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Imagine a Day Without Tap Water

October 20, 2022

Imagine a day without tap water. Can you do it? Imagine a day without tap water. Can you do it? And while we’re at it, do you know where your tap water comes from?  We’re not talking about the bottled water you pay way too much money for in the store. When you turn on […]

Climate & Environment

September 17, 2019

Our climate and environment impact and are impacted by water. Find out how you can reduce your impact on all three.  Climate change happens when we alter our surrounding environment and our natural world. Climate change, in turn, can have a direct impact on water resources, through, for example, causing droughts to become more extreme […]

What Climate Models Get Wrong About Future Water Availability

April 17, 2019

As the climate changes and the Earth warms, predicting future water availability will become increasingly  challenging. Enter the climate model. It’s hard to predict how the future will look when the data from the past doesn’t look anything like conditions we see in the present, especially when we know what extremes the future holds. Still, […]

Ag-Related Nitrate Common in Small Town Water Supplies, Says New EWG Report

November 7, 2017

According to a new EWG report, the drinking water supplies for millions of people living in farm country are compromised because of a pollutant associated with agriculture: nitrate. Excessive nitrates spawn harmful algal blooms that form “dead zones” and, in infants, can cause the potentially deadly “blue baby syndrome.” According to EWG, “Drinking water supplies for more than 200 million Americans […]

Circle of Blue: US Water, 2018 Year-In-Review

December 21, 2018

As usual, the United States experienced plenty of water issues and concerns in 2018, and the intrepid reporter, Brett Walton from water news organization, Circle of Blue has it covered. For regulators, politicians and other public officials, environmental challenges were apparent, and many of them had to do with water. See below for a snapshot […]

To Fight Toxic Algae, Lake Erie Has a Bill of Rights

March 28, 2019

Tired of worsening toxic blue-green algae in Lake Erie, the city of Toledo, Ohio fought back in a novel way by voting in favor of a Bill of Rights for the smallest Great Lake. The approved ballot measure requests an amendment to the Toledo city charter that asserts Lake Erie and its watershed hold the […]

Interview: Sandra Postel on How We Can Replenish the Water Cycle

January 25, 2018

Sandra Postel, in her new book Replenish, offers ways that farmers, water managers and consumers can unite to restore the broken water cycle. Sandra Postel wades into questions about the water cycle in her most recent book, Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Sandra is a water expert, director of Global Water Policy, […]

Farm Country Faces Water Pollution from Droughts and Rains Spurred by Climate Change

July 5, 2016

Farm country and rain might not always mix because, sometimes, when it rains it pours…nitrogen pollution into rural waterways especially after periods of drought. A recent study makes that link and begs the question: What will happen to water in farm country if this pattern keeps up? Farm country around the world heats up from […]

U.S. Breaks Wettest 12-Month Record Again, With Consequences

July 18, 2019

The contiguous United States experienced the wettest 12-month period ever recorded, finds the latest report from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. According to NOAA, the average precipitation across the lower 48 states for July 2018 to June 2019 was 37.86 inches, which is 7.90 inches above average and reached a historic high. The earlier […]