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.
Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR) is a new way of managing limited resources by viewing waste as a valuable commodity that can be used to supply water, generate clean energy, grow food and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Ministry of Community and Rural Development in British Columbia has published a great guidebook to inform the public on this exciting concept.
In a remarkable short video produced by Circle of Blue for last year’s World Economic Forum we see that water is intrinsic to virtually every aspect of our lives, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat and the power that is used to heat our homes and run our economy.
The New York Times Green Inc. Blog has an interesting post about the challenges facing smart water meters, which could help water utilities detect leaks, better manage their supplies, and provide their customers with real-time water use data to encourage conservation.
River Network Partner, the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is doing some excellent work to address climate change through their Sierra Water and Climate Change Campaign. Through this program, SNA has been collecting case studies and compiling resources to alert the public and decision makers to the impacts of climate change in the Sierras and ensure that smart local resource management plans are adopted that protect natural resources by reducing emissions and adapting to the changing climate.
As you may be aware, the 2010 National River Rally is going to be right here in the Intermountain West – outside Salt Lake City, Utah from May 21-24. This is a great chance to bring together western advocates, public lands managers and others to discuss issues and learn together. We need your help to design a useful workshop about rivers on public lands in the West!
A partnership initiative led by The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) has been awarded a major grant from the The Kresge Foundation to help six rural forested communities protect forest and water resources and address climate change issues through planning and community action. The Cumberland River Compact, a River Network Partner, and the Climate Project are collaborating with MFPP to create this unique educational opportunity to benefit six rural communities across the U.S.
River Network has just posted Phase 1 of our Clean Water West project report -- "Implementing the Clean Water Act in the Intermountain West: an Overview." This first phase covers water quality standards issues – uses, select criteria, and antidegradation (including Outstanding National Resource Waters).
For the last couple of years, California water and energy utilities have initiated pilot partnership programs to explore the potential to leverage their resources and provide customers with incentives to optimize their water and energy savings.