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  • The High Cost of Storm Water Runoff

    The affluent village of Winnetka, outside Chicago, needs a new storm water drainage system. Parts of the village are flooded regularly. The high price tag has some residents complaining. More

  • Route Map of the Keystone XL Pipeline

    When photographer Thomas Bachand decided to document the route of the Keystone XL pipeline, he went looking for a map of the project. He soon found out there isn’t one, so he made his own. More

  • Toilets for Health Twitter Chat Recap

    UNICEF, Unilever, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine sponsored a twitter chat yesterday with the hashtag #Toilets4Health. The purpose of the chat was to discuss the issue of sanitation and the ongoing lack of access to improved infrastructure. More

  • Drilling Begins on Louisiana Sinkhole

    Texas Brine Company began drilling near the Louisiana sinkhole on Saturday to determine the cause of the sinkhole. Crosstex Energy, a nearby operator of another storage cavern, submitted a “worst case scenario” report. More

  • Sinkhole in Allentown, Pennsylvania

    A sinkhole in Allentown, Pennsylvania opened up in the last week of December, taking several houses with it and exposing a broken water main. Experts are undecided as to whether the cavern broke the water main or if the water main broke and caused the sinkhole. More

  • San Francisco Bay and Sea Level Rise

    The water in San Francisco Bay has been photographed and reproduced around the world- but have you seen it through the eyes of NASA? Or through the eyes of projected sea level rise? A new study from the scientists at NASA’s own Ames Research Center near the Bay looks at how sea level rise resulting […] More

  • Private vs. Public Water: A Tale of Felton, CA

    Do you know who owns your water?  Many communities have moved from public water works to privatization of this important utility.  Corporations raise rates, and citizens are left with no local control.  In many towns, grassroots movements have successfully fought corporate water acquisition.  Felton, California is a model of such citizen action. More

  • Sulabh Toilets Flush With Possibility

    In 1970, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak designed the sulabh sauchalaya (latrines-pour-flush toilet with twin leach pit) and founded what is now the Sulabh Movement. The movement is based on a simple idea that proper sanitation and wastewater management is good for public health and climate change. He announced to the World Environment and Water Resources Congress […] More

  • Should We Give a Dam About Hydro Power?

    The International Commission for Large Dams held its 78th annual meeting recently in Ha Noi, attracting 800 delegates from 90 countries. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made a speech emphasizing dams and hydro-electricity as a way of dealing with water deterioration and climate change. As Indian Council of Power Utilities President C.V.J Varma […] More

  • Atlantic States Move to Develop Their 330 GW Off-Shore Wind Potential

    Interior Secretary Salazar has joined with the governors of ten states to develop the staggering potential for offshore wind on the US Outer Continental Shelf, through a new Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. Last year, thorough polling of residents in five Atlantic states revealed a tremendous groundswell of support for clean offshore wind energy development […] More

  • Thames Gateway Water Treatment Works Desalinates Using Biofuels

    Like every major city in the world, the population of London is growing straining the infrastructure in place to provide its residents with clean drinking water.  Thus, the Thames Gateway Water Treatment opened this week to provide water during times of drought.  This desalination plant runs off of biofuels and can quench the thirst of […] More

  • Raise the Price of Water, Experts Say

    Water is a finite resource. It may seem abundant when you look at a globe, but the amount of water in the world that can be used for human purposes is not so large. With a real water crisis looming, one solution the World Bank and the OECD, representing major economies of the world, are […] More

  • El Zapotillo Dam Slotted to Flood Three Mexican Towns

    As the world’s demand for water grows, dam projects are proposed that negatively affect human rights and the environment.  The El Zapotill0 Dam in Mexico is no exception, and protests have even resulted in death threats.  The towns of Temacapulín, Acasico, and Palmarejo will be flooded with a grave loss to central Mexican culture and […] More

  • Are Federal Limits on State Water Use Scientifically Justified?

    The National Academy of Sciences published a report this week supporting federal limits on California farmers’ water use and saying they are scientifically justified. It’s the latest chapter in the state’s long battle that pits environmentalists against agriculturalists. It is often said that as California goes, so goes the nation… If that holds true, water […] More

  • Daylighting To Improve The City And The Environment

    Streams and rivers can be central attractions of a city. They can be beautiful, vibrant public places where people can enjoy the company of others while also enjoying the peace and calm of nature. They can also provide peaceful and aesthetically pleasing transportation corridors for bicyclists, roller-bladers, skateboarders, pedestrians, and others. For these reasons, daylighting […] More

  • A Future Business Created by Sea Level Rise

    Here’s a business concept poised for takeoff in centuries to come, with our rising sea levels. The floating island business. The Dutch (wouldn’t you know it!) company Dutch Docklands has come up with the concept of The Floating Beach®. Now 22nd century tourists needn’t ever worry about their favorite island getaway being underwater. Floating beaches […] More

  • California Water: Mavericks, Sacramento and Diane Feinstein

    My housemates left before dawn on Saturday morning for the Mavericks Surf Contest, an annual big-wave surfing competition of the coast of Half Moon Bay, California. The waves can reach 50 feet, and because of the variability of weather and water, contest organizers and surfers alike must wait for the perfect storm to appear on […] More

  • Research Recommends Diversified Water Portfolios for Urban Water Planning

    Cities need water. And as they grow, so does their need for water. Unlike most other goods that can be manufactured or shipped in, you can’t make more water. Cities are facing the reality that they have to learn to efficiently use the water they have and prevent waste at all points of the process, […] More

  • The Rising Sea: 7 Foot Ocean Rise by 2100

    Sea levels are rising, though there is little agreement on how much has happened and how much will come over the next century, there is general consensus that we will need to learn how to adapt to a changing coastline. In their book The Rising Sea, scientists and authors Orrin Pilkey and Rob Young claim […] More

  • Federal Water Investment and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

    The Federal government recently announced $116.9 million in water and environmental project loans and grants through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Water infrastructure investment is a critical part of any domestic recovery and reinvestment initiative coming out of the government, and this water investment represents just a fraction of the over […] More

  • Malibu Bans Septic Systems to Protect Surfers

    It’s hard to believe a famous city like Malibu, California would still have polluting septic systems. With 21-miles of coastline, Malibu is a favorite spot for surfers and water enthusiasts. The Malibu Surfing Association has led the way in getting the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to “prohibit the release of pollutants and […] More

  • EPA Testing Permeable Surfaces for Green Parking Lots

    Nothing makes a city/suburb look like a concrete jungle more than acres and acres of asphalt parking lots. Not only are parking lots an eyesore, they also are a source of water pollution due to urban runoff containing oil, grease, pesticides, bacteria, salts, animal waste, trash, heavy metals, etc. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […] More

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