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  • Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate

    Water News -- ScienceDaily
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    For the first time, researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water that is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallization to create biomineralogical biosaline 3-D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. Afterwards, simply by rehydrating the material, bacteria are revived. The discovery was made by chance with a home microscope.
  • Your groundwater accountant is calling

    Aguanomics
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Six months ago, I suggested a few ways to deal with the drought in the western US. Besides raising prices to reduce demand -- my first suggestion, always -- I mentioned that California needed to end unsustainable groundwater pumping ("overdrafting") by farmers.* I and others have called for better controls on groundwater since at least 2009. In that same year, Tim Quinn (head of ACWA, which represents big water agencies and many irrigation organizations) estimated that overdrafting would increase from the "normal" rate of 2 million acre feet (California gets 40MAF per year) to 4 MAF, so we're…
  • Professor Patricia Wouters: Considering China’s approach to the UN Watercourses Convention – Time to revisit?

    International Water Law Project Blog
    Gabriel Eckstein
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    The following post by Professor Patricia Wouters is the sixth in the series of essays related to the entering into force of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention (see links to all of the essays here). Professor Wouters directs the China International Water Law Programme at Xiamen Law School, China. She can be reached at pkwoutersxiamen [@] […]
  • EPA Rejects Proposal for Pebble Mine

    We All Live Downstream
    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    On Tuesday July 15, I had the privilege of attending my first hearing on Capitol Hill. I got there early to take it all in, and was the first one in the audience by a good fifteen minutes. Clean Water Action assigned me to listen and report on the hearing, held by the House Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The hearing was about Section 404c of the Clean Water Act, which authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “restrict, prohibit, deny, or withdraw the use of an area as a disposal site for…
  • Zombie water ideas

    Watery Foundation
    Tom
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Zombie water ideas are undead; no matter how many times they are killed by what appears to be lethal refutation, they still act alive. Here’s a few of them: A ring of desalination plants around Florida can provide all the water we need. Zombies have no interest in economic efficiency. There almost always are cheaper alternatives to desal, including improved efficiency. Privatizing water rights and setting up markets would solve water supply shortages. This ignores the many practical obstacles to a functioning water market. The undead can ignore any reality. Agriculture’s water…
 
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  • The Stream, July 28: Coastal Flooding Increasing in United States

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    Flooding in many coastal areas of the United States has increased since the 1950s, with some places now experiencing flooding once every three months compared to once every one to five years in the past, according to a new study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Reuters reported. Flood frequency has increased at 41 coastal locations, and the rate of increase is growing at 28 locations. Drought Inefficient water use, insufficient water storage and water pollution are combining with growing demand and drought to create water scarcity problems in Lebanon, Inter…
  • Canvassing Fairgoers about California’s Drought

    Brett Walton
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Everyone has a groundwater story. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue All’s a whirl at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California. So it is with the area’s groundwater problems. Click image to enlarge. PASO ROBLES, California — A number of paintings hang behind Dennis Curry, who is sitting in a folding chair, but the image of pale green hills brushed by a golden-hour sun stands out. “People see this painting and they sigh,” the artist from Paso Robles recounts. “They say, ‘I remember when the hills used to look like that.’” Nostalgic Californians will debate…
  • India’s Faltering Energy Production and Damaged Water Resources Demand Modi’s Close Attention

    Keith Schneider
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Slowing economy, rising pollution impede India’s development. Photo © Dhruv Malhotra India pushes its coal mining sector to produce as much coal as it can. In Meghalaya, a two-man team takes three hours to fill a cart with coal valued at around $US 2. Click image to enlarge. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, swept into office in May on a message of aspiration, and a reputation for action. During the nearly 13 years that Modi served as chief minister of Gujarat, before becoming the prime minister, his successes included drastically…
  • In Colorado River Basin, Groundwater Is Disappearing Much Faster than Lake Mead

    Brett Walton
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Groundwater losses during historic drought equal one and a half times the volume of a full Lake Mead. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue The Colorado River flows past irrigated fields in Arizona. During a dry decade, most of the water losses in the seven-state basin come from groundwater, according to new research. Click image to enlarge. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue The mineral-stained canyon walls and the plunging water levels at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, are the most visible signs of the driest 14-year period in the Colorado River Basin’s historical record.
  • The Stream, July 24: China Establishes Seven Water Trading Markets

    Codi Yeager-Kozacek
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    China Rules for pilot water trading markets in seven Chinese provinces will be approved by October, Reuters reported. The markets could improve water use efficiency in the country, but some experts have questioned their legality under Chinese law. India India is hoping to forge closer ties with Nepal by offering to help develop hydropower in the country, Reuters reported. Nepal could generate an estimated 40,000 megawatts from hydropower, but currently generates just 600 megawatts. United States The U.S. government is set to spend $US 1 million studying how the chemical MCHM could affect…
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  • Historic Clean Water Act settlement will prevent millions of gallons of sewage discharges into San Francisco Bay

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Seven East Bay communities, municipal utility district to repair systems, pay civil penalties SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a Clean Water Act settlement requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay communities to conduct extensive system repairs aimed at eliminating millions of gallons of sewage discharges into San Francisco Bay
  • Four Massachusetts Companies Win EPA Funding for Sustainable and Innovative Products and Research

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    BOSTON – Four Massachusetts companies are among 21 small businesses nationwide selected by EPA to receive approximately $100,000 each to develop technologies that will help the environment and public health. The four Mass. companies are Aspen Products Group of Marlborough, EnChem Engineering, Inc. of Newton, Reactive Innovations of Westford, and UltraCell Insulation of Newtonville
  • EPA Kicks Off Third-Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to Develop Innovative Approaches to Stormwater Management

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change
  • EPA Settles Stormwater Case to Protect Richmond Water Quality

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    PHILADELPHIA (July 22, 2014) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the city of Richmond has settled alleged violations of Clean Water Act regulations that protect waterways from polluted stormwater runoff. In a consent agreement with EPA, Richmond has agreed to pay a $12,000 penalty to settle the alleged violations related to its storm sewer system and notified EPA that the city is now in compliance with the applicable regulations
  • EPA Awards over $11 Million to State of Oklahoma to Improve Water Quality

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    DALLAS – (July 21, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $11 million to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The grant is part of EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure
 
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  • Drier Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washington Post: The water could start at any time. Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know. Her husband, Chuck, 62, will set out to walk the farm with a moisture probe to see which fields are the driest. One run of water covers only about 18 acres of their 500, so they have to choose carefully. As rural America wilts, this is how those left working its powder-dry land get by: At the appointed hour, Chuck turns the head...
  • Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires Across Northwest

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New York Times: A cool, wet spring that drew out luxuriant growth in parts of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a ferociously hot and dry early summer, has created a fire-season tinderbox across the Pacific Northwest that exploded over the past week with dozens of wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. More than 3,500 people, including fire crews from all over the country and National Guard troops in Washington and Oregon, have been battling the...
  • Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

    Reuters: Jennifer Dobner
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Reuters: Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a "blockade" at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead. "These projects do nothing but devastate the land and pollute the water and air,"...
  • Global warming emissions from meat consumption rising rapidly

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Mongabay: Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production have increased by more than 50 percent over the past 50 years and are set to zoom higher as the developing world consumes more meat, finds a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research is based on analysis of the impacts of livestock production per calorie consumed, including water and fertilizer use, land area requirements, and other factors. It went beyond carbon dioxide, evaluating...
  • Climate: Meat turns up the heat as livestock emit greenhouse gases

    Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    ScienceDaily: Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. It is published by Climactic Change. Carbon dioxide is the most-prevalent gas when it comes to climate change. It is released by vehicles, industry, and forest removal and comprises the greatest portion of greenhouse gas totals. But methane and...
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  • Changes in agriculture increase high river flow rates

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Researchers have examined how changes in rainfall amounts and an increase in the amount of acreage used to grow such crops as corn and soybeans can affect the volume of river water flow in the U.S. Midwest.
  • Intensity of hurricanes: New study helps improve predictions of storm intensity

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    While predicting the path of hurricanes has gotten better, little has been done to improve predicting a storm's intensity. That is, until now. "The air-water interface -- whether it had significant waves or significant spray -- is a big factor in storm intensity," said one expert involved in a new study. "Hurricanes gain heat energy through the interface and they lose mechanical energy at the interface."
  • New system to detect mercury in water systems

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers. "The promising sensing performance of this system along with its cost-competiveness and portability make it an excellent potential alternative to current analytical techniques," says the project's leader. "This technique could provide the basis for future point-of-analysis systems for monitoring water quality on site and may help implement better monitoring processes around the world."
  • Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    For the first time, researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water that is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallization to create biomineralogical biosaline 3-D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. Afterwards, simply by rehydrating the material, bacteria are revived. The discovery was made by chance with a home microscope.
  • Steam energy from the sun: New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    A new material structure generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure -- a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam -- is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure's surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material's pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.
 
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    Water Use It Wisely » News & Events

  • BEAT THE HEAT AND LEARN HOW TO SAVE YOUR CLIENTS WATER, MONEY, AND TIME!

    WUIW
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Join the next session of Smartscape classes for landscape professionals and receive expert instruction on how to better serve your clients. The Smartscape program is a comprehensive, research‐based training program that instructs landscape professionals in the fundamentals of design, installation, irrigation, and maintenance of low‐water‐use landscapes. The need for efficient water use, the regulatory environment, methods of water conservation in the landscape, and the principles of Xeriscape are key components of the program. The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (a Water –…
  • See Which Photo Contest Submission “Rains” Supreme

    parkandco
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    The second annual Water – Use It Wisely photo contest is a wrap, and we have a winner! After reviewing over 1,000 incredible images celebrating water throughout Arizona, Dave C’s photo of a post-rain scene in Boulder Canyon was a drop above the rest. “The celebration of water in a climate like ours can be very different for each person. For me, it’s not permanent features like lakes and rivers that call for celebration but the temporary, seasonal, fleeting water that hydrates our thirsty land,” said the photographer, a nature fanatic and hiking enthusiast. “This particular…
  • Lawn & Order

    parkandco
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Many homeowners prefer a lawn close to the house that may provide a recreational or play area for children or pets, a relaxing place for lawn chairs and family gatherings and to create a cooling effect. Lawns can be functional and their root mass provides erosion control and helps to filter, capture and break down pollutants. In fact, a practical sized lawn can be part of a Xeriscape, as long as it’s used sparingly and properly maintained. To keep your lawn healthy this summer, follow the guidelines below. Water lawns only when they need it. If you leave footprints when walking across…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Collect Rainwater for Your Landscape

    WUIW
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    July is not only Smart Irrigation Month, but it’s also our summer monsoon season. There’s no better time to talk about rainwater harvesting. Here are our best reasons to take advantage of this great resource.  1. Rain is free Wouldn’t it be great if water just fell out of the sky? Okay, I’m kidding… it’s hard to imagine that right now… our 125th day without rain (our last significant rain was March 1). While we are well below normal in our rainfall so far this year, we do average almost 8-inches a year. And with a typical Arizona desert home, we have rooftops, driveways and…
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month!

    parkandco
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    July is typically the month of peak water demand for landscapes in Arizona. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for homeowners. By planting low-water-use plants, watering efficiently, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, you can save money, save water and see better results. Here are some tips to get you started: Turn on your irrigation system and walk around the yard to look for emitters or sprinkler heads that are broken, clogged, or misaligned. Install a…
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  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 19 – 25 July 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I don’t need no stinkin’ book to tell me that water makes me happy!  ’Doing water’ makes me happy! Even my water students make me happy! But I’ll probably read it anyway…. Click here to access the weekly water news. For jobs, scroll down to ‘Positions Open’. Enjoy! “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 July 2014 I’ve been told the Japanese have a real affinity for... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 June – 4 July 2014 Running…
  • ‘The Santa Cruz Declaration’ – Good, but Misses Some Points

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A few days ago one of my email lists contained this message from Ben Crow: The Santa Cruz Declaration on the Global Water Crisis came out of a US National Science Foundation sponsored workshop on Equitable Water Governance last year. It was published in Water International earlier this year with commentary from several figures in the field of water. It seeks to describe several categories […] No related posts.
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 – 18 July 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve been told the Japanese have a real affinity for toilets, especially high-tech varieties. This picture surfaced in one of my Tweets this week. Here is the story. My only experience with a high-tech Japanese toilet was at the Holiday Inn at the Osaka Airport in 2003. I was faced with a device with numerous switches, […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11 July 2014 Self-promotion alert! Here we go…. Looking west across Lake Tahoe with... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 June – 4 July 2014 Running a little late this week but not because…
  • TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 5 – 11 July 2014

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Self-promotion alert! Here we go…. Looking west across Lake Tahoe with former UNR student and good friend Sarah Raker. This was on 29 June 2014 on a wonderful field trip in the Truckee River basin led by Janet Phillips, who is developing a Tahoe (Truckee River source) – Pyramid Lake (terminus) Bikeway. What a ride that would be, especially the […] Related posts: TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 1 – 7 February 2014 Lots of snow in Corvallis today. Maybe up to one... TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 June – 4 July 2014 Running a little late this week but not…
  • Congress Navigates the Clean Water Act: Is Water Wet?

    Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    So will Congress determine whether water is wet? Could take some time. Friend and colleague Jan Schoonmaker of Van Scoyoc Associates sent this material to me. The following message accompanied his email. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing yesterday on the scope and impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule entitled “Definition of the ‘Waters of […] Related posts: CRS Report: EPA & Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States” More good stuff! Another great report from the Congressional…
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  • EPA Rejects Proposal for Pebble Mine

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    On Tuesday July 15, I had the privilege of attending my first hearing on Capitol Hill. I got there early to take it all in, and was the first one in the audience by a good fifteen minutes. Clean Water Action assigned me to listen and report on the hearing, held by the House Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The hearing was about Section 404c of the Clean Water Act, which authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “restrict, prohibit, deny, or withdraw the use of an area as a disposal site for…
  • Protect Clean Water, Protect the Merrimack River

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    By Shanene Pierce, Massachusetts Intern – Boston Office It wasn’t until I joined the cross-country team in high school that I began to pay closer attention to the Merrimack River and Valley that I called home. I used the winding paths along the Merrimack to challenge and build my running endurance while training for my first 5k race. I’ve seen bald eagles soar above me while commuting along the river to and from my classes at University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Merrimack River is a beautiful place: when the Pawtucket Falls freeze over in midwinter, the rushing of snowmelt come…
  • Protecting Clean Water in the Real World

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Ellen Gilinksy -the EPA Senior Advisor for Water- at event in Austin, Texas It’s hard to imagine a U.S. House of Representatives more out of touch with reality.  People support protecting water resources and getting in front of climate change and off of fossil fuels.  Today, the Committee responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act passed a bill to block EPA progress in restoring protection to streams and wetlands.  Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill blocking important policy proposals on both these critical issues. Out in the real world, our…
  • DC Imposes a Citywide Ban on Polystyrene Foam

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    by Lily Biggar, Communications Intern For folks like me living in the nation’s capitol, this summer has brought unbearable humidity, another so-so season for the Washington Nationals, and continued congressional frustrations. However, DC has finally given us a reason to smile. On July 14th, the City Council voted to place a ban on polystyrene foam, the harmful petroleum-based material used in everything from packaging to takeout containers. While the ban may go unnoticed by consumers using polystyrene only to hold their morning coffee, it will certainly be noticed by our environment.
  • What the Appalachian Trail Taught Me about Clean Water

    jscott@cleanwater.org
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    by Rachel Sicheneder, Clean Water Action alum Water. Clean Water. It’s amazing how my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail has completely centered my life around it. For safety measures I carry at least one liter of water at all times. Because of this I am constantly checking and re-checking my maps to locate my next water sources. Will my next fill up be a spring or a river? Will I have to travel up or down a mountain to get to it? Will it be clean enough to drink straight? Or will obvious signs of pollution force me to pull out my filter? I sometimes try and find towns along the way by…
 
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  • Data collection with ICCO Bolivia

    Laura Roverts
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    La Paz, Bolivia, was the very first place I visited in Latin America before I fell in love with that part of the world. And now, after seven years, I was so lucky to return to La Paz for an Akvo FLOW training workshop with ICCO Sur and some of their partners. ICCO is already using Akvo FLOW in other projects around the world. I arrived with my colleague Iñigo on Monday 16th June. The city of La Paz is breathtaking. Literally. Altitudes in the city vary from 3100 to 4100 meters above sea level, which means oxygen levels are reduced. Above: Angel Ramos from ICCO (middle) interviews an…
  • Cordaid in Haiti

    Kendra Terry
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Above: The Greener Side of Port-au-Prince. Photo credit: Kendra Terry.I traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with colleague Charlotte Soedjak to give an Akvo RSR training to a group of Cordaid staff, along with representatives from a few of their partner organizations. For those who were familiar with RSR, the presentation focused mostly on how to provide updates to already existing projects. Everyone who attended seemed excited to use the tool in a new way.With Akvo RSR, partners can upload new projects with “static” information: a summary, background, project plan, goals, and…
  • Akvo FLOW in Mali

    Giel Hendriks
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:03 am
    Above: Dagmar Verbeek takes local news station ORTM through a demonstration and explanation of Akvo FLOW. Photo credit: Giel Hendriks.Together with Dagmar Verbeek & Valentin Iogo, I recently gave an Akvo FLOW training in Bamako to all the different organizations active for the WASH Alliance in Mali: WaterAid, CECEP, HELVETAS, ALPHALOG, Wetlands International, AED, ARAFD, CAEB, GRAT and ICCO.The Dutch WASH Alliance is a collective of NGO’s that, by combining its strength and collective capacity, wants to improve the availability of drinking water and sanitation facilities. They work in…
  • Starvation in a granary

    Aulia Rahman
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
    With plenty of resources, starvation shouldn’t be Indonesia’s middle name. Mismanagement continues to be one of the biggest issues. Globally, up to 40% of fisheries’ catch end up as bycatch and wasted (WWF, 2009). Photo credit: Aulia RahmanI often sit down with my 2-year-old boy accompanying him watching the Baby TV channel. One of his favorite shows is Hungry Henry, which is about a squirrel-like character, or some kind of,err, I have no idea what Henry is, but one thing is for sure – just like the title, Henry is always hungry and he always yells “Henry is…
  • Hiring a Communications team member in Amsterdam

    Mark Charmer
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    Everyone at Akvo is part of the communications team, by being a real life and virtual personification of the organisation day to day. But the comms function itself is coordinated by a small team based in London, New York and Amsterdam. We help all Akvo staff develop the way they tell the Akvo story, how they explain our products, how they bring to life the work of partners and how they build new connections with like-minded people and groups. We also work hard to steer and evolve the brand and devise ways to help a growing organisation feel small, simple, dynamic and accessible. We’d…
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    Aguanomics

  • Monday funnies

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    (via RM) What happens when you mix two religions? [click to enlarge]
  • Your groundwater accountant is calling

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Six months ago, I suggested a few ways to deal with the drought in the western US. Besides raising prices to reduce demand -- my first suggestion, always -- I mentioned that California needed to end unsustainable groundwater pumping ("overdrafting") by farmers.* I and others have called for better controls on groundwater since at least 2009. In that same year, Tim Quinn (head of ACWA, which represents big water agencies and many irrigation organizations) estimated that overdrafting would increase from the "normal" rate of 2 million acre feet (California gets 40MAF per year) to 4 MAF, so we're…
  • Flashback: 21-27 July 2013

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    A year later and still worth reading...Overallocation (of rights) and why it persists -- the Colorado River Compact and other "rigid" institutions need more flexibilityThank you, Amsterdam more or less explains why we moved back -- very good move :)Financial non-sequiturs -- Do banks ever repossess water treatment plants?
  • Friday party!

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Party hard, but don't die from stupidity.(For extra safety you may want to check out these airline announcements... by Sports Illustrated models)
  • The Starfish and the Spider -- a (mini) review

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Over-controlling CEO or empowering Catalyst? CH sent me this book by Brafman and Beckstrom, which I started -- and stopped -- this morning.*I stopped because the prose was far too excited for the authors' point, which is that a starfish has a decentralized "leadership" that allows individual arms (even polyps) to "decide" what to do, without consulting any center. A spider, OTOH, needs to keep the entire web in order if it's going to eat. The obvious figure at right "explains." This analogy is meant to apply to organizations (hence all the CEO endorsements) that want to balance between…
 
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  • Water Safety: Call a Newmarket Emergency Plumber to Fix Frozen Pipes

    harrisplumbing
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    It usually takes some time before this can take place, however; so if homeowners see signs of freezing pipes but no ruptures, they can try to thaw the pipes on their own. However, they should only use safe equipment, such as infrared lamps or conventional heaters. Torches and open flames are greatly discouraged. On the other hand, a ruptured pipe is best left in the hands of a professional. The task of fixing a frozen pipe doesn’t just end there. Reputable Barrie drain contractors should also be called on to ensure that all traces of frozen water are removed from the plumbing system.
  • Newport Harbor

    Alyssa T. Rehs
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
      Newport Harbor 16 x 16 inches Photograph on metal edition of 25 $208.00
  • Bog Island

    veerkampj
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
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  • 0014 Gluttonous Desire

    ihorizoni
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    From the Egyptians to the Romans, Aztecs to the Normans, Tribes of America to the First Human to the Modern day. Water has been the lifeblood of nations and empires, where battles have been won, societies have crumbled into nonexistance and forests have flourished. Yet, here we stand at a precipice. The singular world we live in, now more interconnected than just the simple passing of letters, notes and rivers flowing; has reached a point of which there needs to be a choice. Do we as a species, not just per nation, wish to edge our destruction that much closer to the final minutes? By…
  • Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit

    mrdsk
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Suzanne McGee reports for The Guardian: ‘After spending nearly 30 years of my life writing about business and finance, including several years dedicated to the commodities market, the idea of treating water as a pure commodity – something to bought and sold on the open market by those in quest of a profit rather than trying to deliver it to their fellow citizens as a public service – made me pause. Sure, I’ve grown up surrounded by bottled mineral water – Evian, Volvic, Perrier, Pellegrino and even more chi-chi brands – but that has always existed alongside a robust municipal…
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  • Rose George to speak at IF Water Confere

    WASHLink
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Rose George to speak at IF Water Conference #IFWater14 @rosegeorge3 @WaterStep @fcousteau http://ow.ly/zyZuU #WATSAN #WASHFiled under: WatSan
  • #Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation

    WASHLink
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    #Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation in displaced communities leads to a rise in #communicablediseases – IFRC http://ow.ly/zyYcg Published: 24 July 2014 11:08 CET A woman collecting washing at the Al Adlieh shelter in Rural Damascus, Syria. Living in close quarters with many other families makes it essential to keep clothes and bedding clean to prevent the risk of skin diseases and lice. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC…..   By Penny Sims, IFRC Polluted water supplies, hot weather and serious water shortages are bringing the threat of disease to vulnerable communities in Syria. Clinics and…
  • Global map:interactive Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

    WASHLink
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    Global map:interactive Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas | World Resources Institute http://ow.ly/vWNmi #water4all #water security Aqueduct’s global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. The Atlas uses a robust, peer reviewed methodology and the best-available data to create high-resolution, customizable global maps of water risk. Water scarcity is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. In its Global Risks 2013 report, the World Economic Forum identified water…
  • 2014 Symposium on Water, Sanitation & Hy

    WASHLink
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    2014 Symposium on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Asia #WASH Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, August 27-29 http://ow.ly/vxAm3 #watsanFiled under: WatSan
  • Meet Raya, the Sanitation Muppet | Menta

    WASHLink
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Meet Raya, the Sanitation Muppet | Mental Floss http://ow.ly/vsIwQ #wash #watsanFiled under: WatSan
 
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    Chance of Rain

  • Bracing for scarcity

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

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

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

    EmilyGreen
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:20 am
    Rancho Mirage, where President Obama golfed last weekend, is located between Palm Desert and Cathedral City. The heavily irrigated areas, many denoting water-hungry golf courses in California’s Mojave Desert, are highlighted in red. Source: NASA/Earth Observatory *President Obama came to the Central Valley to address drought and climate change. Everyone “is going to have to start rethinking how we approach water for decades to come,” he said. After making the remark in a speech at a ranch in Los Banos, a farm town roughly 75 miles northwest of Fresno, the President spent…
  • Through Isabelle’s eyes

    EmilyGreen
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Her early career as an artist predicted the style of landscape architect Isabelle Greene.
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    Water Canada

  • Great Lakes Areas of Concern to Receive $1.5 Million

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    The federal government announced on July 23 that it is contributing $1.5 million through its Great Lakes Sustainability Fund toward 27 projects in the Canadian Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The announcement was made in Sarnia, Ontario, by Oshawa MP Colin Carrie. Included in the 27 projects are four substantial projects for the St. Clair […]The post Great Lakes Areas of Concern to Receive $1.5 Million appeared first on Water Canada.
  • New Brunswick Wastewater Infrastructure Gets $10-Million Federal Investment

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Government of Canada is investing in several New Brunswick wastewater infrastructure upgrades through the federal Gas Tax Fund. Collection and treatment systems in Fundy Bay, Gillies, Greensborough, Harvey Lake, Havelock, Roachville, and Sainte-Marie-de-Kent will be improved over the next several years. Projects will range from system upgrades to the construction of new wastewater treatment […]The post New Brunswick Wastewater Infrastructure Gets $10-Million Federal Investment appeared first on Water Canada.
  • ONE DROP and Rotary Launch 2020 Water Partnership

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    ONE DROP, a non-profit organization that works to ensure water accessibility worldwide, announced on July 22 the launch of the “2020 Water Partnership,” in collaboration with Rotary, one of the world’s largest investors in sustainable water and sanitation programs. A ONE DROP release describes the 2020 Water Partnership as “another significant step in the implementation […]The post ONE DROP and Rotary Launch 2020 Water Partnership appeared first on Water Canada.
  • September 10-11, 2014: 4th Annual Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Initiative 2014

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Where: Calgary, AB Organization: Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Website: http://www.shale-gas-tight-oil-water-2014.com/ The Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Initiative 2014 is the only E&P lead conference focusing on specific technologies and methodologies for re-using high salinity, TDS and H2S water within the Duvernay, Montney, Nordegg, Cardium, Viking […]The post September 10-11, 2014: 4th Annual Tight Oil & Shale Gas Water Treatment & Re-Use Canada Initiative 2014 appeared first on Water Canada.
  • The Sustainable Water Industry

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    It has been a tough five years for the water industry. Prior to 2008’s financial crisis, the companies providing water technologies and services were flying high on the back of flush government funds as well as strong real-estate and other construction markets. While temporary stimulus helped to dull the pain (and some would argue it […]The post The Sustainable Water Industry appeared first on Water Canada.
 
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    Waiology

  • NIWA revising national flood statistics

    Waiology
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    By Daniel Collins As we have seen in Northland in recent days and in Christchurch in March, severe floods pose a significant threat to rural and urban lives and livelihoods. One person drowned in the Waitangi River on Saturday, and the cost of the flooding will likely be in the millions. As a point of comparison, the Southland floods of 1984 cost insurers $140 million (inflation-adjusted to 2014). Protecting against flood hazards is a vital part of local government responsibilities, as mandated under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941. It is…
  • Reviews coming in on new policy for freshwater management

    Waiology
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    By Daniel Collins The Government recently released the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2014). The policy provides the most comprehensive instructions to regional councils yet on how our freshwaters – rivers, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers – are to be managed. Amendments made in the new policy include numerical thresholds and bottom-lines for a range of water quality attributes in order to meet human and ecosystem health objectives (referred to as the National Objectives Framework, NOF). This was a key recommendation of the Land and Water Forum. Reception of the new…
  • New ID key reveals freshwater invertebrates of Campbell Island

    Waiology
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    By Shelley McMurtrie New Zealand’s subantarctic islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site of unparalleled beauty and outstanding natural values. One of these islands—New Zealand’s most southern landmass Campbell Island—is home to several globally rare species including its unique and colourful megaherbs, and one of the largest colonies of royal albatross. With an ever-increasing need to protect biodiversity values and understand how climate change will affect world ecosystems, the Subantarctic region is assuming increasing significance. However, our knowledge and understanding of the…
  • Using models to understand and protect our braided rivers

    Waiology
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:38 am
    By Murray Hicks Braided rivers, defined by networks of channels that are forever changing and shifting, are iconic features of the New Zealand landscape. Their existence depends on abundant supplies of gravelly sediment and frequent disturbance by floods and freshes. They also support unique communities of in-stream and terrestrial organisms (fish and birds) that have adapted to this dynamic physical environment. For example, the channel changes are sufficiently intense that riverbed weeds are naturally controlled, leaving bare gravel bars and islands which make relatively predator-safe…
  • Citizen scientists help map Christchurch flooding

    Waiology
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:03 pm
    By Daniel Collins The Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2011 had a disastrous effect on Christchurch and its residents. But one effect could not be known until much later – flooding. The earthquakes changed the height of the ground across the city, raising or dropping the land by several 10s of centimetres in places. This meant that the flood risk maps we had of Christchurch were no longer as true as they used to be, and they needed to be updated. An opportunity to update the flood maps came when another disaster struck Christchurch. As an intense southerly moved up the country, many parts…
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    Watery Foundation

  • Going nuclear

    Tom
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    It depends how serious you think climate change is. Some people who favor water resource protection happen also to oppose nuclear power. It seems to me that is a mistake because nuclear power could reduce the severity of greenhouse gas-powered climate change. In a recent survey, climate scientists expressed strong support for building additional nuclear power plants. This matched the call for more nuclear power in an open letter last fall from four renowned climate scientists. The state of Florida seems unlikely to heed this call. The biggest obstacle is not water, in a state with high…
  • Zombie water ideas

    Tom
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Zombie water ideas are undead; no matter how many times they are killed by what appears to be lethal refutation, they still act alive. Here’s a few of them: A ring of desalination plants around Florida can provide all the water we need. Zombies have no interest in economic efficiency. There almost always are cheaper alternatives to desal, including improved efficiency. Privatizing water rights and setting up markets would solve water supply shortages. This ignores the many practical obstacles to a functioning water market. The undead can ignore any reality. Agriculture’s water…
  • Eliminate the negative

    Tom
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This will be the first gubernatorial administration in many years without any kind of a water management or growth management “commission” or “task force.” (For that matter, this administration has not set up an energy commission. Or a climate commission. Or a governmental reform commission. Or an open government commission. Or a tax reform commission.) If you invite people to say what they think, they just might say something you don’t like. No reason to hear any of that, with an election coming up and all.  
  • Falling into failure

    Tom
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Peter Paul Rubens, 1620, “Fall of the Damned” General glumness abounds in the Leroy Collins Institute report from last February: “Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future” (pdf). From education to transportation to the state’s tax system, they conclude that the state is in worse shape than a decade ago and not getting any  better: We think Florida passed a tipping point in the 2000s – a point at which the gradual accumulation of many small changes became a large and (nearly) irreversible one. New high-skill jobs go where there are existing concentrations…
  • Stevenson’s “Journey”

    Tom
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The best natural history interpreter you will ever hear is Jim Stevenson. His book, “My Journey in Florida’s State Parks: A Naturalist’s Memoir,” is just as interesting. It is a “partial” memoir and covers mostly the 25 years he devoted to the Florida Park Service as Park Ranger, Biologist, and Chief Naturalist. Jim packs the book with fascinating true accounts of important events in state parks. First hiking trail in the Florida State Park system? Laid out by Jim in Torreya Park. First prescribed burn? Tested, with Jim’s prompting, at Falling…
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    Dales Water Services Ltd

  • Dales Water Borehole Helps Asparagus Grower Save on Mains Water Bills

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

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

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

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

    Jonny
    10 May 2014 | 3:39 am
    It is our sad news to inform all our clients, friends, suppliers and those associated to Dales Water Services Ltd. that one of our founding directors, Chris Dodds, died on the 08th May at 10.20am. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his death. Needless to say all at Dales Water are saddened by this news and Chris will be greatly missed. He was a great colleague, father, friend, husband and director of Dales Water Services Ltd. We will continue although it will never be quite the same without Chris. Dales Water Services Ltd
 
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    Donna Vincent Roa

  • Content Marketing and Twitter Best for Building Brand Awareness

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

    Donna Vincent Roa
    8 Jun 2014 | 3:58 pm
    As we are all aware, startups face many challenges. CEOs are continually juggling and assessing priorities. Not surprisingly, product development and early stage financing lead the list. For water tech startups, brand building should rank in the top three priorities for early business success. Branding is the strategic platform for creating, communicating and delivering customer […] The post Breakthrough Water Tech Companies Need Breakthrough Branding appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • 20 Reasons Water Utilities Need to be Storytellers

    Donna Vincent Roa
    27 May 2014 | 12:22 pm
    It’s been said that species whose stories remain in the dark are at a higher risk for extinction. When stories of the polar bear began to surface in the popular press, and school children wrote to President Bush urging him to do something to save polar bears, the animals went from being mysterious and unknown to one […] The post 20 Reasons Water Utilities Need to be Storytellers appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Water Utility Communication: Stories or Statistics?

    Donna Vincent Roa
    26 May 2014 | 1:45 pm
    At the Value of Water Coalition’s Invisible to Invaluable: Changing the Way We Think About Water Infrastructure, the audience of over 500 was provided with an in-depth overview of why we need to position the US water infrastructure as a national priority. Without this infrastructure, which is old, leaking in many places, and needs to […] The post Water Utility Communication: Stories or Statistics? appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
  • Purple Pipes: A Communication, Education, and Branding Issue

    Donna Vincent Roa
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    In recent months, I've been evaluating visual representations of the water cycle, virtual water flows, water scarcity, infographics on the global water footprint, and presentations by senior leaders from water associations and water organizations. I've also been looking at projects involving public outreach and public perceptions regarding recycled water. What I learned in the process […] The post Purple Pipes: A Communication, Education, and Branding Issue appeared first on Donna Vincent Roa.
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