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  • The Groundwater Problem at the Great Lakes

    The Great Lakes isn’t the only area in the U.S. facing water shortages. In fact, lately it seems like there are more areas dealing with shortage or drought than not. We all need to change our habits to conserve water now, before the situation becomes even more critical. Here are some ideas to get you started! More

  • Water Conservation: Get a Home Water Savings Audit (or do your own!)

    Water is a valuable resource, and as the population increases, the demand for water rises in lockstep to match. Water conservation is arguably the most important aspect of the field of green plumbing, and as a plumber focusing specifically on water conservation and efficiency, I am frequently asked for the best ways to save water around the home. More

  • No Child Left Inside & What You Can Do

    GD Heather talked about the No Child Left Inside Act, which is all about helping to support updates in curriculum for elementary pubic education that incorporates more ecology, conservation and sustainability. The bill was originally introduced by Senator Jack Reed back in 2009 and was re-introduced in July of 2011.
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  • New York City Loses Thirty Percent of its Water

    The infrastructure that transports the water from reservoirs in the Catskills Mountains to the 8 billion NYC residents is in shambles and up to thirty percent of the treated water never reaches the residents. More

  • Pro Bottled Water Group Targets Teens

    Are you familiar with the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)? They’re a trade association focused on defending the bottled water industry. Chances are, when we post about taking back the tap, someone from IBWA is ready with a pro-bottled water comment.

    IBWA’s new campaign targets teens with a video featuring a teenage girl deriding the Take Back the Tap movement as a group who wants to limit beverage choices. More

  • What’s Your Water Footprint?

    The average American uses 2000 gallons of water each day. What’s surprising is how much of that is hidden in our lifestyle. More

  • Stop The Water While Using Me!

    When I used to guide backpacking trips, I worked with a guy who pointed out to our group every morning and every night that they had just brushed their teeth without running water. His point was that they should turn the water off when they brushed their teeth at home. It’s a simple enough idea […] More

  • 16 Astounding Facts About Water

    We often take the most basic and everyday things for granted. Water is no exception. We expect it to be available when we turn the sink on and think nothing of where that water has been or how it’s traveled to our faucet. However, there’s way more to water than you think. More

  • New York City Installs Real Time Water Monitoring

    Before anyone can do anything about how much water we use (and waste) every day, we need to know how much we are actually using. And when you look around at how many of your daily activities include water, you get a sense of just how difficult a task that is. In spite of the […] More

  • Canada Takes Water Awareness Lead

    Say what you will about Canada being up on the latest trends in fashion or music, but our neighbor to the North may be on the verge of setting the course in national water management policy. Recently ministers from across the country met to talk about how best to protect and preserve Canada’s water from […] 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

  • 5 Blue Living iPhone Apps

    More and more, people are connected to their online lives all day. With smartphones we can carry computers in our pockets, it’s easy enough to listen to music while checking email on the bus. But how aware are we of the water we use everyday? Can smartphones actually keep us more connected to our water […] More

  • Does Climate Change Cause Crime?

    Here’s the theory: climate change contributes to rising temperatures and dropping water levels, which in turn leads to lower catch volume and smaller fish, which pushes some Lake Naivasha fishermen in Nairobi’s Rift Valley to cast their nets into the world of crime. Naivasha police say that most of their recent arrests for kidnapping, rape, […] More

  • Is Traditional Water Management the Future?

    The world’s water situation is only going to get more challenging in the coming years. There will be more people a water supply that is increasingly polluted and often distributed with aging infrastructure. Clearly we will need to embrace new methods of water management- is it possible that those methods have been around for thousands […] More

  • Water: The Lifeblood of Biodynamic Wine

    This is a guest post by NRDC Growing Green Award-winner Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery. Benziger won in the Water Steward category for his industry-leading water conservation efforts, including an engineered wetland and innovative pond filtration system that recycles 2 million gallons of water per year. As a family, we at Benziger Family Winery […] 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

  • NRDC Announces Four Winners of the 2010 Growing Green Awards

    The Natural Resources Defense Council just announced its four winners of the 2010 Growing Green Awards, which honor sustainable farmers and food pioneers. A panel of judges, including including Michael Pollan, California Secretary of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura, Executive Director of the Columbia Foundation Susan Clark, and chef and founder of the nation’s first certified organic […] More

  • How Much Clean Water is Available for Human Use?

    We know that the world is covered in water. Continents are like large islands in the planet’s much more expansive oceans. 75% of the Earth is covered in water. Yet access to clean, fresh drinking water is a major world concern. An infograph I ran across on world water day helps to show, in a […] More

  • Save Water at Home: Make Your Own Rain Barrel

    You probably already know just how precious water is, and how important it is to conserve it, but here’s something you could do to take that one step further. You can save water off of your rooftop with your own rain barrel system. Do you have a garden that needs regular watering? Then this is […] More

  • U.N. World Water Development Report: Water in a Changing World

    Water in a Changing World, the third edition of an ongoing U.N. World Water Development Report, was published last March as part of the 5th World Water Forum through the United Nations. This report may be even more important a year after its publication- after watching Copenhagen fall short and seeing the IPCC 2007 report […] More

  • Water Footprint Network Releases The Water Footprint Manual

    The Water Footprint Network (WFN) is a Netherlands-based international organization that helps individuals and corporations better understand how and where water is used. Their mission is to promote the transition towards sustainable, fair and efficient use of fresh water resources worldwide. Sponsoring partners are as diverse as the Coca Cola Company and the World Wildlife […] More

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