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Drought and Uncertainty Nurture U.S. Water-Planning Renaissance at State Level: 2014 Preview, Part III

Circle of Blue | 2014-02-17

Official assessments of water resources and needs have a long history — a few states have had some form of water planning as far back as the Great Depression. But lately, the idea has garnered unprecedented popularity. A combination of pernicious drought, interstate conflicts, and the desire to ensure enough water for the economy and the environment has prompted an increasing number of states to take stock of their water assets and set priorities for using and protecting their rivers, lakes, and aquifers.

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California Drought GIF: 10 Dry Years Animated Infographic (2003-2014)

Circle of Blue | 2014-02-17

This GIF map was created by Aubrey Ann Parker, news editor and data analyst for Circle of Blue. Contributors include Brett Walton and Codi Yeager-Kozacke of Circle of Blue, with images pulled from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Winnipeg Identifies Manganese as Cause of Brown Tap Water

Water Canada | 2014-02-05

Continuing its efforts to reduce discoloured water in the city, Winnipeg announced on January 30 that it will be modifying treatment processes at the water treatment plant and flushing lines more regularly. A new report, also released January 30, identified manganese as the primary cause of frequent brown water occurrences across the city.

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Lawsuit from Taku River Tlingit First Nation Threatens Proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine

Rivers Without Borders | 2014-02-05

A lawsuit filed on December 17 by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation naming the British Columbia Minister of Environment, Environmental Assessment Office and Chieftain Metals Inc. as respondents could void the Environmental Assessment Certificate for the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine. The legal challenge asserts the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) erred in its determination that granted the Certificate for the life of the mine, and asks that the decision be quashed, causing the Certificate to expire. Without the Certificate the Tulsequah Chief cannot proceed.

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Epic California Drought and Groundwater: Where Do We Go From Here?

Water Currents | 2014-02-05

Yesterday our team at the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling released a report on the California drought.  The report describes the birds-eye view of statewide water resources that we see from the NASA GRACE satellite mission. We've been working since the mid-1990's, well before the mission was launched in 2002, to develop and test methods to help monitor groundwater depletion from space.  We've applied them around the world — in California, across theU. S., in the Middle East, East Africa, in the Amazon River basin and in India.

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2014 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

AWRA | 2014-02-04

The 2014 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) provides researchers, practitioners and academicians a forum to discuss the latest refinements in IWRM concepts, and to assess the efficacy of utilizing IWRM principles in water resources planning and management activities.

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Put people at the centre of wetland protection - report

Thomson Reuters Foundation | 2014-02-04

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The best way to protect wetlands and the incomes of millions who depend on them is not to shut people out, but to find the right balance between farming and conservation, a report said on Sunday. Agriculture is regarded as one of the biggest threats to the survival of wetlands, but stopping it is not the answer, the report said. Thinking has now shifted towards meeting local people's needs while safeguarding wildlife, birds and water resources, said thestudy released on World Wetlands Day. “Wetlands and agriculture can and must coexist,” Matthew McCartney, a hydrologist with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and a contributor to the report, said in a statement. “We need policies on wetlands that support ecosystems, sustain rich biodiversity, and simultaneously improve the livelihoods of farming communities who depend on wetlands or whose activities directly affect them."

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Invitation to nominate members for the Global Water Partnership Steering Committee, 2014

GWP | 2014-02-04

Global Water Partnership (www.gwpforum.org) is an intergovernmental organization and a non-profit global action network, advocating, facilitating and supporting change processes for the sustainable management of water resources. Its mission is to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels. Its vision is for a water secure world. This requires that all water-using or water reliant sectors contribute or share in the sustainable management of water resources. There will be four vacant positions on the GWP Steering Committee (SC) to be filled for the November 2014 Steering Committee Meeting. Of these three (3) will be selected from global candidates (who can be self nominated or proposed). These should be two water sector professionals and one non-water sector professional, drawn from stakeholder sectors such as energy, agriculture, industry, community development, economics, urban development etc. On behalf of the Nomination Committee, you are...

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MONARCH SUPPORTS LAND CONSERVATION

RVCA | 2014-02-04

February 3, 2014 — Monarch Corporation, Canada's oldest real estate company, has made another major donation to the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation's Environmental Land Fund. The money is used to help secure enough environmental land for future conservation use by the people of the Rideau watershed in Eastern Ontario. Monarch's long and generous history with the Conservation Foundation has helped bring twelve properties into public ownership over the past twelve years including 100 acres of wetland in the Richmond Fen, a lovely island in Upper Rideau Lake and the beautiful Meisel Woods Conservation Area near Crow Lake. These conservation lands all have key environmental features like shoreline, wetlands and groundwater recharge areas that will be protected in perpetuity. “We are delighted to work with Monarch Corporation as the local conservation partner. It warms the heart to see major corporations strengthening the environmental health of...

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ASFPM 2014 Conference

ASFPM | 2014-02-04

Join nearly 1,200 of the nation's floodplain managers June 1 - 6, 2014, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington as we pilot improvements in flood risk management and national policy. Government Officials, planners, engineers, consultants, watershed managers, flood protection product vendors, educators, and others will gather for the most comprehensive floodplain management conference in the world. Participants interact, exchange ideas, make contacts, form partnerships, and prepare for a more sustainable future for flood damage reduction. Our theme for 2014 is a nod to our goals of habitat restoration and preservation as well as the tenets of multi-objective management. With over 71 families of fishes found in the waterways feeding into Puget Sound, including the distinctive steelhead salmon, Seattle is the perfect location to highlight our efforts to Make Room for Floods and Fish.

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