Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

Travis Leipzig
Nov 4 2010 - 3:05pm

With much of the United States’ existing water and sewer systems out-of-date and quickly deteriorating against the backdrop of limited and diminishing freshwater supplies, Bob Herbert describes in a recent New York Time’s editorial how the country is in serious need for drastic water infrastructure improvements. While Herbert correctly identifies the problem, he fails to mention how the most cost effective, environmentally conscious, climate resilient and economically beneficial strategies to repair our dilapidated systems are the implementation of green infrastructure practices.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Travis Leipzig
Oct 28 2010 - 5:22pm

After a busy month, I will again return to re-posting The Climate Post. Read this weeks post to learn about how climate change and energy policy beliefs are making and breaking some candidates chances at election; new developments in the electric automotive industry; and how biofules may be unsustainable and could lead to further emissions.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Travis Leipzig
Oct 4 2010 - 10:42am

A day late and a dollar short is better than a pennyless no-show. Here is another re-posting of The Climate Post. Read on to discover 19 reasons why congress won't pass a renewable energy standard this year, why buying Canadian tar sands oil is 'nicer' despite being worse for the environment, and why GE's CEO is calling a US energy policy 'stupid.'

Travis Leipzig
Sep 24 2010 - 4:38pm

It's a fine Thursday afternoon here in Portland, Oregon, and it's time for another of our weekly re-postings of The The Climate Post. Continue reading to learn about Castro's newly found interest in climate change, what White House Science Advisor proposes to rename 'climate change' to, and why Wal-Mart is buying up so many thin-film solar panels.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Travis Leipzig
Sep 22 2010 - 12:17pm

Join the Water Environment Federation and thousands of water and wastewater officials in early October for the 83rd annual WEFTEC Water Quality Event. WEFTEC 2010 will offer water quality education and training, and display the latest in water quality developments, research, regulations, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies, including a number of workshops that deal with reducing the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of supplying and managing water.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
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.

Travis Leipzig
Sep 20 2010 - 1:34pm

The Water Energy Sustainability Symposium will blow your mind next week in Pittsburgh. Be there or be square.