At River Network, we’ve been doing our best to help people understand that the world will primarily experience climate change through water. Although the critical role of water is often overlooked, experts at the United Nations are starting to speak up.
The New York Times' Toxic Water Series has tackled another important -- maybe the most important -- Clean Water Act issue of the day: jurisdiction. The question of which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act is critical, particularly in the semi-arid and arid regions of the Intermountain West.
In January 2010, the Great Lakes Commission launched two new initiatives that will engage regional and national talent to generate new information that can help the states collectively achieve the goals of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and Agreement.
The Waukesha County Water Conservation Coalition is excited to announce that they will be hosting the Southeast Wisconsin Water and Energy Efficiency Expo May 7th and 8th! The event will take place at the Waukesha County Expo Forum Building.
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. EE Week's 2010 theme is “Be Water and Energy Wise,” which means that thousands of K-12 educators across the country will be informing their students on the importance of the water-energy nexus and the enormous potential to save energy by saving water.
A new report called “Testing the Water: Smart Metering for Water Utilities” was recently published by Oracle. The report uses information compiled from a survey of more than 1,200 water consumers and 300 water utility managers in the United States and Canada to analyze people’s perception on smart metering and water use.
This past December, the Metropolitan Energy Center based in Kansas City, MO held a half day seminar on the water-energy nexus that included speakers from River Network, the Alliance for Water Efficiency and University of Texas at Austin. A new website has just gone up featuring presentations from the event, educational information on an exciting pilot project called “Project Living Proof,” a water-energy savings calculator and an awesome interactive map showing the combined benefits of water-oriented strategies across Kansas City.
Most river advocates have heard about the confusion swirling around the question of Clean Water Act jurisdiction over certain waters and wetlands. A new report just out in Colorado uses five real world examples to illustrate the impacts of that confusion on the aquatic systems in our region.
A solar power plant proposed in the arid desert near Bakersfield, California was almost abandoned last year due to concerns over water supply. It appears that an unconventional compromise has been reached: NextEra Energy, the company seeking to build the power plant, will cut down hundreds of thirsty nonnative trees in the area to offset the power plant’s water use.
Although we’re well into 2010, I recently learned that River Network’s publication, The Carbon Footprint of Water, was ranked among the Top 10 of 2009 by Water Online, a resource database for water professionals! Overall, our report was ranked #2 on their list of the year's most popular articles.
U.S. EPA's proposed FY 2011 budget was released yesteday, and includes good news and bad news for those working to protect and restore rivers in the Intermountain West. The good news? There are some significant investments in water issues that can make a big difference to our work. The bad news? Other regions sure did a better job than we did at getting a targeted piece of the pie.
In a report for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Stacy Tellinghuisen, an Energy/Water Analyst with Western Resource Advocates, describes one of the most important reasons that Colorado's water utilities should be investing more to achieve water savings: water conservation = energy conservation.
Integrated Resource Recovery is a new way of thinking about waste. Rather than viewing waste as something to be disposed of, IRR views waste as a resource that can continually provide value to communities. Sign up for a webinar taking place Thursday, February 4th to learn more about this concept.