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Archive for the ‘Drinking Water’ Category

Water & Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Competition for Water in Areas of Irrigated Corn Production

CERES
U.S. corn farmers are among the most productive and technologically advanced in the world, generating a record harvest of nearly 14 billion bushels in 2013—enough corn to fill a freight train longer than the circumference of the Earth. This production supports a mammoth agricultural sector comprised not just of farmers, but also major food, feed and energy companies that have an enormous stake in the long-term productivity and resilience of American agriculture. However, in the face of this bounty, three major threats to U.S. corn production loom: climate change, unsustainable water use and inefficient and damaging fertilizer practices.

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The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Figure 2. Total water supply and demand changes with four drought response strategies, in thousand acre-feet per year, by hydrologic region

PACIFIC INSTITUTE
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

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The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Figure ES.1. Hybrid Sankey diagram of 2011 U.S. interconnected water and energy flows.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Present day water and energy systems are tightly intertwined. Water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation. Energy is required to extract, convey, and deliver water of appropriate quality for diverse human uses, and then again to treat wastewaters prior to their return to the environment. Historically, interactions between energy and water have been considered on a regional or technology-by-technology basis. At the national and international levels, energy and water systems have been developed, managed, and regulated independently.

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From Invisible to Invaluable: Panel Discussion on Water Infrastructure

Monday, June 16th, 2014
From Invisible to Invaluable: Panel Discussion on Water Infrastructure

The Value of Water Coalition hosted an in-depth conversation at the Newseum in Washington DC on the current condition of water infrastructure in the United States, the consequences of letting these failing systems worsen, and solutions to meeting the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Freshwater: Supply Concerns Continue, and Uncertainties Complicate Planning

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Extent of State Shortages Likely over the Next Decade under Average Water Conditions, 2013

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
The nation’s water bodies have long supplied Americans with abundant freshwater, but recent events, such as the ongoing California drought, have focused attention on competing demands for this limited resource. In the United States, the states are primarily responsible for managing freshwater resources, and many federal agencies influence states’ management decisions. In 2003, GAO issued a report providing an overview of trends in freshwater availability and use, as well as states’ views on ways the federal government could assist states to help meet future water management challenges.

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Infographic: The Miracle of Clean Water

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
The Miracle of Clean Water Infographic

PELICAN WATER
As society developed throughout the 20th century, public drinking water has come a long way. However, there are still many risks associated with drinking water from the tap. As public water systems cater to larger populations with each passing year, is drinking city water worth the risk?

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Building the Blue Economy

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
PUSH Blue crew working on green infrastructure in Buffalo’s west side

PEOPLE UNITED FOR SUSTAINABLE HOUSING (PUSH) BUFFALO
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD

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Clean Water, Strong Communities

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

GREEN FOR ALL
This white paper focuses on one of the most promising strategies water utilities can use to develop broad public support: Embracing triple-bottom-line outcomes that deliver community benefits like jobs, business opportunities, green space, safer and more beautiful streets, and other local amenities. Selected policies and programs designed to catalyze community and economic development allow water utilities to show the public that they provide efficient and environmentally beneficial infrastructure that fosters local economic and social improvements.

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Washington, DC: “Lady Bird,” the Tunnel-Boring Machine

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Washington, DC: “Lady Bird,” the Tunnel-Boring Machine

To reduce DC waste by 98 percent, the 20-year D.C. Clean River Project has a 1323-ton, 442-foot tubular machine digging a 23-foot-diameter concrete water tunnel.

DC Water named its massive tunnel boring machine Lady Bird, christened it with DC tap water, and prepared to send it underground to tunnel more than four miles.
-HugBig on YouTube

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Perceptions of Water Use

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Attari 1

Most Americans assume that water supply is both reliable and plentiful. However, research has shown that with climate change, water supply will become more variable due to salinization of ground water and increased variability in precipitation. Some have argued that rather than focusing on increasing freshwater supply alone, we need also to reduce water demand. Demand-side policy responses to future freshwater variability will benefit from a deeper understanding of public perceptions of water use, which is the focus of this study.

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