Posts Tagged ‘drought’

  • Drought Reservior by flickrohit
    02.25.14

    Severe Drought — H2 Uh Oh!

    California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent State of Emergency Proclamation on drought conditions has focused attention on water scarcity and the need for efficient water use. Texas is also experiencing severe drought conditions.  Colorado, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have all felt the effects of drought recent years as well. The good news in all this bad drought news is there are still lots of basic, inexpensive ways to save outdoor irrigation water.  A decrease of outdoor water use by just... MORE >

  • Delta Watershed courtesy of Redford Center
    01.21.14

    3 Options To Reduce Water Consumption During The Worst Drought In State’s History

    Amid California’s driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially declared a drought emergency in the state.  He asked all Californians to reduce at least 20% of their water use.  He also explained at this point all the conservation efforts would be voluntary.  However, it’s really up to local cities and local water agencies to decide what measures to take to battle the drought.  Some might decide to ban outdoor watering all together, some might allow it certain... MORE >

  • U.S. Drought Monitor map from April 23, 2013 showing western impact.
    05.08.13

    How Water In The West Impacts Everyone

    This is going to be the third consecutive year of drought in the West and we are feeling an impact. The water source in Colorado’s Front Range is in short supply. 100 percent of the state is experiencing some level of drought, snowpack is at 70 percent of the long-term average and just 91 percent of last year’s total. Local experts say the water situation is worse than 2002 when Colorado experienced severe drought conditions and widespread mandatory outdoor water... MORE >

  • Boiling Water
    01.10.13

    What’s the worst that could happen in a drought? Cannibalism

    Can you remember the most bizarre thing you learned in 2012? (Please don’t say it was Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby. We all know that’s a publicity stunt.) For me, a crazy tweet from Columbia Water Center was the eye-opener that sent me into a researching fever. In a Twitter chat about the value of water, I mentioned Phoenix, ironically, has not had water shortages or restrictions and this was their response: Columbia Water Centr ‏@columbiawater : @MarGoH2O Yay AZ water engineers... MORE >

  • The Ripple Effect - The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century
    09.13.12

    The Ripple Effect: To Read or Not to Read

    Back in the late 1990′s I enjoyed playing SimPark on my Windows 95 computer. The premise of the game was to introduce prey and predator into the safari so there was a harmonious balance. It sounds easy, but nature would take its course and the harmony would quickly fall out of balance. Every time you would add one resource there would be a ripple effect over time you had to try and balance. “The Ripple Effect” explores mankind’s attempt to control water... MORE >

  • For the love of trees reusable grocery bag from ValleyCrest
    08.30.12

    How You Are Paying For The Drought!

    As I walk out of the grocery store with two bags of groceries (in recyclable grocery bags of course) costing almost $80 I start to contemplate how bad is this drought?  Recently corn prices topped $8.00 a bushel (a 50% increase from a month ago) and soybeans crossed the $17 a bushel mark.  These are prices we have never seen before in the world.  This  also causes meat prices to rise dramatically as well because  grain is used to feed... MORE >

  • bigthirst
    08.23.12

    Are We Wasting the Drought?

    We’ve always exalted Charles Fishman’s book The Big Thirst on our blog, but recently he wrote an article for the New York Times I think just missed its mark in a couple of ways.  Charles Fishman is an asset to our industry and an excellent proponent for water management in the United States so I was excited to see him get space in the New York Times and use it to call for changes in water management.  I thought much... MORE >

  • waterd
    05.17.12

    Water Awareness Month — Help Spread the Word!

    May is water awareness month in California and the majority of people I speak with don’t know about the campaign.  The California Water Awareness Campaign is a yearlong effort by organizations in California to heighten public awareness of water.  This has been happening since 1989. This year there are over 70 cities and water agencies contributing to the program and approximately 300 water agencies, farm bureaus, and various other organizations throughout California who will participate in this year’s campaign. The... MORE >

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