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Water

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Cuyama Valley Groundwater Withdrawals Are Double The Long-Term Replenishment

Groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use in California’s Cuyama Valley, located primarily in Santa Barbara County. In most areas, groundwater is being depleted faster than it naturally recharges. A new water availability report from the U.S. Geological Survey investigates groundwater conditions in the Cuyama Valley. “The findings provide a

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Arizona’s Santa Cruz River Chronicled in New Environmental History

The somber ecological consequences of human-caused landscape change and unsustainable water use in a western watershed are carefully examined in the recently published book, Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River (University of Arizona Press).

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

NASA Sends Remote Sensing Technology to Assess Lake Erie Algal Bloom

Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are using NASA Glenn remote sensing technology, previously developed for Mars exploration, to learn more about the Lake Erie algal bloom that contaminated water supplies in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan over the weekend.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

From Toledo to the Gulf, Water Pollution Threats Increasing

Just two days after hundreds of thousands of Toledo residents were advised not to bathe in or drink their own tap water, today scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement of the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone, and the results are grim.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

California Drought Impact of $2.2 billion and 17,100 Agricultural Jobs

A new study reveals that California’s historic drought will cost the state $2.2 billion in 2014 and result in the loss of more than 17,000 jobs. 

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Keeping a Closer Eye on Australian Waters

German and Australian scientists today launched state-of-the-art water quality monitoring tools that will enable anyone in the world to zoom in on what is stirring up under the surface of Australian waters.

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Multi-Million Dollar Irish Commitment Set to Boost Monitoring of World’s Freshwater Supplies

The Global Environment Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water), an international programme coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to improve freshwater quality, is set to receive sponsorship of 3 million euros from the Government of Ireland, announced Irish Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Mr. Phil Hogan, this week.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

GaugeMap Brings River Data to Life for the First Time via Twitter

A unique collaborative project has been launched by Shoothill, that uses Twitter to bring a constant stream of Environment Agency live river level data to users. Shoothill GaugeMap (www.gaugemap.co.uk) takes the real-time data gathered by the Environment Agency river level monitoring stations and brings it to life in an accessible and user-friendly way via a

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

EPA Provides Tool to Help Communities Become More Flood Resilient

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens,

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