Sandra Postel writes recently in the blog Water Currents: “It’s a sad truth that many major rivers – the blue arteries of the Earth – no longer reach the sea. Our demands for water – to drink, grow food, produce energy and make all manner of material things – have sapped streams of their flow […]
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Posted in water on Aug 1st, 2014
Wallace Nichols organized the annual “Blue Mind” conference in 2011 and has recently released his new book “Blue Mind” combining personal stories and research to describe the healing power of water. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Nichols explores how stepping out of our stressful lives and back into nature changes our minds […]
Posted in water on Jun 6th, 2014
Brett Walton posts that water scarcity has driven prices upward 33 percent since 2010 and that the price of water rose again in 2014 about six percent on average according to a survey of water rates in some 30 major U.S. cities. Water providers, he notes, are changing the structure of rate schedules, altering both […]
Reuters reporter Scott Malone writes that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the recent graduating class at Boston College that they should play a role in pushing for new energy policies. Kerry said the problems are not without solutions and reminded graduates that climate change and inadequate water are related to potentials for greater […]
Posted in rivers on May 22nd, 2014
Following major floods in January 2014 Marina Pacheco, the chief executive of the UK Mammal Society, recommended that the UK Government promote beaver reintroductions as a means of reducing flood risk in the future. “Restoring the beaver to Britain’s rivers would bring huge benefits in terms of flood alleviation. These unpaid river engineers would quickly […]
A recent New York Times Opinion piece by Yvon Chouinard titled “Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams,” rightly questions the values and highlights the environmental risks associated with dams, underlining that the benefits “for water use, flood control and electricity – can now be met more effectively without continuing to choke entire watersheds.” He goes on to […]
A recent report from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) provides a detailed glimpse into the positive economic impacts resulting from environmental restoration activities. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program has contributed $18.6 million to local economies, leveraging $142 million with partner contributions, for a combined total of $161 million spent on PFW […]
The half-hour documentary “Water: The Lifeblood of Energy” from Prairie Public Broadcasting describes the connection between water and energy and how cities and utilities across the western United States are using combinations of collaboration, conservation, and new technology to squeeze more use out of every precious drop.
Posted in water on Apr 12th, 2014
With rulemaking intended to clarify jurisdiction for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act, the recent notice for public comment has expectedly attracted lots of attention. Release of the rule has been met with cautious praise as well as criticism. In release of the proposed […]
A program intended to insure that American Children have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, builds on a Forest Service tradition of conservation and education. “The challenges associated with climate change and water will not be resolved in a few years. It will take generations. Kids must understand why forests are so valuable so […]