All things freshwater: news, analysis, humor, reviews, and commentary from Michael E. 'Aquadoc' Campana, hydrogeologist, hydrophilanthropist, Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management in the Geography Program of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University, Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of New Mexico, Past President of the American Water Resources Association and Past Chair of the Scientists & Engineers Division of the National Ground Water 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. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP). CYA statement: the opinions expressed herein are solely those of Michael E. Campana and not those of CEOAS, Oregon State University, ACJF, AWRA, NGWA, GWP, my spouse Mary Frances, or any other person or organization.
Texas Agriculture Law Blog Don't let the name fool you - there are lots of water issues in agriculture and Tiffany Dowell of Texas A&M University does a fabulous job with this important Internet resource. Give it a read - I do every day!
The Way of Water Oregon State University Geography PhD Student, Jennifer Veilleux, records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about transboundary water resources development in the Nile River and Mekong River basins. Particular attention is given to Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Laos' Xayaburi Dam projects.
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.
This Day in Water History Michael J. 'Mike' McGuire, engineer extraordinaire, NAE member, and author of 'The Chlorine Revolution', blogs about historical happenings in the fields of drinking water and wastewater keyed to calendar dates.
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.
Watershed Moments: Thoughts from the Hydrosphere From Sarah Boon - rediscovering her writing and editing roots after 13 years, primarily as an environmental scientist. Her writing centres around creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and nature writing. The landscapes of western Canada are her main inspiration.
WaterWired All things fresh water: news, comment, and analysis from hydrogeologist Michael E. Campana, Professor at Oregon State University.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
xAnalytical Doug Walker's xAnalytical blog:Turning Data and Information into Knowledge
This video (online for about six months) by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project shows the variation in land temperature anomalies (12-month moving average relative to 1950-1980 mean) from 1800 to 2009.
So sad to hear that Davy Jones, who rode the Monkees to fame in the mid-1960s and beyond, died on 29 February 2012 at the age of 66.
Listen to Davy's best-known vocal as a Monkee, and arguably the group's most beloved song, Daydream Believer: For decades, intelligentsia and hoi polloi alike have pondered and debated the song's meaning. No matter, it's one of my all-time favorites.
Now, do some daydreaming of your own with today's water displacement behavior!
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His proposal, which he has decided to revise, was one of the best (likely the best) I've ever read.
The picture shows him in a snow pit measuring SWE (snow water equivalent).
"Whether the measure used is the size of the salmon runs, the state of the Basin's water quality or the amount of water flowing in Klamath River Basin streams and rivers, the 20-year effort to restore the Klamath River and its fisheries has failed. Salmon runs now are at greater risk of extinction, fishing is more restricted and water quality is more degraded than when 'restoration' began in earnest 20 years ago..." -- Klamath Falls Herald and News, 9 November 2006.
On 16 December 2009, we had the inaugural meeting of the Oregon Section of the AWRA. At that meeting the 'dynamic duo', Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Director Phil Ward and his counterpart at the Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), Dick Pedersen, gave an excellent tag-team presentation on Oregon's Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS):
They made an excellent presentation, and emphasized that the IWRS is still in draft stage. If you'd like to make comments, join the email list, or see the suite of documents, visit the IWRS home.
Development of the IWRS is in excellent hands with these two. Brenda is a friend who is one of the sharpest knives in the drawer. I know her best for her tireless efforts as chair (since 2005) of AWRA's Policy Technical Committee, by far the most active among AWRA's committees. And Alyssa, whom I just met at the meeting, looks like she's cut from the same cloth.
"Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there." - John P. Kotter
"When we finish acquiring the publishing companies we have targeted, then we will lower the prices of our journals." - representative of a large Dutch publishing house, in a meeting with me, after I had asked her why their journals were so expensive, c. 2000
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.