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Dec 28 2010 - 1:51pm

During our Warming Watersheds; Water & Energy track at this year’s Winter Training, we invited Beth Stewart from Cahaba River Society and Eleanor DelBene from Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama to come out and talk to us about the success environmental and faith-based groups have had working together. Their inspiring presentations reminded me of an essay I wrote a few years back and have reposted below called What Would Jesus, Buddha, Vishnu or Muhammad Do? How Religious Communities Can Help Save the World from Environmental Disaster.

Dec 28 2010 - 12:33pm

In a new, remarkably readable article published in the special Fiftieth Anniversary edition of the Natural Resources Journal, law professors Robert H. Abrams and Noah D. Hall from Florida A&M University and Wayne State University, respectively, explore the world of water policy in a future affected by climate change.

Dec 27 2010 - 5:55pm

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of addressing a crowd of over 100 people who braved inclement weather and snow to hear me talk about the connections between water and energy. The event was organized by the Johnson Foundation and took place at the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Wingspread Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Continue reading for a video of the talk.

Dec 21 2010 - 5:54pm

Hot on the heals of River Network’s Warming Watersheds; Water and Energy track at Winter Training 2010 – where leaders from an array of local and national environmental groups met to strategize around building grassroots momentum for addressing climate change through the water-energy nexus - the Washington Post ran an article about how the major environmental groups are shifting their focus away from Washington D.C. back to the grassroots. What took them so long to get the memo?

Dec 21 2010 - 1:18pm

Earlier this month, River Network and a couple dozen of our closest friends from other leading local and national environmental groups gathered in Waynesboro, PA to discuss strategies for protecting rivers and communities from climate change through the interconnections between water and energy. Download materials from the Warming Watersheds; Water and Energy training below!

Dec 2 2010 - 6:14pm

Water supply projects are particularly well-suited for renewable energy applications. Distributed renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic solar, wind, and in-conduit or micro hydropower should be utilized for new and existing water projects whenever practicable to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect utilities and their customers from spikes in fossil fuel costs, and decrease the water demand associated with conventional sources of electric power.

Nov 29 2010 - 11:13am

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced on Nov. 2 that it will be leading a "groundbreaking" new study to examine water demand in the context of climate change.

Nov 16 2010 - 2:21pm

This past September, hundreds of water and energy experts descended on Pittsburgh, PA for the Water-Energy Sustainability Symposium, a three day conference with the lofty goal of addressing the country’s future water and energy challenges. In order to help those of you who are on the ground actively working on these issues, presenter materials are now available online, providing what is perhaps the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of research and case studies currently available on water-energy issues.

Nov 11 2010 - 6:12pm

This December 6-8, River Network will be hosting our Winter Training 2010 in Waynesboro, PA. Join us for the Warming Watersheds, Water and Energy track, a two and a half day intensive workshop focused on water, energy and climate change issues. Alliance for Water Efficiency, Union of Concerned Scientists, National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers and a number of state and local watershed groups will join River Network to share their expertise. Keep reading for the full agenda.

Nov 4 2010 - 11:55am

James G. Workman, author of the much-lauded book “Heart of Dryness,” and Montgomery F. Simus, co-founder and chief executive of SmartMarkets LLC, have come up with a novel idea for addressing challenges at the water-energy nexus: create a water and energy, or “watergy” market that gives every citizen an equal share of water and energy and allows them to buy or sell their shares depending on how much “watergy” they want to consume. Although the idea might sound crazy to some, I think they’re onto something.

Nov 3 2010 - 6:12pm

How do you get farmers, environmentalists and a handful of rapidly growing cities to agree on a water issue? Propose a thirsty new coal-fired power plant. In Texas – where fossil fuels reign supreme and global warming is often seen as a joke or, at best, an afterthought – anti-coal groups are focusing on water to make the case that Texans cannot afford another water-guzzling coal power plant.

Oct 29 2010 - 4:53pm

Integrated water resource management seeks to manage and develop water, land and resources in coordination so that resultant economic and social welfare is maximized without harming the environment. River Network’s focus on the inextricable connections between water, energy and climate change represent one very important aspect of integrated water resource management.

Oct 20 2010 - 4:33pm

This December 6-8, River Network will be hosting our Winter Training 2010 in Waynesboro, PA, just an hour outside of Washington D.C. Join us for the Warming Watersheds, Water and Energy track, a two and a half day intensive workshop designed for individuals and watershed group leaders working with grassroots communities to reduce water consumption, carbon emissions and the impacts of energy development.

Oct 20 2010 - 12:28pm

Circle of Blue has developed a sleek new “infographic” about the connections between water and energy. Completely void of any numbers, the somewhat interactive slideshow provides a basic, eye-popping overview of water and energy issues.

Oct 15 2010 - 5:09pm

The Water Environment Federation is hosting a conference called Energy and Water 2011 - Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts in Chicago, Illinois July 31 – August 3, 2011. The conference will bring together a diverse array of professionals to share their research on the intersections between water, energy and climate change. Abstracts are being accepted until Friday December 10, 2010.

Oct 13 2010 - 11:54am

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the U.S. EPA id blocking 11 water discharge permits sought by coal mines in Kentucky.

Oct 7 2010 - 10:59am

The city of Dubuque, IA has teamed up with IBM on a project to analyze how smart water meters can help the water utility and its customers detect leaks, improve their understanding of water demand and ultimately conserve water and energy.

Oct 5 2010 - 1:40pm

River Network’s Water and Energy program is organizing a track on water, energy and climate change for our upcoming 2011 National River Rally being held in Charleston, SC June 3-6. Although Rally is months away, the deadline for workshop proposals is this Friday, October 8 – just four days away! Accepted workshop proposals will receive scholarships to cover some or all of Rally registration costs and presenters will gain access to hundreds of watershed protection leaders from across the country.

Oct 5 2010 - 12:01pm

The Journal of Energy Security has an article by Allan Hoffman called “The Water-Energy Conundrum: Can We Satisfy the Need for Both.” The article describes some interesting parallels between our water and energy challenges.

Sep 24 2010 - 3:32pm

On October 6th , Imagine H2O will convene a unique event featuring water entrepreneurs, leading cleantech investors, and industry experts who will discuss how the water energy nexus affects the industry today. Beyond the panel presentation, this interactive event will allow attendees to further realize the opportunities in the water energy nexus through a round of breakout sessions.

Sep 23 2010 - 10:34am

Idaho Rivers United has invited River Network to come out to Boise, ID on Oct. 26, 2010 to talk about the water-energy-climate connection and how individuals and communities can understand the energy intensity of their water supplies and begin saving energy by saving water.

Sep 21 2010 - 3:33pm

For those of you still not convinced that climate change should be a concern for river and watershed groups, here’s a quick review of what the science says, followed by a discussion of how the work you’re currently doing to protect rivers can fit into the broader effort to address climate change.

Sep 17 2010 - 5:19pm

The Union of Concerned Scientists has just released a fantastic new fact sheet called The Energy-Water Collision: 10 Things You Should Know, which highlights the water impacts of energy choices and ways to address them. The colorful fact sheet is packed full of great information, graphs and factoids that will send a clear message to policy makers and the general public about our water, energy and climate challenges.

Sep 17 2010 - 3:39pm

Natures Voice Our Choice (NVOC) is a nonprofit organization working on water-energy issues through their Water Resource Management for Energy Conservation program, which focuses on balancing water supply and demand, using green infrastructure to manage stormwater and reducing water use in power production.

Sep 17 2010 - 12:46pm

On Friday, September 10th, 2010, River Network’s Saving Water, Saving Energy program was invited to “inform, inspire and motivate” over 100 sixth through eighth graders during Making a Difference Day at Rosemont Ridge Middle School, located just outside of Portland, OR. The day was packed with fun activities – including the opportunity to take political action and experience first-hand the energy it takes to move water – as the schoolchildren learned about the important connections between water, energy and climate change.

Sep 14 2010 - 5:18pm

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno just completed a successful pilot run of a new technology that allows wastewater treatment plants to produce significantly more energy from sewage sludge through a process of drying and gasifying the sludge after it has gone through biogas digesters. The research team believes their renewable energy technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy and waste disposal costs at treatment plants.

Sep 9 2010 - 1:55pm

Circle of Blue reports that after four years and 22 different drafts, the U.S. Department of Energy continues to block the release of the National Energy-Water Roadmap, a congressionally mandated research agenda meant to help policy makers better understand the nation’s water-energy choke points and begin developing real world solutions. While the DOE's obstruction appears inexcusable, there is still plenty of information out there to start addressing our water-energy challenges.

Sep 8 2010 - 4:20pm

Got a great idea for reducing the energy and greenhouse gas emissions embedded in water? ImagineH2O is offering $100,000 to individuals or small businesses with a great idea for improving the energy efficiency of water treatment, delivery and use. Interested parties need to submit a summary of their project no later than November 15th, 2010.

Sep 8 2010 - 1:59pm

The Alliance for Water Efficiency just announced a request for proposals to help them design a new consumer-oriented water efficiency website equipped with an interactive water-use calculator that will show the public how much water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions they can save inside their home through simple water conservation and efficiency strategies. The new website and calculator are expected to launch in March 2011.

Sep 7 2010 - 4:57pm

Last month it was reported that more than 30 new coal-fired power plants have been built in the United States since 2008 or are under construction. In the absence of comprehensive climate change legislation, an electric utility in Kansas is finding out that water – not air emissions – may prove to be a more persuasive argument against building new coal plants.