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  • Congress’ Dirty Water Caucus: How do we combat stupid?

    We All Live Downstream
    jscott@cleanwater.org
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Jonathan A. Scott, on Twitter @jscottnh Following Tuesday’s US House vote to pass the ROPA Dirty Water bill (HR 5078, approved 262-152) we published this infographic on Clean Water Action’s Twitter and Facebook accounts: We also published a link to information on how individual House Members voted (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h489) One concerned/angry Clean Water Action supporter on Facebook commented, “How do we combat stupid.” Here’s how we responded: It has long been the case that many Members of Congress need to be dragged kicking and…
  • The young brains of city dwellers harmed by air pollution

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garciduenas, MA, MD, Ph.D.
  • The practical ways in which laws are undermined

    Aguanomics
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A water bureaucrat (WB) explained to me how laws that sound good in theory may be worthless in reality.Water users in his state can pump groundwater with permission, without permission (exempt), or in excess of their permission (illegal). Problems result from exempt or illegal pumping, so WBs (who want to represent/protect the public) should either monitor everyone (assuming adequate resources) or go after the largest abusers (prioritizing given a lack of resources). WB told me that neither of these strategies are pursued. Politicians have withheld funding to monitor all uses, and they have…
  • Small algae with great potential

    Water News -- ScienceDaily
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    The single most important calcifying algae of the world's oceans is able to simultaneously adapt to rising water temperatures and ocean acidification through evolution. A unique long-term experiment with the species Emiliania huxleyi shows that the evolutionary potential of the algae is much greater than previously thought. In their laboratory evolution experiment, the scientists have shown for the first time that evolutionary adaptations to multiple stress factors do not necessarily interfere with each other.
  • Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

    Water News -- ScienceDaily
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The impact decimated slow-growing evergreens and made way for fast-growing, deciduous plants, according to a study applying biomechanical analyses to fossilized leaves. The study provides much-needed evidence for how the extinction event unfolded in the plant communities at the time.
 
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  • The Stream, September 17: Iraq Oil Production Restricted by Water Scarcity

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Water Scarcity Shortages of water are hurting production at two major oil fields in southern Iraq, with one field citing water as a reason its output has declined 40 percent since last year, Reuters reported. Water scarcity in general threatens Iraq’s plans to grow its oil production capacity, which may rely on pumping seawater to the oil wells. California will begin regulating groundwater resources for the first time following new legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The laws require local agencies to create groundwater management plans…
  • California Governor Comes Full Circle on Groundwater Reform

    Brett Walton
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    New laws signed today address challenges highlighted in Jerry Brown’s first term – in the 1970s. Photo credit: Justin Short / Office of the Governor Governor Jerry Brown (D), backed by members of the California Legislature, signs groundwater legislation on September 16, 2014. Click image to enlarge. Drought in California today did what drought a generation ago could not – secure the passage of legislation that requires tighter controls on groundwater use in one of the few states without such measures. The three bills signed this morning by Governor Jerry Brown are the first step in what…
  • The Stream, September 16: El Salvador Dispute Over Mine and Water Enters Final Arguments

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Mining An international World Bank tribunal in Washington D.C. is hearing final arguments this week in a court case between El Salvador and Australian mining company OceanaGold, which is suing the country for not permitting a gold mine that El Salvador says will pollute waterways, Inter Press Service reported. OceanaGold is asking for more than $US 300 million in lost profits, and a decision is expected by the end of the year. China China plans to cut irrigation-fed wheat production in Hebei province by 2 percent from last year in order to save water supplies, Bloomberg News reported.
  • Making Water Stress a ‘Wedge’ Issue

    Brett Walton
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    A new approach puts people at the center of the water discussion. Image courtesy of Nature Geosciences The number of water “wedges,” or strategies to improve water security, that could be used in water-stressed basins. Researchers at McGill University and Utrecht University tested six strategies that could reduce the number of people living in water-stressed basins by 2050. Click image to enlarge. Seeking clarity and comparability, Tom Gleeson wants a new measuring stick for the big thinkers trying to resolve the world’s water supply problems. The groundwater expert at McGill University…
  • The Stream, September 15: ‘Rivers’ of Water Vapor From Amazon Fail, Bring Drought to Brazil

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Drought Vast clouds of water vapor that typically flow from the Amazon rainforest to southern Brazil failed last year, possibly causing the severe drought that is afflicting cities like Sao Paulo, Climate News Network reported. Scientists believe that deforestation in the Amazon basin and climate change are to blame for stopping the flow of water vapor. To better monitor climate factors like cloud formation and water patterns, Brazil is constructing a 325-meter tall observation tower in the Amazon, AFP reported, citing local media. The tower project is being completed by Brazil’s…
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  • The Florida Aquarium Receives over $161,000 to Expand Environmental Literacy

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Stennis Space Center, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced that the Florida Aquarium will receive over $161,000 cooperative agreement for the project “Watershed Investigations: Engaging Underserved Youth in Exploring Climate Change in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.” Debbi Stone, Vice President of Education of Florida Aquarium, will provide the leadership for this project. Ben Scaggs, Director of the U.S
  • EPA Adds Pierson’s Creek Site in Newark, NJ to the Federal Superfund List Due to High Levels of Mercury

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today added the Pierson’s Creek site in Newark, New Jersey to its Superfund list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. Past industrial activity at and in the vicinity of the site, including the manufacture of chemicals, has contaminated Pierson’s Creek, which flows into Newark Bay. Sediment in the creek contains elevated levels of mercury and other pollutants
  • EPA Decision on State of New York’s Proposal to Use Clean Water Funding for Projects Related to Replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides millions of dollars to the State of New York, which in turn provides funding to local governments for various clean water purposes, including building or upgrading sewage treatment plants. This has resulted in significant improvements in water quality throughout the state
  • EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Cleanup Plan for Housatonic River “Rest of River” to October 27, 2014

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    BOSTON – EPA is extending the comment period on its Draft Modification to General Electric’s Reissued RCRA Permit (also referred to as the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Housatonic River Rest of River). In response to several requests for extension, public comments on the Draft Permit will be accepted through Oct. 27, 2014. EPA will also hold a public hearing on the Draft Modification to the RCRA Permit on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School (Duffin Theater)
  • MONDAY: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy travels to New Mexico

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    DALLAS – (Sept. 11, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Corrales and Santa Fe on Monday to support state and federal partnerships that are protecting local communities and improving environmental coordination. Administrator McCarthy will join Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and representatives from the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority to commemorate the Lower Montoyas Water Quality Feature Project
 
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  • Extreme snowfall events will continue even in global warming, says study

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Post: While it`s still too soon to say whether or not this winter will end up looking like the last, snow fanatics should rest assured that extreme snowfall events are here to stay, even in a warming world. That is the finding of an MIT study that was published in the journal Nature this week. Paul O`Gorman, a professor at MIT`s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, used model simulations to investigate the impact of global warming on both average, day to day snowfall amounts as...
  • Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in Rockies

    Colorado Independent: Bob Berwyn
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Colorado Independent: Heavy metals concentrations are increasing in the Snake River, near Keystone, Colorado, and some scientists think global warming may be a factor. We may not yet know exactly how global warming will affect all the complex parts of Rocky Mountain ecosystems, but it’s not for lack of trying. Scientists are prodding the soil, counting wildflowers, measuring winds and gauging snowfall nearly every day to unravel the mysteries of the anthropocene, this present-day geological epoch in which humans are...
  • Pakistan needs political will in face of climate threats: Experts

    Reuters: Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Reuters: Pakistan's vulnerability to climate change is being made worse by poor governance and the degradation of its natural resources, jeopardising the food security, health and livelihoods of its poorest citizens, climate change experts claim. "Poverty is a crucial factor in assessing vulnerability ... to climate change and extreme events,' said Adil Najam, dean of Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies, during a recent meeting on implications for Pakistan of the Intergovernmental Panel...
  • Health and fracking – what are the risks?

    National Public Radio: Leigh Paterson and Jordan Wirfs-Brock
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    National Public Radio: If you live right next to a drilling rig, or your kids go to school beside a fracking site, or your county is suddenly littered with well pads -- are there health risks? That’s a question that’s been asked from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, from Colorado to Texas as more and more people find themselves and their towns in the midst of an unprecedented energy boom. In this second part of a series on public health risks, Inside Energy reporters Jordan Wirfs-Brock and Leigh Paterson clarify the confusion...
  • California wildfire near Yosemite prompts evacuation of 700 homes

    Reuters: Victoria Cavaliere
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Reuters: Crews battling a wildfire on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park in central California reported progress Saturday containing the blaze though evacuation orders for about 700 homes remain in effect, officials said. The blaze, named the Bridge Fire, was 25 percent contained and holding steady at 300 acres (120 hectares), one day after it erupted in Mariposa County near Oakhurst, some 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) southwest of the national park, according to the California Department of Forestry and...
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  • Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The impact decimated slow-growing evergreens and made way for fast-growing, deciduous plants, according to a study applying biomechanical analyses to fossilized leaves. The study provides much-needed evidence for how the extinction event unfolded in the plant communities at the time.
  • The Gulf Stream kept going during the last Ice Age

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    The warm Atlantic water continued to flow into the icy Nordic seas during the coldest periods of the last Ice Age. An ice age may sound as a stable period of cold weather, but the name deceives. In the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, the period was characterized by significant climate changes. Cold periods (stadials) switched abruptly to warmer periods (interstadials) and back.
  • Early Earth less 'Hellish' than previously thought

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Conditions on Earth during its first 500 million years may have been cool enough to form oceans of water instead of being too hot for life to form. This alternate view of Earth's first geologic eon, called the Hadean, has gained substantial new support from the first detailed comparison of zircon crystals that formed more than 4 billion years ago with those formed contemporaneously in Iceland, which has been proposed as a possible geological analog for early Earth.
  • Small algae with great potential

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    The single most important calcifying algae of the world's oceans is able to simultaneously adapt to rising water temperatures and ocean acidification through evolution. A unique long-term experiment with the species Emiliania huxleyi shows that the evolutionary potential of the algae is much greater than previously thought. In their laboratory evolution experiment, the scientists have shown for the first time that evolutionary adaptations to multiple stress factors do not necessarily interfere with each other.
  • If hippopotamuses can't swim, how can some be living on islands?

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    There is no published account where hippopotamuses are demonstrably shown swimming or floating at the surface of any body of water. But if they can't swim, how did they reach and colonize islands?
 
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • The Edible Gardening Series: Putting The Desert In Dessert

    parkandco
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    We’re back with the second part of our four-part series on edible gardening! Did you miss us? We missed you! Last time we introduced you to the basics of water-wise edible gardening, and now that we’ve given you a week to mulch, plant and tend to your bountiful harvest (maybe), it’s time to talk about another favorite topic of ours: edible plants! You know about tomatoes, artichokes, carrots and other common foods we get from gardens. Did you know that Arizona has some unique alternatives that come from our indigenous plants and are just as tasty? The best part is, our edible plants…
  • Overseeding A Winter Lawn?

    parkandco
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I hear the whirring of the lawn mowers and see the dust in the air. It’s overseeding season! It’s a familiar scene in neighborhoods across the Valley every fall… the sound of a roaring lawn mower trailed by a cloud of dust. Immersed in the dusty fog is a homeowner or landscaper engaged in the seasonal ritual of scalping a bermudagrass lawn in order to prepare it for newly planted ryegrass seedlings. While sustaining a lush, green lawn throughout the year is appealing to many home and business owners, the additional water needed for cool-season grasses is difficult to justify when…
  • The Edible Gardening Series: The Basics of Water-Wise Edible Gardening

    parkandco
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    It’s September! Let’s rejoice with a sigh of relief for the unofficial end of summer, shall we? All at once now: ahhhhhh. Doesn’t that feel good? With cooler temperatures on the horizon, many of us in Arizona will be trading in the flip-flops for the trowel and tending to our vegetable gardens. All September long, we’ll be posting some of our favorite tips for planting and maintaining a water-wise edible garden. Seasons change, but the importance of water conservation never does. Here are four things to keep in mind when taking care of your edible garden: - Healthy soil is happy soil…
  • Why Is It Important To End Bad Pruning?

    parkandco
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By: Cass Turnbull, PlantAmnesty Founder/President I invented and have run a nonprofit to end bad pruning (mostly tree topping and unsustainable shearing) for 26 years. During that time I’ve written a lot about the topic: why topping and shearing are bad, how to prune selectively, why grounds crews won’t selectively prune (see Why Johnny Can’t Prune on the PlantAmnesty.org website), how to change pruning practices and how I came to start PlantAmnesty. But I don’t believe I have ever been asked to write on why undoing bad pruning practices is important. It’s…
  • Time For Low-Flow Toilets To Take A Bow

    parkandco
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Back when George H. W. Bush was president, the U.S. Congress passed a law that has helped the country conserve its water supply as we face drought and climate change. There was nothing glamorous about the law, but its impact was dramatic. The law, written and championed by Massachusetts engineer Amy Vickers, changed the amount of water that could be used by toilets, faucets, urinals and showers that were manufactured after 1994. The Standards Click to Enlarge Here are the changes the law brought into American kitchens and bathrooms: New toilets are limited to a maximum of 1.6 gallons per…
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 6 – 12 September 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    The photo is a pressure break in the main water line, village of Las Palmas, Honduras. My colleagues and I checked it out on my recent trip to Honduras. Working just fine, and the dam is holding water! One of our future projects could involve an eight kilometer main line with a 1,600 meter drop. […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 30 August – 5 September 2014 Yes, I am back this week. Don’t want to read... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 22 – 28 March 2014 Not much of a summary this week since I was... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 9 – 15…
  • GWP Perspectives Paper: ‘The Links Between Land Use and Groundwater’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Is this awesome or what? From my friends at the Global Water Partnership: The Links Between Land Use and Groundwater, by Stephen Foster and Jan Cherlet. Download GWP_Landuse_and_Groundwater From the blurb: This paper argues that a common understanding of groundwater–land andland–groundwater interaction is needed to facilitate cross-sector dialogue on governance needs and management approaches, targeted at sustaining […] Related posts: Sarah Bates’ Report: ‘Land Trusts & Water – Strategies & Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 30 August – 5 September 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Yes, I am back this week. Don’t want to read what I’ve been up to? Neither do I. Just click here, scroll down to the first red text you see and go from there. Jobs are at ‘Positions Open’. After telling you that I would miss this week’s TGIF post because of a trip to […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 22 – 28 March 2014 Not much of a summary this week since I was... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 23 – 29 August 2014 I won’t be doing ‘TGIF’ next week. I will be... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 – 22…
  • CRS Report: ‘Pesticide Use and Water Quality – Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict?’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Another timely report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS): Pesticide  Use and Water Quality: Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict? by Claudia Copeland (August 2014). Download CRS_Pesticide_Use_and_Water_Quality_Laws Summary This report provides background on the emerging conflict over interpretation and implementation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). For the more […] Related posts: CRS Report: EPA & Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States” More good stuff! Another…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 23 – 29 August 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    I won’t be doing ‘TGIF’ next week. I will be in Honduras all week and won’t have much  opportunity to post to the blog or do any Tweeting. I’ll be back blogging and Tweeting on a regular basis the week of 8 September. All job Tweets are can be found at #JobWaWi and previous ‘TGIF’ posts are […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 – 22 August 2014 The truth will out. This graphic explains why I REALLY use Twitter... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 11 – 17 January 2014 The Polar Vortex is gone (tell that to…
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  • YOU Can Be a Superhero for Clean Water!

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaigns Coordinator – follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger) Are You a Clean Water Superhero? Why do kids (and many grown-ups) love superheroes so much? Because superheroes remind us that when faced with danger or challenging obstacles, ordinary people can rise to do extraordinary things.  Spiderman was a nerdy orphan living in Queens before he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him his superhuman strength and agility. As a child Batman witnessed the brutal murder of his parents and vowed to fight criminals when he grew up. Here at…
  • Americans Speak on Clean Water (Part 2)

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    By Phil Dimotsis, Organizer. Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD) Yesterday I shared with you just a few of the passionate words that people from across the nation had to say about the fight to protect clean water. There were too many, and too many good letters, not to share more. “From an informed laymen’s perspective the goals of the Clean Water Act in 1972 have been largely missed. Now 29 years behind schedule, what should have been a downhill battle is turning into an uphill battle. I’d like to see the Clean Water Act’s 1972 goals actualized.” – a concerned citizen “Are…
  • Congress’ Dirty Water Caucus: How do we combat stupid?

    jscott@cleanwater.org
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    by Jonathan A. Scott, on Twitter @jscottnh Following Tuesday’s US House vote to pass the ROPA Dirty Water bill (HR 5078, approved 262-152) we published this infographic on Clean Water Action’s Twitter and Facebook accounts: We also published a link to information on how individual House Members voted (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h489) One concerned/angry Clean Water Action supporter on Facebook commented, “How do we combat stupid.” Here’s how we responded: It has long been the case that many Members of Congress need to be dragged kicking and…
  • “For clean water today and in the future, we must act now.” Americans Speak on Clean Water (Part 1)

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    By Phil Dimotsis, Organizer. Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD) Letters for clean water Ed. Note: This is Part 1 of 2. See part 2 here. Our grassroots canvass teams, the lifeblood of our work, have so far collected nearly 40,000 hand-written comments to EPA supporting their common sense rulemaking to restore the Clean Water Act. That’s astounding – nearly 40,000 parents, grandparents, children, recreationalists, home owners, farmers, educators, concerned citizens, and thousands alike have taken precious time out of their day to participate in their community to make sure our…
  • Who Cares About Clean Water?

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    By Susan Eastwood – follow Susan on Twitter – @SCEastwood I live in Ashford, a town of around 4500 people that is 80% forested. We are truly rural. The Mount Hope River runs through our backwoods and the head waters are just a mile or two to the North. As I sit on my deck this morning, I notice the mountain laurel has burst into bloom overnight. If you listen, you can hear the river running over the rocks in the hollow below – the headwaters are just to the North of our property. Who cares about clean water? I do! Water testing has shown that pollution-point source pollution has…
 
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  • Paper: 'Water Ethics on a Human-Dominated Planet: Rationality, Context and Values in Global Governance'

    Aquadoc
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    A remarkable paper! 'Water Ethics on a Human-Dominated Planet: Rationality, Context and Values in Global Governance', by Jeremy J. Schmidt and Christiana Z. Peppard, WIREs Water 2014. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1043 Download Water_ethics_governance Summary A discourse on water ethics has emerged as a field linking practical water demands, social practices, and hydrological...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 15 September 2014

    Aquadoc
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    More timely geoscience and environmental science news articles plus a healthy dose of educational displacement behavior from Elaine and Spot. Do you know of a colleague who would be interested in receiving these Bulletin Boards? Please forward to them. A quick email to geosciences-bboard@att.net with the word "subscribe" in the...
  • The Value of Water: How We View It (Thanks to Banksy)

    Aquadoc
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    It's rare that on the same day I post the same item on WaterWired and my personal blog Campanastan but since I am reading David Zetland's Living with Water Scarcity now I thought this graphic extremely relvant to drought, scarcity, and how we value (or don't value) water. I suspect...
  • BC Bonanza from @POLISWater! Reports on Watershed Governance Case Study, Blueprints & More!

    Aquadoc
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Emails and reports from Laura Brandes of the POLIS Project at the University of Victoria arrived this morning. Here goes... 1) Cowichan Watershed Board Case Study: An Evolution of Collaborative Watershed Governance by Rodger Hunter with Oliver M. Brandes, Michele-Lee Moore, and Laura Brandes Click here to download. Download CWBCaseStudy_WebFINAL...
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 6 - 12 September 2014

    Aquadoc
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    I have brought back my little blurb to explain how this summary works. A few people have expressed puzzlement at what this is and how it works. Skip the User's Guide section below if you know what you're doing - in which case, please tell me. The photo to the...
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  • Akvo Team Week 2014 – a review

    Mark Charmer
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Last week, Akvo gathered on the Dutch coast in a town called Noordwijk, for what I maintain is the most important meeting we have – the one where everyone comes together in one place. It’s hard to do – it’s expensive to do – because we are all scattered around the world. It would be easy for someone who doesn’t understand to say “well we don’t need to fly in that software developer” or “well they’re quite junior / new and we can’t afford to have them here” or “we’re not sure about that new group yet…
  • All set for Akvo Team Week, 2014

    Mark Charmer
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Each year the whole Akvo team gathers together to meet. It’s a really important thing to do – probably our most important week of the year. We’re scattered across the world and while that works well in many ways, the time we spend together is vital to share experience, learn and develop a connection with colleagues, and evolve a shared sense of identity and direction. Team Week 2014 kicks off on Monday, in the Netherlands. We’ll be spending the first three days at the Dutch coast in a place called Noordwijk. The organisation has been growing, as our partners are…
  • Akvo RSR and FLOW – 2 page flyers

    Mark Charmer
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Although putting product info online is the way forward (in ever more mobile-friendly ways in fact), a lot of our partners still want information on our products that they can hold in their hands. So we’ve recently designed updated “2-pager” flyers for Akvo RSR and Akvo FLOW. These are available in English, French and Spanish. They can be downloaded and printed off, sent via email as attachments, etc. We find people want to see examples from their part of the world, so we have distinctive African, Asian and Latin American looks, each featuring a relevant “Akvo…
  • Akvo at World Water Week 2014

    Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Akvo has a long relationship with World Water Week, hosted late each summer in Stockholm. This year we’re back once again, at the Stockholmsmässan congress centre, from Monday 1st to Friday 5th September 2014. Demos of Akvo tools in action The Akvo team has never had a bigger, better story to share than we do today. More than €1 billion of water sector development programmes now use Akvo tools to bring project activity online, make it easy to update and to undertake monitoring and evaluation, using the internet and smart phones.  At Stockholm we’re going to have a simple stand…
  • The state of Akvo FLOW, August 2014

    Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    In March 2012 Water for People and Akvo penned an agreement where we at Akvo took over the development and operation of FLOW and also supporting partner organisations using the product. Since then we have made great strides on both the development and usage of FLOW. A timeline of Akvo FLOW development 2012-2014 Guided by great feedback from our partners, we have been really busy working to further develop and improve Akvo FLOW. With this in mind, we thought it was a good time to give an update on progress. Product improvements The FLOW development team has gotten in to a steady rhythm of…
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  • Anything but water

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A really good backgrounder on the origins of ISIS (goes back to 570AD) and the influence of poorly-chosen borders. (Obama should send the bill to France and Britain)Don't waste your money on vitamins. They do nothing for your health (exception: folic acid for expecting mothers)A really fascinating website to explore people's priorities (healthcare, reliable energy, honest government, etc.) around the worldWere we happier in the Stone Age? Perhaps, yes, when you consider the perverse impacts of consumerismAn inquiry into social isolation and unhappiness: "Commute time should be offset by…
  • The practical ways in which laws are undermined

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A water bureaucrat (WB) explained to me how laws that sound good in theory may be worthless in reality.Water users in his state can pump groundwater with permission, without permission (exempt), or in excess of their permission (illegal). Problems result from exempt or illegal pumping, so WBs (who want to represent/protect the public) should either monitor everyone (assuming adequate resources) or go after the largest abusers (prioritizing given a lack of resources). WB told me that neither of these strategies are pursued. Politicians have withheld funding to monitor all uses, and they have…
  • Just sayin'

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    "The people of the state of California are more or less destroying themselves to give cheap almonds to the world." -- me, in The Guardian
  • Monday funnies

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Snow has hit the US and Canada at the earliest point in over 100 years, which obviously* proves that the earth is cooling instead of warming. This good news should encourage the fossil fuel community to step up production so we can use more energy. If the greenhouse effect is true, then we will save ourselves from icing over; if it's not true, then we can enjoy all the cheap energy. Win-win!Just another summer day in Calgary, Alberta* Well, not actually, since climate change is about greater volatility (e.g., snow in Sep) more than higher temperatures.
  • Cooked -- the review

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I'm a big fan of Michael Pollan's writing. I read and enjoyed The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma.* I read his most recent book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation about six months ago.This book makes you want to cook and experiment with food chemistry in your own kitchen. I did a few recipes with a crock pot (mac cheese was meh; brisket tasted metallic), a lot of oven roasting ("paella," mac cheese and roasted veggies were all yummy), and got much deeper into the pickles section (new favorite: green peppercorns).Cooked also makes you think about the process of cooking…
 
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  • Walking Is For The Birds!- A 100 mile adventure in the works.

    giselelong
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Walking is for the birds!… The thought of walking more than a mile sends shivers of horror down the spines of some, while they envision, sore feet, breathless fatigue, and “gasp!”, copious amounts of sweat! Most humans would agree with that statement. “Why walk, when you can drive?” Even a bird might agree… “Why walk, when you can fly?!” If I had feathers and wings, I would, indeed, fly! Imagine the peace, the serenity, and the freedom of soaring in the thermals, far away from the cacophony of our chaotic, overbooked, technological lives.
  • Shine On Me

    asjy
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    All Images are all © Copyright and Protected by U.S Law — http://ift.tt/1qXPjw9 by TJ_Hall
  • Corpoganda Inc.

    Joe Mohr
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    This Big Ag/GMO BS-talking-point cartoon is a few months old. It was added to part four of a four-part series on the state of our rivers. I was fortunate to work on this article with Brad Walker, Rivers Director for Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Here is the full article. Worth the read. There will be a discussion of this article and our rivers with Brad Walker at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4465 Manchester Avenue, STL) on October 9th at 6pm. Great beer and great info on the water in the beer.
  • 8 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Belly Fat | Idea Digezt

    thequickboutique
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    http://www.ideadigezt.com/8-simple-ways-to-get-rid-of-belly-fat/
  • But is this just a myth?

    Martin Milita
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    No one can deny that fracking holds enormous potential… Experts estimate that this technique for harvesting natural gas from shale will add almost 50% to known recoverable natural gas resources and around 11% to known oil reserves around the world. Fresh water, the most precious natural resource in the world, is a necessary component for fracking. Many scientists believe that we’re running out – something that would prove to be catastrophic. What’s perpetuating this idea of a water shortage is the fact that most shale plays are in very dry parts of the country. According to the Ceres…
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  • 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 […]
  • Best water-related news headline…ever?

    Gayle Leonard
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:39 pm
    We always appreciate effervescent, fluid prose so our hats are off to Kevin Murphy of the Winona (Wisconsin) Daily News for this splashy headline: “Fountain City water rates spike” Dirty […]
 
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  • INDIACSR Invites Speakers for its 1st #S

    WASHLink
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    source  http://ow.ly/AXGCM New Delhi: INDIACSR the largest Indian business network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is organizing first Indian Sanitation Summit 2014 themed ‘Sanitation for all- Toilet First’ in New Delhi in December 18-19, 2014. The India Sanitation Summit will involve some of the most reputable and competent national and world renowned speakers from government and private sectors, research agencies, innovators, social scientists and thought leaders dealing in sanitation and toiletries industries in the country. There will be 50 speakers and 300 participants…
  • for real??? All Delhi slums to have # Toilets,sanitation plan

    WASHLink
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    source http://ow.ly/AXGh4 #watsan #wash An advisory panel to devise sanitation strategy in slums has been constituted As announced by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech to provide toilet facilities in cities, villages and slums, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) has decided to provide toilet facilities to all slum-dwellers in all localities and slums in the national capital. The board has planned the slum sanitation strategy for cleanliness and for providing toilet facilities to slum dwellers in the national capital. “The board has planned to provide…
  • Planning for Improved Urban Environmental Health through Rapid Participatory Assessment of Sanitation Systems

    WASHLink
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    source  http://ow.ly/AXFuy #WASH Abstract It is widely recognised that in low-income urban communities throughout the developing world, urban environmental health is adversely impacted upon inadequate or dysfunctional sanitation systems. Responding to this situation and designing interventions to effectively mitigate these risks requires an understanding of critical points in the sanitation service delivery chain which are sources of hazardous events. The training workshop was co-organized by the International Water Association, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and…
  • Good read: USAID Needs to Bring Together #Water & #Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience

    WASHLink
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    http://ow.ly/AQowv Elizabeth Shope’s Blog It’s surprising that in the 21st Century, nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people –more than one-third of the world’s population—don’t have an adequate place to go the bathroom. This is so, despite decades of work and dedicating substantial resources to reduce severe poverty, including the lack of safe drinking water and safe sanitation faced by billions of people. I am the author of an issue brief published by the Natural Resources Defense Council today, Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene…
  • Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural #Water & #Sanitation, a new report

    WASHLink
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    By Infoandina http://ow.ly/ANJv3 #WATSAN The joint Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility (WGF) released a report, titled ‘Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural Water and Sanitation: Recommendations for an Intercultural Approach.’ The report aims to examine experiences from the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement Fund (MDG-F) adapting programmes to meet the needs of indigenous peoples in the context of the elaboration of future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report includes sections on:…
 
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  • Water Upgrades Complete in Kananaskis Country

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Upgrades to improve the quality and supply of tap water in Kananaskis Country have been completed. The Government of Alberta, EPCOR, and the federal government partnered to deliver significant upgrades and expansions to the 30-year-old Evan Thomas water and wastewater treatment plant, which will now meet the growing water needs of the Bow Valley region. […]The post Water Upgrades Complete in Kananaskis Country appeared first on Water Canada.
  • The Rise of Water P3s

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Public-private partnerships (P3s) are still a relatively new concept in Canada, and employing them to deliver water and wastewater projects can be confusing for the general public. But with Regina’s pro-P3 referendum in September 2013, is the public perception of water and wastewater P3s changing? Looking at current examples from around the country, that certainly […]The post The Rise of Water P3s appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Ontario Approves Two Source Protection Plans

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    The Ontario Government announced its approval of the Quinte Source Protection Plan and the Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan on Sept. 11. The plans, developed by the Quinte source protection committee and the Lake Erie region source protection committee, respectively, will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. “The approval of this first source protection plan for […]The post Ontario Approves Two Source Protection Plans appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Concerns Prompt Ministry of the Environment Review

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    An Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change review may result in a sewage pollution notification system for the City of Toronto. The review is the result of a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper submission which was filed under the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights earlier in the summer. “We asked for the review so that […]The post Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Concerns Prompt Ministry of the Environment Review appeared first on Water Canada.
  • September 19, 2014: National Water Centre Programming Launch

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Where: Saint John, NB Organization: National Water Centre and RBC Blue Water Project Website: http://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/The post September 19, 2014: National Water Centre Programming Launch appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • Full citizen science flood map for Christchurch, March 2014

    Waiology
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    By Daniel Collins As a follow-up to Waiology’s article in June, here is a full map for the flooding of Christchurch on 5 March 2014. The map is derived from photos sent in by the public which were generally taken within a few hours of peak inundation. The blue colours represent the depth of water above the ground surface – the darker the deeper. Flood levels are extrapolated around the photo locations using ground levels taken from LiDAR and field survey measurements. Because the analysis hinges on the public’s photos taken at different times of the day, the map can only approximate the…
  • NIWA revising national flood statistics

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

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

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

    Waiology
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:38 am
    By Murray Hicks Braided rivers, defined by networks of channels that are forever changing and shifting, are iconic features of the New Zealand landscape. Their existence depends on abundant supplies of gravelly sediment and frequent disturbance by floods and freshes. They also support unique communities of in-stream and terrestrial organisms (fish and birds) that have adapted to this dynamic physical environment. For example, the channel changes are sufficiently intense that riverbed weeds are naturally controlled, leaving bare gravel bars and islands which make relatively predator-safe…
 
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  • Saving 15 cents per year in Northwest Florida

    Tom
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    When Rick Scott got into office, the water management districts were forced to lower their taxation rate, regardless of current rates or water needs. Even though the Northwest Florida Water Management District tax rate was only a small fraction of the four other districts, they too had to cut. Northwest had always imposed a tiny millage rate of 0.05 mills. That amounted to a tax of $7.50 tax per year on a $200,000 home (using a standard $50,000 homestead exemption). That doesn’t seem like a lot for regional water resource management. Too much for Rick Scott though. In his first…
  • The next four water years

    Tom
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The most recent “Long Range Program Plan” for the Department of Environmental Projection expects no measurable improvement in overall groundwater quality in the next four years:  Not very ambitious.
  • Good structure beats good plans

    Tom
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I claimed last week that the basic structure of Florida’s water management system is intact and still one of the nation’s best. Is it better than what the California Legislature recently adopted for groundwater regulation? I think so. The current pump-as-you-please practice in California has drastically depleted aquifers and threatens both that state’s economy and environment. The new groundwater legislation is called “historic.” Good for them. However, the legislation has many challenges to success. Aquifer withdrawals don’t have to be sustainable for…
  • The “balance” buzzword

    Tom
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Water management discussions often call for “balancing” this option, that policy, and a few more things. Just what “balance” means is not explained.  (Go midway between choices? Give everybody a little of their preference? Sacrifice some environmental values for economic development but not a whole lot?) Fortunately, the vague term “balance” does not appear in the the Florida Water Resource Act’s list of definitions or in the statute’s key “Declaration of Policy” (section 373.019, F.S.). The Act does include an overarching policy…
  • The irreplaceable parts in the water management kit are intact

    Tom
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The excellent news, despite recent crippling assaults on Florida water management, is that the underlying structure is intact. It is still one of the best in the country. The key features are common sense ideas but which are absent in most other states: A single water law doctrine for both surface and groundwater.  Public ownership of water resources with an associated water use permit system. Unified management of both water quality and water quantity.  Regional agencies that can look beyond purely local concerns, but which themselves are under state supervision. Ability to tax on a…
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  • 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.
  • Value of Water Thinking: Marry Science and Stewardship

    Donna Vincent Roa
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Old Water, New Science and Stewardship Groundwater has been on my mind a lot lately. I keep thinking about how important it is for us to understand all things about water so that we don’t wake up one day with a thirst we will not be able to quench.I was fascinated by an article in the Baltimore Sun describing […] The post Value of Water Thinking: Marry Science and Stewardship appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Video: One Water Communication and Industry Standardization

    Donna Vincent Roa
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    This semester I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rachel LaVigna, a public relations student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. As our Vincent Roa Group summer intern, she produced the video to help us promote The Roa Conceptual Model for Water Communication and one water communication. To learn more about the model, click […] The post Video: One Water Communication and Industry Standardization appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
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