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.
This paper by Berrin Basak Vener, Baek Soo 'Peggy' Lee, and me was just published in the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education's (JCWRE) special issue on Water and International Security. Here is the Introduction by issue editor Dr. David Kreamer.
After the Soviet Union’s dissolution, the Kura-Araks Basin became an international river basin with respect to the South Caucasus states of Armenia,
Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Despite differences among these countries, they depend greatly on the Kura-Araks Basin. They proposed to jointly monitor Kura-Araks Basin surface water quality and obtained funding to do so from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Science for Peace Programme. Thus, the South Caucasus River Monitoring Project was born in late 2002. The South Caucasus River Monitoring Project formally ended in December 2009, and was a model of collaboration and cooperation in a region where such traits have at times been in short supply. Not only were valuable data collected, but collegial professional relationships also were forged among the participants. In the long run, this latter aspect will likely prove to be the most important product, not just for the South Caucasus, but for others as well.
Update at 10:40 PM EST: The talk went well, but I basically chucked the above presentation and ad-libbed it. Mentioned resiliency a few times but didn't dwell on it; just enough to whet their appetites (thanks to Joe Dellapenna and Jerry Sehlke).
Met some BRIGHT undergraduates!
"Which of the 32 definitions of 'sustainable' are you using today?" - David Brookshire
"At a time when $700 billion can be found overnight to bail out the richest bankers in the world and $1000 billion can be spent on one single ‘war’, sovereign wealth funds in far rich countries alone are at $2500 billion and growing, it stretches cruelty when we are told that the world can’t find an extra $80 billion a year to meet the basic needs of food, water, sanitation and housing for the majority of the world’s population." - Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena of Sri Lanka, speaking at the 3rd World Urban Forum in Nanjing, China.
Heading home to Oregon tomorrow after a fruitful week at the CWRA-CGU National Meeting. I enjoyed the people, program, and the place. Banff is quite the venue.
I really enjoyed meeting the CWRA Executive Committee, led by President André Saint-Hilaire, the Board of Directors, Executive Director Rick Ross, and the members. It was great seeing my counterpart again, Past-President Andrew Szojka, who came to our 2011 Annual Conference. I look forward to AWRA partnering with them. They are a great group and we 'fit well' together.
I fully expect to attend next year's meeting in Saskatoon, the 'Paris of the Prairie'. CWRA and CGU will partner with CMOS - the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Could be as many as 1,000 attendees. This meeting had close to 600.
This picture (not of Saskatoon) was taken on 7 June; there is some fresh snow on the mountains.
I trimmed it quite a bit since I had just 15 minutes, and that improved it greatly. Going from 40+ slides to about 20 made it a lot better. There were far too many slides with nothing but bullets and text. B-O-R-I-N-G!!
"Canadians have an abiding interest in surprising those Americans who have historically made little effort to learn about their neighbour to the North." - Peter Jennings
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.