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.
Well, unless you've been living in the proverbial cave you know that the story of this past week was Superstorm Sandy. It was all over the place, and my Tweeting was no exception. So many of my Tweets reflected Sandy and dominate this week's summary.
Note - if you are new to this summary: to access a story, click on the link beginning with 'http://', 'is.gd', or 'bit.ly'. Clicking on a link beginning with '@' will take you to that person's Twitter account; clicking on a link beginning with '#' will take you to a Twitter list containing Tweets about a particular topic. Some items may not have a hot link to a story, which is fine - it may have been just an informational item or a personal message to someone. Or, I may have screwed up and forgotten the link!
Friend, colleague, and hydrophilanthropist Laurra Olmsted sent this message and I am distributing it with her permission.
It's for a great cause - helping people help themselves with their water problems. Please help if you can, and alert others.
UniWater Education is currently assembling the curriculum for a new MSc program in Water Resources for Developing Countries. It consists of 12 modules of applied hydrogeology including the fundamentals of hydrology, applied basic hydrogeology, groundwater and geotechnics, hydrochemistry, groundwater geophysics, quantified hydrogeology, well hydraulics, groundwater contamination, integrated resource management, borehole drilling and completions, borehole geophysics and field school. It is intended that this program will be offered to sub-Saharan Africa universities in a bid to train more Africans to solve African water problems thereby reducing the dependence of Africans on foreign aid and expertise.
If you have given instruction in any of these areas and wish to donate lecture notes, Power Point presentations, labs/tutorials or test/exams in any format, we would gladly give reference in our finished product to the originator of the material. We simply don't wish to reinvent the wheel when this material already exists.
Also, if you have reference texts that you find very useful, please send me the names so we can consider them for use in this program.
Our goal is to have this program generated such that it can be presented to students beginning in Sept 2013 in Zambia and Nigeria. Thus it is important that we get contributions ASAP. After these two programs are initiated, we aim to start 3 new programs per year after that.
WATER BLOGGER COSTUME #2: GET MORE TREATS DRESSED AS CHANCE OF RAIN: Note the all important squirt bottle accessory, although we think Emily Green herself would carry a kick-butt Super Soaker! Source link
Gayle has some other neat costumes , like this hosehead:
"Human beings don't make hurricanes but long-term climate change as a result of human activities can certainly interact with hurricanes, and in some cases, make them worse." - Katharine Hayhoe(from the news clip)
"Better to be fast than to be late." - FEMA head Craig Fugate in response to Michael 'Heckuva job, Brownie!' Brown's comment that President Obama declared a disaster 'too soon'
Dr. Jeff Mount urges Bay Area folks to take a cue from Superstorm Sandy. He even has a trifecta on his mind:
The San Francisco Bay Area business community should be taking notes. This trifecta of high tides, storm surge and intense rain is also a Bay Area scenario. Scientists and a host of government agencies have been warning about such an event for years.
I suspect many places are looking at Sandy to see what they should be doing with global warming 'out there'
Abstract Increased ecosystem susceptibility to pests and other stressors has been attributed to climate change, resulting in unprecedented tree mortality from insect infestations. In turn, large-scale tree die-off alters physical and biogeochemical processes, such as organic matter decay and hydrologic flow paths, that could enhance leaching of natural organic matter to soil and surface waters and increase potential formation of harmful drinking water disinfection by-products(DBPs). Whereas previous studies have investigated water-quantity alterations due to climate-induced, forest die-off, impacts on water quality are unclear. Here, water-quality data sets from water-treatment facilities in Colorado were analysed to determine whether the municipal water supply has been perturbed by tree mortality. Results demonstrate higher total organic carbon concentrations along with significantly more DBPs at water-treatment facilities using mountain-pine-beetle-infested source waters when contrasted with those using water from control watersheds. In addition to this differentiation between watersheds, DBP concentrations demonstrated an increase within mountain pine beetle watersheds related to the degree of infestation. Disproportionate DBP increases and seasonal decoupling of peak DBP and total organic carbon concentrations further suggest that the total organic carbon composition is being altered in these systems.
Circle of Blue Circle of Blue uses journalism, scientific research, and conversations from around the world to bring the story of the global freshwater crisis to life. Here you’ll find new water reports, news headlines, and hear from leading scientists.
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.