The Week in Water: Jul 14-20, 2012

The Week in Water brings you blue living ideas and news from around the web.

Water Flea

The Week in Water brings you blue living ideas and news from around the web.

Invasive water fleas are headed for Lake Champlain. They’re already in many of the lakes and waterways in the area and they keep spreading. Water fleas eat plankton and tiny crustaceans, which puts them in direct competition with native fish and wildlife.

OriginOil is testing a small version of their commercial algae biofuel farm. The algae farm will use wastewater from a small group of buildings to feed the algae in order to produce power to supply the buildings with their energy needs.

The Colorado River rarely turns red these days. (Colorado means red in Spanish.)Β  The dams along the river keep the sediment from washing down the river and coloring it. Here are some pictures of a recent view of the Colorado.

As far back as 22,000 years ago, some sea star larvae got swept away from their colony off the coast of Australia. Left to fend for themselves, they became live-bearing hermaphrodites by about 6,000 years ago. These cushion stars are an example of remarkably fast evolution.

A new water cafe has opened up in New York City. Molecule takes NYC tap water and puts it through a seven-stage purification process. The cost is $2.50 for a 16-ounce “to go glass”, which is priced competitively with bottled water, or only $1 for up to 50 ounces if you bring your own container. They also have delivery services, option to buy 1-5 gallons at a time and take it home, and vitamins and other healthy additives to improve the water. They’re working on going carbon neutral.

This infographic links a lot of water information together and includes several organizations that are working to improve clean water access throughout the world.

Marine life is flourishing underneath offshore wind turbines. This opens up the possibility of designing foundations of wind and wave farms specifically to encourage sea life. Perhaps even make the area more appealing to endangered species.

So you’ve been wondering what the connection is between the human need for long chain fatty acids and dragonflies?Β  Wonder no more. And also check out the book for identifying dragonflies and damselflies.

Water flea photo via Shutterstock

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