NINE YEARS AGO, CalFed, a consortium of state and federal water interests, pieced together a plan to fix California's water management system. Its purpose was to safeguard the Delta environment and provide adequate and dependable water supplies to agriculture and urban areas in dry as well as wet periods.
One of the chief components of CalFed's plan was the Environmental Water Account, which w ... read more >>
Verification of numerical models for density dependent flow in porous media (DDFPM) by the means of appropriate benchmark problems is a very important step in developing and using these models. Recently, Infinite Horizontal Box (IHB) problem was suggested as a possible benchmark problem for verification of DDFPM codes. IHB is based on Horton–Rogers–Lapwood (HRL) problem. Suitability of this probl ... read more >>
The Little Hoover Commission is reviewing governance issues around the supply and management of water resources at the state level, including the interrelated roles of different state agencies and recommend improvements, if needed, that would strengthen governance and increase efficiency, transparency and accountability. ... read more >>
Camp Lejeune, a sprawling Marine base on the North Carolina seaboard, is the site of what some scientists call the worst public drinking-water contamination in the nation's history. Its water wells were tainted with cancer-causing industrial compounds for 30 years, ending in 1987.
An estimated 500,000 to 1 million people — including Marines and family living on base housing — drank, bathed and ... read more >>
Current US state oil and gas regulations adequately protect water resources, the Ground Water Protection Council said in a new report on May 28.
The assertion by one of the nation's leading groundwater protection organizations came as congressional discussions intensified on giving the US Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, an essential part of producing ... read more >>
The farmers, faces wizened and browned from hours in the harsh Gujarati sun, lower a bucket into a well. It’s a solid-brick cylinder 100ft deep. The sun is high in the sky, beating down on the scorched earth. In the baked fields, maize and cotton have been planted. But none of the crops look very healthy. Leaves are wilted and tinged brown. Nothing has been watered for months.
Radha, a tough, s ... read more >>
French designer Elisabeth Buecher has found a way to help remind us that long showers waste water as well as energy used by the water heater. Her concepts for a green shower curtain might seem a little pushy, but the result is a better world for all of us. This represents what Elisabeth describes as “Design for pain and for our own good.” ... read more >>
Using new data and reconstructions of the “Dust Bowl” drought in America during the 1930s, climatologists at the ETH have shown for the first time a three-dimensional picture of the atmospheric circulation that led to the drought. This will enable climate models to be evaluated and further improved. The scientists hope this work will make it possible to predict future periods of drought more accu ... read more >>
Lack of rainwater, coupled with falling river levels, is endangering more than 50 percent of grain fields in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, China's largest grain production base, said drought relief officials here on Friday.
Hou Baijun, deputy commander of the provincial drought relief headquarters, said that 6 million hectares of grain fields, or 53 percent of the province's total, ... read more >>
Water Number: Four (4). Four is the approximate energy cost in megajoules per liter (MJ/l) of manufacturing a plastic water bottle. Four is also the approximate number of liters (or gallons) of water that are consumed in making a single liter (or gallon) of bottled water. And four is the approximate energy cost in MJ/l of moving bottled water from Fiji to Los Angeles - neither the highest nor the ... read more >>