All things fresh water: news, analysis, humor, and commentary from Michael E. 'Aquadoc' Campana, hydrogeologist, hydrophilanthropist, Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University, Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Water Resources Association. He is founder and president of the nonprofit Ann Campana Judge Foundation, an organization involved with WaSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Central America. CYA statement: the opinions expressed herein are solely those of Michael E. Campana and not those of CEOAS, Oregon State University, ACJF, AWRA, or any other organization.
Thirsty in Suburbia Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
WaSH Resources New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Water 50/50 From Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine. Fifty lectures in fifty weeks: The 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship. A global lecture tour delivering the message about our changing water cycle, groundwater depletion, and the future of freshwater availability.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
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Here it is! A PDF of the prepublication copy of Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay‐Delta isdownloadable here. You do not need to set up an account to log in - you can continue as 'Guest'.
This report copy is a 'prepublication' copy, which means that minor grammatical and similar corrections may be made before the final copy is released; it's an uncorrected proof. No substantive changes will be made, so 'this is it' in terms of content.
You can also download a PDF of the Executive Summary at the same site.
I want to give a hearty shout-out and thanks to the NRC staff who were absolutely amazing: David Policansky, Laura Helsabeck, Sarah Brennan, and Ellen de Guzman. The committee itself was comprised of many dedicated, intelligent individuals. Committee chair Bob Huggett kept us on point.
I will not provide a review of the book, not because I consider Cynthia a friend but because both my wife Mary Frances and I reviewed drafts of a number of chapters.
However I will encourage you to read the book. What I find especially refreshing is her call for a national water ethic and its emphasis on stewardship and intergenerational equity (Gees, I don't sound like a hydrogeologist anymore, but that's fine).
She also does not shy away from discussions of conflicts of interest when it comes to water issues. I cannot recall reading much about those in other tomes. Amen!
So read her book.
I confess that Blue Revolution provided a double bonus: not only a great read, but it afforded me the rediscovery of Charles F. Wilkinson's "Lords of Yesterday", a term coined in his book, Crossing the Next Meridian: Land, Water, and the Future of the West. Wilkinson attacks five 'lords' for thwarting water sustainability in the US West.
Barnett calls out the Top Five Lords (p. 112):
1) The Hardrock Mining Law of 1872, which dedicates more than half of all public lands to mining as as the preferred use.
2) Public rangeland practices that devastate western ranges and rivers;
3) Forest policy that promotes logging as the dominant use of our national forests;
4) Mega-dams and other wanter-development practices that provided 'cheap power' at a cost we could not fathom until now.
5) Prior-appropriation doctrine, with its 'first in time, first in right; and 'use it (beneficially) or lose it' tenets that worked fine when we were promoting development and settlement of the West but have now mired us in the anachronistic world of 100 or so years ago.
I am going to reread Wilkinson's book; it's still on my shelf. You should too, after you read Blue Revolution.
And tomorrow I'll post the Bay-Delta report at 1 PM EDT.
I will leave you with a few choice words from Jared Diamond, the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, in which he examined why some societies succeeded and some failed (Easter Island, early Norse in Greenland, et al.). At a lecture in Albuquerque a few years ago he was asked if there was some common thread that linked those societies that failed. His reply:
"There was a failure to reexamine and change their core values in the face of change."
Both these gentleman have connections to Oregon State University. Stephen was a faculty member in the College of Forestrywho was leaving for VT just as I was arriving at OSU in late Spring 2006. Kevin received his PhD under the tutelage of OSU CoF faculty member Dr. Jeff McDonnell. I had unsuccessfully tried to recruit Kevin to UNM in the mid-1990s.
The Department of Forest Resources and Conservation (FREC) supported my travel. I am very grateful to Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Head, for his generosity and hospitality, and Ms. Sue Snow, for flawlessly handling my travel details. Dr. Alavalapati presented me with a FREC mug and a copy of the beautiful book, Remarkable Trees of Virginia. Dean Paul M. Winistorfer of the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) welcomed me with cordiality.
It was great seeing Dr. Tom Burbey, whom I remember as a bright graduate student at the University of Nevada-Reno in the early 1980s, and meeting his colleague, Dr. Madeline (Maddie) Schreiber, whom I mistook for Tom's PhD student.
I enjoyed interacting with the graduate and undergraduate students I met. It was especially nice to see the very active AWRA Student Chapterled by President Rebecca Stewart, and 'the crew' (shown here: Beth, Cody, Trip, and JP), and the VT Engineers Without Borders chapter.
And tomorrow morning I breakfast with high school and college classmate Jim Cavanaugh, who is on VT's football staff as Director of Recruiting and High School Relations. I have not seen him since we both graduated from W&M in 1970.
A trip I won't soon forget. And the weather!
"Never was there a man who so dragged his feet through the sands of time." - Unknown, said of Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Sr. upon his death on 20 October 1966
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