Downstream areas of the Blue River and Little Blue River basins are highly affected by urban development, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study that compares the aquatic-life status of streams in the Kansas City, Mo. metropolitan area using macroinvertebrate populations as an indicator of stream health.
The Coca-Cola Company has pledged US$2 million this year – the International Year of Water Cooperation – to Every Drop Matters, a long-standing collaboration between the drinks giant and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Every Drop Matters tackles challenges related to water supply, sanitation, water management and climate change around the world. The latest pledge adds to the US$11 million the Coca-Cola Company has already contributed to Every Drop Matters since its launch in 2006.
Water Week in Canada coincided with the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Protection Act, 2013 to the Ontario provincial legislature in by new premier Kathleen Wynne. The Act had been originally introduced last June, after consultation between the province and stakeholders, but was not passed due to the discontinuance of the legislature and mid-term resignation of the previous premier Dalton McGuinty.
On the occasion of talks with the German Federal Minister of Economics, Philipp Rösler, the Croatian Minister of Economy, Ivan Vrdoljak, estimated the capital investment needs for the development of the local water sector to be approximately 10 billion Euros.
A new rapid water-quality test may prevent beaches from being closed by providing accurate same day results of bacteria levels, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. With increasing outbreaks of waterborne illnesses, beaches have been at the forefront of recent research on human health risk. This new rapid water-quality test, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will help managers across the country determine whether beaches are safe for swimming in order to keep the public from getting sick. Previous tests could not provide same-day results, so managers had to decide whether to close a beach based on findings from the day before.