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.
The US Department of Energy has issued a report to congress that explores a number of strategies to reduce the water consumption of concentrating solar power (CSP) electricity generation, a promising renewable energy option that may substantially increase water demands in some of the country's most arid regions.
For my first post of the New Year I would like to bring attention to an excellent article written by Carol Maas - the innovation and technology director at the Canadian-based POLIS Water Sustainability Project - that describes the potential to cost-effectively save energy through water efficiency.
The Salt Lake Tribune ran a story this morning that includes a remarkably frank assessment from the Secretary of the Department of Interior on oil and gas leasing on public lands under the previous administration, and a summary of the way forward for oil and gas development on these lands.
The California Environmental Dialogue has released a document that outlines the importance of water in the context of climate change, while encouraging improved data collection on water-related greenhouse gas emissions and increased integration of resource management policies and programs.
Looking for a quick distraction during this week of distractions? While not exactly cheerful, this New York Times photography collection of dry, dry places is still very compelling. Pictures from around the world, including the American West, show the results of water scarcity in black and white.