It might be helpful to read an earlier post before continuing.
Earlier today I sent the following email out to a hundred or so of my closest groundwater friends. In it, I discuss my intention to establish an online community of all those interested in 'Groundwater and Integrated Water Resources Management'. My belief is that groundwater is often given short shrift when it comes to IWRM. My experience in Marseille leads me to believe that my opinion is shared by many others.
Dear Groundwater Friends,
Lest you wonder why you are receiving this email: I am finally getting around to contacting all of you who requested more information on IWRM and groundwater as a result of the 6WWF session
Groundwater: Can We Put the ‘Integrated’ into Integrated Water Resources Management?
at the Sixth World Water Forum. I have taken the liberty of adding other groundwater colleagues to this notice.
As I indicated in Marseille, as our session outcome I plan to establish an ‘online community’ so that information regarding groundwater and IWRM (including nonrenewable and transboundary groundwater) can be posted and exchanged. We need to keep this topic ‘on the table’ so that practitioners of IWRM remember groundwater.
I’d like to avoid a traditional email list if I can, perhaps by using Facebook or something similar. I will keep you informed of my efforts. I expect to have something up by the end of July 2012.
In the meantime, I have posted information and presentations from that session at my WaterWired blog.
Thanks to J.P. Lobo-Ferreira, Allyson Beall, Todd Jarvis, and Alice Aureli for their excellent presentations! And thank you for attending!
Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Thanks for your interest.
By the way, here is the description of the 6WWF session:
Approximately 30% of the world’s population depends upon groundwater, which comprises about 98% of the world’s liquid freshwater resources. It supplies and maintains ecosystems. Integrated Water Resources Management, with its emphasis on the watershed or river basin as the basic management unit, may suffice for surface water but can be inadequate for groundwater-dominated basins. Groundwater reservoirs may underlie several or more surficial watersheds, thereby complicating water management. Clearly, IWRM must be modified for certain situations involving groundwater.
In addition, the perplexing topic of nonrenewable (‘fossil’) groundwater, by definition an unsustainable resource which technically falls outside IWRM but is heavily utilized, will be addressed. Nonrenewable groundwater is used for both human use and ecosystem maintenance; its human use may increase as the climate warms and surface waters desiccate.
This session will explore the aforementioned issues.
I'm now asking my WaterWired readers if you are interested in becoming a member of this community. Please let me know by commenting directly to this post or emailing me at email@example.com (on the left sidebar below my picture you can click on 'Email Me'). Despite what I said above, this community may initially take the form of an email list to get things started. I would like to gauge the interest before I invest too much time in this endeavor.
Hope to hear from you.
“The village is coming back, like it or not.” - David Brin