A drip irrigation system reuses the rain to water the landscaping.
"Rainwater harvesting" - collecting rainwater in barrels and tanks to be used to water plants, flush toilets and more - is becoming more popular in the water-conscious West. But in some states the seemingly simple action can run people afoul of the law - either for doing it or for not. In Idaho, the practice is allowed.
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Antelope Valley water officials welcomed a judge's ruling that "hydrologic connectivity" exists in the Antelope Valley's underground aquifer, which they said will make it easier for the court to decide how much water can be pulled annually from the Valley's wells without permanently endangering the supply.
Superior Court Judge Jack Komar handed down his ruling last week during the second phase ... read more >>
Each year, millions of cubic yards of sediment dredged by the Corps of Engineers from the Mississippi River are wasted when dumped into the Gulf of Mexico. Less than 10 percent of what was dredged last year was used to restore wetlands. The rest was simply dumped in the Gulf because it's cheeper to dump it than use it. However, when it takes only six to eight weeks to create a 400-acre island wh ... read more >>
Green lawns, swimming pools, and corporate farms in the desert Southwest are taking their toll on our neighbors to the south.
On October 21, 2008, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne inaugurated the ground breaking of the new Imperial Valley water reservoir near the U.S.-Mexico border. The 500-acre $172.2-million reservoir, to be completed in August 2010, will store surplus Col ... read more >>
Our CO2 habit has caused the oceans to acidify and entire ecosystems are threatening to literally crumble away.
The most pressing example of climate change's impact is not monster hurricanes, retreating glaciers or water wars. It's the humble swimming sea snail.
The tiny pteropod has difficulty growing a shell in a warmer planet's acidified ocean waters. Given the snails' role at the base ... read more >>
What’s worse? Having your phones go down for a few hours or losing access to purified water?
Three out of four IT workers surveyed by Energy Insights said they are “annoyed, angry or frustrated” with the state of critical infrastructure security.
The survey, which queried professionals in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, found the financial, energy and telecom sectors were “the most prepared,” ... read more >>
Runoff from urban landscapes and growth in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia suburbs is the biggest threat to water quality in the Potomac River.
That's the conclusion of a report released yesterday by the Potomac River Conservancy that gives the watershed a D+ grade--unimproved from the conservation agency's first "State of the Nation's River" report last year.
The agency also re ... read more >>
Connections engineered more than a century ago between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed should be changed to block the advance of invasive species that can cause irreversible damage, an environmental advocacy group says.
Separating the two basins is the only way to stop the transfer of some species, including the voracious Asian carp that is within 50 miles of Lake ... read more >>