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.
Always apprehensive when someone sends me an email or letter that begins, "I was cleaning out my desk drawer when I found these pictures..." Uh-oh...
Former student Stephen Carlton did that recently (although I think spouse Laurie Oberholtzer found the pictures) and included four pictures from 1989 when Steve, Laurie, Sarah Raker, Diane Nork (now Kukol) and John Duffy joined me in Santa Cruz, CA (I was on sabbatical at UCSC) for my 41st birthday) Sarah, Diane Steve and John) are shown in the picture taken by Laurie). All but John and Laurie were former grad students at UNR who'd suffered through my courses.
I have very fond memories of that event, although I am still peeved that they forced me to wear a funny hat, put a paper flower in my mouth, and hold a bottle of Lemon Hart Demerara Rum.
Okay, now down to business. I have kept last week's 'Positions Open' on the list.
And for those of you who celebrate Memorial Day this coming Monday, please remember why we do.
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Books,Films, and Reviews Book - 'Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed' http://is.gd/LvQNc0
Finishing 'US Water Mgmt' class with FL WMDs. Using material from @cynthiabarnett's 'Mirage' and Tom Swihart's 'Florida's Water'.
In case you're wondering about the title: I did feel an obligation to aaure my readers that John Matthews is, in fact, no dope, despite this slide (click on it to enlarge) that began his presentation yesterday:
You're wondering if the Power Point gremlins have been up to no good, but the slide is actually a picture of a whiteboard that someone defaced at a recent meeting John attended. Seems that during a meeting break, some ne'er-do-well (rumored to be Dr. Guillermo Mendoza, one of USACE-IWR's bright young engineers) crept in and played prankster. All in good fun, and the group soon returned to more important matters, suxh as designing a QP-based optimization scheme to locate a good South Asian restaurant in the culinary barrens of suburban DC.
Joking aside, here is the PDF of John's presentation, Better Living Through Water Infrastructure: Ecology, Economics and Communications:
His talk was well-received, and it was good to see students flock to the front of the room after the talk to question him. I have received four emails attesting to the excellence of his presentation - that response is unusual.
So what does he do? Well, John is director of Freshwater Climate Change at Conservation Internatonal. He also founded the AGWA - Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, a group of 'heavy hitters' that is making strides in the realm of water adaptation to climate change. I'm impressed - I knew of the group and John's participation, but I had no idea he founded it.
Very good talk and a most enjoyable dinner - some good stories were told. John's doing some remarkable work around the world. You can follow his work and travels on his blogor Twitter.
And don't bet him that you have more frequent flyer miles.
"A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door." - Unknown
After John Matthews' great talk today (a post will be forthcoming) doctoral student extraordinaire Kara DiFrancesco inquired if he or I had heard about the Catholic bishops' statement on climate change and environmental justice. Neither of us had, but it comes as no surprise that they have such a statement, And it was no surprise to find Kara's informative email awaiting me when I returned from dinner with John.
So it's safe to say the Catholics and their bishops are not followers when it comes to climate change and related issues. They have done this before, too; I previously posted about some Catholic bishops' efforts to promote environmental stewardship in the Columbia River Basin. In that post I noted other religious organizations besides Catholics who are proactive with respect to climate change and related issues.
"The earth dries up and withers, the world languished and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth lies under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt." -- Isaiah 24: 4-6
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Drink Water For Life The idea is simple. Drink water or other cheap beverages instead of expensive lattes, sodas, and bottled water for a set period of time. A day, a week, a month, Lent, Ramadan, Passover, or some other holiday period.
eFlowNet Newsletter From the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this newsletter has lots of information about environmental flows and related issues.
Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable Since 2002, the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) has brought together federal, state, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors to advance our understanding of the nation’s water resources and to develop tools for their sustainable management.