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  • World Toilet Day recognized by UN: US network spreading word.

    Water for the Ages
    waterfortheages
    19 Nov 2013 | 1:00 am
    Today – 19 November 2013 – is World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is being officially recognized by the United Nations this year, and a host of organizations are simultaneously working on sanitation efforts worldwide. Why is World Toilet Day important? Many people both in the United States and around the world have no safe […]
  • Water, Volume 6, Issue 8 (August 2014) - Open Access

    WaterWired
    Aquadoc
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Enjoying Golden, CO, where I am attending a Water Research Foundation workshop on Integrated Water Management: Planning for Future Water Supplies. From MDPI. Water, Volume 6, Issue 8 (August 2014), Pages 2164-2538 If you cannot download the articles here, visit the issue's homepage. Caveat emptor: The publisher of this journal,...
  • Nashua, N.H. Student Honored by White House and EPA

    U.S. EPA Water News
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    BOSTON – A 16-year old student from Nashua N.H. was a recently awarded a “President’s Environmental Youth Award” (PEYA), given jointly by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA. The Nashua student, Deepika Kurup, developed a green and sustainable method to purify water. Her project also increased the awareness of children and the general public in her community of how clean and safe water is an indispensable natural resource
  • EPA Announces Awards to College Students in National Water Quality Challenge

    U.S. EPA Water News
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced seven undergraduate and graduate student winners for phase 1 of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Campus Challenge, recognizing exemplary research in the area of water quality and ecosystems
  • UGA Student wins National Water Quality Challenge Award

    U.S. EPA Water News
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that James Wood, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Georgia located in Athens, Ga., was one of seven undergraduate and graduate student winners for Phase 1 of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Campus Challenge. The award was based on Wood’s proposal to assess major trends in river plants and measure the bioaccumulation of heavy metals in highly urbanized watersheds
 
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  • Detroit Water Shutoffs Resume; Bankruptcy Lawyers and Banks Cash In

    Keith Schneider
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Attorneys and finance specialists collect tens of millions in fees. Photo © Keith Schneider/Circle of Blue. Shuttered homes, empty lots, and acres of open space are common features of Detroit’s geography. Since 1954, when the city’s population peaked at nearly 2 million, Detroit has lost an average of 20,000 people annually. Less than 700,000 people currently call Detroit home. Click image to enlarge. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue On July 18, 2013 Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, acted on the remarkably broad authorities afforded him by an eight-month-old state…
  • The Stream, August 26: California Drought Dries Up Water Wells for Hundreds

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    United States At least 182 households in California’s San Joaquin valley no longer have running water in their homes due to the ongoing drought, prompting bottled water distributions by emergency services, the Associated Press reported. Circle of Blue’s latest story about the drought explains how a well-drilling “free-for-all” by the agriculture industry is behind the dropping groundwater levels and dry residential wells. Detroit is resuming water service shutoffs today for residents with overdue water bills, Reuters reported. The month-long pause in shutoffs allowed…
  • California’s Dogged Drought Cutting Off Water Supplies to State’s Poor

    Brett Walton
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Farmers are guzzling groundwater while wells of families run dry. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue Maria Venegas, 61, holds 20-month-old grandson Julian after giving him a bath outside. They live in Seville, California, a community in the San Joaquin Valley whose water system failed this summer but will soon be fixed. Maria rarely has running water in the house. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue MONSON, California – Just as summer in the San Joaquin Valley was reaching a full boil in June, the Colunga family lost its water and its connection to the modern…
  • Seven Ohio Drinking Water Sources Don’t Meet State Water Quality Standards for Toxic Algae

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Lack of testing requirements inhibits more thorough review of drinking water safety. Graphic by Codi Kozacek / Circle of Blue Seven public drinking water sources in Ohio have been listed as “impaired” due to high levels of algae toxins.Click image to enlarge. By Codi Kozacek Circle of Blue Seven lakes, reservoirs and rivers that supply drinking water to approximately 1 million people in Ohio have repeatedly exceeded safe levels of a toxin that can cause sickness and liver damage, according to a state water quality report. The toxin, produced by algae, rendered the water…
  • The Stream, August 25: Water Shortages Worsen in Pakistan

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Water Supply Water shortages are worsening in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, where residents are protesting to get water access at least once a week, the Associated Press reported. Drought, population growth and inadequate infrastructure are all contributing to the problem, as current water supplies are sufficient for just half of the city’s demands. Water delivery drivers in Gaza have become essential as the area’s water infrastructure has been destroyed in the ongoing conflict, which now threatens the delivery drivers themselves, AFP reported. Many drivers have quit to…
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    U.S. EPA Water News

  • Grant Funds Help Youth Learn Environmental Skills at Lowell, Mass. Water Treatment Plant

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Boston – EPA grant funding has helped facilitate the opportunity for five area youths to learn critical environmental protection techniques at the Lowell, Mass. Regional Wastewater Utility. The program has occurred for 23 out of the past 25 summers. Using the EPA grant of $43,000, part of which is used for this summer educational opportunity, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) oversees the program
  • EPA Regional Administrator to Deliver Keynote Address on Water Quality at Farm Progress Show, Aug. 27, in Boone, Iowa

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Environmental News NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY (Lenexa, Kan., Aug. 25, 2014) - EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks will be in Boone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to speak at the Farm Progress Show about EPA’s role in protecting water quality. Brooks’ keynote address will be followed by presentations and a panel discussion featuring agricultural, conservation, and association leaders involved in water quality initiatives in Iowa
  • Nashua, N.H. Student Honored by White House and EPA

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    BOSTON – A 16-year old student from Nashua N.H. was a recently awarded a “President’s Environmental Youth Award” (PEYA), given jointly by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and EPA. The Nashua student, Deepika Kurup, developed a green and sustainable method to purify water. Her project also increased the awareness of children and the general public in her community of how clean and safe water is an indispensable natural resource
  • UGA Student wins National Water Quality Challenge Award

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that James Wood, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Georgia located in Athens, Ga., was one of seven undergraduate and graduate student winners for Phase 1 of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Campus Challenge. The award was based on Wood’s proposal to assess major trends in river plants and measure the bioaccumulation of heavy metals in highly urbanized watersheds
  • EPA Announces Awards to College Students in National Water Quality Challenge

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced seven undergraduate and graduate student winners for phase 1 of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Campus Challenge, recognizing exemplary research in the area of water quality and ecosystems
 
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    Water Conserve

  • Food is the ultimate security need, new map shows

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Guardian: It is a graphic demonstration of the sickening, symbiotic relationship between hunger and conflict and highlights food supply problems from Somalia to India to Spain Share Tweet this Email Sub-saharan Africa dominates a new food security risk map, while the Indian sub-continent and Iberian peninsula also stand out Map: Maplecroft A new map of food security risk around the world is, in some ways, depressingly familiar. Sub-saharan Africa leaps out as the place where the most people fear for their...
  • The Earth Can Support More Plant Life Than Previously Thought

    Nature World: None Given
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Nature World: Researchers have concluded that the planet can support a lot more plant life than experts once thought, even in its current state, according to a recent study. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, details how the "theoretical limit of terrestrial plant productivity" - that is, not exclusively crop yeild, but tree and flower growth as well - has been severely underestimated in the past. "When you try to estimate something over the whole planet, you have to...
  • Drought Causes Western US to Rise

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Environmental News Network: Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western U.S. to rise up while investigating ground-positioning data from GPS stations. Scripps researchers Adrian Borsa, Duncan Agnew, and Dan Cayan found that the water shortage is causing an "uplift" effect up to 15 millimeters (more than half an inch) in California's mountains and on average four millimeters (0.15 of an inch) across the west. From the...
  • Climate Change Impacts Already ‘Inevitable,’ May Soon Be ‘Irreversible’

    Newsweek: None Given
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Newsweek: The effects of climate change will be “severe, pervasive and irreversible” within the next few decades if countries burn more than just one-quarter of the fossil fuel reserves already found, according to a major new U.N. draft report. Already, failure to heed earlier scientific advice regarding fossil fuel emissions have “made large-scale climatic shifts inevitable,” but a significant reduction of emissions now could still slow these changes, and buy the human race some time to adapt to an altered...
  • Science group says climate change worsening, dangerous

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    USA Today: Human influence on the planet's climate is clear and having "widespread and consequential impacts on human and natural systems," some of which may be irreversible, says a draft report out today from a United Nations science panel. "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia," the report says. "The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen."...
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  • Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought, analysis shows

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass -- the total material in leaves, stems, roots, fruits, grains and other terrestrial plant parts -- than previously thought. The study recalculates the theoretical limit of terrestrial plant productivity, and finds that it is much higher than many current estimates allow.
  • Boron facilitates stem cell growth, development in corn

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The eastern half of the United States is plagued by boron deficient soil and corn and soybean farmers are required to supplement their soil with boron; however, little is known about the ways in which corn plants utilize the essential nutrient. Now, researchers have found that boron plays an integral role in development and reproduction in corn plants. Understanding how corn uses the nutrient can help farmers improve crop yields.
  • Natural methane seepage on U.S. Atlantic ocean margin widespread

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Natural methane leakage from the seafloor is far more widespread on the U.S. Atlantic margin than previously thought, according to a study by researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other institutions.
  • Cold snap in the tropics: How tropical glaciers respond to cooling periods

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Tropical glaciers have responded to episodes of cooling in Greenland and the Antarctic over the past 20,000 years, according to a study that covers 21 Andean glaciers. As elsewhere on the planet, tropical glaciers (located on either side of the equator between 23°N and 23°S) have been retreating since the Last Glacial Maximum around 20,000 years ago. This retreat has been interrupted by stillstands and re-advances, although a detailed chronology of these events in tropical regions remained unclear until now.
  • 'Just right' plant growth may make river deltas resilient

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Geologists suggest that an intermediate amount of vegetation -- not too little and not too much -- is most effective at stabilizing freshwater river deltas. Vegetation on marsh surfaces in river deltas can slow the flow of water and cause more sediment to be deposited, helping prevent sea-level rise from drowning sensitive marshlands. But the study finds that, if the vegetation is too tall or dense, it diverts water into the river channel, resulting in less sediment being deposited on the marsh.
 
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • Why Is It Important To End Bad Pruning?

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

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

    parkandco
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn is not easy in our desert climate. While bermudagrass (our summer-active turf) is drought and heat tolerant, it still requires a great deal of time, resources and energy to keep it looking good. If a year-round green lawn is desired, winter ryegrass needs to be seeded each fall, creating more work and requiring more resources to maintain it properly. Understandably, converting unused grass areas to Xeriscape can be a big decision for homeowners, businesses and communities. But, don’t be concerned that Xeriscape is just rocks and cacti. There…
  • Looking for Color, Shade and Easy Maintenance? Convert from Grass to Xeriscape!

    parkandco
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Many valley cities are offering you cash! Cash for your grass that is! The purpose of a grass-to-Xeriscape program is to help customers reduce their landscape water use by half or more by replacing their water-thirsty lawns with landscape plants more suitable for our Sonoran Desert climate. What does Xeriscape mean? Xeriscape (zeer-a-scape) is a term that defines a creative approach to landscaping that includes the use of well-adapted plants, efficient irrigation, careful design, and proper maintenance. When used together, these principles produce superior landscapes that save both water…
  • It’s the Perfect Time… To Kill Your Lawn!

    parkandco
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    It’s summertime! Your grass is finally greening up and is even filling in nicely where you had brown spots. The conditions are perfect… perfect for killing your lawn, that is. Keeping a green, attractive lawn isn’t a simple task in the low desert. Grass doesn’t just grow where there is bare ground. You have to water it, feed it, aerate it, and then there’s the mowing, blowing, edging and dethatching to do. If you’re tired of all that time and effort, and if you’ve entertained the idea of converting your grassy outdoors to a colorful Xeriscape, the best time is right now!  …
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  • AWRA President Interviewed for Vital Voices

    cmccrehin
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Press release from Marstel Day: Water at the Forefront of New Climate Change Paradigm   Clean and plentiful water is one of our most critical and most imperiled natural resources, serving as the lifeblood for both people and wildlife.   “Climate change has ushered in a ‘new normal’ that includes extreme weather events, sea level […] Related posts: Lately, I Have Been Thinking A Lot About Water Resource Priorities by Carol Collier, AWRA President There is a lot of... Coping With Floods ~ What’s in a Name President’s Column by C. Mark Dunning, AWRA…
  • The UN Watercourses Convention Entry into Force – Worth the Wait?

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    One week ago today,  on 17 August 2014, the UN Watercourses Convention entered into force. It took 35 nations (see blue areas in the graphic below) 17 years to ratify the Convention. Worth the wait? Let’s see – I’ve got three resources for you. Four, actually – check the UNWC online user’s guide. 1) Entry into Force of the […] Related posts: Tuesday Dutch Treats: Middle East Water, UN Water, Post-2015 Agenda, ‘Living with Water Scarcity’ & More With the Dutch shredding their group in the 2014 FIFA World... A Seminal Book:…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 – 22 August 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    The truth will out. This graphic explains why I REALLY use Twitter (click to enlarge). Thanks to phdcomics. Click here for the weekly water news summary. Lots of jobs – scroll to ’Positions Open‘. Enjoy! “Cell phones are getting thinner and smarter – not so with people.” - Jim Estill Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 2 – 8 August 2014 The Lake Erie algal bloom took center stage on the... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 19 – 25 July 2014 I don’t need no stinkin’ book to tell me that water makes... TGIF! Weekly…
  • What Can Young Farmers in the Arid West Teach Us About Water? Read This Report

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Who listens to young farmers, especially when it comes to Western water issues? Not I, that’s for sure! Here is something that might change your mind; it changed mine. Read on, gentle reader! I try to read most of the reports I post here but generally fail miserably at that task. However, when Sarah Bates, Senior […] Related posts: Sarah Bates’ Report: ‘Land Trusts & Water – Strategies & Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land Conservation’ Just got an email from good friend and one of... Can A Comic Book Help the Colorado River Basin…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 9 – 15 August 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    There was a huge tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley gold/copper mine in British Columbia on 4 August. An estimated 10 million cubic meters (2.64 billion gallons) of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of sediment were released. I’ve got a bunch of Tweets under the ‘Canada’ category if you’re interested. Above is a satellite photo showing the extent […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 2 – 8 August 2014 The Lake Erie algal bloom took center stage on the... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11 April 2014 This photo,…
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  • Where will you be on September 21st?

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter Climate change is impacting us. And it’s not good. Pollution from power plants and other sources is affecting our food…our air…our water. It’s super-sizing things like hurricanes and droughts. If we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse. So, don’t you think it’s time we did something about it? On September 21st, you’ll have your chance to demand action. Tens of thousands of people and more than 750 organizations are going to New York City on 9/21 for the People’s Climate March. Leaders…
  • A New Water Bond for California

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    By Jennifer Clary, California Program Manager Earlier this week, the Governor and Legislature reached near unanimous agreement on a $7.54 billion water bond for the November 2014 ballot that responds to the state’s deepening drought conditions. This bond (now Proposition 1) replaces an extremely unpopular $11.14 billion bond that was placed on the ballot during the Schwarzenegger administration (2009). The public’s opportunity to vote on the 2009 bond measure was delayed by the Legislature twice (in 2010 and 2012) as polls repeatedly showed it lacked the support to pass. Bond negotiations…
  • Organizing for Clean Water

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    By Paula Weiner, Pittsburgh Phone Organizer Legacy. That’s what first attracted me me to apply for a job with Clean Water Action.  While aiding others in the choice between a blue scarf and a purple one is important in its own way, I am finding that the ability to leave a lasting difference on our beleaguered planet is more rewarding than I could ever have imagined.  Being a canvasser is not an easy job,  especially when you consider what Clean Water Action is up against. The people and companies responsible some of the most horrendous acts damaging the earth are well funded and…
  • Add Shallow Drinking Water to Fracker’s List of Favorite Things

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Program Coordinator – follow John on Twitter On the heels of a groundbreaking report on the oil and gas industry’s continued use of diesel fuel in its fracture fluid, comes another bombshell from two Stanford researchers in Wyoming. An LA Times exclusive indicates the researchers are completing a study in two geologic formations in the much heralded, Pavilion gas field. The results reveal that drillers were fracking IN formations containing underground sources of drinking water. IN being the key word. Ever since the fracking saga broke into the…
  • Still Fracking with Diesel After All These Years

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Program Coordinator – follow John on Twitter Today our allies at the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released a groundbreaking report on the oil and gas industry’s use of diesel fuels in fracture fluids. As we’ve written before, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), except when diesel fuels are used. Even under intense industry pressure, Congress recognized the potentially toxic impacts from injecting diesel fuels underground. This process is alarming because of…
 
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    WaterWired

  • Water, Volume 6, Issue 8 (August 2014) - Open Access

    Aquadoc
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Enjoying Golden, CO, where I am attending a Water Research Foundation workshop on Integrated Water Management: Planning for Future Water Supplies. From MDPI. Water, Volume 6, Issue 8 (August 2014), Pages 2164-2538 If you cannot download the articles here, visit the issue's homepage. Caveat emptor: The publisher of this journal,...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 25 August 2014

    Aquadoc
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    More timely geoscience and environmental science news articles plus a healthy serving of educational displacement behavior from Elaine and Spot. Check out the links for the Napa EQ. Do you know of a colleague who would be interested in receiving these Bulletin Boards? Please forward to them. A quick email...
  • Jeremy Monroe Films: River Snorkeling, Endangered Fish Restoration, Wild River Protection & Lamprey!

    Aquadoc
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated, based here in Corvallis, sent me links to three of his recent short films plus information and a trailer on a feature film in production. He is a remarkable underwater (and above water, too) filmmaker. The descriptions are those provided by Jeremy in his email....
  • My Ten Cents: The UN Watercourses Convention Entry into Force - Worth the Wait?

    Aquadoc
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    On 17 August 2014 the UN Watercourses Convention entered into force. It took 35 nations (see blue areas in the graphic below) 17 years to ratify the Convention. Worth the wait? Let's see - I've got three resources for you. Four, actually - check the UNWC online user's guide. 1)...
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 - 22 August 2014

    Aquadoc
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    The truth will out. This graphic explains why I REALLY use Twitter (click to enlarge). Thanks to phdcomics. Lots of jobs - scroll to 'Positions Open'. Enjoy! Books, Films, and Reviews MT @MichaelEMann Full account of the debunking of McIntyre & McKitrick in "The Hockey Stick & the Climate Wars"...
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    Water for the Ages

  • UC Student Workers Union Letter of Solidarity with Detroit Water Activists

    waterfortheages
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    [Reposting this open letter written by my union of student workers at University of California. UAW 2865 is formed of teaching assistants, tutors, and other student workers. This letter was shared with UAW Local 22, UAW Local 600, UAW Local 2865, the Detroit People's Water Board, the office of Detroit Water and Sewage Department Emergency […]
  • World Toilet Day recognized by UN: US network spreading word.

    waterfortheages
    19 Nov 2013 | 1:00 am
    Today – 19 November 2013 – is World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is being officially recognized by the United Nations this year, and a host of organizations are simultaneously working on sanitation efforts worldwide. Why is World Toilet Day important? Many people both in the United States and around the world have no safe […]
  • Empowerment and Gender Equality in Water and Sanitation: What does it mean? What does it matter?

    waterfortheages
    17 Nov 2013 | 12:21 am
    If you know of work done by non-profit or governmental organizations globally, you have likely heard the words –  empowerment and gender equality. Groups worldwide use these terms in apparent pursuit of more equitable water and sanitation projects ranging from entrepreneurship to provision. When first exposed to these terms during my master’s studies in 2010, I […]
  • Open letter in support of all-gender restroom demand by UC Student-Worker Union

    waterfortheages
    10 Nov 2013 | 3:44 pm
    [Forgive my dearth of  Water for the Ages posts. I have been studying water and sanitation issues in a sociology program at University of California Santa Cruz. I am a teaching assistant and taking courses there. Our current student worker contract expired November 2013. One of our demands - besides calling for a living-wage, etc. […]
  • Does The Human Right to Water and Sanitation = Water and Sanitation Justice?

    waterfortheages
    27 May 2013 | 10:02 pm
    Has anyone ever asked you “What do you do?” An interesting philosophical question for sure, but one of my condensed answers often is “I work for water justice and sanitation justice.” This means I want to participate in a more just water and sanitation world on individual, community, and political scales. In 2010, the UN […]
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  • Akvo and the SSH4A training marathon

    Luuk Diphoorn
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    In April 2014, SNV and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) officially launched the multi-country Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All (SSH4A) Results Programme, which will be conducted across nine countries in Africa and Asia from 2014 to 2018. DFID awarded SNV with a €28 million service contract to fund the SSH4A Results Programme in nine countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It aims to improve the lives of around 2 million people with better sanitation. SNV approached Akvo to support it in the SSH4A…
  • Open Development – trends, concerns and opportunities

    Josje Spierings
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    Last month, I attended the open knowledge festival (OKFest14) in Berlin. A two day conference about all kinds of ‘open’ – open knowledge, open science, open culture, open data and more. The ‘open’ that sparks my interest is Open Development. Above: networking at OKFest14. Photo by Josje Spierings. Berlin, July 2014. There are several definitions of Open Development, some short and brief and others more in detail (such as this, by Tim Davies, World Bank). But I would like to give my view on how I see one part of Open Development, namely the open development data focused on…
  • Michael Jackson gloves (How to deal with RSI)

    Linda Leunissen
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    As a graphic designer I spend a lot of time working on my computer. On an average day I start with catching up on Skype chats and reading through my emails and answering them. Then I usually set my keyboard aside and start working on designs for leaflets, the website or other exciting things I get to design. I use a few keyboard shortcuts, but most of the time I’m click click clicking away with my mouse. This is my routine, three days a week. Until recently. About a month ago I was going through my normal click click click routine, when my hand and wrist started to hurt while doing…
  • Looking at the world through Singaporean glasses

    Frodo van Oostveen
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Today I’m working from my flexible office – Jewel Coffee Bar in the Singapore Business District Area. I’ve just finished a conversation about potentially registering Akvo Singapore which took place around the corner in the Hong Leong building, on the 33rd floor. Singapore is a city of cultural and architectural extremes. Although I’ve been working from home and coffee bars for four months (100 days) now – and still enjoying it – I’m still not used to it. Reflections Lets have a doppio espresso and reflect on my first 100 days in this new role. There are…
  • Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi

    Elma den Toom
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    Above: (from left) Rahim Otieno, Sarakasi Trust; Jane Mbugua, Sarakasi Trust;  Shitemi Khamadi, PAWA254; Lynnet Ngigi, Kuona Trust. Photo credit: Mwarv Kirubi.Social change through cultural arts in KenyaPreserving and promoting cultural arts is widely believed to be a powerful social capital asset in any country and a valuable tool for development cooperation. With this in mind, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Cultural Policy Unit (ICE), the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, CommonSites and Akvo are working together to increase communication, visibility and…
 
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  • Writing versus winning

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I've used peer review/grading in several of my classes because I think it gives students a different perspective (from mine) on their work. I think the process leads students to... write differently -- and perhaps more carefullyget more written feedback than I can providelearn from their peers' writing and perspectivesimprove their skills when critiquing others' workThese benefits bring some additional costs. The most obvious is the extra paperwork and sorting that I need to do, to move the process along. The most dangerous is students' perception that their peers are being unfair to…
  • Sadly appropriate

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
  • Do water subsidies help SMALL farmers?

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    MH emails:I have a question that has come up in my conversations with a friend (who is actually a libertarian, but I guess not on this issue) about water.He claims that subsidized water in California is necessary for small farmers to make a profit. If the price of water increases, it will only hurt the small farmers and not big agribusiness. I tried to explain that someone has to absorb the cost of water (infrastructure, transportation, negative externalities etc.) but he kept returning to the idea that without these subsidies for small farmers, it would put an entire sector of the economy…
  • Monday funnies

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    CM sent this great PSA, which will get through to the people who need more "awareness." For the rest,* I suggest higher prices.* I use the term "20/80 rule" to separate the 20 percent who want to do the right thing from the 80 percent who don't care, but who WILL pay attention to higher prices
  • Speed blogging

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    "David Zetland, a water policy analyst and author, says this [California farmers' claim to use less than 50 percent of water] is a distortion of facts"Here's the 57 min MP4 or MP3 and PDF for my AWRA webinar on "The Emergence of Wastewater as a New Supply"Tabletop water filters (e.g., Brita) are probably useless and may even make you sickLos Angeles sends out more water cops waste communications officers instead of fixing its lawn-subsidizing, people-penalizing tariffs. FAILNOAA has published the State of the Climate 2013 and scientists have linked "the pause" in warming to changing deep-sea…
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    WordPress Tag: Water

  • Blue Dawn 2

    d3citypics
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    As some of you know, my header image on my blog site [here] is of the San Francisco Bay near where I
  • Spike Seadra

    graphicpesking
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    [ Sea Serpent ] Using the spikes sprouting from its body, this creature stabs its opponents and floods them withelectricity. ATK / 1600   DEF / 1300
  • Karma Wellness Water Review

    runonorganic
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Karma Wellness Water Overall Rating:  About Karma: “Karma Wellness Water is a truly enlightened product, born out of the idea that what goes around comes around. A product based on the simple belief that if you do something positive—for others, or for yourself—you’ll get something positive back in return. When you think about it, it just makes sense: make good choices, and you’ll see and feel the benefits. Like choosing a drink that transforms pristine spring water into wellness water, creating positive effects for your mind, body, spirit, balance, and vitality. That’s Karma.
  • My turn: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Istanbul, Turkey

    May
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    On August 18, 2014, the ALS Association announced that it received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 18) The campaign has resulted an estimated 700% increase in donations to the organization. Congratulations! We’ve donated. Have you? Visit alsa.org
  • Door County Photos

    Maddie
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Here are my photos from Door County! Enjoy, and REMEMBER TO CLICK THE IMAGES IF YOU WANT THEM TO BE BIGGER!
 
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    Thirsty in Suburbia

  • Real News: Spurring Weed growth with Water

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

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

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

    Gayle Leonard
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:58 pm
    California is facing its worst water shortage in decades. This is somewhat funny, both “curious-funny” and “ha-ha funny” because the state’s severest drought in modern history gives us an excuse […]
  • Best water-related news headline…ever?

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

  • Checkout Free online course: Biology of

    WASHLink
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Checkout Free online course: Biology of Water & Health – interdisciplinary approach Nov 4th #edX http://ow.ly/ALezI Tufts UniversityFiled under: WatSan
  • a Worthy read: @PLoSMedicine : Effect of

    WASHLink
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    a Worthy read: @PLoSMedicine : Effect of India’s Total #Sanitation Campaign on Defecation Behaviors & Child Health http://ow.ly/ALdxSFiled under: WatSan
  • Good short read:PLOS Medicine: ” Editor

    WASHLink
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Good short read:PLOS Medicine: ” Editorial” Scaling up Rural Sanitation in India http://ow.ly/ALdoo #watsan #wash @PLoSMedicineFiled under: WatSan
  • Call for students applications for Maste

    WASHLink
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Call for students applications for Master’s program in Humanitarian #Water #Sanitation & #Hygiene #WASH 2iE http://ow.ly/ALcBu #watsanFiled under: WatSan
  • important read: The Namibian – Communiti

    WASHLink
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    important read: The Namibian – Communities unhappy with dry toilet project http://ow.ly/AAUNr #watsan #wash #toiletFiled under: WatSan
 
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    Water Canada

  • September 26, 2014: +PLACE MAKERS – How to move cities to a digital platform

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Where: Toronto, ON Organization: Canadian Urban Institute Website: Register Now!    The post September 26, 2014: +PLACE MAKERS – How to move cities to a digital platform appeared first on Water Canada.
  • September 17, 2014: A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia Webinar feat. Oliver Brandes and Jon O’Riordan

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Where: Virtual Organization: POLIS Website: polis.adobeconnect.com/blueprint/event/event_info.htmlThe post September 17, 2014: A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia Webinar feat. Oliver Brandes and Jon O’Riordan appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Newfoundland Invests $3.3 Million in Municipal Infrastructure

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    The Newfoundland and Labrador government will invest $3.3 million in projects to deliver new facilities, road upgrades, and water and sewer infrastructure for the District of Baie Verte-Springdale. More than $2 million will go toward water and sewer projects. “This investment of $3.3 million will provide much needed infrastructure in the Baie Verte-Springdale region,” said […]The post Newfoundland Invests $3.3 Million in Municipal Infrastructure appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Algae Bloom Threatens Pelee Island Water

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    A water ban has been issued for residents of Pelee Island due to a blue-green algae bloom in Lake Erie. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit warned residents and visitors to avoid using the water in any capacity including for drinking, bathing, and cooking. Residents were also advised to stay away from the beach and to […]The post Algae Bloom Threatens Pelee Island Water appeared first on Water Canada.
  • October 19, 2014: Run to End Poverty

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Where: Toronto, ON Organization: WEAO Website: http://www.weao.org/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=72&eventId=436101&orgId=weaoThe post October 19, 2014: Run to End Poverty appeared first on Water Canada.
 
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    Watery Foundation

  • Water moralizing

    Tom
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    I try to avoid generic water sermonizing. For one thing, it doesn’t go over well. For another, most of the water texts delivered from the pulpit seem misguided anyway. Too many of them focus on moral purity rather than water effectiveness. An example is declaring that everybody gotta do their part, however small, to reach water heaven. The problem with this sermon is that it treats small and big water problems as if they were equivalent. We know they are not. If you operated a citrus grove and had an irrigation sprinkler spraying onto a fallow field, you would of course put…
  • Changing the climate subject

    Tom
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I was wrong in guessing that Rick Scott would come out of his meeting with climate scientists saying that “of course” the climate has always changed. Scott said nothing significant during the meeting and left without making any remarks. Next day, journalist Craig Patrick tried very hard to get Scott to say something relevant to the science lesson. Nope, wasn’t gonna happen: FOX 13 News Scott says he is interested in “solutions” to climate change but not interested in what causes the climate to change. Will contortions like that allow him to keep the votes of climate…
  • The potential benefits(?) of generous water use permits

    Tom
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Florida water use permits frequently allocate more water than permittees withdraw in most years. In some circumstances, that could be a good thing. How? If the allocated quantity in a permit is generous, the withdrawal limit is seldom approached in practice. Not being withdrawn, the allocated water is available for aquifer recharge, base flow to rivers and lakes, sustaining wetlands, etc. Summed up over a surface watershed or an aquifer unit, the quantities set aside from use by other permittees–but in fact not withdrawn-could be large. Excessive quantities in individual water use…
  • Innovations in pseudo-climate change acceptance

    Tom
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Next week, Rick Scott is supposed to meet with Florida climate scientists for 30 minutes. Always a clumsy speaker, he may already be rehearsing what to say afterward. My guess is that he will emerge from the science lesson saying that “of course” the climate has always changed and that it is an important issue but we must also consider the effect on jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s meaningless, of course, and is meant to be. Herman Melville addressed similar rhetorical tactics in his last novel, published on the eve of the Civil War. He has a frontiersman demand that a con-man…
  • The growing of water problems

    Tom
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    About 400,000 people on the west end of Lake Erie lost their drinking water for several days because excessive levels of phosphorus fueled the growth of toxic algae. What is the source of the phosphates being delivered to the lake (primarily in farm runoff)? Florida. About 75% of United States phosphate fertilizer and 60% of granular phosphate is manufactured in Florida. Fixing the Lake Erie toxic algae problem will require at least a 37% reduction in dissolved reactive phosphorus. That cutback and more is necessary for many Florida water resources too. Here’s the question: Do the…
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    Donna Vincent Roa

  • Dogs, Christmas Trees and Yellow Rubber Chickens

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

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

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

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

    Donna Vincent Roa
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Here’s a great infographic about building brand awareness, courtesy of Quick Sprout. It provides stats about communication channel usage and shows that content marketing and Twitter rank highest for building brand awareness. While there is no single solution or communication channel that will give you all of the results you need, it’s good to know […] The post Content Marketing and Twitter Best for Building Brand Awareness appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
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