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This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West

This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West | water news | Scoop.it
Today's drought-riven west would look very different if Congress had listened to John Wesley Powell

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We are very proud in France thinking we created the watershed approach with the 1964' water law, present basis for EU's water framework directive. Now, I would say that John W Powell is the true creator of watershed management. It's a blow to French pride...

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Author of Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten explains how western expansion failed to recognize the basic physical geographic reality of the United States--that the west is much drier than the east.  Given that much of the west, especially California, is in the midst of a severe drought, this article serves as a reminder to recognize that localized understandings of human and environmental actions are necessary.  Do you know what watershed you live in?  How does and should that impact us?   


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Victorian water network to transform Glasgow's water supply

Victorian water network to transform Glasgow's water supply | water news | Scoop.it
A £250million upgrade is transform Glasgow's water supply will help regenerate the city.
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PeCOD wins the National 2015 Water’s Next Wastewater Technology Award on Environmental XPRT

PeCOD wins the National 2015 Water’s Next Wastewater Technology Award on Environmental XPRT | water news | Scoop.it
The 2015 Water’s Next awards were presented this June at the annual Water’s Next gala in Vancouver.  MANTECH was the proud recipient of ...
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Study finds wastewater systems feasible below ridge line But commissioners balk at study cost

Study finds wastewater systems feasible below ridge line But commissioners balk at study cost | water news | Scoop.it
Sarpy County’s slow march south, stymied by a challenging geographical ridge line that has prevented development of almost 29,000 acres, took a cautious step forward July 7 when the Sarpy County Board accepted the first phase of a $660,000 study.
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Minnesota rain gardens go big to fight pollution, reuse water

Minnesota rain gardens go big to fight pollution, reuse water | water news | Scoop.it
Minnesota cities use rain gardens and other "green infrastructure" to keep stormwater from polluting lakes and rivers. Inver Grove Heights is putting that science to use on a massive scale.

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San Francisco Is Fighting Public Urination With Pee-Repelling Paint

San Francisco Is Fighting Public Urination With Pee-Repelling Paint | water news | Scoop.it
Nine walls have received the treatment in the city’s odoriferous Golden Triangle.
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California's Delta saltier from San Francisco Bay water

California's Delta saltier from San Francisco Bay water | water news | Scoop.it
State officials say they are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco Bay pushes inland during another summer of drought.
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Texas water systems plan for future

Texas water systems plan for future | water news | Scoop.it
The drought may be over, but that doesn't mean the people who bring us our drinking water don't have other issues to worry about. 

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Citizens measure water quality at Loch Lomond

Citizens measure water quality at Loch Lomond | water news | Scoop.it
SANTA CRUZ >> Greg Pepping likes getting people involved with the health and future of the San Lorenzo River.So on Saturday, as more than two dozen visitors curiously peaked over the docks at Loch Lomond Reservoir, Pepping knew a connecti
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Ohio City Better Prepared to Keep Toxins out of Tap Water

Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water. They are among the first line of defense in keeping algae-produced toxins from again infiltrating the drinking water supply for those who live along the shoreline...
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Some Los Altos residents ordered to boil water due to E. coli

Some Los Altos residents ordered to boil water due to E. coli | water news | Scoop.it
Cal Water issued a boil water alert Sunday for customers in a portion of Los Altos, a Cal Water spokeswoman said.
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Côte-d'Or : stop aux vols d'eau à Semur-en-Auxois

Côte-d'Or : stop aux vols d'eau à Semur-en-Auxois | water news | Scoop.it
En période de sécheresse, le message du syndicat intercommunal d'adduction d'eau potable et d'assainissement de Semur-en-Auxois est très clair : maintenant c'est terminé ! Entreprises de travaux publics, agriculteurs, gens du voyage. Ils sont nombreux à avoir pris la mauvaise habitude d'ouvrir les bornes incendie pour se servir en eau.
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Epuration des eaux usées à hauteur de 100% à l’horizon 2018 à Alger

Epuration des eaux usées à hauteur de 100% à l’horizon 2018 à Alger | water news | Scoop.it
Avec la réception de la deuxième tranche des travaux de réalisation des stations d’épuration de Baraki et de Beni Messous et de la première tranche de ceux de la station de Zéralda dont l’achèvement est programmé pour décembre prochain, le traitement et l’épuration des eaux usées générées au niveau de la capitale atteindra les 85%.

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A la campagne comme à la ville, sécheresse quand tu nous tiens...

A la campagne comme à la ville, sécheresse quand tu nous tiens... | water news | Scoop.it
Elle est là et bien là... La sécheresse s'installe chaque jour davantage dans notre environnement campagnard, avec son cortège de nuisances dont l'incendie, si difficile à dompter de Saint-Jean d'Illac, est la confirmation la plus redoutable.

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Wichita Falls says goodbye to potty water for now

Wichita Falls says goodbye to potty water for now | water news | Scoop.it
After drinking treated wastewater since last summer, Wichita Falls residents are back to drinking treated lake water after the heavy spring rains.
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Bulgaria PM inaugurates wastewater treatment plant in Rakovski (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria PM inaugurates wastewater treatment plant in Rakovski  (ROUNDUP) | water news | Scoop.it
Rakovski. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov inaugurated Sunday a wastewater treatment plant in the town of Rakovski, district of Plovdiv.
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DJB plans 20 MGD waste water treatment plants

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In order to provide efficient water and wastewater services to the residents of Delhi,Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is in the process of commissioning of newly constructed 20 MGD Waste Water Treatment Plant at Pappankalan.
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Alleys that drink stormwater runoff

The city of Boston recently completed a new 508-square-foot “porous alley” that absorbs stormwater and filters it into the ground, rather than allowing it to make its way into the sewer system wher...

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Waco budget makes major investment in aging water infrastructure, streets

Waco budget makes major investment in aging water infrastructure, streets | water news | Scoop.it
The city of Waco’s proposed 2015-16 budget takes a big swipe at fixing streets and utilities that have become increasingly impossible to ignore.

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Website making ripples in water industry

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Recently, someone from a local water technology company told Bryan Stubbs that the business might join the Cleveland Water Alliance. The main reason? It wants a subscription to SplashLink.com.
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Boil water advisory still in effect for thousands in Southern Indiana

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JEFFERSONVILLE — More than 30,000 households are still under a boil water advisory in Southern Indiana after a break in a 36-inch transmission main in Jeffersonville on Saturday.
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Ruptured water main in Nanakuli repaired; road work continues, expect delays

Ruptured water main in Nanakuli repaired; road work continues, expect delays | water news | Scoop.it
The two west-bound lanes of Farrington Highway are closed near Nanakuli Avenue due to a water main break.
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Epidémie de gastro-entérites au Locle: l'eau toujours pas consommable, séance de crise lundi

Epidémie de gastro-entérites au Locle: l'eau toujours pas consommable, séance de crise lundi | water news | Scoop.it
Si l'origine de la vague de gastro-entérites qui frappe la région du Locle n'est pas encore définie, il reste recommandé de ne pas consommer l'eau du robinet sans la faire bouillir. Une réunion de...
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Study Analyses What Happens To Rain Water ("where does rainwater go and how does it return?")

Study Analyses What Happens To Rain Water ("where does rainwater go and how does it return?") | water news | Scoop.it

More than a quarter of the rain and snow that falls on continents reaches the oceans as runoff. Now a new study helps show where the rest goes: two-thirds of the remaining water is released by plants, more than a quarter lands on leaves and evaporates and what’s left evaporates from soil and from lakes, rivers and streams.

“The question is, when rain falls on the landscape, where does it go?” says University of Utah geochemist Gabe Bowen, senior author of the study published today in the journal Science. “The water on the continents sustains all plant life, all agriculture, humans, aquatic ecosystems. But the breakdown – how much is used for those things – has always been unclear.”

University of Utah hydrologist Stephen Good, the study’s first author, says, “We’ve broken down the different possible pathways that water takes as it moves from rainfall [and snowfall] through soils, plants and rivers. Here we’ve found the proportions of water that returns to the atmosphere though plants, soils and open water.”

• 64 percent (55,000 cubic kilometers or 13,200 cubic miles) is released or essentially exhaled by plants, a process called transpiration. This is lower than estimated by recent research, which concluded plant transpiration accounted for more than 80 percent of water that falls on land and does not flow to the seas, Bowen says.
• 6 percent (5,000 cubic kilometers or 1,200 cubic miles) evaporates from soils.
• 3 percent (2,000 cubic kilometers or 480 cubic miles) evaporates from lakes, streams and rivers. 
• Previous research indicated the other 27 percent (23,000 cubic kilometers or 5,520 cubic miles) falls on leaves and evaporates, a process called interception.

 


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 27, 5:06 AM

These are interesting data to understand the behavior of water. Read the whole article and understand.

 

“Getting what’s called Earth’s ‘water balance’ right is the key to understanding how our climate and ecosystems interact,” says Henry Gholz, of NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology. “This new analysis offers an estimate of hard-to-come-by global water measurements: water used by plants and water that evaporates from land. By knowing these amounts, we can better understand how ecosystems, including watersheds, work. In a decade when our reserves of freshwater are declining – in some cases to critically low levels – this information couldn’t be timelier.”

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Iâllalen face à l’éternel problème d’eau

Iâllalen face à l’éternel problème d’eau | water news | Scoop.it

Selon le président du comité du village Iâllalen, M. Sadani Boussad, l'un des cinq forages de Kantidja est à sec. "Nous craignons que les autres subissent le même sort, d'autant plus que la nappe est à son bas niveau en raison de la sécheresse qui avait sévi durant une bonne partie de l'hiver et de printemps"


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