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  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 19 April 2015

    WaterWired
    Aquadoc
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Josh is back from the 7th World Water Forum with a bunch of jobs in tow! Due to a suggestion from a few people, Josh will start to put the deadline of the position to the right of the job's location (if available). Please note that some positions are very...
  • Dumping Seawater in the Desert – Solving Iran’s Water Shortage?

    AWRA Water Blog
    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    Many of you know that I am fond of featuring ‘water transfer mega-projects’ involving the transportation of huge amounts of water across large distances. I have posted a number of times about NAWAPA and NARA. The subject has even produced some April Fool’s Day posts. That’s why I jumped at the chance to examine another mega-project, this one sent to me by Mahmoud Shahbodaghi, […] No related posts.
  • China's thriving export industry comes with a high cost

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    China has become the world's largest exporter, leading to the country's rapid economic development - and notorious pollution that's harmful to human health.
  • The Stream, April 17: China to Close Water-Polluting Businesses

    Circle of Blue WaterNews
    Kaye LaFond
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    The Global Rundown China is cracking down on polluting businesses in a bid to turn around the country’s water quality problem, and Mozambique is blaming changing floodplains on climate change. Des Moines is treating nitrates in its water supply. Rural women are being encouraged to start water treatment businesses. “Females are our best entrepreneurs. They are our best stewards of money, they are our best advocates. Men tend to take more risks with the money.” — Minhaj Chowdhury, CEO of Drinkwell Systems, a company providing rural women with the means to make money and…
  • EPA Urges the Public to Weigh In on Proposal to Ban the Dumping of Sewage from Boats into Cayuga and Seneca Lakes and Seneca River

    U.S. EPA Water News
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that a “no discharge zone” can be established for Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and the Seneca River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into these waters by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area
 
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  • The Stream, April 17: China to Close Water-Polluting Businesses

    Kaye LaFond
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    The Global Rundown China is cracking down on polluting businesses in a bid to turn around the country’s water quality problem, and Mozambique is blaming changing floodplains on climate change. Des Moines is treating nitrates in its water supply. Rural women are being encouraged to start water treatment businesses. “Females are our best entrepreneurs. They are our best stewards of money, they are our best advocates. Men tend to take more risks with the money.” — Minhaj Chowdhury, CEO of Drinkwell Systems, a company providing rural women with the means to make money and…
  • Infographic: Emergency Water Funds for California Communities (May 2014-July 2015)

    Kaye LaFond
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    State emergency funds help public water systems and private well owners. By Kaye LaFond Circle of Blue When its fiscal year ends on June 30, the state of California will have spent $US 19 million on emergency drinking water assistance over 14 months. Even more money is coming in the next fiscal year, as the state’s four-year drought emergency worsens with the coming summer months. In total, 72 public water systems that were at risk of running short of water received $US 15 million from an emergency spending bill that Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed in March 2014, with the dispersal of funds…
  • California Drought Puts Desalination, Fresh Water From The Sea, In A New Light

    Keith Schneider
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Era of ample water supply and cheap prices is ending. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock user welcomia The Santa Barbara City Council will vote in June to restart its desalination plant, idle since 1992, at a cost of $US 40 million. More than a dozen other cities on the California coast are considering adding a desalination plant. Click image to enlarge. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue California’s four-year-old drought is taking such potent hold of America’s most populous state that cultural and economic conventions that residents took for granted are literally drying up. The idea, for…
  • The Stream, April 16: Yemen’s Food Security Further Deteriorates

    Kaye LaFond
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Global Rundown Vanuatu‘s access to safe water has not been fully restored one month after Cyclone Pam, and a small Philippine island’s shallow aquifer is still contaminated 17 months after Typhoon Haiyan. Single-serve brewers are reducing overall coffee demand, and fighting in Yemen is further threatening Yemenis’ food security. Celebrities and CEOs in California are using their wealth to escape brown lawns. “How would we feel if you could pay extra to smoke on airplanes? When we decide something is a bad idea in general for society, we don’t want the rich to be able…
  • The Stream, April 15: Germany Begins to Address Nutrient Pollution in Water

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Global Rundown Germany is beginning to tackle nitrogen pollution in its lakes and rivers. Nepal approved a major hydropower dam, a start-up in Portland,Oregon, uses drinking water pipes to create hydropower, and Flint, Michigan invests in a massive new water filter. A mine manager in Guatemala was jailed for a trial over water pollution. “The country can’t keep claiming to be a global leader in green policies if it does not address the nitrogen problem.”–Heidi Foth, member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment, on the country’s growing recognition…
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  • EPA Urges the Public to Weigh In on Proposal to Ban the Dumping of Sewage from Boats into Cayuga and Seneca Lakes and Seneca River

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that a “no discharge zone” can be established for Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and the Seneca River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging sewage into these waters by establishing a “no discharge zone” for the area
  • Settlement For $8.75 Million Reached at Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site in North Providence, R.I.

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    BOSTON – EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a settlement with New England Container Company, Inc. (NECC) relating to the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site, located in North Providence, R.I. Under the terms of a Consent Decree lodged on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, NECC will make a payment of $8.75 million to resolve its liability for the Site
  • EPA Revises Final Cleanup Plan for Ringwood Mines Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the Borough of Ringwood has satisfied the criteria specified in EPA’s June 30, 2014 final cleanup plan for the Ringwood Mines Superfund site that allows for a recycling center to be built on the O’Connor Disposal Area. Plans for addressing other areas of the Ringwood Mines site will remain the same as finalized in the June 30, 2014 final cleanup plan
  • TOMORROW: EPA ADMINISTRATOR IN PORTLAND, OREGON, TO FOCUS ON AIR QUALITY AND CLEAN WATER

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    WASHINGTON – This Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Portland, Oregon to award a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and speak at the Craft Brewers Conference about the importance of protecting our nation’s water resources. The DERA grant will work towards replacing heavy-duty diesel trucks that operate locally and retrofit cargo handling equipment in North Portland
  • WEDNESDAY: EPA ADMINISTRATOR IN PORTLAND, OR TO FOCUS ON AIR QUALITY AND CLEAN WATER

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    WASHINGTON – This Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Portland, Oregon to award a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and speak at the Craft Brewers Conference about the importance of protecting our nation’s water resources. The DERA grant will work towards replacing heavy-duty diesel trucks that operate locally and retrofit cargo handling equipment in North Portland
 
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  • 4 Ways Show Your Support for Mauna Kea

    Indian Country: None Given
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Indian Country: The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which would be a huge structure on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, has sparked strong feelings among Native Hawaiians, who believe the mountain to be sacred. Many have been protesting the project since March 30. “We are not going to stop until this issue is brought to a halt,” said Jon Osorio, professor in the Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, at a press conference following a university walk-out, which...
  • Video: Dancing & Rallying for Mauna Kea

    Indian Country: None Given
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:43 am
    Indian Country: Thousands are rallying atop Mauna Kea to make sure the Thousand Meter Telescope is not built, but that’s not all it’s about. “It is a rally call that has unified our people, the Hawaiian community,” says protester Hina Wong in the video, posted by KITV on YouTube on April 13. Wong goes on to say that this isn’t just about a telescope, “This is really about our political status, our rights as a Native people of this land.” “So much strength gathered today, so much mana gathered… the power of...
  • Demonstrators against the Thirty Meter Telescope flood Hawai‘i Island BOR meeting

    Kaleo: None Given
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Kaleo: Demonstrators against the Thirty Meter Telescope flood Hawai‘i Island BOR meeting Mathew Ursua, Photos Editor kaleo.org Sixty-one people testified Thursday at a Board of Regents meeting on the UH Hilo campus, most opposing construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Testifiers said the demonstrations, which are happening on Mauna Kea and across the state, signify Hawaiians standing up for what they consider sacred. “It is a part of us as we are a part of it,” Cyrus Johansen...
  • Hundreds pack Board of Regents meeting to address Mauna Kea

    KHON: None Given
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    KHON: With a time-out announced by the governor, the University of Hawaii Board of Regents heard from both opponents and supporters of the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project. Hundreds turned out Thursday for a special meeting at UH Hilo that lasted most of the day. Opponents protesting the construction of the telescope atop Mauna Kea say the site is sacred to Native Hawaiians. The turnout was massive with standing room only. The meeting began at 11:15 a.m. and wrapped up at around 3:15...
  • It’s Not Just About a Telescope

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Huffington Post: The movement to protect and preserve the summit of Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred sites in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown from a small group of local activists to a much larger and diverse coalition around the globe, complete with celebrities and pop stars who have brought wide media attention. Their immediate goal is to stop construction of the giant Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, the world's largest optical telescope, atop the mountain. But as captured in the above news report from KITV,...
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  • Seafood samples had no elevated contaminant levels from oil spill, study shows

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. A new study found that all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards.
  • Impacts of Gulf oil spill on marine organisms on Gulf coast

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Researchers have determined the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.
  • Engineers purify sea and wastewater in 2.5 minutes

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    A group of engineers have created technology to recover and purify, either seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in, incredibly, just 2.5 minutes, experts say.
  • Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.
  • Packing heat: New fluid makes untapped geothermal energy cleaner

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    More American homes could be powered by the Earth's natural underground heat with a nontoxic fluid that could cut in half the amount of water needed for a new power generation method called enhanced geothermal systems.
 
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 11 – 17 April 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    One thing about the California drought – many seem intent upon pointing to others as being ‘water wasters’. It’s also prompted some to produce information like the one in the graphic from colleague Brian Hurd (thanks to Ari Michelesen) at New Mexico State University. Now you can eat and drink responsibly!   Enjoy! Click here for the weekly […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 March – 3 April 2015 Another April Fool’s Day has passed so for another year,... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 4 – 10 April 2015 Lots of news…
  • JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – APRIL 2015

    Susan Scalia
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    HIGHLIGHTS – JAWRA APRIL 2015 Editorial: Wigington discusses the nature of JAWRA multidisciplinary water resources journal articles. Featured Collection –  Conservation Effects Assessment Project: Rittenberg et al. present a conceptual framework that relates agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) effectiveness with dominant hydrological flow paths to improve nonpoint source pollution management. Boll et al. modify the […] Related posts: JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – February 2015 JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – February 2015 McLellan et al. use SPARROW... JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS –…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 4 – 10 April 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Lots of news on the California drought, with everyone weighing in. If you’re tired of reading about it, think of the Californians, who are living through it. These images  - including Tom Toles’ cartoon – speak volumes. Click on them to enlarge them. Click here to access the water summary! Enjoy! “In my view, this prolonged drought […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 March – 3 April 2015 Another April Fool’s Day has passed so for another year,... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 24 – 30 January 2015 I was looking for a graphic…
  • JAWRA Seeks Associate Editor, Water Quality

    cmccrehin
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is seeking a new associate editor (AE) in water quality. The successful candidate for this position should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: processes and interactions controlling water quality, monitoring of water quality, or prediction of water quality. JAWRA water quality papers […] Related posts: JAWRA Seeks Associate Editor, Surface Water Hydrology The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is... Wigington Selected JAWRA Editor-in-Chief, Will Assume Roll in 2015 Jim Wigington…
  • Dumping Seawater in the Desert – Solving Iran’s Water Shortage?

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    Many of you know that I am fond of featuring ‘water transfer mega-projects’ involving the transportation of huge amounts of water across large distances. I have posted a number of times about NAWAPA and NARA. The subject has even produced some April Fool’s Day posts. That’s why I jumped at the chance to examine another mega-project, this one sent to me by Mahmoud Shahbodaghi, […] No related posts.
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  • EPA Analysis of Chemicals Used in Fracking Is a Study of the Unknown

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    By John Noël, National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator – Follow John on Twitter (@Noel_Johnny) While EPA is working to update existing regulations to modernize environmental protections as the oil and gas industry evolves, the Agency is also studying how the entire process of hydraulic fracturing potentially impacts drinking water. This includes tracking the whole lifecycle of fracking from where the water is acquired all the way through how it is disposed. Recently EPA published an analysis of chemicals the industry uses in its fracturing fluid cocktail. According to EPA, the…
  • Closing the Gap: Help Keep Oil & Gas Wastewater Pollution Out of our Lakes, Rivers and Bays

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    By John Noël, National Oil & Gas Campaigns Coordinator – Follow John on Twitter (@Noel_Johnny) This week EPA proposed an update to a 30 year old Clean Water Act program that regulates oil and gas wastewater discharges to sewage treatment plants, or publically owned treatment works (POTWs). In the past we know that oil and gas companies have sent millions of gallons of wastewater to these plants which then discharge it to local rivers, lakes and bays. The problem is that these sewage plants were never designed to treat wastewater coming from unconventional oil and gas operations,…
  • Hold the phones! Literally

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Cindy Luppi, New England Regional Director Join Lula Pearl and make the call today! Call your Senators Today: To call your Member of Congress: US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121  You may not have noticed yet but there’s an epic battle about to break wide open and onto the floors of Congress regarding our nation’s chemical safety policies. The chemical industry would like to preserve as much of the status quo as possible, with few restrictions on how they produce and distribute chemicals. The nation’s leading health and environmental groups are pushing for common sense…
  • Americans Agree: #CleanWaterRules

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    By Jennifer Peters – National Water Programs Director – Follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger) Nothing is more fundamental than clean water. Though many of us take it for granted until it dries up or becomes too polluted to use. Not only do we all depend on water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning, but water is the major economic driver in every sector in our economy. From farming to manufacturing to tourism, I bet you can’t think of a business that does not depend on clean water to thrive. Clean water is needed by everyone everywhere, all the time. Despite our nation’s…
  • To Protect Public Health, Put Drinking Water First, not Polluter Profits

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    By Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director – Follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger) Stop Toxic Power Plant Water Pollution! It’s National Public Health Week, which has me thinking about the importance of clean water. Nothing is more basic to protecting public health than access to clean and safe water for drinking, sanitation, and cooking. But too often the streams, rivers or lakes that are sources of drinking water are also used by polluting industries upstream to dispose of their waste. This was an even bigger problem before Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972,…
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  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 19 April 2015

    Aquadoc
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Josh is back from the 7th World Water Forum with a bunch of jobs in tow! Due to a suggestion from a few people, Josh will start to put the deadline of the position to the right of the job's location (if available). Please note that some positions are very...
  • Good Golly! Global Groundwater Governance Galore!

    Aquadoc
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:53 pm
    The Groundwater Governance group released three publications at the recently- concluded 7th World Water Forum. Here is the blurb from the GWG homepage: A Special Edition of the project outputs Global Diagnostic on Groundwater Governance, Shared Global Vision for Groundwater Governance 2030 and Global Framework to Achieve the Vision on...
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 11 - 17 April 2015

    Aquadoc
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    One thing about the California drought - many seem intent upon pointing to others as being 'water wasters'. It's also prompted some to produce information like the one in the graphic from colleague Brian Hurd at New Mexico State University. Now you can eat and drink responsibly! **************************************************************** User's Guide...
  • Crap Detecting 101: Fixing California's Drought on 2 Million Gallons Per Day? No Way!

    Aquadoc
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    A few days ago Chris Mooney of the Washington Post published an excellent blog post, Why it's wrong to use the California drought to attack fracking. He made the case that fracking in California is not a large water user so its elimination is not going to make a huge...
  • From the 7th World Water Forum: What's Wrong and Right With These Pictures?

    Aquadoc
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Good guy Dr. Jerad D. Bales, Chief Scientist for Water at the U.S. Geological Survey, sent me these two contrasting photos from the 7th World Water Forum. The second one was taken at the U.S. Water Pavillion, organized by the U.S. Water Partnership. I am guessing that Coke or Pepsi...
 
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  • Introducing Akvo Caddisfly, the water quality testing kit

    Mark Charmer
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:49 am
    We’ve been asking ourselves a number of questions about our future product mix. One is how do we expand our research and development capabilities on the ground, in the countries where our tools are used? A second is whether Akvo should expand into hardware (physical products), as opposed to being purely about software. A third is which kind of products can build on our existing strengths, our market presence and capabilities. This includes having a sharp eye on what kind of product concepts could be financed and developed with the backing of our existing investors and partners. A key…
  • The time people spend with us (with a nod to Adrian Collier)

    Mark Charmer
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    One of the things I’ve come to realise is how much of people’s time work demands. And how much of themselves they put into it.So it felt important last week to be around in Amsterdam when Adrian Collier had his last few days working at Akvo. Adrian started working in the Amsterdam team just over three years ago, and within three months had taken on the job of product manager for Akvo RSR. His legacy is everywhere, as is the shuddering memory of some of his terrifying jokes. We both went to the same university, Aston, ten or so years apart. But his tutors definitely came from a…
  • Akvo’s watercourse: looking ahead to World Water Forum 7 in Korea

    Frodo van Oostveen
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    Last weekend I enjoyed reading Tao: the watercourse way by Alan Watts. One reviewer summed it up: “The Tao is like a river, a river of non-duality. A great river banked by duality, yin and yang…Taoism is neither a religion nor a philosophy though it has aspects of both. Taoism is about living a balanced life”. Akvo means water in esperanto, and, for me, being Dutch, I feel as if water issues are in my DNA. For almost a decade Akvo has been participating in strategic water events such as World Water Week (every year in Stockholm) and the World Water Forums (every three…
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awards $750,000 for “Akvo DASH”

    Henry Jewell
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    We have been talking for some time to partners around the world about the potential to build on the momentum and global take-up around Akvo FLOW, especially around the effective use of the data that is being produced. In particular, it’s been something that has excited our partners in the United States, especially those with the vision to help kickstart FLOW in its early years, after it was instigated by US-based NGO, Water For People. So I’m really pleased to tell you that the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has agreed to become a key funding partner in what is (for now)…
  • Rattling chains in the palm oil industry

    Aulia Rahman
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    It is awe-inspiring how man can draw a pattern on the world. I mean literally draw a picture, using his evolved skills of agricultural management on a huge scale, using massive tools to cut down trees and change the landscape through bulldozing, ploughing and planting schemes. What I saw from my plane seat looked like an abstract painting. As we buckled our seatbelts and approached the airstrip for landing on the one hour flight from Jakarta to Jambi, Sumatra, a hundred or more passengers gazed down at a hundred thousand hectares of monoculture. For the half hour before…
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    Aguanomics

  • Flashback: 13-19 Apr 2014

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    A year later and still worth reading...Biased nexes, damned dams and abusive infrastructure Do you understand the VALUE of water? (It's neither cost nor price)
  • Friday party

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Fuck yer selfies and get back to life...H/T to RM
  • Speed blogging

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    (This should clear out the backlog of links...)The Omni-processor produces clean water and energy by burning sewage sludge. Makes sense on a small scale (e.g., ship) but maybe not large scale, due to cost. Vancouver, OTOH, has a larger waste-to-energy district heating system in place. Thoughts?WaterFund offers hedge and debt products benchmarked against on water scarcity (they index prices for some cities). I'm curious about the accuracy of their benchmarks and value of their products to investors. Anyone?USGS reports on America's groundwater quality Awesome! "Grass Valley irrigation company…
  • But what about the POOR people?

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    AR asks:A couple days ago the subject of California’s drought came up at work, and as the only economist in the room I of course began talking about how they need to raise the price. While some of my colleagues agreed it made sense for some users (like ag), when I said it would have positive effects in municipalities there was a lot more push back. The reason? The notion that, say, people who really, really valued their lawn would keep watering, which pretty much leads to the idea that poor people will have to pay higher prices because the rich won't conserve.What do you say when confronted…
  • Speed blogging

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Waves of Trash in IndonesiaI'm quoted in this good article on pricing water to address scarcity and interviewed on California's crisis by Deutsche Welle (German radio)Aquadoc has excellent posts on misleading measures of water use (fracking and Nestle come in WELL below 1 percent), why it's not a good idea to recharge aquifers with seawater and how to understand groundwater systems. That last on is important because, e.g., "15-40 percent of a river's flow comes from the water below ground"Here are many many case studies on how to address water scarcity. They are looking for more! Related:…
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  • A double water scene.JPG

    ninhtran09
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    A double water scene.JPG http://ift.tt/1D24mpZ @JorgeSanzMartin @500px: The repetition of elements makes nice shocking images and when the light is strategically placed it does even more #Underwater #Trending #Popular #Buzzing #Picture
  • Fountain by JorgenSyvertsen

    Biken Shrestha
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Photo Credit : JorgenSyvertsen
  • Fountain

    ninhtran09
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Fountain http://ift.tt/1Dzb4aP @JorgenSyvertsen @500px: Fountain in the centre of Bergen, Norway. #StillLife #Trending #Popular #Buzzing #Picture
  • April 14th - Bubble baths

    Dan's Daily Photo
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    For me the ‘beach season’ pretty much ended months ago, but then again I don’t live in one of Sydney’s eastern-most suburbs. These kids are sitting on the low walls of the Coogee Beach Baths – a tidal swimming pool on the southern end of the popular beach. The baths weren’t very busy today, which isn’t surprising see as though we are half-way through Autumn already. And it’s not like the water wouldn’t be warm enough for a swim, it is (or so I’m told) – but it’s the wind that hits when you get out of the water. I’m…
  • In the swim for homes

    Kate
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity’s the beneficiary of ALL the money raised by those who will swim across the Mackinac Straits September 7 of this year. It’s a four-mile swim in rough, cold water — and I can’t wait! We have to raise $2,800, of which I’ve raised about $1,000. If the spirit moves you to donate, please click in and type my name (Kate Oatis) in the space provided. And, if you’re wondering if the swim is legitimate, Google Mighty Mac Swim and you’ll see. Remember: ALL the donations go to Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity. Love that you’re…
 
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    Chance of Rain

  • After the Lawn Part 8: Rain gardens

    EmilyGreen
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    As drought measures target garden irrigation, Southern California homes can replace lost water by landscaping in a way that harvests local rain.
  • After the Lawn Part 7: Parkway Potential

    EmilyGreen
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Parkways are the last stop to catch water draining out of properties and the first place it could be brought in from the street. Changing municipal protocols for what we can and should be doing in this area mean that lawn removal projects are well-advised to opt for placeholder designs.
  • Whose water is it, anyway? Water rights 101

    EmilyGreen
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Who has the rights to California's water, in what order, for what, in what quantity, and under what terms, is by no means simple. However, KCET's Bay Delta Project explains it.
  • After the Lawn Part 6: Draw first, dig later

    EmilyGreen
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When planning a rebate garden, draw first and dig later. KCET takes you through some basic design steps for a beginner's succession garden kept simple so it cost no more than the minimal regional turf rebate for Southern California of $2/square foot.
  • The Assignment? “Explain the Delta”

    EmilyGreen
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    KCET's new Bay Delta Project, funded by the Rose Foundation, explains how water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers ended up in the faucets of 25 million Californians and fields of the San Joaquin Valley.
 
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  • Small Demands

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Rising water demands are putting increasing pressure on many water agencies’ infrastructure and thus signaling the possible need for greater capital investments. A key ingredient in knowing when these investments will be needed, as well as their scale, is having a good forecast of the likely future trends for water demands. Forecasting water demands can […]The post Small Demands appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Pipe Replacement Project for Whistler Neighbourhood

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    17 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Resort Municipality of Whistler will be replacing all unlined cast iron pipe in the Alpine neighbourhood over 2015 and 2016. Plastic piping will replace the current pipes, and is expected to improve drinking water quality and water flow and pressure, and should lower community energy costs. The contract for the project was awarded to […]The post Pipe Replacement Project for Whistler Neighbourhood appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Fleming College Announces Partnership with Indian Skills Development Corporation

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    17 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    On April 15, Peterborough, Ontario’s Fleming College announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with India’s National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). The agreement, which was signed in conjunction with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Canada, will see Fleming develop training programs in water operations in India. “In addition to our strength […]The post Fleming College Announces Partnership with Indian Skills Development Corporation appeared first on Water Canada.
  • May 6, 2015: GHD Webinar Series: Lifecycle Management of Stormwater Facilities

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    17 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Where: Online Organization: GHD Website: http://www.ghd.com/wise/stormwaterThe post May 6, 2015: GHD Webinar Series: Lifecycle Management of Stormwater Facilities appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Canadian Energy Companies in the Oil Sand Regions Turning Rapidly to Rail Transportation

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    16 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The oil sand reserves in Alberta constitute the largest oil deposit in the world. As we increase our reliance on gas, the value of this oil reserve becomes increasingly significant, and as a result, the transportation of this crude oil becomes quite important. In fact, oil sands production is expected to increase threefold by 2035 […]The post Canadian Energy Companies in the Oil Sand Regions Turning Rapidly to Rail Transportation appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • California>Florida?

    Tom
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    California’s water management system is far from perfect but it has some advantages over Florida for drought management. For example: California has a remarkable combination of nongovernmental water research groups, including the Pacific Institute, the California Water Foundation, and the  (PPIC) Water Policy Center. (See, for example, the recent Water Policy Center overview report and factsheets.) Nothing in Florida is as broadly-based or likely to contribute as much to water policy discussions. California’s governor will not put up with climate change denial in…
  • Florida>California?

    Tom
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Florida’s water management system is far from perfect but it has some advantages over California for drought management. For example: Florida has a unified water permitting system and a single water law doctrine for both surface and groundwater.  California’s water law is a clumsy conglomeration of groundwater doctrines, surface water rights, public trust doctrines, etc., etc. That complexity makes drought response even harder than it needs to be. Florida doesn’t pump water hundreds of miles to water users. When distant sources of water runs short in California, the…
  • Environmental worries?

    Tom
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    I don’t have data specifically for Florida but Gallup polling released a March 5-8, 2015 national survey about “environmental threats.” Results included the degree of “worry” about several environmental concerns: Both self-identified Democrats and Republicans seem to regard these issues as less important than in 2000. Quite a bit less important for Republicans. Florida voters selected last year an entirely Republican Cabinet and a legislature that is 67% Republican. They’re not worried.
  • 50 million square feet of lawns

    Tom
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent executive actions on drought include a call to “Replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping in partnership with local governments.” A number like 50 million seems big but how ambitious is that goal really? Would it make sense for Florida? California and Florida have about the same amount of grass. California is estimated to have between 3300 and 4300 square miles, while Florida grass totals between 3000 and 4500 square miles. Taking the lower estimate for both states and…
  • Floods?

    Tom
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    It is a little surprising, at least to me, that the current talk about changing Florida water policy hasn’t included more discussion of flood hazards and floodplain management. After all, Florida has 37% of all flood insurance policies in the United States. Maybe most legislators don’t want to talk about flood hazard prevention and wise floodplain management because that would require also talking about climate change. Rising sea levels and altered precipitation patterns are major flood determinants. If you don’t talk about the possibility of more high-rainfall events,…
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  • New Borehole Installed at Specialist Education Centre

    Jonny
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    In early March we completed a brand new borehole installation at an education and children’s residential centre in the North East of England. The new borehole system takes advantage of two e.syboxes in an e.sytwin setup, has a water treatment system and was installed as part of large development incorporating two residential homes and a learning centre for vulnerable children. You can see the pumping plant below: Borehole and Submersible Pumping Plant After an initial site visit, desk study and quotation acceptance our drilling team drilled a 150mm diameter borehole to 57 metres into a…
  • Help With Private Water Supplies Event in Thirsk on March 16th 2015

    Jonny
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Dales Water will be attending a special ‘Help with Private Water Supplies’ seminar at the Thirsk Rural Business Centre at the town’s Auction Mart, from 10am – 4pm on Monday 16th of March 2015. The event is free and it has been put together to offer advice to people who get their water supply from a spring, stream, well or a borehole. Business owners, a domestic users, landlords and landowners etc. are all invited to come along. There will be lots on offer including an overview of the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2009 and the rules / implications surrounding them. Plus…
  • High Specification Boreholes

    Jonny
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:39 am
    In certain industries a higher specification borehole installation maybe required to ensure a business can operate successfully and profitably. This can be for a number of reasons such as the need to comply with government regulations, to ensure that final product (of which water helped produce) meets the required quality standards, the need to reduce operating costs when margins get squeezed by mains water bills or simply because the client wants the highest specification borehole possible. What is a High Specification Borehole? The best way to explain a higher specification borehole is to…
  • Dales Water Provide Rapid Turnaround Service to Borehole Water Dependent Site

    Jonny
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Over the Christmas period our maintenance team responded to an emergency call out from a site in the North of England. The entire water supply had failed meaning no water was being delivered from the borehole. The site in question runs entirely on a private water supply and should they have to switch onto a mains supply due to failure it becomes expensive and inadequate. Luckily our maintenance team were on hand to help; responding quickly to the call out, diagnosing the issue, sourcing the replacement pumps and implementing the fix in under 24 hours. This allowed the site to become fully…
  • The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment in Borehole Drilling

    Jonny
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Health and safety plays a big part in the way we do things at Dales Water and one area we pay a lot of attention to is the protective equipment worn and used by our staff working on drilling sites throughout the UK. A number of our recent projects have required specialist PPE due to working with harsh chemicals (see our post on borehole acidisation) and on a number of sites we work on have bespoke PPE requirements. Choosing the Right Type of PPE PPE is usually the last line of protection for our workers against hazards and the PPE chosen will depend on the work environment, the work…
 
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