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. CYA statement: the opinions expressed herein are solely those of Michael E. Campana and not those of CEOAS, Oregon State University, ACJF, AWRA, NGWA, 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.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
Watering the Desert Aptly-titled blog by CJ Brooks, a lawyer-hydrologist-geologist from Tucson, AZ.
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.
Watery Foundation Tom Swihart, formerly of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, tells all about water management in the Sunshine State.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
Wisdom in Water, Please... Kate Wilkins-Wells , who manages the Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4, provides her wisdom on water issues.
xAnalytical Doug Walker's xAnalytical blog:Turning Data and Information into Knowledge
Still trying to figure out that equation. One of these days...
I have vivid memories of my Environmental Systems class at the University of New Mexico on that fateful day, when Mary Frances came in and stood in the back of the room as the class ended at 12:15 PM. I knew about the terrosist attacks, but did not conflate them and my wife's presence. I knew something was wrong, but I had no idea it would involve my younger sister Ann. I thought that either my mother or mother-in-law had taken ill, or perhaps worse. I soon realized the reason for Mary Frances' presence: American Airlines had called saying that Ann had been issued a boarding pass for American Airlines Flight 77. However, they could not confirm that she was a passenger on that flight. It was not until much later that day that AA had confirmed her presence on the flight and her death.
...To promote, undertake, support, and fund philanthropic projects focused on potable water, sanitation, and health in developing countries.
The ACJF emphasizes potable water and sanitation (WatSan) and now works exclusively in Central America, and essentially Honduras.
I just returned from a trip to Honduras to dedicate a library the ACJF partially funded and to check on the dam built for the potable water supply village of Las Palmas.
My friend Rolando López and librarian Maria del Carmen Ramirez:
The dam at Las Palmas:
A pressure break:
Now, what about 'The Armpit'? The next village in which the ACJF might work is El Sobaco, which is Spanish for 'the armpit'. But no matter; El Sobaco's alternate name is 'Brisas de Omoa' - breezes of Omoa (a small city). So now we know what Omoa smells like!
And speaking of armpits...
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way–all of them who have tried to secularize America–I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.' ” – the lateJerry Falwell, a Southern Baptist pastor and televangelist, in an appearance on Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club (2001)
Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French translations are in progress. The latter should be available in a few weeks and the former soon after that. All should be available by the end of 2014.
Hard copies of existing versions are available. Contact Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to make comments and corrections - email Steve; do not send them to me or post them here without also letting Steve know. He is rightfully proud of his work but he values accuracy above all.
Steve does this work on his own time and at his own expense. If you wish to support these efforts, you can donate (tax-deductible for US taxpayers) to the Ann Campana Judge Foundation here. [Note: be sure to indicate the words 'Well Guidelines' so it will be allocated properly.]
Steve has also preapared thisone-pagerwith a number of explanatory notes and useful links (such as Jaynie Whinnery's speadsheet-based well construction cost-benefit analysis):
The community of Las Palmas will hold a formal dedication of its water system and the village of Monte Vista will dedicate its childrens' library at its kindergarten.
The Las Palmas system's tank was completed in late March 2014. The tank is shown here with the proud mason, Jorge Chávez, and miamigo Rolando López(without whose help none of this would have been possible). Leakage problems with the dam - reservoir system delayed full utilization for a few months.
Repairs to the dam and reservoir by Jorge have now rendered the system leak free. We are grateful to Ing. Denis Gutierrez of SANAA for providing advice and guidance.
The attached Power Point from Rolando shows the work.
In Monte Vista, Mary Frances and I supported the construction of a kindergarten and small library. The community has decided to name the latter after Mary Frances, herself a librarian. Here are some photos from Rolando:
This infographic was produced by Ohio University. The numbers look good to me but I have not rigorously vetted them. I do like the concept. A few comments follow.
Item #1 - the 783M (how can that be nailed down like that?) who lack access to clean water, as reported by agencies and not Ohio University, is an underestimate by a factor of two or more. That's my gut feeling. It's a matter of 'improved' water source v. 'clean' or 'safe' water. The former means some kind of infrastructure - perhaps as simple as a pipe in the ground - v. clean or safe water, which means water free of pathogenic organisms. People sometimes confuse 'improved' and 'clean/safe'; the terms are not synonymous.
Item #3 - unsure whether 'clean' water = better food. I've encountered water that I wouldn't drink but that appears to grow food that is just fine.
Item #8 - unsure about this. I assume this means that untreated wastewater can imperil clean water. But how does clean water change the world vis-a-vis wastewater? You are still going to produce wastewater even if you drink/use clean water.
Item #10 - unclear specifically how clean water can change the world vis-a-vis climate change. Must be missing something here.
Here is the email message that accompanied the infographic:
Clean water is the lifeline of all countries and the repercussions of these rapidly declining levels affect not only pollution and climate changes, but education and sanitation availabilities, as well. With this in mind, I would like to bring to your attention an infographic created by Ohio University, which focuses on the global changes the provision of clean water could bring. As the graphic points out, the implementation of hygienic practices could decrease water-related deaths by 35%. In Africa, a 12% increase within female school attendance, was recorded as well, when the distance to water sources were reduced from 30 to 15 minutes. A full breakdown of theses statistics surrounding clean water’s impact can be seen in the infographic.
Your comments are welcomed.
Kudos to OU! Enjoy!
“Water is an astonishingly complex and subtle force in an economy. It is the single constraint on the expansion of every city, and bankers and corporate executives have cited it as the only natural limit to economic growth.” - Margaret Catley-Carlson(thanks to charity:water)
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.