Looking for good…or at least decent…news is becoming a Friday afternoon theme for this blog. A recent story about EPA's position on water quality standards and coalbed methane discharges in Wyoming qualifies for the "good news" label this week.
A few weeks ago we encouraged our Partners to contact their state’s energy office and recommend that water-using appliances are prioritized for the $300 million in rebates made available through the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. Many of you took up the charge and helped spread the word about the benefits of integrating efforts to save water and energy.
The Partnership for Water Conservation together with Built Green will be hosting a workshop and vendor fair on the water-energy nexus November 10 near Seattle, WA. River Network will once again be collaborating with the Pacific Institute to educate local citizens on the benefits of saving energy through water conservation and efficiency.
The connections between coal power and water resources - while relatively well known for years - have been receiving much deserved media attention recently. In a new piece from their Toxic Waters Series, the New York Time’s details how many the country's coal-fired power plants are cleaning the air at the expense of our rivers and groundwater.
As the debate over the merits of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) roars on, one thing seems definite: CCS will play some role in our efforts to combat climate change. As we face this reality, it is important to remember that water will be the resource most severely impacted by CCS and river and watershed groups must play a role in limiting the harmful consequences of injecting CO2 into our aquifers.
News stories abounded about the October 7th report on a new review of 77 oil and gas leases in Utah. Why all the attention? The findings and recommendations give hope that the "drill baby drill" approach of recent years is on the way out. Maybe I’m just feeling overly hopeful on a sunny Friday, but the new report at least endorses the idea of meaningful analysis for energy development on our public lands.
Over the past few months, both Google and Microsoft have unveiled early versions of their energy management software that will allow consumers hooked up to 'smart grids' to view real-time information on their energy usage. Given the energy embedded in water and the growing scarcity of water in many parts of the country, the software giants ought to include water use in their smart metering software.
If you happen to live in a state that requires greenhouse gas emissions reporting, you should be able to get information on the energy intensity of your water systems and find out how much energy you can save by saving water in your community.
We all know that burning coal is among the biggest contributors to global warming pollution. Yet it was the Clean Water Act that was cited as justification when the EPA announced last week that 79 surface coal mining permits would be delayed.
In today's editorial – Clearing up the Clean Water Act -- the Denver Post weighed in with their support of the Clean Water Restoration Act. The Clean Water Restoration Act seeks to restore the Clean Water Act's protection to streams and wetlands whose jurisdictional status has been threatened since two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.
Seal the Deal is a new campaign launched by the United Nations that aims to ensure a global commitment to addressing climate change by reducing harmful global warming pollution. Consider joining the campaign by urging your local businesses to sign on before its too late.
So this is really, truly outside of the Clean Water West region, but I'll take good news where I can get it. I'm at the Center for Watershed Protection's Watershed Institute this week, and a participant mentioned this story during a Q and A session. It was too good not to dig up for my own happiness, so I'm sharing it here. In short, Atlantic salmon are making a comeback in the Seine – the river that flows right through Paris.