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  • Kansas, Colorado, California…(Florida?)

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    Tom
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    With the current legislative talk about water, why is there no discussion of the need to develop a real state water plan, as we see in Kansas, Colorado, California and other states? Some of their ideas are quite interesting. One part of the draft Kansas draft plan, for example, focuses on “Reducing our vulnerability to extreme events.” The draft Colorado Plan says the goals are to “..defend Colorado’s compact entitlements, improve the regulatory processes, and explore financial incentives while honoring Colorado’s water values and to ensure that the state’s most…
  • What a Week – Clean Water Action in Motion

    We All Live Downstream
    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) It’s been quite a week for our Clean Water, especially for our National Program Team. Here are some of the highlights: Congressional Testimony on Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water: I testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy today. You can find my testimony and our press release here. EPA’s Dr. Peter Grevatt talked about 40 years of Safe Drinking Water Act progress and the challenges ahead Celebrating: At our annual event in Washington DC last…
  • Robert T. Lackey Redux - Again! 'The Role of Science in Water Resource Policy'

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    Aquadoc
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    While I am having fun in Budapest (check out this hilarious flip chart diagram produced by my group) good friend and colleague Bob Lackey gave a lecture in my GEO /Soil 335 class, Introduction to Water Science and Policy: 'Role of Science in Water Resource Policy': Download Lackey_GEO335_25Nov2014 He also...
  • How to get the (plastic) soup out of the ocean?

    Aguanomics
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Koen L writes:*More and more plastic is ending up in the oceans and seas, causing environmental degradation, economic losses and lower oxygen supply. Ocean pollution receives more and more public attention through i.e. the plastic soup foundation. The problem of ocean-pollution is that the oceans are not owned by one individual or state. States manage their parts with little concern for the ocean as a whole, which causes problems over the the distribution of costs and benefits.The table below displays a simplified 2-player game of this problem. Cleaning up the ocean costs money and if only…
  • Report examines climate change risks for human populations

    Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News From Medical News Today
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As changes in global climate and population sizes occur, scientists warn that there are considerable risks to bear in mind - risks that require governmental action now, they say.
 
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  • The Stream, November 27: Mumbai Fails To Address Flood Risks

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Global Rundown Mumbai still faces extreme flood risks 10 years after a 2005 disaster, and a new report urges governments to do more to address extreme weather risk. Deteriorating water systems are contributing to disease in Syria. France must defend its Sivens dam project, while hydropower helped push Scotland’s renewable energy production to new highs. China’s Lake Ebinur has halved in size, and the cost of a New York City water plant has nearly quadrupled. Seven United Kingdom water companies did not pay a corporation tax last year. “We need preventive measures, rather…
  • Thanksgiving: World Food Entree and Water News On The Side

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Sharing the table with a discussion of global grain supplies. Photos © Aubrey Ann Parker/ Circle of Blue How do global stocks of grains affect the price of your Thanksgiving feast? Click image to enlarge. As Americans tuck into their Thanksgiving meals today, most probably won’t be thinking of the record U.S. corn harvest expected this year. The harvest — and other sizeable harvests of staple grains like corn, rice, and wheat in major food-growing countries — will help boost global grain stocks to their highest levels in 15 years. That’s something the whole world can be thankful for…
  • World Food Supplies Recover From Drought and Reach 15-Year High

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Water scarcity and extreme weather are two reasons that food prices will stay high, however. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Favorable weather is helping to restore global grain reserves after a period of low stocks caused by policy decisions, market trends, rising fuel costs, and devastating droughts in some of the world’s major food growing regions. Click image to enlarge. By Codi Kozacek Circle of Blue World supplies of corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, and other staple grains are forecast to reach their highest levels in 15 years, but experts say the increase will do little to…
  • Corporate Water Risk Report: 5th CDP Survey of Top Global Companies

    Brett Walton
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The details are lacking, as risk disclosures often have a narrow focus and significant data gaps. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Utilities and energy companies are the two business sectors that are most exposed to water risks, according to CDP’s 5th annual water risk report. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue More than two-thirds of the world’s largest companies with the greatest exposure to water risks say that pollution, insufficient water supplies, rising prices, community displeasure, or stringent regulations could reduce revenue or even change the way that…
  • The Stream, November 26: Poor Residents of Nairobi Pay Through the Nose When Buying from the Water ‘Mafia’

    Kaye LaFond
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Global Rundown China plans to accelerate its planned water conservation projects, while General Mills has expressed a new commitment to water conservation around the world. Poor residents of Nairobi, Kenya must contend with a mafia of private vendors to obtain their water, and the City of Los Angeles loses 7 million gallons of water a day to main breaks. Finally, scientists have heard an alpine glacier “hum”. “The biggest barrier is not land tenure, it’s not engineering, it’s not financial, it’s not the feasibility of it and it’s not the willingness (of…
 
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  • Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Rules on Mercury From Power Plants

    New York Times: Adam Liptak and Coral Davenport
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    New York Times: The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a major challenge to the limits set by the Obama administration on emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. It is the latest effort by industry groups to roll back regulations that would reduce emissions like mercury, soot, sulfur, smog and carbon dioxide. The case also threatens to undermine one of the administration’s most significant victories and chip away at President Obama’s legacy. John Walke, a lawyer with the...
  • How oil ate the heart of North Dakota

    Grist: None Given
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Grist: Nothing completes a quiet morning drinking coffee and reading the paper like a multi-part investigative saga of pollution and the fracking boom in North Dakota, and boy howdy, did The New York Times deliver this weekend. In the two-part series, investigative reporter Deborah Sontag brings up one example after another of ways that pollution in North Dakota is on the rise. There`s the old filling station filled with illegally dumped and radioactive oil filter socks. There`s the train crash that...
  • Australian Foreign Minister says reef not in danger but what do her own scientists say?

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Guardian: Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop should apologise for claiming the Great Barrier Reef is “not in danger” from climate change, according to enough scientific evidence to form a small coral atoll. Sorry. Too glib? When the minister representing Australia at the next major United Nations climate change negotiations appears unwilling to accept the advice of her own government science and reef management agencies, then it’s time to worry. Indeed, one of the world’s leading marine biologists...
  • Australia: Action needed to combat future biosecurity threats: CSIRO

    SBS: None Given
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    SBS: A bioterrorist attack or swine flu-like pandemic. Incursion of a new wheat disease or fruit fly crippling crops. An outbreak of foot and mouth or bluetongue disease, devastating farmers. Some scenarios sound like a plot from a Hollywood disaster movie, but these "megashocks" could pose a real threat to Australian biosecurity, the CSIRO says. In its report, Australia's Biosecurity Future, released on Tuesday, the scientific body outlines 12 potential megashocks it thinks could hit Australia in...
  • Q&A: INTERPOL Asks Public Help Nab Environmental Crime Fugitives

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    National Geographic: On November 17, for the first time in its history, INTERPOL asked the public to assist in the capture of environmental crime fugitives. The landmark public appeal falls under INTERPOL's Operation Infra Terra, launched in October and targeting 139 criminals from 36 nations. INTERPOL-the International Criminal Police Organization-is the world's largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. The nine fugitives are accused of a range of crimes: -Italian Adriano Giacobone...
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  • Modeling the past to understand the future of a stronger El Niño

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    El Nino is not a contemporary phenomenon; it’s long been the Earth’s dominant source of year-to-year climate fluctuation. But as the climate warms and the feedbacks that drive the cycle change, researchers want to know how El Nino will respond.
  • The living, breathing ocean

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The ocean is a complex ecosystem. The ocean carbon cycle is governed by the relationship among carbon, nutrients and oxygen, and the ratio between certain elements is key to understanding ocean respiration.
  • Amazonian shrimps: An underwater world still unknown

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    A study reveals how little we know about the Amazonian diversity. Aiming to resolve a scientific debate about the validity of two species of freshwater shrimp described in the first half of the last century, researchers have found that not only this species is valid, but also discovered the existence of a third unknown species. The researchers concluded that these species evolved about 10 million years ago.
  • Toolkit for ocean health

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    The ocean is undergoing global changes at a remarkable pace and we must change with it to attain our best possible future ocean, warns an expert who shares his insights on the future of the world's oceans in a new paper.
  • Protecting rainforest through agriculture, forestry

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Conservationists are always looking for ways to halt the pace of deforestation in tropical rainforests. One approach involves recultivating abandoned agricultural land. Working in the mountainous regions of Ecuador, the an international team of researchers found afforestation and intense pasturing to be particularly effective, clearly increasing the environmental and economic value of abandoned farmlands.
 
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  • The environmental consequences of Iran sanctions | The Guardian

    Kaveh
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Iran’s drive for ‘independent’ development, in the face of international pressure over the nuclear programme, has degraded its air, water and land
  • The Water Cycle Song

    goopsgoops
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    A science song that teaches the three phases of the water cycle: Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation. The Water Cycle Song teaches the process of the water cycle.
  • In pictures: US snow chaos

    Waterlover
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Images from the north-east of America which has been hit by a massive snowstorm, freezing temperatures and travel disruption.
  • World Toilet Day: These images should break the internet but they probably won't

    Waterlover
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Globally, 526 million women are forced to go to the toilet in the open – often facing physical threats and violence as they are forced to wait until after dark before leaving their houses. In India around 818 million people defecate in public. In the Congo around 72 per cent of the population do not have access to an indoor toilet, while 80 per cent of Ethiopians, roughly 71 million people, also defecate outside.
  • Idaho tops US in water use per capita

    britneyg
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average and Idahoans use more than people in any other state.
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  • The Best Landscaper of All

    parkandco
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We frequently receive requests asking for names of good landscapers. Because we must remain impartial, we aren’t able to make any recommendations. Except for one….Mother Nature. Use her as a guide and you’ll hardly go wrong. View the Landscape Watering Guide for more information. For instance, in nature, rain flows over the canopy of a tree and cascades to the ground from the edges of the branches. We call it the drip line. This is where 90 percent of a tree or plant’s water-absorbing roots are located. Now think about where your emitters are placed in your…
  • Grease is the Word

    parkandco
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The kitchen is the heart of the home; laughter, conversation, and satisfied appetites can be inspired by the home-cooked meal. Sadly, one less appealing culprit may also find its origin in the kitchen, specifically the kitchen sink: fatbergs, giant globs of fat, grease, and oil that build up and clog pipes. Water that goes down the kitchen drain doesn’t disappear; it travels through the sewer system to the wastewater treatment plant to be processed and cleaned and then is reused for purposes such as groundwater recharge and landscape irrigation or released back out into nature to join the…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids to Save Water

    parkandco
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    When it comes to water conservation, we believe it starts at home… with our children. It is so easy to teach children from the very beginning the importance of conserving one of the Earth’s most valuable resources. Together, we can build a foundation of knowledge so our children all grow up to be stewards of the Earth. Help your kids learn these five simple tips for conserving water. 1. Turn off the faucets When brushing teeth or scrubbing their soapy hands and face, teach your children to turn off the faucet so they do not let water simply run down the drain. 2. Tightly turn off the…
  • Cutting the Curb for Beneficial Use of Stormwater

    WUIW
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    On November 1, the morning was crisp and the volunteers were full of energy. Over 40 community members arrived at 7:30 a.m. to learn about green infrastructure and a relatively new idea called low impact development. By lunchtime a 20-foot wide and 200-foot long area in front of Mesa Urban Garden and neighboring restaurant, República Empanada, had over fifty native plants installed, rockwork purposefully placed, and organic mulch topping the surface! James DeRoussel with Watershed Management Group provides orientation to volunteers. For the City of Mesa, the completed planting will provide a…
  • How to Harvest Rainwater

    parkandco
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    In this arid land, when it rains, it really does pour. Residents who hope to take advantage of this free, yet ephemeral water have begun a revival in the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting, which involves capturing and storing rainwater near where it falls. It’s no surprise that people are interested: harvesting rainwater can save energy and water, reduce the salt levels in the soil, and help reduce storm water runoff. Rainwater harvesting involves slowing, spreading, and sinking the flow of water. Most residential yards grade away from the home, and this is still important to…
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  • 50 Years of AWRA: OWAGs Galore, History & Other Great Stuff!

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    AWRA is celebrating its 50th aniversary this year and a gaggle (17) of past presidents gathered for a photo at its recent annual conference. Three more -  Richard Tucker (1980), Gerry Galloway (2007), and David DeWalle (2006) were present but are not in the photo. The ones in the photo are: Front row: Bob Moresi (2004), Yours Truly (2011), Jerry […] Related posts: AWRA Awards $7500 in Scholarships AWRA is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014... Narvaez, Beutler and Wright Win AWRA Election AWRA is pleased to announce that Martha Corrozi Narvaez was... YARPP powered by…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 15 – 21 November 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Love this picture of a ‘band’ of lake effect snow descending upon the Buffalo area. See more photos here. Let’s hope that the area does not experience a spell of warm weather or worse, a warm rain-on-snow event. Could be ugly… Two stars - Jay Famiglietti and Lesley Stahl, both of whom ‘GRACED’ 60 Minutes on 16 November 2014. There will probably […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 8 – 14 November 2014 Seemed to have dodged snowy and freezing rainy weather here... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 November 2014…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 8 – 14 November 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Seemed to have dodged snowy and freezing rainy weather here in the Willamette Valley. But it’ll be back. Getting psyched for my upcoming Global Water Partnership meeting in Budapest 24-26 November. I’ve been getting lots of e-documents to peruse. Lucky I’ve got some long flights ahead of me. I leave on 21 November, return on Thanksgiving Day. I have […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 23 – 29 November 2013 I had a very good Thanksgiving and I suspect I... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 November 2014 Fewer Tweets this week because…
  • Remembering Reisner Redux….And Then Some

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Yesterday we at Oregon State University were treated to a great seminar by Sarah Bates, who spoke on ‘Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning’. It was based on her excellent publication, Land Trusts & Water – Strategies & Resources for Addressing Water in Western Land Conservation. I hope to get her PPT for posting, since it provided […] Related posts: What Can Young Farmers in the Arid West Teach Us About Water? Read This Report Who listens to young farmers, especially when it comes to... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 November 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Fewer Tweets this week because of the AWRA Annual Conference I attended in the DC area. You can see all the conference Tweets at #AWRA2014 The graphic is from Lenny Konikow’s presentation and shows the recent contribution of groundwater depletion to sea level rise. This contribution has apparently been neglected by the IPCC crowd. A good number of jobs came in this […] 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, 16 – 22 August 2014 The truth will out.
 
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  • What a Week – Clean Water Action in Motion

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA) It’s been quite a week for our Clean Water, especially for our National Program Team. Here are some of the highlights: Congressional Testimony on Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water: I testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy today. You can find my testimony and our press release here. EPA’s Dr. Peter Grevatt talked about 40 years of Safe Drinking Water Act progress and the challenges ahead Celebrating: At our annual event in Washington DC last…
  • Virginia Groups Take Strides to Protect Their Communities and Our Region’s Drinking Water from Gas Drilling

    jscott@cleanwater.org
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This week the U.S. Forest Service released the George Washington Forest Final Revised Forest Plan. The plan was updated for the first time in over 20 years due to the prospect of high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities within the national forest. Given the unique nature of the GW Forest, the Forest Service rightly put drinking water first and prohibited fracking throughout the forest in 2011. The GW Forest is the headwaters for an incredible 2.7 million people in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Its watershed serves as a direct source of drinking water for 262,000…
  • The Baltimore Bag Bill.

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    By Will Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer – Follow Will on Twitter – @TrillChillWill Each week, Clean Water meets with residents and community associations and we continue to hear one overwhelming environmental concern – an abundance of trash in our neighborhoods. Whether we’re in Hampden, Westport, Park Heights, Armistead Gardens, Curtis Bay, or Sharpe-Leadenhall the complaint is the same; trash. The most visible element of this trash: plastic bags. Plastic bags in the trees, gutters, alleys, playgrounds, and waterways. There are too many plastic bags and something needs to…
  • Red Herrings and Meat Dresses on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Neil Bhaerman, Crew Coordinator, Pittsburgh Phone Canvass – Follow Neil on Twitter (@neilanalien) If you’ve driven the Pennsylvania turnpike, especially the stretch between the state capitol in Harrisburg and the coal and gas rich southwestern counties, you’ve probably seen some eye catching billboards. One, featuring Lady Gaga with a raw steak on her head, asks, “Would you take energy advice from a woman wearing a meat dress?” Another, with Yoko Ono, asks, “Would you take advice from the woman who broke up the Beatles?” A third, with Robert Redford, shouts out:…
  • Shake It Off & Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Americans Expect Clean Water

    jscott@cleanwater.org
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Americans Expect Their Elected Officials to Protect Clean Water “The new Congress could be one of the most hostile to clean water and other environmental concerns, based on the new leadership’s extreme anti-environment records and positions. But that’s not what the American people want, and it’s not what they voted for.”  – Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO Shake it off, and keep your eye on the ball! Yesterday’s elections brought some good and not-so-good news for clean water. But the bottom line remains unchanged: people care about their…
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  • Sarah Bates' Presentation: 'Addressing Water Issues in Private Land Conservation Planning'

    Aquadoc
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    About two weeks ago we at Oregon State University were thankful to have Sarah Bates of the National Wildlife Federation and The Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Montana visit us. She spoke on an important but oft-overlooked issue, Addressing Water Issues in Private Land...
  • Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 26 November 2014

    Aquadoc
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Josh is here, just in time for Thanksgiving (tomorrow in the USA) with a bounty of gifts - jobs! The lights are on a map at the Budapest Waterworks. The ones on the right represent pumping stations and other facilities in the pipe network; the ones on the left show...
  • Robert T. Lackey Redux - Again! 'The Role of Science in Water Resource Policy'

    Aquadoc
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    While I am having fun in Budapest (check out this hilarious flip chart diagram produced by my group) good friend and colleague Bob Lackey gave a lecture in my GEO /Soil 335 class, Introduction to Water Science and Policy: 'Role of Science in Water Resource Policy': Download Lackey_GEO335_25Nov2014 He also...
  • Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 24 November 2014

    Aquadoc
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Last one of the month! News from last week from Elaine and Spot the Wonder Steer. Check out the 'Ebola' category just below the second red heading. There are also links to stories about more diseases. Do you know of a colleague who would be interested inreceiving these Bulletin Boards?...
  • Danube Days, Discoveries, Dinners, Dreams & Delights

    Aquadoc
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Just finished dinner with my newfound Global Water Partnership friends here on the banks of the Danube ('Duna' in Hungarian and Romanian) River in Budapest. Here is the entrance to the Hotel Gellért, my home through Thanksgiving (27 November) morning: It reminds me of my old high school, Chaminade High...
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  • Notes from the UK’s largest* development conference

    Jo Pratt
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    *Probably.In 2013, for the first time, the UK met its target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid. This represented the overdue fulfilment of a commitment made over 40 years ago, and a victory for campaigners. Besides Britain, only Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates spent more than 0.7% of their national income in aid in 2013. The next step is to enshrine the 0.7% in law, a move which gained cross-party support when a Private Members Bill tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore passed its second reading in the House of Commons in…
  • Akvo RSR 3. The journey so far.

    Adrian Collier
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Earlier this year, I embarked on a journey into user experience design and development. You see, I’ve always been a database person, but I knew we needed to think much more about what’s known in the tech industry as “UX”. So I got into studying user experience academically and applying the insights day to day. It’s been great to do – I was able to improve my understanding of how users are actually understanding the product I manage, and how they don’t, and start to gain more understanding of what might be done to improve the overall experience…
  • Business drives access to water in Ghana

    Marten Schoonman
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    “Before we go out to collect data we first talk with the districts’ Community Development Officers. They know all the communities within the district. This way you are sure that when the enumerator team goes out to the field, they will not leave any community unattended. I advise you all to do the same.”These were the words of Mohammed Kplega who is an information technology specialist for the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in Ghana’s Western Region. They were pronounced during a workshop on data cleaning and analysis held in Koforidua, Ghana October 14-17. People…
  • Bringing our own work to life, online

    Emily Armanetti
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Our pup Guido. Amsterdam, August 2013. Photo credit: Emily Armanetti.One of the key things we do at Akvo is help our partners bring their work to life, online. This is exactly what our Akvo RSR tool is designed to do – capture project activity and describe programmes in a dynamic way which can include text, images and videos. Today, more than €1billion in programmes and projects are visible online in Akvo RSR.We fundamentally believe in transparency. It’s a key principle on which our organisation was founded. We’ve spent years helping organisations achieve this by bringing…
  • Mingalabar connectivity?

    Frodo van Oostveen
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Street view, Sule Pagoda Yangon. Photo credit: Frodo van Oostveen.The first tweet I posted in Myanmar was directly from the taxi on my way from Yangon airport to the Inle Valley Bed & Breakfast on Pyay Road. Back in March, I wrote about feeling the change in Myanmar and I still feel it happening. At the airport it was easy to buy an Ooredoo SIM card for 1,500 kyat ($1.50) with additional data top up for 5,000 kyat ($5). During my last visit, I needed to rent a SIM card (without data), or had the option of buying a SIM card for the unrealistic amount of around $2,000 (BusinessWeek: When a…
 
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  • How to get the (plastic) soup out of the ocean?

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Koen L writes:*More and more plastic is ending up in the oceans and seas, causing environmental degradation, economic losses and lower oxygen supply. Ocean pollution receives more and more public attention through i.e. the plastic soup foundation. The problem of ocean-pollution is that the oceans are not owned by one individual or state. States manage their parts with little concern for the ocean as a whole, which causes problems over the the distribution of costs and benefits.The table below displays a simplified 2-player game of this problem. Cleaning up the ocean costs money and if only…
  • The Time is Not (Yet) Ripe for GM-Products

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Katharina B writes:*The European Commission proclaims that a diversified agricultural industry is key to ensuring Europe’s competitiveness on the world agricultural market. As such, it has supported the coexistence of GM (genetically modified) and non-GM crops since 2003.The problem is that GM and conventional farming are incompatible agricultural methods that interfere with each other in inefficient ways. The need for buffer lands (to reduce the risk of GM pollen affecting conventional crops), for example, reduces the amount of productive land.Having strictly separated GM and non-GM zones…
  • Hurricane Economics: Housing

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Robert D writes:*First in 2005, and once again in 2012, the U.S. Was devastated by both hurricane Katrina and Sandy. Of course these disasters impacted society in countless ways, the housing market (or in some cases the lack there of) provides an interesting perspective on these impacts. With both hurricanes, thousands of residents were displaced due to the severe damaging of houses. This led to an overall decrease in housing prices in areas impacted by the storms. At the same time, these displaced resident were now in search of new (and affordable) housing. Traditionally, the replacement…
  • The corn(y) side of beef production

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Alexia T writes:*The vast majority of US cattle today spend most of their lives away from pasture, confined in overcrowded and revolting feedlots, and force-fed a diet of grains, especially corn.For centuries cows have been used to convert grass into meat and milk, however, in the past few decades the trend of mass production, at low costs, to maximise profits has turned the beef industry into a profit seeking machine rather than a sustainable source of feed. This ever-expanding industry comes with a great cost to society and its environment.Corn-fed cows grow and fatten up much faster than…
  • As a migrant...

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    A friend of mine wrote this on FB:So being a poor immigrant means more than not owning a home, not having nice clothes and not speaking the language. It also means not having a home-community with strong ties to relatives, neighbors, friends, church members etc. These factors could affect one's ability to see, establish and appreciate such vital connections. I have seen and felt this "numbness" in myself and others in a way that reminds me of the first day I stepped into a new school in a new country with a different language. It makes me SO appreciate my first U.S. teacher Mrs. M. who…
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  • Like living in an undeclared war zone... Police homicides have gone too far

    therisenpeople
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    On Saturday we heard reports that a 12 year old boy had been shot down by Cleveland police. The police were phoned when a 911 call about a “man” with a gun that was “probably fake”. During the call the caller added “i don’t know if it’s real or not”. As we understand it the police officer who shot the boy was not informed by dispatch that the gun could be in fact a “fake” this one mistake led to the death of Tamir Rice. But on the back of the Michael Brown case this along with many other incidents of people having been gunned down by…
  • Longing

    fotographartwords
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Testing this font out Longing
  • Your shadow knows

    ridethewavesblog
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. ―Blaise Pascal Where there is much light, the shadow is deep. ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Reading the above reminds me of a poem I wrote back in 1999: Shadow smiles standing on nothing facing the light the Shadow smiles He knows your fears and he smiles knowing you will be returning to the sanctity of his arms He smiles in saddness knowing the Light will overcome and on that day you will turn your back to the light and smile back   If you are feeling overwhelmed by the…
  • happy thanksgiving from CH!

    dl70494
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    we will celebrate thanksgiving tomorrow, but today I had cauliflower, eggs, and cheese for my thanksgiving meal. I bet you are all thankful that wasn’t your meal today!
  • New on 500px : Grand Teton by BillV-Anan by BillV-Anan

    Chae H. Bae
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Teton Range huddles agains Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. via 500px http://ift.tt/1FxCb4x
 
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    Washlink

  • Work With J-PAL : Accepting Applications for 96 Positions Starting 2015!

    WASHLink
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
     PRESS RELEASE The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and partner organizations currently have 96 job opportunities available in 16 countries with more positions likely to become available by summer 2015. J-PAL’s recruitment drive is an excellent opportunity to join us and our work to alleviate poverty. J-PAL is a network of 111 affiliated professors around the world who use randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. Started and based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, J-PAL also has six regional offices in Africa…
  • TED Talk: Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right

    WASHLink
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Dr. Francis L. de los Reyes III is a Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Associate Faculty of Microbiology, and Training Faculty of Biotechnology at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on biological processes and combines modeling, bioreactor experiments, and molecular microbial ecology tools in addressing fundamental and practical issues in environmental biotechnology and environmental engineering. An important area of his research and teaching is water and sanitation in developing countries. Current and past research projects (funding of ~ $4.5…
  • edX: Introduction to Drinking Water Treatment – OCT 28

    WASHLink
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Learn about urban water services, focusing on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment. About this Course This course focuses on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment. Unit processes, involved in the treatment chain, are discussed as well as the physical, chemical and biological processes involved. The emphasis is on the effect of treatment on water quality and the dimensions of the  unit processes in the treatment chain.  After the course one should be able to recognise the process units, describe their function, and make basic calculations for a preliminary…
  • Webinar – Disability: Making CLTS Fully Inclusive

    WASHLink
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    “press release” On Thursday 30th October, 10-11.30am (GMT), the CLTS Knowledge Hub together with Hazel Jones (WEDC) and Jane Wilbur (WaterAid) will be hosting a webinar on the theme of the recently published Frontiers issue 3:Disability-Making CLTS fully inclusive. About the webinar CLTS aims at total sanitation. For that it has to be inclusive. There are ethical reasons for this, but the bottom line is that while any open defecation continues, all are affected. This webinar will focus on people with disabilities and their particular needs for access to sanitation. People affected…
  • E4C Webinar | WASH in Emergencies: Lessons Learned and Way Forward October 28

    WASHLink
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    press release Presented by Daniele Lantagne, Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University Moderated by Sean Furey, Water & Sanitation Specialist, Skat Foundation October 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM EDT (convert to your time) Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are critical needs for populations affected by emergencies such as natural disasters, outbreaks, and violence.  In this webinar, we will learn about commonly implemented emergency response interventions to treat drinking water and find out about their successes, failures, and…
 
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    Chance of Rain

  • Deal allows L.A. to plow Owens Dry Lake bed

    EmilyGreen
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    A new deal between the City of Los Angeles and Great Basin air regulators ends a three-year-long court bid by the city to avoid carrying out remediation work that it didn't want to do, spending money that it didn't want to spend and sacrificing water that it wanted to keep.
  • Proposition 1 analyzed for voters

    EmilyGreen
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    A Pacific Institute report shows Proposition 1, California's 2014 water bond, weak on conservation
  • Fourth year in the garden

    EmilyGreen
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The third in a series of photo essays on the progress and setbacks faced in taking over the remnant of an old California orchard.
  • Starve the lawn, not the tree

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

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

  • Yukon Rural Water Well Program Now Available in Municipalities

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Yukoners living inside municipal boundaries may now have access to the province’s successful Rural Domestic Water Well Program, which has been in place since 2004. The program has thus far helped nearly 250 property owners living in unincorporated areas find sustainable and affordable access to drinking water through domestic well development. Amendments to the Municipal […]The post Yukon Rural Water Well Program Now Available in Municipalities appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Saskatchewan to Invest $10 Million in M1 Canal Rehabilitation

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Government of Saskatchewan announced on November 26 the $10-million rehabilitation of a four kilometre section of the M1 Canal. The canal is a 22.5 kilometre long water supply extending from Lake Diefenbaker to Broderick Reservoir near Outlook. The project will enlarge the bed of the canal from 6.1 metres to 9.5 metres, which should […]The post Saskatchewan to Invest $10 Million in M1 Canal Rehabilitation appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Aqua Taiwan 2014

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Located in the Pacific off the coast of China, the small island nation of Taiwan hosted the first Aqua Taiwan on October 8 to 10 with the hopes it would bring attention to the country’s fledgling water sector. The conference and tradeshow started with a theatrical opening ceremony. National and local dignitaries spoke about the […]The post Aqua Taiwan 2014 appeared first on Water Canada.
  • Osprey Scientific Inc.

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
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  • Manitoba Announces Historic Wetland Conservation Donation

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The municipalities of Lakeview and Westbourne on the shore of Lake Manitoba have donated thousands of acres of wetland for conservation. The Big Grass Marsh wetland is about five times larger than Birds Hill Park and is the largest conservation donation in the history of the province, as well as the largest conservation agreement of […]The post Manitoba Announces Historic Wetland Conservation Donation appeared first on Water Canada.
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    Waiology

  • Lamprey – Living fossils in our midst

    Waiology
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Cindy Baker Lamprey and hagfish (known as cyclostomes or agnathans) are the only living jawless vertebrates. Over 360 million years old, lampreys swam past herds of drinking dinosaurs, and have survived at least four mass extinctions. The brain of the lamprey is believed to be the closest example of our primal vertebrate ancestors, and lampreys provide important insight into the evolution of fins, jaws and the skeleton, plus vertebrate motor control, and immunology. The oral ‘sucker’ that lamprey use to attach to objects and fish.Lamprey have evolved to utilise the same lifestyle as…
  • How many whitebait eggs does it take to make a whitebait fritter?

    Waiology
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Paul Franklin Every spring New Zealanders can be found creeping out at the crack of dawn to line the lower reaches of our rivers in the hope of catching that New Zealand delicacy – whitebait! As the mist lifts and the fishing comes to an end for the day, conversations turn to that critical question… what’s the best recipe for whitebait fritters? I don’t claim to have the answer to that, but I do hope to provide some insight into how many eggs might be needed… and the answer might just surprise you! A whitebait fritter.Whitebait are the juveniles of five species of native…
  • Delving deeper: Life below the bottom of the stream

    Waiology
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Aslan Wright-Stow Streams and rivers are typically thought of in two dimension space, flowing from upstream to down, from high in the catchment and then out to sea. Delve a little deeper however and we find a third dimension – a vertical space underneath the streambed that’s home to many freshwater invertebrates. Linked hydrologically to the overlying water column, the hyporheic zone sits underneath what is typically considered the bottom of a stream or river and links groundwater to surface water. Given the inability for simple direct observations and difficulties in sampling the…
  • Carbon cycling in mountain ranges – Our environmentally friendly Southern Alps

    Waiology
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Sarah Mager The Southern Alps of New Zealand are the source of some of New Zealand’s most iconic river systems.  The development of the South Island has been intimately connected with these powerful water sources. For instance, the Clutha initially provided a critical navigation route into Central Otago and the early gold fields; the Waitaki sustains eight hydroelectrical power stations that were crucial to developing a power-hungry growing nation; the Waimakariri, Rakaia and Rangitata all provide large water sources to the Canterbury Plains, both as surface and groundwater resources,…
  • Understanding the natural history of New Zealand’s nutrient fluxes

    Waiology
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Emily Diack and Sarah Mager Water quality in New Zealand has been a hot topic of late, especially when it comes to the growing impact that agriculture and land use changes are having on our waterways. Maintaining good water quality is fundamental for sustaining our indigenous ecosystems, but how do we define what that ‘good’ level of water quality is? The transformation of New Zealand’s vegetation cover and land use has had a significant impact on the functioning of freshwater ecosystems and water quality, with local waterways becoming increasingly subject to pollution and nutrient…
 
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    Watery Foundation »

  • Springs and voters

    Tom
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    According to Wikipedia, there are fifteen counties in Florida with first magnitude springs (and rises). Except for Leon, Jefferson, and Alachua counties, they all voted for Rick Scott for Governor.
  • Kansas, Colorado, California…(Florida?)

    Tom
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    With the current legislative talk about water, why is there no discussion of the need to develop a real state water plan, as we see in Kansas, Colorado, California and other states? Some of their ideas are quite interesting. One part of the draft Kansas draft plan, for example, focuses on “Reducing our vulnerability to extreme events.” The draft Colorado Plan says the goals are to “..defend Colorado’s compact entitlements, improve the regulatory processes, and explore financial incentives while honoring Colorado’s water values and to ensure that the state’s most…
  • Taking the Long View

    Tom
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    The good done by passage of the Land and Water Legacy amendment, if properly implemented, can far outweigh short term disappointments. If you believe this, you might be interested in listening to Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to the Wilderness. A sample track is below: The Rap Guide to Wilderness by Baba Brinkman
  • 2010 Water Use: United States and Florida

    Tom
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    The U. S. Geological Survey finally released their report on 2010 water use in the United States. The big message is that national water use has decreased significantly. Total fresh water withdrawals decreased by 13% between 2000 and 2010. Public water supply–down 5%. Irrigation (mostly agricultural)–down 9%. The recent USGS report on Florida water use also quantifies striking trends of decreasing water withdrawals. Total fresh water withdrawals from 2000-2010 decreased by 22%, public water supply decreased by 9%, and agricultural withdrawals went down by 16%. The national…
  • Liking the environment

    Tom
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Mike Grunwald explains(?) Florida voters’ position on the Land and Water Legacy and on candidates for governor: Floridians like the environment. We just don't like politicians that like the environment. http://t.co/TQFoBBLJmv — Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) November 5, 2014 Why would that be so? It could be how much Rick Scott and his supporters spent to achieve a 1% margin of victory. According to a Wall Street Journal estimate, Scott outspent Charlie Crist by a margin of roughly two to one. The Scott campaign expenditures are said to be more than a hundred million…
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • Dewatering Boreholes

    Jonny
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    Whilst groundwater is often a blessing for many businesses and domestic dwellings it can also present problems for construction companies and mine operators. This is due groundwater creating a high water table that prevents the building of foundations, excavations or on-going mining projects. Wherever groundwater is likely to be encountered at a site of construction it can lead to a number of undesirable effects such as increased load on supports, lack of stability and flow of material. Fortunately many obstacles can be removed or alleviated by a process known as dewatering which suppresses…
  • Dales Water Attend Craven District Private Water Supplies Event

    Jonny
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    Last month Jonny and Joe attended the Craven District Private Water Supplies event over in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It’s been 2 years since the inaugural event which was very popular with residents throughout the Yorkshire Dales region as it gave them a chance to speak with regulators and private water supply engineers like us. The event was started following the Private Water Supply Regulations of 2009 that came into force during January 2010. The new regulations represented a big change for many domestic users and with a large percentage of homes around the Skipton area either completely…
  • Domestic Borehole Refurbishment Project

    Jonny
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    Not all of our work requires a borehole drilling from scratch and we’re often called upon to fix problems with existing installations and to refurbish water supplies from yesteryear that have been neglected or fallen into disrepair. In the first of 2 part series of posts we are going to show how this can be achieved. The site has an existing borehole, drilled in 1954 which is in need of a revamp. Our work proposed is part of a complete redevelopment of a farmhouse and the owners want to make use of the old borehole for domestic supply. The existing borehole was been drilled into a chalk…
  • Dales Water Staff Take On Site Fork Lift Training

    Jonny
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    As part of our commitment to health and safety Dales Water undertake various training courses throughout the year. With several staff taking a manual handling course in the Spring this week saw some of our drilling & maintenance team taking part in an onsite forklift training day. The course was provided by Livius Training and carried out at our premises in Melmerby. This had several advantages from both a cost point of view and not requiring staff to travel off site. It also meant staff would be trained in a real working environment where the forklift is used on a daily basis. DWS Fork…
  • Acidisation of Boreholes

    Jonny
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    From time to time boreholes that have been drilled into chalk aquifers need to be either developed to increase performance or rehabilitated due to blockage by incrustations. One technique used to achieve this is acidisation whereby hydrochloric acid is used in large quantities to facilitate the removal of soft material from within the borehole and to open fissures in the underlying chalk. This process is done to increase the flow rate of the borehole by allowing more water into the aquifer. How Acidisation Works CaCO3(s) + 2HCl(aq) → CaCl2(s) + H2O(l) + CO2(g) By introducing an acidic into…
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    Donna Vincent Roa

  • 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 […] The post 2014 World Water Summit: Time for Action on the Global Water Agenda appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • 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, […] The post Roa Pens Communication Chapter for Water Anthology appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • 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, […] The post Value of Water Book to Debut Internationally at Frankfurt Book Fair appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • New Realities Needed for Water Sustainability

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

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