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  • Book Review: ‘Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth’

    AWRA Water Blog
    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Disclosure Notice: the publisher, McDonald & Woodward, sent me a review copy. I’ve since purchased an additional copy. Caveat Emptor: In early 2014 a publisher’s representative told me that if a paperback copy has a brown margin on the back cover instead of a green one, then that book is from the first printing and has a lot of typos. […] Related posts: G. Tracy Mehan III Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disasters’ G. Tracy Mehan III, an attorney and a Mississippi River basin... Book Review: ‘Rain – A Natural and…
  • The Stream, July 6: Australia Proposes to Build More Dams for Agriculture

    Circle of Blue WaterNews
    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Global Rundown Australia released plans to invest in water infrastructure, the Philippines called for bids to build a new dam to supply water to Manila, and Peru declared a state of emergency in preparation for an El Nino. Cities in California are raising water rates to replace revenue lost to conservation efforts. Farming communities in Minnesota are reluctant to blame water pollution on agriculture. “Yeah, it’s too bad that we can’t swim … we live in an agricultural area and that’s just the way it is.”–Jill Fennema, a newspaper editor in Minnesota, on the…
  • Infographic: Lake Turkana Threatened By Hydropower and Farm Development

    Circle of Blue WaterNews
    Kaye LaFond
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Water level’s could fall significantly due to development along the Omo River, the lake’s largest tributary. Lake Turkana, one of the largest desert lakes in the world, is located in Africa’s Rift Valley in northern Kenya. The Omo River, the lake’s largest tributary, provides more than 80 percent of its water inflows and is under increasing stress from hydropower and agricultural development in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is constructing a series of massive dams on the Omo that are known as the Gilgel Gibe Cascade, which will provide 4,506 megawatts of hydropower capacity when…
  • Federal Water Tap, July 6: U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Water Case in Fall Session

    Circle of Blue WaterNews
    Brett Walton
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Rundown Memphis and Mississippi will take their aquifer dispute to the nation’s highest court. California drought legislation will move quickly through the House. Water use per well for fracking skyrockets. States sue over the EPA’s Clean Water Act definition. State and federal gencies outline an Asian carp strategy. “As House Majority Leader and your Representative, it is my duty to ensure this legislation and this issue is no longer ignored by liberals in Washington and Sacramento.” — Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), in an email newsletter, offering his support for a drought…
  • EPA orders City of North Las Vegas to safeguard Las Vegas Wash from potential water pollution

    U.S. EPA Water News
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order to the City of North Las Vegas to take immediate steps to address federal Clean Water Act violations. Deficiencies in the management of its wastewater pretreatment program have the potential to lead to discharges of polluted water from the city’s Water Reclamation Facility into the Las Vegas Wash, which eventually feeds into Lake Mead
 
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  • The Stream, July 7: Bangkok Faces Water Shortage in a Month

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    The Global Rundown Delayed rainfall in Thailand could force tap water supplies to run out in Bangkok within a month. Santiago, Chile, and Baluchistan province in Pakistan are also contending with water shortages. Meanwhile, monsoon rains are triggering floods and landslides in India’s Uttarakhand state, and Tokyo is preparing for increasingly severe rainstorms and floods. Perennial biofuel crops do not use more water than corn in the Midwest United States, researchers found. “Climatic zones are shifting south. Santiago is likely to move to a condition of a desert or semi-desert.
  • Infographic: Lake Turkana Threatened By Hydropower and Farm Development

    Kaye LaFond
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Water level’s could fall significantly due to development along the Omo River, the lake’s largest tributary. Lake Turkana, one of the largest desert lakes in the world, is located in Africa’s Rift Valley in northern Kenya. The Omo River, the lake’s largest tributary, provides more than 80 percent of its water inflows and is under increasing stress from hydropower and agricultural development in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is constructing a series of massive dams on the Omo that are known as the Gilgel Gibe Cascade, which will provide 4,506 megawatts of hydropower capacity when…
  • Federal Water Tap, July 6: U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Water Case in Fall Session

    Brett Walton
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Rundown Memphis and Mississippi will take their aquifer dispute to the nation’s highest court. California drought legislation will move quickly through the House. Water use per well for fracking skyrockets. States sue over the EPA’s Clean Water Act definition. State and federal gencies outline an Asian carp strategy. “As House Majority Leader and your Representative, it is my duty to ensure this legislation and this issue is no longer ignored by liberals in Washington and Sacramento.” — Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), in an email newsletter, offering his support for a drought…
  • The Stream, July 6: Australia Proposes to Build More Dams for Agriculture

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Global Rundown Australia released plans to invest in water infrastructure, the Philippines called for bids to build a new dam to supply water to Manila, and Peru declared a state of emergency in preparation for an El Nino. Cities in California are raising water rates to replace revenue lost to conservation efforts. Farming communities in Minnesota are reluctant to blame water pollution on agriculture. “Yeah, it’s too bad that we can’t swim … we live in an agricultural area and that’s just the way it is.”–Jill Fennema, a newspaper editor in Minnesota, on the…
  • Contemplating Water’s Future in a Dry Arizona Riverbed

    J. Carl Ganter
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    A sunrise photoshoot in the drying Colorado River Basin leads to more than images — Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter’s meeting with Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Governor Stephen Roe Lewis, leader of the Gila River Indian Community, stands in the dry bed of the Gila River outside of Sacaton, Arizona. Elected last year, Lewis proclaimed 2015 the ‘Year of Our Water Rights’ for his tribe. Click image to enlarge. SACATON, Arizona — The governor was late, and we were missing the golden…
 
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  • Maintaining Kapu Aloha even in the face of violence

    Hawaiian Independent: None Given
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Hawaiian Independent: “Public safety” on the Mauna Kea access road emerged, this week, as the latest hue and cry by officials against the Mauna Kea protectors. But reports of two vehicular assaults on protectors by state and Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) security officers casts a cynical shadow on Governor David Ige’s professed concerns for the public’s safety. The most recent vehicular assault, the hit-and-run assault of Mauna Kea protector Michael W. Kyser Jr., on Friday, June 26, is the second incident in which a protector...
  • Temperatures soar as heatwave sweeps across Europe

    RTE: None Given
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    RTE: A heatwave is sweeping across Europe, with temperatures set to exceed 40C in some countries. The summer heat has taken hold of Italy, with temperatures over 35C in many cities. Rome's zoo is helping animals deal with the high temperatures by handing out iced treats and encouraging frequent bathing in cold water. Iced lollies made with yogurt and fruit were a hit with the zoo's orangutans, while the brown bears enjoyed iced melons. Throughout the summer months at the zoo, keepers make...
  • Waiting to harvest after a rain enhances food safety

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    ScienceDaily: To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable to Listeria monocytogenes, which when ingested may cause the human illness Listeriosis. Waiting to harvest crops reduces the risk of exposure to the pathogen, which could land on fresh produce. Cornell...
  • Anti-fracking Nanas: ‘The government is all out for shale – we’re all out to stop it’

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Guardian: If the two security guards had been awake, they probably wouldn’t have believed their eyes. Twenty-five women aged between 25 and 60, in yellow tabards and matching Hilda Ogden headscarves, vaulting a gate in order to occupy the Blackpool field that the energy company Cuadrilla had paid the guards to mind. “Everything went smoothly, except for the logistical bits we left to the fellas,” said hairdresser Anjie Mosher, one of the group known as the Nanas, who have become the frontline against fracking...
  • People power has shut the doors on fracking in UK

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Guardian: Attempts to create a commercially viable fracking industry in the UK were dealt fresh blows this week, with the refusal of planning permission for a key site, and the revelation of an unpublished government report showing fracking could cause falls to people’s house values. The setbacks, cheered by jubilant anti-fracking campaigners, highlight the struggles that fracking backers still face in the UK, where for several years the pioneering Cuadrilla has been trying to drill gas wells, now joined...
 
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  • Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph : All Tech Considered : NPR

    AHamed
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.
  • Water: Think Again | Kaveh Madani | TEDxKish

    britneyg
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The future war could be about water. In this great TEDx talk, Kaveh Madani discusses the possibility of water wars in the future and our opportunities to prevent them. Based on his discussion, the fact that water is linked to many other resources and issues (food, dignity, energy, independence, etc) provides opportunities for trades and cooperation. He discusses how he uses game theory and gaming to study and analyze water conflicts and presents his personal experiences and surprises in Africa where he found that theory does not necessarily support reality.
  • California drought: Almond growers fight back over reports they are causing chronic water shortages

    britneyg
    4 May 2015 | 10:41 pm
    As California descends ever deeper into a potentially devastating drought, with residents facing unprecedented demands to cut water use, everybody is looking for somebody else to blame. But perhaps the most high-profile scapegoat in the parched Golden State is not a somebody but a something: the highly nutritious, increasingly notorious almond. California grows 80 per cent of the world’s almonds, but it is two other widely reported statistics that have caused controversy: cultivating a single thirsty almond takes more than a gallon of water, and almonds alone account for almost 10 per cent…
  • Total Renewable Water Resources per capita by Country

    Waterlover
    3 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    This map shows total renewable water resources per capita by country. Current world total renewable water resources: ~24,776 m³ (cu m)/inhabitant/year ( 24,776,000 liters for each person )
  • A plant-based diet can help save water

    teddyRIO
    3 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    Animal agribusiness is the most water-intensive of all agriculture. You’d save more water skipping one purchase of a chicken than by skipping six months of showers. Experts agree that plant-based proteins use less water than their animal-based counterparts.
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  • Book Review: ‘Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Disclosure Notice: the publisher, McDonald & Woodward, sent me a review copy. I’ve since purchased an additional copy. Caveat Emptor: In early 2014 a publisher’s representative told me that if a paperback copy has a brown margin on the back cover instead of a green one, then that book is from the first printing and has a lot of typos. […] Related posts: G. Tracy Mehan III Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disasters’ G. Tracy Mehan III, an attorney and a Mississippi River basin... Book Review: ‘Rain – A Natural and…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 June – 3 July 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Here in western Oregon we have drought, fireworks, 100 degree temperatures, 4th of July weekend, and newly-legalized marijuana. A recipe for …celebration? We’ll see. In the meantime, curl up with your favorite beverage and read the Declaration of Independence - even if you’re not a US citizen. It’s fewer than 1500 words and what’s there might surprise […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 13 – 19 June 2015 First day of summer/winter this Sunday and Father’s Day, too! ... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 December 2014 –…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 20 – 26 June 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    Yet another shark-shaped cloud - this one apparently eating smaller clouds – has been sighted. Methinks it’s a promo for the looming Sharknado 3. Can a movie starring Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter as the President and Vice President, respectively,  be all that bad? Apparently, yes. Click here for the weekly water news summary. “To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but be unable […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 13 – 19 June 2015 First day of summer/winter this Sunday and Father’s Day, too! ... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary,…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 13 – 19 June 2015

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:32 pm
    First day of summer/winter this Sunday and Father’s Day, too!  Today is Juneteenth here in the USA. I like to include a graphic in this space. The one shown here should keep you busy for a while. It is titled  ’Theoretical dynamics of a water poverty trap’ and is Figure 3 from a recent GWP -OECD publication. Click on the graphic to enlarge […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 24 – 30 January 2015 I was looking for a graphic to feature this week.... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 11 – 17 April 2015 One thing about the California…
  • Book Review: ‘Rain – A Natural and Cultural History’

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Disclosure notice: Cynthia Barnett is a friend and she sent me a free copy of her book in April 2015. As usual, this is one of my ‘stream-of-consciousness’ reviews, so quit now if you are expecting something different. *********************************************************** It’s been two months since I received a copy of Cynthia Barnett’s newest water book: Rain: A Love Story - oops, […] Related posts: G. Tracy Mehan III Book Review: ‘Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disasters’ G. Tracy Mehan III, an attorney and a…
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    We All Live Downstream

  • Fixing the Problem with Power Plant Pollution

    Neil Bhaerman
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    By Alex Maykowski, Michigan Program Intern Every summer as a child I traveled up to my grandfather’s home in Northern Lower Michigan. As much as I enjoyed spending time with my grandfather, my favorite part of this tradition was always knowing that just a short walk away was a beautiful lake—a walk I’d make every day. Whether swimming, fishing or just spending time enjoying the landscape, there was always some joy to be had in that shining jewel of my halcyon summers. Unfortunately, though, I’m forced to wonder whether my own grandchildren will be able to enjoy the same type of…
  • July: A Hot Month for California Oil and Gas Policy

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Kern River Oil Field. Credit: Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking By Andrew Grinberg, California Oil and Gas Program Manager – follow Andrew on Twitter: @AndrewBGrinberg This is the first in an ongoing series this July on California oil and gas issues. As the drought rages on, fueled by our changing climate, the fight for independence from polluting fossil fuels is more important than ever. This month is just getting started, but July is already packed with important milestones as California grapples with how to protect its dwindling water supply and polluted communities from the oil and gas…
  • Coal Ash, Arsenic and the Land of 10,000 Lakes

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Steve Schultz, Minnesota Program Organizer Coal ash is not a high profile issue in Minnesota— but it should be. The state’s 17 coal-burning plants annually generate 1.5 million tons of coal ash– enough to smother 2,800 acres (the size of White Bear Lake) a foot deep in ash every year. Minnesota power plants have created 34 toxic “lakes,” industrial ponds of toxic sludge that can foul underlying groundwater and nearby streams with hazardous chemicals. Minnesotans may not know it, but they have two big reasons to worry about coal ash—arsenic and catastrophic spills.
  • Explaining EPA’s Clean Water Rule with Simpsons GIFs

    Neil Bhaerman
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    By Neil Bhaerman, Communications Associate – Follow Neil on Twitter – @neilanalien. Hi, I want to tell you about a very important EPA rule that ensures that the Clean Water Act actually keeps our waterways clean. No, don’t go! This is important to beer! Over a decade ago, our federal government started interpreting the Clean Water Act — a law that intends to make all of America’s waterways safe for fishing, swimming and drinking — in a way that made it unclear whether drinking water for 117 million Americans was even protected. Since then, hundreds of thousands of…
  • The California Budget: Big Wins for Water

    admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    By Andrew Grinberg, California Oil and Gas Manager – Follow Andrew on Twitter  (@AndrewBGrinberg) Photo: Andrew Grinberg Last week, the Legislature and Governor Brown agreed to a new California budget. How our state will spend $115 billion in 2015-16 is a big deal. It has major implications for our environment and water supply, especially in the midst of the drought. In addition to where the money goes, the budget includes direction on how the state spends its money. In many cases these directives amount to key policy decisions that reach well beyond their fiscal impacts. The new…
 
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  • HOW LOW CAN IT GO?

    Editor
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By Dennis Wyatt/Manteca Bulletin  Storage at New Melones Reservoir has dropped below 400,000 acre feet for the first time since 1991. The reservoir — the fourth largest in the state is now at less than 17 percent of capacity with expectations it will slip below 80,000 acre feet by Sept. 30. The 2.4 million acre foot capacity reservoir on the Stanislaus River is in the worst shape of all of the state’s major reservoirs that capture the lions; share of the Sierra snowpack melt. The water level would be even lower today if it hadn’t been for heavier than normal May snowfall that…
  • Irrigation districts take state to court

    Editor
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    By Sam Matthews/Tracy Press Banta Carbona Irrigation District Water is still flowing in the Banta Carbona Irrigation District’s main lift canal. Although the district’s legal motion to halt the 100 percent cutoff of river water pumping was rejected in court Wednesday, water is still being delivered, as the legality of the State Water Board’s curtailment order as an enforceable demand remains in question. Banta-Carbona Irrigation District was still pumping water from the San Joaquin River Thursday morning as the BCID board of directors met in closed session. If any changes were made at…
  • Man-Made Drought: A Guide To California’s Water Wars

    Editor
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
      By Rep. Devin Nunes First published in Investor's Daily In the summer of 2002, shortly before I was elected to Congress, I sat through an eye-opening meeting with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and several local environmental activist groups. Hoping to convince me to support various water restrictions, they argued that San Joaquin Valley farmers should stop growing alfalfa and cotton in order to save water — though they allowed that the planting of high-value crops such as almonds could continue. Then, as our discussion turned to the groups’ overall…
  • Lies My Govt. Told Me About the CA Drought

    Editor
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    By Katy Grimes  Originally posted on Flashreport While California’s drought conditions are actually historically normal, California’s current drought is being billed by government and media as the driest period in the state’s recorded rainfall history. Scientists who study the Western United States’ long-term climate patterns say California has been dry for significantly longer periods — more than 200 years. However, it only takes reading the weekly California drought water-wise tips in statewide newspapers and local government websites to know the information the…
  • State Stops Water in Area of Central Valley—Files Lawsuit for Government Made Disaster

    Editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    By Stephen Frank  Between the Feds and the State Water Project, farmers in the Friant area of the Central Valley got NO water this past year. “. Instead, the Exchange Contractors were supplied much of the summer with water released from Friant Dam, a major cause of the Friant Division’s first-ever Zero allocation of CVP water. Friant’s petition takes issue with the State Board’s failure to honor water right seniority and imposition of “health and safety” use limitations on the Reclamation’s Delta water exports. The Congressionally authorized purposes of the Central Valley…
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  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 7 July 2015

    Aquadoc
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Josh sent these to me on 6 July 2015. I have added several from my Twitter feed at the bottom. Josh's and other job notices are archived here. All the jobs I post are archived at Twitter; the hashtag is #JobWaWi. Dates shown are closing dates unless otherwise indicated. 'None'...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 6 July 2015

    Aquadoc
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    The heat in Reno has dropped off to the 80s (Fahrenheit) according to Elaine. Same will happen here in Corvallis later this week. Rain would be welcomed, Would you be interested in receiving these Bulletin Boards via email directly from Elaine? Send an email to Geosciences-BBoard@att.net with the word “subscribe”...
  • USGS Paper: 'Hydraulic Fracturing Water Use Variability in the United States and Potential Environmental Implications'

    Aquadoc
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Thanks to Brett Walton of Circle of Blue for bringing this article to my attention. He wrote a great piece on the research article, recently accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, the most prestigious hydrologic journal in the world (published by the American Geophysical Union - AGU). I I...
  • My Ten Cents - Book Review: 'Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth'

    Aquadoc
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Disclosure Notice: the publisher, McDonald & Woodward, sent me a review copy. I’ve since purchased an additional copy. Caveat Emptor: In early 2014 a publisher's representative told me that if a paperback copy has a brown margin on the back cover instead of a green one, then that book is...
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 27 June - 3 July 2015

    Aquadoc
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Here in western Oregon we have drought, fireworks, 100 degree temperatures, 4th of July weekend, and newly-legalized marijuana. A recipe for ...celebration? We'll see. In the meantime, curl up with your favorite beverage and read the Declaration of Independence - even if you're not a US citizen. It's fewer than...
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  • New Akvopedia Food and Nutrition Security portal

    Winona Azure
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:52 am
    This week we’ve added a completely new portal to Akvopedia, focused on food – specifically food security. This reflects the critical importance of resilient food systems within our water and sanitation knowledge base. Here’s a joint statement about it, with ICCO, for those who want to share it or write about it. New Akvopedia Food and Nutrition Security PortalAmsterdam, 10 June 2015 – Easy access and sharing of practical information on food and nutrition security in developing countries – that’s the purpose of the Food and Nutrition Security Portal within Akvopedia, which…
  • The expanding role of technology in the water and sanitation sector

    Henry Jewell
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    Above: full house at the ICT for WASH event in Washington DC, USA. Photo by Ben Mann.Below: Kidus Asfaw of Unicef joins a panel discussion via Skype. Other panelists are Samia Melhem (World Bank), Patricia Mechael (mHealth expert), Mary Roach (GSMA) and moderator Evariste Kouassi Komlan. Photo by Josje Spierings.In late 2013 I wrote a blog about the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. It was clear at this time that lots was happening in this space but that it was still a side topic, which did not warrant its own…
  • WakaWaka, Rwanda – tracks distribution & sales of solar lights & chargers

    Jo Pratt
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    Above: members of the WakaWaka team attend a training workshop on Akvo FLOW in Kigali to learn how to use it and how to train their colleagues to use it. 6 October 2014. Photo by Tim Janssen.WakaWaka is an impact driven, social venture that fights to abolish energy poverty throughout the world. It develops, manufactures and markets high-tech low-cost solar powered lamps and chargers. Proceeds made from selling WakaWaka products in developed markets at competitive prices are used to make them available to off-grid communities around the world at an affordable rate.Pilot projectVirtual Grid…
  • Assessing damage & WASH status in Gorkha using Akvo FLOW

    Jigmy Lama
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    Top (L): A community in Finam Village Development Committee (VDC), Top(R) Test Data collection in Deurali VDC Bottom (R and L): Enumerators on the move for data collection Photos By: Jigmy Lama/AkvoThe post earthquake relief work in Nepal sprouted like wild mushrooms in a rain forest. Everyone wanted to help. Everyone wanted to support. And as anticipated, heaps of support entered the country, even generated internally, and we saw like never before, tremendously unorganised and poorly coordinated system working amidst devastation. Lack of knowledge about on-the-ground realities and…
  • Dutch Embassy, Kenya – publishes full development portfolio online

    Jo Pratt
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    Akvo and DGISThe Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) works with Akvo globally to increase the communication, visibility and transparency of the development projects it funds. The aim is to build Dutch and international public support for Dutch global aid spend and to enhance transparency, accountability and collaboration between different project partners within its own portfolio, and more broadly across the entire development sector. In May 2015, the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya became the first Dutch embassy to bring its full portfolio of development cooperation projects online.
 
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  • On vacation!

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    I'm offline until 15 July.Have a nice break for the next few weeks!Oh wait -- now you have time to read my book!
  • Monday funnies

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    These tips will be handy for recent graduates looking for jobsMore here
  • Flashback: 22 Jun -- 5 Jul 2014

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    A year old but still worth reading...The "Carbon not Market" in China -- I am glad to say that China's carbon market is maturing. Stay tuned... Death does not follow your schedule -- My friend Connie (who died 3 months ago) talking about "carpe diem" Acknowledge success but work on failure -- MANY water managers are doing a great job Accounting for energy used to move and treat water -- you need to track leaked water too! Stabilizing water utility finances in Germany ... by increasing fixed chargesThere are jobs, and then there are jobs. Does yours help or hinder humanity?
  • Friday party!

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Use the force!
  • Millennial communications...

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    As a follow up to last week's post on listening and connection, I want to add two thoughts:First, "millennials" (those born 1985-2005) will have trouble communicating if they are better at posting selfies and self-discovery rather than listening to what others think. The internet has "caused" this by making it easier to broadcast and find "friends" who agree with you. In the past, people had to talk to those around them (as well as listen), which gave them a better sense of their own weaknesses and strengths.Second (and as I wrote 10 years ago [pdf]) the internet -- by giving us access to…
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  • Shanghai Skyline

    NinhTran09
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Shanghai Skyline http://ift.tt/1S5Q7sU @kilin: The Skyline of Shanghai (Pudong) #Architecture #Trending #Popular #Buzzing #Viral #Picture
  • Carpe Diem by blue_iris

    Biken Shrestha
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Photo Credit : blue_iris
  • Tread

    FlyInMyWine
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    She swam only on the surface of herself; any deeper and she may drown. 
  • Dams are Politically Incorrect

    David H Lukenbill
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    As this article from the Sacramento Bee reports, extolling the value of underground storage rather than above ground—and I can certainly see the value of underground storage—the above ground storage requiring dams is just not the way to go; though it is an argument with little to recommend it to reasonable people other than ideological rant. Hating dams is as commonplace among the environmentalists as is that of hating the suburbs, though both resonate very positively with a vast majority of the American people who see the former as necessary to have enough water when times are too dry…
  • Landscape | Carpe Diem

    The Pictures Show
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Help out! Give to ₪ Please Help Me To Get A New Camera ₪ Raise funds on IndiegogoLife Description From Photographer if Any: Carpe Diem I got up really early yesterday morning (4 :15 a.m.) to go catch the sunrise and go kayaking afterwards. I almost talked myself out of it because the comfort of my bed was very appealing. I was very glad that I went because the sunrise was glorious. It was a hot and humid day and the sun was bright red as it came up. This is one of the pictures I took. Hope you enjoy it. Have a wonderful day and thank you all for your comments and support. It means a lot…
 
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  • After the Lawn

    EmilyGreen
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    KCET's 12-part guide for homeowners to landscape reform in drought.
  • Fixing a broken Delta

    EmilyGreen
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Every governor of California since the Gipper has sworn that he will "fix" the Delta. And every one has failed. Water rights decisions designed to protect the estuary and fill aqueducts have been serially litigated, ignored and suppressed. Until recently. California is still failing to fix the Delta, but it's failing better. KCET explains.
  • After the Lawn Part 12. Cost and Worth

    EmilyGreen
    14 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    How much does conversion from lawn to a model conservation garden cost? The final installment of the KCET series "After the Lawn" has the numbers for its Test Case house.
  • After the Lawn Part 11: Gardening and Surfing

    EmilyGreen
    8 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Gardening with native plants is like surfing. With gardening, you hang out with the seals waiting, waiting, waiting for that perfect wave. With surfing, the art is holding on until just before rainy season to put plants in the ground. Then, if you're really serious, bare-root every thing.
  • After the Lawn Part 10: Better with less

    EmilyGreen
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Southern California was sold to the world as the place you can grow anything. Click on the site plan to be taken to KCET, where Part 10 of “After the Lawn” looks at what is actually possible for water-conscious gardeners. Image: Emily Green/KCET   …
 
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    Water Canada

  • November 18-20, 2015: Water Expo China

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Where: Beijing, China Organization: Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd. and Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society Website: http://www.waterexpochina.comThe post November 18-20, 2015: Water Expo China appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Raising the Bar

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    One of the most significant barriers to the advancement of wastewater technologies has been accessing municipal wastewater treatment plants in order to test innovations in real-life scenarios. “Ten years ago, there wasn’t too much available as far as access,” said Linda Gowman, chief technology officer at Trojan Technologies. “It was extremely difficult to do testing […]The post Raising the Bar appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Dufferin Research Inc.

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
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  • Canadian River Institute Awarded $2.8 Million Research Grant

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    On June 26, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) awarded Allen Curry of the Canadian Rivers Institute $2.8 million to conduct an aquatic ecosystems study on the St. John River. It is the largest collaborative research and development grant ever awarded in Atlantic Canada. The study will be used to support NB Power’s future […]The post Canadian River Institute Awarded $2.8 Million Research Grant appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Eagle Water Treatment Systems

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:56 am
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    Watery Foundation »

  • Ironies and oddities of Florida water management

    Tom
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Water management in Florida is seldom straightforward because people find many ways to get around the laws of hydrology and economics. A few examples: The biggest irrigated “crop” in Florida is lawn grass and other ornamental landscapes. Even with immense numbers of natural springs, rivers, lakes, and sandy beaches, Florida has more “water parks” than any other state. Most bottled water in Florida starts as tap water. People will pay more for one brand of bottled water than another. The biggest water using sector accounts for less than 2% of state domestic product.
  • Demand for water (reductions)

    Tom
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    How much more water supply development is needed in Florida? According to the 2014 projections from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 1.3 billion gallons a day more will be needed by 2030 for a total of 7.7 bgd. Well, maybe, but it seems very doubtful. Demand projections seem always to be high overestimates. For example, in 1999, FDEP guessed that 9.2 bgd would be needed by 2020. As recently as 2008, FDEP projected that water demand would be 8.7 bgd in 2025. The previous projections were very high. It would not be surprising if projections continue to drop. Will it be…
  • Sugar high

    Tom
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    According to last Friday’s news release from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, American sugar growers are still able to stick it to American consumers. Well, no, that is not an exact quote from USDA economists, but they aren’t allowed to speak directly. Instead, they present a colorful graph with a damning title and caption: These subsidy and other sugar industry problems were addressed at the June 20 Big Sugar Summit hosted by the Sierra Club of Florida. Florida is a major U.S. sugar producer, which has all kinds of water implications. For example, seepage irrigation for…
  • “Rain” (a disguised climate polemic)

    Tom
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Cynthia Barnett’s third book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,  is markedly different from her first two on water issues. Her personal website is still titled “Cynthia Barnett, Journalist” but in this book she is venturing beyond journalism into new lyrical and personal territory. The book touches affectionately on all things precipitation but it seems to me that the true heart of Rain is her concern that we are “approaching a climate catastrophe faster than we realize.” She argues, though that the “history of rain offers hope that our political…
  • Gimli’s plan for implementing Amendment 1

    Tom
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Despite disappointing results for Amendment 1 in the just-concluded legislative session, it is not over. In fact, the program runs for 20 years. Next year, there will be another fight and another chance to implement it appropriately.  
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    Dales Water

  • Borehole Repair Job at Fish Farm

    Jonathan Dalton
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    A recent project over in Skipton saw the Dales Water maintenance crew repair two old boreholes used by a large trout fisheries. Borehole water is very desirable for fish farms thanks to it retaining a more consistent temperature which certain types of fish are very sensitive to. It is also invariably high quality too, meaning it’s free from pollution unlike surface water which is another big advantage when it comes to rearing fish. Then of course there are the cost benefits with short term payback periods and low running costs aiding the fish farms profit margins. With this particular…
  • Boreholes for Stables and Race Horses

    Jonathan Dalton
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:43 am
    Horses and stables require a considerable amount of water and a borehole can make great sense from a cost, reliability, pressure and quality perspective. Water is used throughout the facilities for drinking, wash down, cleaning, horse walkers and horse recuperation. It is also often used for farm houses that accompany the stables and for human uses on the sites. Once installed the water can be pumped at virtually no cost to all parts of the stables or farm. Borehole Installation at Stables in North Yorkshire We were initially contacted by a leading race horse trainer stables in North…
  • A Blast from the Past: RAF Leeming 1987 Borehole Project

    Jonathan Dalton
    29 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Last week we were tweeted by Martin Preene of Preene Groundwater Consulting about a job we worked on almost 30 years ago. Martin had dug out a picture from a job at RAF Leeming in 1987 where Dales Water Services drilled two boreholes. The pictures showcase some of our old rigs mounted on Bedford army trucks and some of the drilling crew at the time working: @daleswater Found this old photo from job at RAF Leeming in 1987, thought you might like it pic.twitter.com/YwhS7uFxaX — Martin Preene (@MartinPreene) May 11, 2015 Details About the Job In the mid 1980’s RAF Leeming underwent a…
  • The Problems and Solutions to Borehole Construction

    Jonathan Dalton
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    In March 2015 we attended the Help with Private Water Supplies seminar at the Thirsk Rural Business Centre. The free event was put on to offer advice to people who get their water supply from a spring, stream, well or a borehole which is very common in and around the Yorkshire Dales. Business owners, a domestic users, landlords, landowners, environmental health officers, Yorkshire Water staff and the DWI were all in attendance and there was plenty of guidance on offer about all things water. As well as speaking to attendees one on one Dales Water Directors Jonny and Nick were asked to give a…
  • New Borehole Installed at Specialist Education Centre

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

  • The Value of Water Book Named Finalist in 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

    Donna Vincent Roa
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    The Value of Water Book by Donna Vincent Roa and The Value of Water Coalition has been named a Finalist in the Current Event/Social Change category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. Judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, […]
  • 2014 World Water Summit: Time for Action on the Global Water Agenda

    Donna Vincent Roa
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    On Thursday, November 6, I attended The Economist’s 2014 World Water Summit, where the world’s leading thinkers on water policy, management, irrigation, technology, economic development, sanitation and hygiene and water-related risks gathered in London to catalyze action in response to the looming global water crisis. Driven by the event theme – Time for Action – speakers […]
  • Roa Pens Communication Chapter for Water Anthology

    Donna Vincent Roa
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    With more than 25 authors who are sharing ways to accelerate change around water, a new anthology called “Damned If We Don’t” aims to educate water professionals and inspire them to take action.  SACRAMENTO – Donna Vincent Roa, water sector communication expert and managing partner and CEO of Vincent Roa Group, has penned a chapter titled, […]
  • Value of Water Book to Debut Internationally at Frankfurt Book Fair

    Donna Vincent Roa
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 — “The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Smart CEOs,” available on Amazon, other online retailers, and the Value of Water book website, will debut internationally at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 8-12. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest international fair for books and content. Last year, […]
  • 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 […]
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    Hydration Anywhere

  • Why Proper Hydration is Essential Everyday

    Jacob
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Of all the elements on Earth, none is more essential to life as we know it than water. While we might all be aware that life on Earth would be impossible without water, fewer are aware of the importance of proper hydration in their everyday life. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, staying properly hydrated is vital for both immediate physical and mental performance as well as long term overall health. But why is it so important to hydrate your body? What are the benefits of proper hydration, and how can you tell if you are hydrated properly or not? Let’s answer these…
  • Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaner Giveaway!

    Jacob
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    We are excited to bring you our latest giveaway, sponsored by the folks at CleanEthics! This time we are selecting 5 lucky winners who will each receive 1 10-Count Pouch of Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaning Tablets! Win Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaner! Your Entries 0 Total Entries 118 Days Left 11 5 Winners will be selected to receive 1 10-count pouch of Bottle Bright Water Bottle Cleaner free of charge! remaining Powered by ContestHopper For those who aren’t familiar with Bottle Bright, these neat effervescing tabs are an ideal way to get your water bottle sparkling clean with…
  • Hydro Flask vs. Klean Kanteen – The Great Insulated Debate

    Jacob
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    When it comes to stainless steel water bottles two names tower above all the rest: Hydro Flask and Klean Kanteen. These two giants pretty much have the insulated stainless steel market sewn up tight. Anyone who has owned either of them can quickly tell you why: they provide one of the most convenient and useful ways to store your ice water, your steaming hot coffee, your frosty smoothie, your bubbling soup, or just about anything else you can stuff into it. Hydro Flask versus Klean Kanteen! Which is the Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle? Quick Compare Hydro Flask3340 Ounce Wide MouthStainless…
  • Jack Johnson Awesome Insulated Klean Kanteen

    Jacob
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Klean Kanteen is one of those names which needs no real introduction. Their wide selection of insulated stainless steel water bottles has cemented the company as a leader in the world of water bottles and by all appearances, Klean Kanteen is here to stay. I’ve owned many Klean Kanteen bottles over the years and find myself coming back to them for their exceptional practicality, ease of use and no-nonsense design. Today I’d like to turn the Hydration Anywhere spotlight on one special Klean Kanteen I own: my Jack Johnson “From Here To Now To You” 12 ounce insulated Klean…
  • Getting to Know the LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

    Jacob
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    In the LifeStraw we find a seemingly simple device which packs some big implications: equipped with a LifeStraw, one is suddenly able to treat virtually any water source as a safe and viable way to hydrate. Taking the concept of the personal water filter to a whole new level, the LifeStraw incorporates an impressively powerful filter into a remarkably functional and portable design. We’ve talked about the LifeStraw before here on Hydration Anywhere – in our Filtered Water Bottle Buyers Guide – but I wanted to bring our readers a comprehensive review of the LifeStraw, and the…
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