The Obama administration approved the transfer of large amounts of federally-controlled water to a California water bank set up to help blunt the impact of a prolonged drought.
But the move likely will come too late to help many farmers in California's Central Valley who have been forced to leave tens of thousands of acres of farmland fallow as the drought stretches into a third year. The loss ... read more >>
President Obama marked Earth Day Wednesday by announcing a new initiative to lease federal waters for the purpose of generating electricity from wind and ocean currents.
The president announced the initiative, to be administered by the Interior Department, while reiterating his pledge to push for a comprehensive energy plan that encourages the development of alternative fuel sources, cuts dep ... read more >>
You can download the press release and one-pager on my WWW site. Today, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) introduced the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009. This legislation will empower the U.S. Government to address global environmental, poverty, and security threats presented by inadequately managed freshwater supplies. Sustainable global water and acce ... read more >>
On Earth Day, let's not forget the dirt. The planet is soiled with sewage, on land and sea. Our waste is the biggest marine pollutant there is, according to the United Nations Environment Program. In the developing world, ninety percent of sewage is discharged untreated into oceans and rivers, where its high nutrient content can suffocate the life out of seas, contributing to dead zones (405 worl ... read more >>
The average American's daily water use (for all purposes, including energy and industry): 1,500 gallons (about three times the world average).
Number of people without access to safe drinking water: 1.1billion.
Amount of carbon dioxide (caused by human activity) absorbed by the ocean: 50 percent
The world's predicted population by 2050: 9.2billion.
Portion of the world's population th ... read more >>
This week, the U.S. and Mexico are holding their first Border States Climate Change Workshop in Monterrey, Mexico to continue collaborative efforts to address climate change. The workshop brings together representatives from the EPA and its Mexican counterpart, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), along with its science arm Instituto Nacional de Ecologia (INE), and stakeh ... read more >>
The commission is trying to figure out how the gas got there. Are some of Weld County's 13,957 gas wells leaking methane into drinking water? Or is methane seeping into the water naturally, as it has done from time to time over the years? ... read more >>
This paper summarizes the main results of the HarmoniCOP project. The main focus of HarmoniCOP is the introduction of the concept of 'Social Learning' into water management. The concept of Social Learning is explained. A literature research on approaches and international experiences was conducted and is summarized. The applicability of IC-tools in Social Learning processes is investigated and gu ... read more >>
Cities around the Valley are wrestling with a legacy of environmental contamination: a chemical used for decades by dry cleaners.
Now suspected of causing cancer, the chemical has permeated underground water and soil. Cleanup is necessary, but expensive, and there's no easy way to pay for it. ... read more >>
Yeah! Finally, we got on Twitter. Don't blame us for being so late. We should have done this long ago.
You can now follow WaterSISWEB on Twitter either on the internet or through the text messages being sent to your cell phones (this service is not available to all users around the world. Currently, you can use this service if you live in the United States, Canada, or India. Vodafone ... read more >>