river and dirties the drinking water.” Five year old Archie drew a contrast in bright colors, to compare “a happy fish swimming by a rainbow waterfall” with “a fish throwing up. It’s what’s gonna happen if people keep putting garbage in the water.” Avery, age 8, showed two children holding their noses next to a polluted stream with a very sad fish swimming among the mess. When you look at…
  • A guide to good practice in modeling semantics for authors and referees

    WaterSISWEB | Published News
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    This opinion piece makes some suggestions about guidelines for modeling semantics that can be referred to by authors and referees. We discuss descriptions of model structures, different forms of simulation and prediction, descriptions of different sources of uncertainty in modeling practice, the language of model validation, and concepts of predictability and fitness-for-purpose. While not expecting universal agreement on these suggestions, given the loose usage of words in the literature, we hope that the discussion of the issues involved will at least give pause for thought and encourage…
  • Early exposure to air pollutants linked to autism risk

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Researchers find that children with autism were more likely to be exposed to certain air pollutants during their mother's pregnancy and up to the age of 2 years.
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    Circle of Blue WaterNews

  • The Stream, October 24: World Bank says that Water Utilities are Reaching More People, but have Faced Challenges in Providing Wastewater Service

    Kaye LaFond
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Water Utilities 4,400 water utilities in more than 135 countries were analyzed for a report released by The World Bank entitled the International Benchmarking Network Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. According to the publication, utilities worldwide have continued to improve and expand services overall, but have faced challenges in delivering wastewater services due to the financial crises of 2008 and 2010. Water Technology North America A Nestle-owned dairy factory in Mexico is the world’s first to require no extra inputs of water for processing, Bloomberg News reported. The…
  • The Stream, October 23: 500,000 People Endangered by Honduras Drought

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Water & Food Central America, Africa, Pacific More than half a million people in Honduras and 3 million people in Central America are facing hunger due to a drought that has destroyed crops and caused food prices to spike, according to the Red Cross, Reuters reported. The conditions are forcing more people to migrate or sell assets like livestock. Climate change presents an opportunity for Africa to embrace innovative agricultural and industrial technologies that save energy and water, Inter Press Service reported. Agriculture, in particular, should be targeted for sustainable…
  • The Stream, October 22: In Zimbabwe, Cash-Strapped Government is Taxing Private Water Supplies

    Kaye LaFond
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Water Pricing Africa Residents of Harare, Zimbabwe, must now pay taxes on private water supplies, Bloomberg News reported. The government, while unable to meet residents’ water needs through a public supply, is still collecting much needed revenue from taxes paid on water deliveries from private companies. Water Technology Middle East, North America, South America Cyprus has plans to greatly expand its wastewater recycling capacity, Financial Mirror reported, citing local media. Next year, recycled wastewater is projected to meet 10 to 15 percent of irrigation demand in Cyprus. By 2023, the…
  • The Stream, October 21: UN Experts Say Detroit Water Shutoffs Against Human Rights

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Water Access North America, Middle East, Africa Two experts from the United Nations found that water shutoffs to Detroit residents unable to pay their water bills are a violation of human rights, the U.N. News Centre reported. The experts visited the city over the weekend, where as many as 3,000 water customers are being disconnected each week. Approximately 18,000 refugees living in Syria’s Yarmouk camp have been depending on untreated groundwater and a single well for more than a month, while aid workers have limited access, Syria Deeply reported. A Q&A with a spokesman for the…
  • The Stream, October 20: Australia Looks to Expand Dams, Irrigation to Fight Agricultural Water Scarcity

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Water Infrastructure Australia, Asia, Africa, Middle East Australia is planning to build more dams and invest in as many as 30 irrigation schemes to provide more water for agricultural production, Reuters reported, citing a new government paper. Per capita water availability from the country’s existing dams has declined more than 20 percent since 1980. As Thailand prepares to enter the annual rainy season, little progress has been made on infrastructure projects meant to prevent another flooding disaster like the one that devastated the country in 2011, the Bangkok Post reported. Many…
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    U.S. EPA Water News

  • EPA Finalizes List of Polluted Water Bodies in New Jersey; PCBs, Arsenic, and Phosphorus are Most Common Pollutants

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    (New York, N.Y.) From Raritan Bay to the Maurice River in Cumberland County, New Jersey continues to struggle with meeting federal water standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the 2012 list of waters in New Jersey that are considered either impaired or threatened by pollutants. An impaired water body does not meet federally-approved water quality standards even after pollution controls have been put in place
  • EPA Region 7 Issues Decision Letter on the State of Missouri’s Proposed Changes to Water Quality Standards

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 23, 2014) - EPA Region 7 has issued its decision letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) on the State of Missouri’s proposed new and revised Water Quality Standards, approving most proposed changes, including Missouri’s decision to protect previously unclassified lakes and streams for certain uses listed in the federal Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • EPA awards $1 million to Northern California graduate students through research fellowships

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $1 million in fellowship grants to 12 students at Northern California universities conducting research and studying in environmental disciplines. These students selected will work on a variety of projects covering topics including climate change, public health and sustainability
  • EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    OREGON, OHIO (Oct. 20, 2014) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman today announced the award of four Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $8.6 million to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana state agencies to protect public health by targeting harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie. Hedman was joined by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, U.S
  • EPA Makes Preliminary Determination to Regulate Strontium in Drinking Water

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made a preliminary determination to regulate strontium in the nation's drinking water. Strontium is a naturally occurring element that, at elevated levels, can impact bone strength in people who do not consume enough calcium. A regulatory determination is a formal decision on whether EPA should initiate a rulemaking process to regulate a specific contaminant
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  • United Kingdom: Dredging can make flooding worse, say activists

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Independent: Dredging is “pointless” and largely ineffective, according to a coalition of environmental groups who are calling on the Government to scale down its preferred method of flood prevention. The Blueprint for Water coalition, which represents groups such as the RSPB, the Angling Trust and Friends of the Earth, is urging the Government to spend money earmarked for dredging on “more effective” alternative flood-control methods such as improved drainage systems. The warning comes as remnants of Hurricane...
  • Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    National Public Radio: Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.
  • Enbridge oil pipeline project delayed by spill concerns

    Waterdown Daily Times: Robert Langreth, Shannon Pettypiece and Caroline Chen
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Waterdown Daily Times: Citing water-safety concerns, the Canada National Energy Board denied the application for an oil pipeline project proposed by Enbridge Pipelines of Calgary that would carry crude oil across the watersheds of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River — a move praised by Clayton environmental advocacy group Save the River, which opposed to the project. The denial of the application, made Oct. 6 by the energy board, will delay a project that would reverse the direction of oil shipped through a 639-kilometer...
  • Mountaintop Removal Linked to Cancer

    EcoWatch: None Given
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    EcoWatch: We know what a mess mountaintop removal makes when the tops of mountains are literally blown off to access the coal inside them. Forests are stripped and debris is dumped into streams and valleys, leaving behind a ravaged landscape. It`s partly responsible for the loss of jobs in the coal industry since it requires only a handful of workers to operate the huge machines involved. Now we`re learning that the process, which has been touted by advocates as cleaner and safer than below-ground coal mining,...
  • Australia: Australia prepares for ‘dangerous’ bushfire season

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    BBC: As Australia prepares for another horror bushfire season, experts are warning that some areas of the country are becoming uninhabitable because of the increased risk of fire and that worse-than-normal seasons are becoming the norm. And one of the country's top firefighters has warned that the loss of homes was now inescapable as climate change drives more frequent and fiercer blazes. Hot, dry conditions in the lead up to summer have increased the likelihood of "very high fire danger weather"...
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    Water News -- ScienceDaily

  • Desert streams: Deceptively simple

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation.
  • Mature forests store nitrogen in soil: May help protect waterways from excess nitrogen from industry

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Ecologists working in central Pennsylvania forests have found that forest top soils capture and stabilize the powerful fertilizer nitrogen quickly, within days, but release it slowly, over years to decades. The discrepancy in rates means that nitrogen can build up in soils. Forests may be providing an unappreciated service by storing excess nitrogen emitted by modern agriculture, industry, and transport before it can cause problems for our waterways.
  • Karakoram glacier anomaly resolved, a cold case of climate science

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Researchers may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, namely why glaciers in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas have remained stable and even increased in mass while glaciers nearby and worldwide have been receding. Understanding the 'Karakoram anomaly' could help gauge the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
  • Shifting precipitation patterns affect tea flavor, health compounds, study shows

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Major antioxidant compounds that determine tea health properties and taste fell up to 50 percent during an extreme monsoon, a study concludes. The findings are based on samples taken from tea gardens in southwest China. The researchers collected samples from two extreme weather events -- an extreme drought and an extreme monsoon -- and performed a chemical analysis of the samples.
  • An effective, cost-saving way to detect natural gas pipeline leaks

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Major leaks from oil and gas pipelines have led to home evacuations, explosions, millions of dollars in lawsuit payouts and valuable natural resources escaping into the air, ground and water. Scientists say they have now developed a new software-based method that finds leaks even when they're small, which could help prevent serious incidents -- and save money for customers and industry.
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    WaterSISWEB | Published News

  • A guide to good practice in modeling semantics for authors and referees

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    This opinion piece makes some suggestions about guidelines for modeling semantics that can be referred to by authors and referees. We discuss descriptions of model structures, different forms of simulation and prediction, descriptions of different sources of uncertainty in modeling practice, the language of model validation, and concepts of predictability and fitness-for-purpose. While not expecting universal agreement on these suggestions, given the loose usage of words in the literature, we hope that the discussion of the issues involved will at least give pause for thought and encourage…
  • What Is Groundwater?

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    This lighthearted animation tells the story of groundwater: where it is, where it comes from, and where it goes.
  • ‘Anonymous’ warning over Irish Water

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Short video posted to YouTube accuses Government over introduction of water charges. A video purporting to be by online hacking collective Anonymous has accused the Government of stealing and using threats in order to force the introduction of water charges. The 2-minute video titled ‘#Anonymous message to the Republic of Ireland - Truth behind Irish Water charges’ is addressed the “citizens of the Republic of Ireland” and was posted on YouTube
  • Blue Gold : World Water Wars (video)

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?
  • 10 Ways Clean Water Can Improve The World | Ohio University's Online Engineering

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Water is a valuable resource that is the key to sustaining life.  As water becomes more valuable and scarcity increases, conflict, death, and disease are also by-product of water and it’s influence.  In less fortunate countries, the battle for not just water, but clean water, is truly a matter of life and death.  As the world population continues to grow and access to clean water becomes increasingly difficult, we examined the power of clean water and why it’s important.   Clean water can:
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • Create a Water-Wise Herb Container Garden

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Do you enjoy using fresh herbs when you cook? If so, you probably know how expensive they can be. What if fresh herbs were as close as your garden? Herbs are easy to grow and aren’t fussy. You may be surprised to find that herbs make great container plants and are a great alternative to flowering annuals. So, why should you replace your flowering annuals with herbs? Herbs need less water and fertilizer than flowers and are more resistant to insect pests. Their varying leaf colors and shapes aren’t just edible, they are beautiful too! Herbs can handle the extremes of winter and summer…
  • Get Your Irrigation System in Order for Fall

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The cool season brings with it the renewal of the mind and body—gone are the long, hot summer days, at least for the foreseeable future. So what better time to get out into your yard and examine the state of your irrigation system? As Water Conservation Specialists, we often see overwatering of the landscape in the fall months.  Plants simply do not need as much water in the fall/winter as they do in the summer! Saving Water = Saving Money We all know that using less water means we will save money, but there’s an added bonus to not overwatering your yard in the cooler weather.  By…
  • Salinity Rebate Program – First of its Kind in Arizona

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Why Salt is a Problem Increased salinity in water supplies in Arizona, and specifically Maricopa County, is an issue of growing concern. As people try to combat the natural water hardness of Arizona water supplies using conventional water softeners, increased discharge levels of salt are introduced into sewers, treatment plants and, at times, into groundwater aquifers through recharge. The increased salinity negatively impacts the environment and adds significant costs to our treatment processes. The predominant residential method of combating hard water is water softening through ion…
  • The Edible Gardening Series: Did Thy Garden Runneth Over (With Rain)?

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    All good things must come to an end, and so too must our four-part series on water-wise edible gardening. (Sad face.) To catch up on where we’ve been so far: we’ve gone over the basics, introduced you to some lesser-known desert delicacies, and let you in on the secret awesomeness of saving and sharing seeds. To wrap it all up, we’re talking again about one of our favorite topics – rainwater harvesting! To begin this topic, we should mention another event that is coming to an end. September 30th is the official ‘final day’ to one of our wettest monsoon seasons on record…
  • The Edible Gardening Series: Save The Seeds!

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome to the third installment of our early fall series on water-wise edible gardening. So far, we’ve talked about The Basics of Water-Wise Edible Gardening and introduced you to harvesting edibles from the landscape in our blog Putting The Desert In Dessert. Now it’s time to talk about seed saving and sharing. Survival of the fittest is the basic tenet of evolution. This applies to our plants too, to some extent. As gardeners, we like plants that are easy to grow and that taste good. So with just a little bit of observation and planning, harvest seeds from your strongest-performing…
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    AWRA Water Blog

  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 18 – 24 October 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    I love this photo, Tweeted by zenrainman, with the ominous caption, ‘Peering into the future?’ We’ll see. New category this week – ‘Featured Five’ – just five Tweets that piqued my curiosity or were otherwise noteworthy/bizarre. Featured Five #cawater Bond! New @PacificInstitut Report Provides Insights on California’s Proposition 1 http://bit.ly/1z1jx69  From @Alliance4Water: Great Pub: ‘Beyond Downscaling’ Available as PDF & Apple iBook. http://bit.ly/1zova8q  […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 11 – 17 October 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I will be heading to Vancouver, BC, tomorrow for the Geological Society of America’s 2014Annual Meeting. I’ll be returning on Wednesday, 22 October. You can download the program and other information here. Dr. Peter Wampler (Oregon State MS & PhD) of Grand Valley State University, Dr. Peter Knappett (University of Waterloo and University of Tennessee) of Texas A&M and I will be convening an oral Topical Session (T116) titled, Water Contamination and […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 4 – 10 October 2014 Great news about the…
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again: Mississippi v. Memphis Over Groundwater Pumping

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    ‘It’s like déjà vu all over again.’ That’s what the renowned English scholar Yogi Berra might say had he read the following story in the 6 October 2014 edition of the Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger:   Is Memphis Stealing Water from Mississippi? Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state. The U.S. Supreme […] Related posts: Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies’ Cutting to the chase: Read the book! Well-written and researched... Texas Water Resources Institute’s TxH2O Makes Texas Groundwater…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 4 – 10 October 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Great news about the Nobel Peace Prize – nothing like good news on a Friday! It was awarded to (from The Verge): Kailash Satyarthi and 17-year-old Malala Yousafzay have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The Norwegian Nobel […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 September – 3 October 2014 This week’s featured visual is Ogallala Water, a bottled water... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 9 – 15 August 2014…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 September – 3 October 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    This week’s featured visual is Ogallala Water, a bottled water from the mind of Gayle Leonard. The business model is unusual: with each passing year, the amount of water in the bottle declines. It’s already hitting the shelves with 30% less! Wait’ll 2030! I bet it goes well with Circle of Blue journalist Brett Walton’s last pie of the summer, a […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 13 -19 September 2014 It turned out it was premature to display St. Andrew’s Cross (flag... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 30 August – 5 September…
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    We All Live Downstream

  • 739,794

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    By Phil Dimotsis, Campaign Organizer – Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD) 739,794 comments…and counting! Today was historic. Today we showcased nearly 750,000 public comments (that’s three quarters of a million, and counting) from people like you to EPA Water’s Deputy Assistant Director, Ken Kopocis, staff from US Army Corp of Engineers, and to Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin. We showed them the broad public support for EPA’s proposal to protect the nation’s streams and wetlands. They were enthralled. Kopocis said at one point, “Clean water…
  • Protect Clean Water – Kids Get It

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    By Susan Eastwood, Campaign Organizer – follow Susan on Twitter (@SCEastwood) Emil, age 8, said it best. “Don’t throw trash on the ground because when it rains, it washes into the river and dirties the drinking water.” Five year old Archie drew a contrast in bright colors, to compare “a happy fish swimming by a rainbow waterfall” with “a fish throwing up. It’s what’s gonna happen if people keep putting garbage in the water.” Avery, age 8, showed two children holding their noses next to a polluted stream with a very sad fish swimming among the mess. When you look at…
  • Happy Birthday to the Clean Water Act

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President & CEO, follow on Twitter @BWendelgass The Clean Water Act turns forty-two this weekend! When Congress overwhelmingly passed the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, we set an incredibly ambitious goal: eliminate all water pollution. Before the Act, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, Lake Erie was declared “dead,” untreated waste was routinely dumped in rivers and streams, and wetlands were thought to be useless swamps that needed to be drained for development or agriculture. The Clean Water Act changed all of that. Over the past…
  • Happy Birthday to the Clean Water Act!

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Clean Water Act turns 42 on tomorrow (10/18). To celebrate we’ll be sharing reflections on the Act, talking about the fight to protect clean water, and discussing what we can all do to put drinking water first. By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTWCA) The Clean Water Act became law 42 years ago this week. It’s got a straightforward name and ambitious goals (zero pollution into our nation’s waterways.) Getting there is not so simple. I have two birthday wishes for this law. First, we have to close loopholes that leave some water…
  • Happy Birthday, Clean Water Act: Hartford City Council Passes Resolution Supporting EPA Rule

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    The Clean Water Act turns 42 on Saturday. To celebrate we’ll be sharing reflections on the Act, talking about the fight to protect clean water, and discussing what we can all do to put drinking water first. By Susan Eastwood, Program Coordinator – Follow Susan on Twitter (@sceastwood) Tuesday night, the Hartford City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks…
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  • Open data and the aid boom in the Pacific: Part II

    Amitangshu Acharya
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Above: A field visit to Mele, Vanuatu. October 2014. Photo credit: Lissy van Noort.In part I of this series, I outlined the first steps in our collaboration with UNICEF and the Department of Mines, Geology and Water Resources (DGMWR) to introduce mobile-based data and asset management tools to Vanuatu as part of developing its national water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) database. Generally, this shift from “data free” to “real time” data would have been worth celebrating. But scarcely had we put down our beer bottles, than we had started planning for the next phase.
  • Open data and the aid boom in the Pacific: Part I

    Amitangshu Acharya
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Above: Port Vila Market, a bustling sight in the capital of Vanuatu. Port Vila, Vanuatu. October 2014. Photo credit: Lissy van Noort.The Republic of Vanuatu is as old as I am. Both of us were born in the 80s, and are stepping into our early thirties together. When a country is this young, the mortar used to build structures of governance is so fresh, you can almost smell it.In this Rorschach ink dot of an island nation, UNICEF Pacific collaborated with us to bring Akvo FLOW to the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MLNR) and specifically to the Department of Geology, Mines and Water…
  • WWF-Indonesia

    Emily Armanetti
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    Above: A sea turtle passes by the hero shoot on her way back to sea after laying nearly 100 eggs at a nearby nesting site. From left: Hendri and Andi Priansyah of POKMASWAS Kambau Borneo; Yanto Aldiani Anong and Agri Aditya Fisesa of WWF-Indonesia. Paloh, Indonesia, August 2014. Photo credit: Des SyafrizalWho?Conservation organisation WWF (World Wildlife Fund For Nature) works in 100 countries around the world to protect the future of nature. WWF-Indonesia is running a number of conservation programmes across Indonesia and has long been handling the monitoring on the ground for various…
  • DORP explains how to get the most out of Akvo RSR

    Laura Roverts
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    A couple of days ago, Zobair Hasan and his colleagues from DORP published a blog sharing their positive experience using Akvo RSR.Above: Jafor Ekbal giving instructions on how to prepare a social map, in Bhuapur, Bangladesh. Photo by DORP.DORP is a Bangladesh partner of the Dutch WASH alliance and it has been using Akvo RSR since 2012 to provide updates to its projects online. However, DORP recently received equipment (smartphones) that lets people update their activities more regularly. Following a recent training course on using Akvo RSR with the new devices, the project…
  • Training ICCO’s partners in the Philippines

    Anna-Marthe Sessink
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Among many interesting things going on in South East Asia lately, Akvo and ICCO have been working together closely to build on our strategic partnership for innovative approaches in the region. ICCO works with local partners and community groups to help them organise themselves. By using Akvo tools, ICCO and its local partners can monitor their impact using mobile phones, and implement local reporting from the field.Rice-duck farming and other potential partnersLast month, Lissy, Frodo and I went to the Philippines to run a series of workshops on Akvo RSR and Akvo FLOW for…
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  • Friday party!

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Some Australians having fun
  • Speed blogging

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    These "lily pads" clean water (cost needs to fall)News from Chile: Water market participants are more efficient with water than non-market participants and new challenges facing water suppliers who now provide drinking water and wastewater services to 99 percent of the populationCalifornia bureaucrats are "trying really hard" (but not doing so well) when it comes to following their own conservation mandatesThese Silicon Valley guys are drinking recycled water (toilet-treatment-tap)Biased source, but Westlands has indeed swung a nice deal (free water, lots of money) out of the Feds. Rights or…
  • A few thoughts on California's Proposition 1

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    California Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471), is on the November 4, 2014 ballot.Here are my few thoughts on this $7+ billion bond.*NB: I am ignoring the (possible and probably likely) existence of federal, state and local laws and financing relating to these topics; the possible conflict among these topics; the probability that some/all of these spending priorities will be blocked by lawsuits; and the typical complexities of implementation. All of these issues are likely to reduce the effectiveness/impact of this bond's promises.$2.7 billion for water storage projects, dams…
  • Anything but water

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Dutch pensions are managed with a firm grasp of reality, unlike American "fantasy plans" that will leave workers in the lurchIt's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is of No Use (except to crooked politicians)Margaret Mead described how "proper" behavior depended on culture, not moral absolutes. Speaking of culture, we just finished using Small is Beautiful for my microeconomics class, and I'd update my 2009 review to include: Schumacher has a lovely vision for how a bottom-up system of production by the masses would work, but he does not describe a strategy for dealing with people(s) who prefer…
  • Ecosystems are complex and amazing

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    TR sent this nice video on the benefit of wolves to Yellowstone's flora, fauna and (water) flows
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    The Water Information Program

  • October 24, 2014--Recycled water for irrigation—is it safe? (Water Online)

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Do crops grown with recycled water lace our produce with drugs? "Irrigating crops with recycled water can leave dinner salads laced with small amounts of drugs and personal care chemicals. But researchers disagree on whether the contaminated produce is likely to harm people," Science News reported.read more
  • October 24, 2014--Ontario has 'record-breaking' level of drugs in water (Water Online)

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Contamination of drinking water by pharmaceuticals is a growing concern in Canada. Health Canada, the nation's public health department, recently funded a study on this issue. It found "record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water in southwestern Ontario," CBC News reported.read more
  • October 23, 2014--Archaeologists to discuss water on PBS (Cortez Journal)

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    It’s no secret that the population of the American West uses a lot of water and goes to great lengths to get it where it’s most needed. The supply is finite, and the demand keeps growing. The story isn’t a new one.read more
  • October 23, 2014--Nebraska: Beacon Of Good Water Policy? (Water Online)

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Is Nebraska a model for sensible water regulation? "With ongoing summer droughts in many states across the country, water scarcity continues to be a threat, [which is shifting] water regulation policies in some states to focus on more local management plans like Nebraska has," Nebraska News Service recently reported.read more
  • October 22, 2014--Reducing water scarcity (McGill University)

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.read more
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    Thirsty in Suburbia

  • Fantasy Bottled Water Brands of Tomorrow: Ogallala Water

    Gayle Leonard
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    We are peering into the not-so-distant future to imagine what the brand geniuses of the future will be serving up for discerning water consumers! The Brand: Ogallala Source: Great Plains […]
  • Real News: Spurring Weed growth with Water

    Gayle Leonard
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Did you ever experience an “Onion Fear” moment? When you suspect you’ve been humiliated and hoodwinked by a “news” story that’s actually a journo-joke straight from The Onion? Onion-fear struck […]
  • Road-Tripping and Tower-Tipping

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

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

    Gayle Leonard
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:58 pm
    California is facing its worst water shortage in decades. This is somewhat funny, both “curious-funny” and “ha-ha funny” because the state’s severest drought in modern history gives us an excuse […]
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  • 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…
  • 3rd Annual Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Mgmnt in WASH in Schools Conference

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
     Sponsors: Columbia University and UNICEF October 29th 2014 Background: The 3rd annual virtual MHM conference will provide an opportunity to share lessons learned with the WASH in Schools (WinS) community around the world with a particular focus on MHM programming in WinS in various contexts. The conference will also enable the global WinS community to gather documentation for a basic package of MHM in WinS interventions. The conference will provide an opportunity to: (1)Share school based MHM program descriptions (2) Share findings on MHM program scale and impact and (3) Share…
  • Sesame Workshop’s Muppet Friend Raya Encourages Proper Hygiene

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Published on May 27, 2014 United Nations – Raya, from Sesame Workshop’s Global Health Initiative, shares what she’s learned about proper hygiene. She always remembers to wear her sandals to the latrine and knows how to avoid spreading germs. Learn more: http://www.sesameworkshop.org Script (pdf): http://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/raya14… UN campaign: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/end… Filed under: WatSan
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    Chance of Rain

  • 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.
  • Bracing for scarcity

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

  • Evaporation a Viable Way of Disposing Fracking Wastewater: N.S. Report

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    A pilot project in Nova Scotia has concluded that evaporating fracking wastewater is a viable method of disposal. Provincial Environment Minister Randy Delorey announced the results of the project on October 23. The project disposed of two million litres of treated fracking wastewater, which was evaporated at 700˚C. Before being evaporated, the wastewater was treated […]The post Evaporation a Viable Way of Disposing Fracking Wastewater: N.S. Report appeared first on Water Canada.
  • November 5-6, 2014: 2014 [avniR] Conference: Life Cycle in Practice

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Where: Nouveau Siècle, Lille, France Organization: avniR Registration: http://avnir.org/EN/Edition-2014-340.html [avniR] Conference brings together experts, scientists, businesses and policy makers of a wide range of sectors: textiles, construction, food, transportation, etc.. over 2 days. The goal is to share and exchange the latest scientific advances and allow companies, including SMEs, to better understand the challenges of […]The post November 5-6, 2014: 2014 [avniR] Conference: Life Cycle in Practice appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Canada Invests in Tidal Power Generation Project

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Canadian government will contribute $1.5 million to the Water Wall Turbine’s Dent Island tidal energy demonstration project. The investment will be made under the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. The goal of the project is to develop and deploy a 500 kW floating  tidal turbine system off the Dent Island Resort near Vancouver Island […]The post Canada Invests in Tidal Power Generation Project appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Rainfrastructure

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Urban flooding—increasingly prevalent with climate change—causes extensive economic, health, social, and environmental issues. Internationally, jurisdictions including Canadian municipalities are establishing stormwater utilities to mitigate the impact of changing precipitation patterns and increased urbanization. Both Saskatoon and Kitchener, Ontario along with more than 1,400 North American jurisdictions, have implemented stormwater utilities with rates correlated to property […]The post Rainfrastructure appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Kirkland Lake Completes Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Kirkland Lake, Ontario has completed its Kirkland Lake Wastewater Improvement Project, which will better protect the surrounding environment and residents of the community. A celebration to mark the project’s completion was attended by municipal and federal officials on October 14. The project was funded collectively by all three levels of government, and resulted in a […]The post Kirkland Lake Completes Wastewater Treatment Upgrades appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • Thirsty trees and water yields: Vegetation, water and a changing climate

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Cate Macinnis-Ng Future climate projections predict that some parts of New Zealand will become drier with droughts being more severe and frequent. This is particularly true for the north and eastern parts of the country. We know that soil moisture availability will decline due to reductions in rainfall and increased evaporative demand will lead to faster transfer of water back to the atmosphere. However, we do not yet fully understand the impact of climate change on water balances of vegetated catchments. In forested areas, a large proportion of rainfall (up to 90% or more) is lost back to…
  • Tussocks – a fundamental component of New Zealand’s water cycle

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    By Alice Trevelyan, Sarah Mager and Peter Wilson The significance of fog deposition to increased water yield has been contested for many years, especially across the Otago region. Determining the importance of the role of tussock grasslands in the hydrological system is becoming increasingly important, especially over the summer periods when the demand for water for irrigation, recreation and domestic use is at its peak.  Retaining tussock headwaters for fog capture may protect rivers from potentially running dry in the lower reaches during summer. Protecting our waterways from the headwater…
  • A pluvial and fluvial country

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    By Daniel Collins As Sir Geoffrey Palmer once remarked, New Zealand is a pluvial[1] country. It rains a lot. On average, 2.3 metres of water falls across New Zealand each year, or 610,000 million m3 in volumetric terms (about 10 times the volume of Lake Taupo). This is more than most countries, but not all. Values vary from source to source, but according to FAO data[2] the wettest country is Sao Tome and Principe (3.2 m/year), the driest is Egypt (51 mm/year), and our trans-Tasman neighbours receive 534 mm/year. But these long-term, national averages hide a lot of variability. In recent…
  • Weather and water in New Zealand – where do our storms come from?

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By James Renwick New Zealand sits astride the middle latitudes in western Pacific Ocean, exposed to wind and weather from all quarters. Yet we do not usually receive our rain and storms from all quarters. Because the flow of the winds is normally from the west, most of the rain New Zealand experiences arrives from somewhere to the west or the southwest of us. Combine that with our mountainous topography (which acts as a barrier to the westerly winds) and you have a recipe for lots of rain in western regions and relatively dry conditions in the east. The strength of the Southern Hemisphere…
  • The natural history of New Zealand’s freshwaters: Series introduction

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    By Daniel Collins Freshwater issues are among the most important environmental issues facing New Zealanders and receive frequent news coverage. Degraded water quality and its link to dairying in particular is a case in point. Examining the policy and the policy-relevant science are important in order to resolve these issues, and are frequent topics here at Waiology (including last year’s series on water quality) but sometimes it’s also important to take a step back. To satisfy our innate curiosity with the world around us and to improve our management and use of it, it is good to ask what…
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    Watery Foundation »

  • The Charlie Crist-Rick Scott Debates and Harry Frankfurt

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    I watched the final Crist-Scott “debate” last night so you didn’t have to. For context, look first to a dispute in the final 2010 Alex Sink-Rick Scott debate. At one point, Sink burst out in frustration: “Well, my opponent has said that he would do away with the Department of Community Affairs.” Scott denied it, claiming that he wanted only to “go back to the original purpose of DCA.” True or not? The next day, Politifact Florida called Sink’s statement “False.” It turned out to be “false” only in the sense that Scott…
  • Water 4.0?

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    David L. Sedlak, Engineering Professor at Berkeley, Deputy Director of the Berkeley Water Center, and 2014 winner of the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research, has written a book about water issues: Water 4.0. He rejects the usual structure of this kind of book: About twenty years ago, when I started getting interested in these issues, I encountered a problem: the books on water intended for a general audience were too general, with large sections dedicated to disparate issues like wasteful agricultural water use, destruction of aquatic habitat, and the water and sanitation needs…
  • Florida water meanings

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    One reason that thinking about water is so difficult is that it attracts so many interpretations and meanings. Two examples: We have to thank the Springs Eternal Project for a mesmerizing 12-minute video that is a “joyful, humorous and deeply affectionate underwater tour through some of the splendid flora and fauna of Florida’s marvelous springs”: SWIMMING THROUGH AIR from Lesley Gamble on Vimeo. A different perspective, but somehow related, is the history and marketing of “Florida Water.” This inexpensive cologne dates back to 1808, was used by both men and women,…
  • South Dakota Ag. Department disses Florida?

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Thanks to Kay McDonald for writing about a report from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. They concluded that agricultural production is more important there than in any other state, amounting to 11.9% of their gross state product. For Florida, they say that agricultural production is only 0.6%(!) of the state’s domestic product (p. 41). (Throwing in “food manufacturing” would still bring it up to only 1.38% of the Florida economy.) One of my themes is that Florida agricultural interests use water, create water pollution, and have an influence in water…
  • Views of water

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Do we have to pretend that most of the critics of EPA’s proposed rule about “waters of the U.S.” are well informed? That they have carefully read the 84-page preface and text of the proposed rule in the Federal Register? That they fully understand the current rules and also the direction given by two relevant Supreme Court decisions? That they have read and absorbed the many thousands of comments? That they have carefully perused the agency’s 300-page report, “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: Review and Synthesis of…
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    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.
  • Dogs, Christmas Trees and Yellow Rubber Chickens

    Donna Vincent Roa
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    I normally write about water issues. But, today I thought I would go off topic just a wee bit. In the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations with my clients about how and why every organization should facilitate a photo session for its leadership to take professional headshots. I was asked to provide guidance […] The post Dogs, Christmas Trees and Yellow Rubber Chickens appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Water Utilities Own the Value of Water Equation

    Donna Vincent Roa
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I was listening to a web presentation on the value of water and heard this statement: “Most Americans don’t understand the true value of water.” I would argue that most Americans don’t understand the true value of water utilities. Let me take you through my logic on this The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put a […] The post Water Utilities Own the Value of Water Equation appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
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