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    Circle of Blue WaterNews

  • Californians Ring In New Water Year with Trepidation

    Brett Walton
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Pervasive fear about consequences of another dry winter. Image courtesy of Western Regional Climate Center Much of California had less than half its normal precipitation in the 2014 water year, which ended September 30. Click image to enlarge. No champagne bottles or deep-lunged blasts from a noisemaker accompanied the turn of the calendar Wednesday in California. The mood of those dealing with the state’s water crisis is one of enveloping apprehension, not celebration. October 1 marks the beginning of the water year, a term hydrologists and water managers in the western United States use…
  • The Stream, October 1: Ireland Protests As It Starts Paying for Water

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Protesters in Ireland tried to stop officials from installing water meters as the country began charging residents for water for the first time since 1997, Bloomberg News reported. Customers are expected to pay an average of $US 299 for water each year, but bills will not start until January 2015. Pollution The construction of a major shipping canal through Nicaragua will displace indigenous communities and cause environmental destruction, according to the Denmark-based environmental group Forests of the World, the Guardian reported. The canal, proposed as an alternative to the Panama Canal,…
  • Showing Off Circle of Blue Colleagues and Reporting in Traverse City

    Keith Schneider
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    World-changing reporting fresh from northern Michigan. Photo © Keith Schneider / Circle of Blue Circle of Blue’s Choke Point: China project showed how China’s massive energy-consuming urban construction program, like this development in Xian, is producing an urgent a confrontation over water in the dry north, where much of China’s energy is produced. Click image to enlarge. TRAVERSE CITY, MI — On Wednesday evening October 8, 2014 Circle of Blue, the Traverse City-based global news organization, is inviting colleagues and friends to meet our talented staff and learn about the…
  • The Stream, September 30: Senegal Turns to Desalination to Solve Water Shortages

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Africa Senegal is seeking to diversify its water supply sources, and in particular looking to expand its desalination capacity by building a 100,000 cubic-meters-per-day plant by 2021, Reuters reported. Approximately 40 percent of the country’s capital city went without water for two weeks last September following a burst pipe. Algeria’s plans to boost production of shale oil and gas could likely be restricted by water scarcity, Forbes reported. The country is looking for ways to shore up its faltering energy industry and take advantage of the world’s third largest estimated…
  • Matt Black’s California Drought Photographs Featured in New Yorker

    Keith Schneider
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Circle of Blue photographer documents Central Valley water shortage. Photo © Matt Black / Circle of Blue A man passes water vending machines in the small farmworker community of Stratford in California’s Central Valley. Click image to enlarge. Matt Black, the California photographer who documented the deepening drought in his home state earlier this year for Circle of Blue’s award-winning multimedia Choke Point: Index project, was featured this week in “The Dry Land” photo spread published by the New Yorker magazine, and in the “California: Paradise Burning” video on its…
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    U.S. EPA Water News

  • EPA to Announce Millions to Improve Local Water Infrastructure, Water Quality in San Joaquin, Statewide

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Agency Highlights water conservation in the city of Fresno, reducing water use by 25% LOS ANGELES – U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, along with Fresno Public Utilities Director Thomas Esqueda, and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), will announce millions in funding to the state that will improve local water infrastructure and control water pollution statewide resulting in significant public health benefits, especially to the San Joaquin Valley
  • EPA Provides $340 Million to New York to Make Sewage Treatment Plants and Drinking Water Systems Damaged by Sandy More Resilient

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $340 million to the State of New York for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be used on projects that reduce the risks of flood damage and that increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand the effects of severe storms
  • EPA Provides $229 Million to New Jersey to Make Sewage Treatment Plants and Drinking Water Systems Damaged by Sandy More Resilient

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $229 million to the State of New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be used on projects that reduce the risks of flood damage and that increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand the effects of severe storms
  • EPA Assistance Will Encourage Green Infrastructure, Climate Resiliency in Austin

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    DALLAS – (October 1, 2014) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Austin, Texas, will receive assistance to develop infrastructure that will contribute to greener, more vibrant neighborhoods and increase resiliency from the impacts of climate change. “Austin serves as a model for many cities in how it plans for growth,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry
  • EPA, Anacostia Watershed Society Launch Clean Water Program in Elementary Schools

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    RIVERDALE, Md. (October 1, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Anacostia Watershed Society today began a partnership to engage 400 elementary school students in Prince George’s County, Md. in a watershed education program to help them learn about and protect the Anacostia River. EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M
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    Water Conserve

  • Britain must be ready ‘worst droughts modern times’

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Independent: The UK must prepare for “the worst droughts in modern times” experts will warn this week at a major international conference to discuss the growing global water crisis. As the population continues to grow and water is increasingly scarce, suppliers across Britain simply “cannot afford to fail”, according to Trevor Bishop, the Environment Agency’s deputy director. “We need to have more resilience, we need to be able to deal with tougher situations, and we cannot afford to fail. The consequences...
  • Denying Climate Change ‘Will Cost Us Billions Of Dollars”

    ThinkProgress: None Given
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    ThinkProgress: The new U.S. director of the Office of Management and Budget used his first speech to talk about the dangers not acting on climate change poses to the federal budget. Shaun Donovan, head of the OMB, said in a speech at the Center for American Progress Friday that acting on climate change is "tremendously important" to him and that it`s "critical to our ability to operate and fund the government in a responsible manner." "From where I sit, climate action is a must do; climate inaction is a can’t...
  • Obama urged to plug methane leaks to meet climate goal

    Bloomberg: Jim Snyder
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bloomberg: Environmental groups are asking the Obama administration to beef up its climate plan by targeting methane leaks in the web of valves, pipes and pumps drillers use to produce and deliver natural gas. While companies have a vested interest in keeping methane bottled up on its way to customers, some gas inevitably seeps out. That’s worrisome because methane -- the primary component of gas -- is 25 times more potent than carbon at trapping heat. The administration has embraced gas as a cleaner alternative...
  • On Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk U.N. Sessions Population & Global Warming

    New York Times: Andrew C. Revkin
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    New York Times: The United Nations and the streets of Manhattan are going into global warming saturation mode, from Sunday’s People’s Climate March through the Tuesday climate change summit convened by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and on through an annual green-energy event called Climate Week. Largely missed in much of this, as always seems the case with climate change discussions, is the role of population growth in contributing both to rising emissions of greenhouse gases and rising vulnerability to climate...
  • Weather helps crews make gains against California wildfire

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Reuters: Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy 12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said. CalFire also reported the first property losses claimed by the so-called King Fire, an unspecified...
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    Water News -- ScienceDaily

  • Understanding Greenland Ice Sheet's meltwater channels

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Observations of moulins (vertical conduits connecting water on top of the glacier down to the bed of the ice sheet) and boreholes in Greenland show that subglacial channels ameliorate the speedup caused by water delivery to the base of the ice sheet in the short term. By mid summer, however, the channels stabilize and are unable to grow any larger.
  • Dog waste contaminates our waterways: A new test could reveal how big the problem is

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Americans love their dogs, but they don't always love to pick up after them. And that's a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria -- including antibiotic-resistant strains -- that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern.
  • Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels, conditions 14,000 years ago suggest

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that new research shows may have led to the rapid melting of Antarctic ice and an abrupt 3-4 meter rise in global sea level.
  • Aral Sea loses its eastern lobe -- first time in modern history, NASA's Terra satellite shows

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Summer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried.
  • Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    A reaction pathway that could reduce the potentially harmful impact of diazepam and similar chemicals on the UK's freshwater environment has been discovered by researchers. Diazepam -- used to treat anxiety and other similar conditions -- has been detected in rivers across the UK and Europe, having been released from waste water treatment plants. At the levels recorded, it has the potential to produce harmful ecological effects in surface waters, including changing the behavior of fish shoals and their ability to sense danger from predators.
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • The Edible Gardening Series: Save The Seeds!

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

    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?

    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

    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?

    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…
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    AWRA Water Blog

  • JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – October 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – October 2014 Technical Papers: Caruso analyzes stream characteristics in a mountain watershed in southwestern Colorado and develops a three-level hierarchical classification scheme using national datasets to demonstrate jurisdictional evaluation as “waters of the United States” under U.S. Clean Water Act Section 404 at the watershed scale. Daraio et al., in two companion […] Related posts: JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – April 2014 Featured Collection: Contaminants of Emerging Concern II William A. Battaglin... JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – August 2014 JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS…
  • Citizen Science Apps and More…

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Pierre Glynn and Kristine Stepenuck Answer Questions from Recent AWRA Webinar on Citizen Science Pierre: Before we start, I want to repeat my definition of “Citizen Science” because I think it is important to my answers below. Although targeted to improving the management of natural resources and environments, my definition is probably broader than that […] Related posts: JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – April 2014 Featured Collection: Contaminants of Emerging Concern II William A. Battaglin... JAWRA Highlights – October 2013 We are pleased to present one of our most ambitious...
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 20 – 26 September 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Golden State Warriors of the NBA have released the plans for their new arena in downtown San Francisco. If it doesn’t look like a toilet to you, then I don’t know what to say. The nickname for it is ‘The Can’. I’m thinking that it would be a great symbol forWorld Toilet Day (19 November, by the way). The team says that […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 July 2014 I’ve been told the Japanese have a real affinity for... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 13 -19 September 2014 It turned out it was premature to…
  • All Politics Is Local. How About Water? Not So Much

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Introduction Politics is local? Apologies to Tip O’Neill. So what prompted this post? Yesterday I received the following Tweet from the Canadian Water Network reporting on the words of Margaret ‘Maggie’ Catley-Carlson, one of the giants of global water [emboldening mine]: “Water is three things — local, local and local” Maggie Catley-Carlson — She’s on our Board and our hero too @jcganter ! #CWNSYP […] No related posts.
  • Narvaez Will Seek to Expand AWRA’s Reach During Tenure as Officer

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Martha Corrozi-Narvaez, an associate policy scientist at the University of Delaware’s Water Resources Agency (WRA), was recently elected AWRA president-elect and will become president of the organization in 2016. She will officially assume the office of president-elect on January 1, 2015. January 1, 2015 will also see AWRA member John Tracy, director of the Idaho […] Related posts: Narvaez, Beutler and Wright Win AWRA Election AWRA is pleased to announce that Martha Corrozi Narvaez was... AWRA at 50: The Future of Water Resources in the United States C. Mark Dunning, AWRA President…
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    We All Live Downstream

  • Together We Can Do Anything

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    By Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director – Follow our Boston office on Twitter (@CleanH2OMA) Elizabeth and Her Sign The People’s Climate March was an incredibly powerful experience.  The Clean Water Action Boston team joined a bus organized by Alternatives for Community and Environment, the leading environmental justice organization in Boston, which organized dozens of youth leaders and others to travel together to the march. The march was equal parts protest/call to action and celebration.  Of course it was a protest against the lack of commitment from our political…
  • An Amazing Day and Thanks to All

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    By Amy Goldsmith, New Jersey Director Amy Goldsmith Thanks to all who went to the People’s Climate March. It was a day full of awesome energy. There was wonderful drumming by the Montclair canvass staff plus our very own Campaign Director David Pringle and Long Branch Canvass Director Ben Davies. We raised our voices and beat our drums with more than 400,000 people in New York and thousands upon thousands from around the world. Like Bob said, it was a mind-blowing experience. But the March was not an end. We have work to do. So let’s keep the people power going as we fight for…
  • The Mind Blowing Start of Something Big

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO. Follow Bob on Twitter (@BWendelgass) Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March 24 hours later and I still can’t get over it. 400,000. 400,000 people came to New York. 400,000 came to demand we take climate pollution seriously. To demand that we say no to subsidies for big oil and yes to clean energy. To demand justice. 400,000 came to demand action. Now you can act too – by supporting the President’s  clean power plan to clean up the biggest source of climate pollution in this country. I was so proud to march with…
  • Supercharged Streets in New York

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Melissa Everett, Connecticut Clean Energy Program Manager The streets of New York were supercharged yesterday at the People’s Climate March, not only by the sheer numbers but with the inventiveness of the communication that came up from the throng of well over 300,000. Posters, shirts, large puppets, and larger pop-up sunbursts – all the handmade expressions that citizens without advertising budgets can muster when they are highly motivated. And this was a highly motivated group indeed. Popular around me was the call-and-response chant: Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what…
  • YOU Can Be a Superhero for Clean Water!

    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…
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  • Is the Global Water Crisis Due to Injustice & Inequality or Physical Scarcity? The Eckstein - Crow Debate

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Last 15 July 2014 I posted on the "Santa Cruz Declaration on the Global Water Crisis", and took exception to its claim that 'the global water crisis is fundamentally one of injustice and inequality’. The Santa Cruz Declaration (SCD) was published in a special issue of Water International, Towards Equitable...
  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs and More! - 30 September 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Josh is back sooner than normal but there are a few positions with deadlines this week. He sent this to me on 29 Septmber 2014. Happy New Year's Eve! A new water year starts tomorrow - at least in the USA! 1) Advisor in Transboundary Water Management, Nile River Basin...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 29 September 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    First one of autumn - or spring! Here is more timely geoscience and environmental science news articles and some 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...
  • Presentations & Publications: Citizen Science & Volunteer Environmental Monitoring Programs

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    On 16 September 2014 Pierre Glynn, Branch Chief for the Eastern Branch of the USGS National Research Program, and Kristine 'Kris' Stepenuck of the University of Wisonsin Extension (UWEX), jointly gave a great AWRA Webinar on citizen science (Glynn) and volunteer watershed monitoring programs (Stepenuck). These are important topics for...
  • Water, Volume 6, Issue 9 (September 2014) - Open Access

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Water, Volume 6, Issue 9 (September 2014), Pages 2539-2848 If you cannot download the articles here, visit the issue's homepage. Caveat emptor: The publisher of this journal, MDPI, has been listed by librarian Jeffrey Beall as a 'questionable publisher'. Some good stuff here - check it out. It's free. Table...
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    Akvo.org » Blog

  • ICCO in Central Java, Indonesia

    Emily Armanetti
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Above: Kristin Damayanti, Director of Yayasan (Foundation), Trukajaya. Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia, August 2014. Photo credit: Des Syafrizal Who?ICCO and Akvo have formed a global strategic partnership that is focused on driving more innovative approaches as the international development sector goes through a period of major change. Together, we are working to transform the way business is done in international development by combining our collective knowledge and field experience with the benefits of open source mobile and internet tools. Where?In South East Asia, Akvo and ICCO are…
  • Introducing the A-teams

    Jo Pratt
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    (or How to get stuff done when it’s no one’s job to do it) In recent months a new process for making things happen has organically evolved at Akvo. It’s come about out of necessity because as we’re growing, we’re encountering things all the time that need looking at - things that are important, sometimes fundamentally so - but that we don’t yet necessarily have systems or people in place to deal with. So instead of waiting indefinitely for someone else to resolve them, a few of us from different parts of the organisation have come together in small…
  • 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…
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  • Economics can help your relationships*

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ezra S writes:** We all strive for harmonious, satisfactory interpersonal relations. Unfortunately many relationships do not work as harmoniously as intended for various reasons. It is often difficult to put a finger on what causes the struggle. This is hardly surprising, considering that important aspects of personal relations such as love, commitment and understanding are very hard to measure.So what makes personal relations work well or perhaps not so well? What it comes down to is usually a level of contentment and happiness related to the relationship. This again is almost impossible to…
  • Rockefeller Foundation abandons oil

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Robert D writes:* On Monday, September 22, the Rockefeller foundation announced its plans to divest (i.e. sell shares) from fossil-fuel stocks in light of climate change. The Rockefeller foundation is not alone in this endeavour seeing as many universities have already started divestment movements of their own. Although divesting is not a new concept, it is rare to see a organization like the Rockefeller foundation divest from the same recourse that it was built upon. For this reason, some believe this is a turning point in the battle against carbon emissions and that many other investors…
  • Water porn

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    There are a lot of great photos around...
  • Forever blowing bubbles?

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ruben Z writes:* The Netherlands perform above average in most in most standard of living indices and on the international stage is characterised by the entrenched protestant work ethic and its renowned socio-economic model. However, this seemingly ideal society is not the product of some sort of organic economic miracle but over time was induced and sustained by a heavily regulated real estate market and the widespread indulgence in mortgages by the average consumer. How could this practise pose a threat to the long-term prospects of this country? First of all, there is a significant…
  • One man could save La France, but is he up to it?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Alexia T writes:* Whilst the French economy has not down-spiraled like that of Italy, Portugal, Spain, or Greece did a couple of years ago, many fear that if another European economy is to wash down the drain, it will be that of France.The French economy has for a long time been considered as one of the leading economies in Europe. France is amongst the leading industrial economies in railway, automotive, and aerospace sectors, as well as in pharmaceuticals, telecoms, defense, and luxury goods. Nevertheless, in recent decades, the development of state aid in certain economic sectors, and the…
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    WordPress Tag: Water

  • Time warp

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Sometimes all the cold and rain picked up, is well worth it. It’s great to get this moments in an image. Facebook: JorgeMaia.Photographer Prints: JorgeMaia.Photographer http://ift.tt/1mTAmvw
  • Trentham Falls

    Tina Dunks
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    On our journey from Hepburn Springs to Mount Macedon, we discovered, Trentham Falls, very happy we stopped to investigate, we had the Falls to ourselves….just beautiful.
  • Autumn's Waterfalls.

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Gushing forth in splendid surges of scarlet, they emerge from their unbeknownst  obscurity, tracing their patterns of crimson growth on dark green leaf canvas. Trailing flower like they fall as water over spilling its confines in radiant splashes of color. Like tongues of volcanic fire they burst upon the eye en-flaming the landscape.
  • Save Water (And Money) With A Greywater System

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Image source: Instructables.com By Susan Patterson - Off The Grid News As water scarcity becomes more prevalent, people are turning to different ways of conserving and reusing available water. A greywater system is one such effort at recycling, but there’s still a lot of confusion and misconceptions among the public, as well as the policy makers, about the safety and efficacy of this method. What is greywater? Water that has been used for various purposes in the house such as cleaning, washing and bathing comes under the label “greywater,” while that which is flushed out of the toilets…
  • Restoration of Chassahowitzska Springs Topic of Today's Meeting

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Oct. 2, 2014 ~Department takes input on restoration goals for Chassahowitzka Springs~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a meeting today to further the development of water quality restoration goals for the Chassahowitzka spring system. The restoration goals will address excess nutrients in the water, specifically nitrogen. The restoration goals will act as the foundation for the next step in the process, identification of restoration projects and development of a restoration plan. “Data supplied by local stakeholders has been integral to the development of these…
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    Thirsty in Suburbia

  • Fantasy Bottled Water Brands of Tomorrow: Ogallala Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Capacity Africa Institute is pleased to announce a certificate online and distance learning Course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Management Start date: 1st November 2014 .Course End: 1st January 2015 Overall Course Overview: This basic course outlines the evidence base for WASH as a major contributor to health and wider community development. It outlines the key interventions to be implemented, the relative effectiveness of each component on the disease burden, the practicalities of delivery (i.e. achieving good hygiene behaviors’) indicators of performance and methods for…
  • UNITAR is launching a new session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is launching a new session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation, from Monday 6 October to Friday 12 December 2014. Course goal This course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make enlightened decisions and investments in urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities. Methodology This 4-module course is based on UNITAR’s…
  • Peru Seeks Private Funding for $19 Billion of Water Works

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Peru is seeking investors for $19 billion of projects through 2021 to help improve access to potable water and sanitation in the South American country. more: http://ow.ly/BCUdzFiled under: WatSan
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    Chance of Rain

  • Starve the lawn, not the tree

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Well-intentioned reductions in lawn irrigation to conserve water can have catastrophic consequences for LA's urban canopy. The Urban Forestry Council and Barbara Eisenstein have the 411 for progressive tree care.
  • Joke shaming water wasters works

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    L.A. Natural History Museum's "Just Add Water" series looks at the need for landscape reform in California. Hosted by UCLA's Jon Christensen, panelists include native plant expert Carol Bornstein, landscape designer Pamela Berstler and environment reporter Emily Green
  • Cecil Garland, 1925-2014

    14 May 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Cecil Garland, the Utah rancher whose name is synonymous with wilderness preservation throughout the Great Basin and in Montana, died Sunday of pneumonia according to an obituary issued through the Great Basin Water Network. Garland, 88, was born in Ohio and raised in Appalachia. On leaving the Air Force after World War II,  he hitched to Southern Nevada where he spent a decade dealing cards in a Las Vegas casino. As the Rat Pack-era began in the 1950s, Garland and his wife, Barbara Heavin, moved to Lincoln, Montana, where they opened a general store. It was in Lewis and Clark County where…
  • Avoiding pollution, drought’s evil twin

    21 Feb 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Drought has rewritten accepted orthodoxy about yard care. Among the things to do: water less often, more deeply. Rake. Compost. Squarely on the list of things not to do: fertilize, apply pesticides or use leaf blowers. Advice from a veteran garden writer about dry season good practice.
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    Water Canada

  • EPCOR and Ostara to Build Nutrient Recovery Facility in Edmonton

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    EPCOR Water Services Inc. and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies will partner to construct a facility to recover phosphorus from the nutrient-rich wastewater stream from the Clover Bar biosolids settling lagoons at Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre. The facility, set to be the largest nutrient recovery site in Canada, will transform the phosphorus into an eco-friendly, slow-release […]The post EPCOR and Ostara to Build Nutrient Recovery Facility in Edmonton appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Ontario Approves Two Source Protection Plans

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    On September 30, the Government of Ontario announced the approval of source protection plans for both the Sudbury and Catfish Creek areas. Source protection plans aim to protect water quality in lakes, rivers, and underground sources that supply municipal drinking water by setting out actions to eliminate, manage, or reduce potential risks. Brownsville is the […]The post Ontario Approves Two Source Protection Plans appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Anaergia Announces Two New U.S. Projects

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Anaergia Inc. announced on September 30 that it has signed a contract with the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (PCRWRD) in Arizona to design, build, finance, own, and operate a large biomethane upgrading facility. PCRWRD currently operates nine wastewater treatment facilities in Pima County, each of which can generate biosolids that can be used […]The post Anaergia Announces Two New U.S. Projects appeared first on Water Canada.
  • October 6-10, 2014: McMaster Water Week

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Where: Hamilton, ON Organization: McMaster Water Network Website: http://waterweek.mcmaster.ca/The post October 6-10, 2014: McMaster Water Week appeared first on Water Canada.
  • April 26-28, 2015: Great Lakes Economic Forum

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Where: Chicago, IL, USA Organization: Council of the Great Lakes Region Website: http://councilgreatlakesregion.org/economic-forum/The post April 26-28, 2015: Great Lakes Economic Forum appeared first on Water Canada.
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  • “On the Public Record”

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A Californian “civil servant who reads reports” blogs occasionally at “On the Public Record.” I want to enthusiastically recommend three particular posts published there a few days ago. The first is titled, New American Dustbowl, Mr. Heathcock, and two related ones follow it. The posts are in part a response to Alan Heathcock’s essay about drought and agriculture in California’s Central Valley. Together, the three posts are a deeply-thought guide to unspoken cultural assumptions about water management in California. The implicit expectations in…
  • Running for re-election

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    What do politicians running for re-election in 2014 say about water issues? To the immediate north of Florida, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal‘s campaign website has two paragraphs on “natural resources” that includes a commitment to “continued water conservation efforts” and to “protect Georgia’s water from outside entities.” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley‘s website does not mention natural resources or water. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott‘s website explains that he is the best friend that the environment or water management ever…
  • The parable of the spring

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Water Engineer, the Water Planner, the Water Lawyer, and the Water Oracle went to inspect the troubled spring. The Engineer said, “Hey, we can fix this flow problem! Just run a small pipeline from that lake down the road.” The Water Planner said, “Not so fast. It would be better to reduce some current withdrawals by making them more efficient.” The Water Lawyer said, “Let’s sue the living daylights out of them for polluting this beautiful spring!” The Water Oracle said, “We need to re-imagine our relationship with water.” The…
  • Don’t do stupid stuff

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    President Obama says that a key part of his foreign policy is “Don’t do stupid stuff.” That seems a modest goal until you remember that we invaded the wrong country in 2003. We don’t have to do stupid water stuff either. Many current policies damage water resources in Florida while also inflicting huge costs on everyone: Installing WMD governing board members with enormous built-in conflicts of interest. This generates mistrust, as well as misguided decisions. Not imposing even a modest fee on water withdrawals and fertilizer purchases. This promotes unnecessary…
  • Save money while saving water

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    This weekend, from Friday through Sunday, you have an opportunity to avoid sales tax on purchases of water-saving WaterSense products (as well as energy-saving Energy Star appliances). The Florida Department of Revenue has the official information here. Certified and labeled WaterSense products have to undergo independent testing and perform well while being at least 20% more water-efficient than conventional products. If you have been thinking of buying WaterSense products, this weekend would be a good time to do so.
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • New Job Vacancy at Dales Water for an Admin Assistant

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Due to continued expansion we are looking to recruit either a full time or part time (dependant on the candidate and there availability) administration assistant, the initial appointment would be of 1 year duration with a view to this being permanent thereafter. Examples of the tasks involved are: Dealing with telephone calls, customer queries and providing excellent customer service Taking notes and memos for directors Carrying out mailing and banking activities Word processing, scanning and data base management Filing and organisation Carrying out bespoke requirements and jobs on behalf of…
  • Dales Water Borehole Helps Asparagus Grower Save on Mains Water Bills

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Dales Water Services were approached by a vegetable growing and washing farm based in North Lincolnshire that specialises in Asparagus and Shallots. Employing over 20 full time staff the operation is one of the largest asparagus producers in the UK and supplies to a range of supermarkets and grocers up and down the country. The farm uses state of the art equipment to streamline production during the busy harvest season but up until earlier this year were relying on mains water for the washing of crops prior to packaging. The owner contacted Dales Water in early 2014 to look at the possibility…
  • Benefits of Borehole Water Supplies for use on Pig Farms

    19 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Water is important but it’s an expensive resource that is easily influenced by infrastructure and climate, often leaving the pig farmer with an expensive, inadequate supply that is restricted in times of good weather. Furthermore, we are all seeing our mains water bills go up with reports of mains water companies making substantial profits at the expense of end users. Couple this with water dependant livestock, wash down and general agricultural use the volumes of water used can significantly accelerate along with the water mains bill that accompanies it in a short space of time.
  • Melmerby Run Results and The Tour De Dales

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    On May 25th 242 runners took to the streets of Melmerby to take part in the Melmerby 10K road race. As mentioned in an earlier blog post we were sponsoring the race and providing all the bottled water for runners and spectators. Joe Barnett, Dales Water – Melmerby 10k – 50:38.8 The race was a big success with runners from all over North Yorkshire taking part including Joe Barnett, one of our Engineers, who completed the race in 50:38.8. You can also see the race winners below: Category Winner Winning time Total racers Overall O’grady,Shaun 33:28.1 242 Female Barlow,Sharon…
  • Dales Water Sponsor Melmerby 10k Run

    19 May 2014 | 2:43 am
    We’re pleased to announce that this year we are sponsoring the Melmerby 10k run which takes place on Sunday May 25th at 11.30am. As part of our sponsorship we have provided all the bottled water for participants in the race. This 10k race used to be part of the Yorkshire Dales Race Series and is hugely popular with runners and running clubs across North Yorkshire. The race starts and finishes in the village and is an undulating one lap route. The race has been promoted and organised by Wath & Melmerby Cricket Club and those participating will get to see some picturesque…
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    Donna Vincent Roa

  • New Realities Needed for Water Sustainability

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

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

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

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