TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 14 – 20 May 2016

May 20, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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his version of the ‘hydro-illogical cycle’ is from Dave Murray, President of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). He talks about a 2 to 4 year ‘PRP’ or ‘Political Return Period’ as the amount of time we have after a flood (or fire, or whatever disaster) to do something before we slide back into into apathy. Read more here.


I will be heading to Myanmar tomorrow for the semi-annual meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership. I won’t be very active on social media until 29 May.

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“Old cows like young grass.” – Myanmar proverb

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 7 – 13 May 2016

May 13, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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catTrust all is well on this Friday the 13th.

Triskaidekaphobia is not my bane.

Have a great weekend!

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” - Satchel Paige

G. Tracy Mehan IIIwhose prose simultaneously annoys and pleases me Mehanbecause it’s so much better than mine, is back with a review written for The Environmental ForumThe following message accompanied his article:

Attached is my review of several titles related to the life of David Brower who joined the Sierra Club with 7,000 members, left it with 70,000, and started up countless other groups. For good and ill, he was the model of the modern environmental advocate. I hope you find it of interest.

I confess to woeful ignorance about Brower’s life. Perhaps the review will prompt me to finally read Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee’s chronicle of Brower’s battles with those he felt were out to despoil nature. I’ve only procrastinated 40 or so years, and time is running out.

When Tracy says ‘I hope you find it of interest’ it is an understatement. Of course I will, and I suspect WaterWired’s readers will as well. Here’s the first paragraph to whet your appetite:

David Brower, the subject of John McPhee’s famous New Yorker Untitledessays, later published as Encounters with the Archdruid (1971), was the driving force in the creation and growth of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and Earth Island Institute. He was an inspira- tion to environmentalists across the country, and a master of hardball and sophisticated advocacy in opposition to dams, nuclear power plants, and economic development. He pioneered many new techniques or tactics of agitprop: field trips for the media,films, newspaper ads in the major national and other outlets, and, most prominently, Exhibit Format books — “coffee table books,” a term he hated. These were glorious, over-sized publications of stunning photographs and poetic texts describing a place of beauty and magnificence for which Brower was seeking protection. He was “nature’s publicist,” according to Tom Turner, in his new biography David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement.

  Download David_Brower_Review


“I call anyone a druid who prefers trees to people. A conservationist is too often a preservationist and a preservationist is a druid.” - Charles Fraser, developer of Hilton Island (from the review)

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 30 April – 6 May 2016

May 6, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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There are still two days left to celebrate Drinking Water Week, 1 -7 May. Untitled

In light of the Flint water problems, we should be more cognizant and appreciative of high-quality tap water most of us enjoy. But we must remain vigilant and get involved. Don’t assume that everything will be taken care of.

Here is the City of Corvallis 2016 Water Quality report, hot off the press:

Download Corvallis_WQ_2016_Report

No complaints from me about the Corvallis drinking water.

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“Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.” - E. O. Wilson (thanks to Bob Lackey)

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 23 – 29 April 2016

April 29, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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repubTime to head home after a week on the road. Great meetings in Denver, now observing snow and hoping another flight does not get cancelled.

I sure learned a lot about Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska water issues, but I still have more to learn. IMG_1815

Have to say, though – Kansas is nothing but a blur now.

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Have a great weekend.


“We have no town or city in South Asia with 24/7 (water) service or WHO-standard water quality.” - Arjun Thapan p.39, WaterSourceMag Q1 2016


In continued support, AWRA once again joined 58 other organizations in endorsing and signing the 2017 Streamgage Letters to Congress. The letters urge Congress to support the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to fully implement its design for the National Streamflow Network (formerly known as the National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP)) and Cooperative Water Program beginning in FY 2017 and to restore the USGS capacity to fully match non-federal cost share investments in the Cooperative Water Program (CWP). For more information and to read the letters visit the Interstate Council on Water Policy.

AWRA Member Portal

AWRA is  very excited to announce the launch of, one of the most powerful member benefits in AWRA history and member’s immediate connection to more than 2,200 AWRA colleagues. is the go-to place to engage with other AWRA members, create and participate in the vital conversations surrounding water resources management, ask advice and share expertise about all things water resources management related. You can even share large files without cluttering your inbox!

The main discussion group, the Open Forum, is available to all members. Each member already has a customizable profile, so take five minutes and follow the instructions below to start engaging in those conversations!

Getting Started on

1.  Log in at Your username and password is the same as what you use for the AWRA website. If you’re not sure what your login information is, click on the ‘I forgot my username or password’ link and follow the prompts.

*Important: When you log in for the first time, please be sure to read over the Code of Conduct and click on the ‘I Accept’ box at the bottom of the E-Group Rules & Etiquette page. You will need to accept these rules before continuing to Open Forum.

2.  Complete Your Profile. Your colleagues will want to know a little bit about you. You can complete your profile by importing information from LinkedIn or simply enter your information on the profile page.

*Important: Basic contact and employment information is automatically populated onto your profile from the Members Only section of the AWRA website. Updating your information there will also trigger the update of that info on your profile.

3.  Build Your Contact List. A great benefit of is the searchable member directory. Connect with friends, colleagues and fellow members that you met at past AWRA events.

4.  Review Your Email Settings. All members are auto-subscribed to the Open Forum and you will start to receive emails containing new discussion posts as members start participating. To update your email preferences, visit the “Settings” page under the “My Profile” tab in the menu bar. You can choose from the following options:

  • Real Time: You will receive an email each time a new message is posted
  • Daily Digest: You will receive one email each day containing all of the previous day’s messages
  • No Email: This means that you won’t receive any emails in your inbox. You will need to log in to to view and reply to discussion posts

Please make sure that your email address is accurate or you will not be able to receive any discussion posts.

Tip: To make sure that you always receive emails from, please be sure to add “” to your email safe list. Instructions for adding emails to your safe list can be found in the Detailed Users Guide.

5.  Post a Message. Have a question? Your colleagues can help! Hover over the “Participate” tab on the menu bar and click on “Post a Message”.

6.  Share. Just like the “take a penny, leave a penny” model, if you find something useful on, we hope you will share something of your own! To share a document, hover over the “Participate” tab and click on “Share a File”.

7.  Need Assistance? Check out our user guide to help you navigate this new community or browse the FAQ page. If you need additional guidance, email  or call 540-687-8390.

Happy Conversing on!

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 16 – 22 April 2016 – Earth Day!

April 22, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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600px-Ogallala_saturated_thickness_1997-sattk97-v2Headed to Denver for the Groundwater Summit and the Groundwater Visibility Initiative workshop.

But first I will spend a few days atop the Ogallala Aquifer amid the Sandhills of Nebraska and in northwestern Kansas.

Thanks to Clint Carney for giving me some sightseeing tips.

Enjoy today – it’s Earth Day!

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“Nebraska – welcome to the witness protection program!” - rejected state motto

AWRA LogoShill alert: I am invested in this workshop as an advisory committee member, member of NGWA and AWRA, and Technical Director of AWRA.

So what’s the deal with the title, Groundwater Visibility Initiative’? There are two components to my answer: 1) groundwater is physically invisible to humans – it’s underground and unless you’re in a cave or something, you can’t see it; 2) its lack of physical visibility has contributed greatly to its lack of visibility in many discussions of water policy, governance, and management. It’s not fully integrated into integrated waterngwa-logo-2015 resources management.

We aim to correct item (2) with our workshop.

How are we going to do this? With provocative talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. With an all-star group of specialists. And with a white paper to summarize the challenges, solutions, and chart a path forward. Who knows? Maybe a ‘Denver Declaration’ will result.

Here’s the blurb from the site:

Examine the challenges — and successes — of managing the integration of groundwater and surface water in this one-day workshop being held jointly by NGWA and the American Water Resources Association (AWRA).

The interrelationship between groundwater and surface water is well established by science. Yet, institutions at all levels have struggled to effectively incorporate these concepts into laws, regulations, management, and planning. This one-day workshop will examines the challenges and successes of:

  • The conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water as a single resource
  • Groundwater as part of integrated water resources management
  • Effective consideration of groundwater in watershed management and planning.

All aspects of water availability and quality will be considered.

This interactive workshop will include panel presentations on three specific topics representing diverse views:

  • What are the major institutional impediments to conjunctive use and management of groundwater and surface water? — panelists include Bill Alley, Ph.D., Sharon B. MedalPh.D., and James C. Schneider, Ph.D.
  • How is groundwater used for adaptation and resilience? — panelists include Katharine L. JacobsRobert E. Mace, Ph.D., and John C. TracyPh.D.
  • How do we build groundwater considerations into policies for agriculture, energy, environment, land-use planning, and urban development sectors? — panelists include John M. Stomp III, PE, Grant Davis, and Ken Rainwater, Ph.?D??.?
Advisory Committee:

Click here to register. If you’re going to the Groundwater Summit (25-27 April), just stick around an extra day. It’ll be worth your while.

Thanks to Kevin McCray, NGWA CEO, Kathy Butcher, NGWA Professional Development Director, and Ken Reid, AWRA Executive VP for their support and encouragement in getting this off the ground.  It was Kevin who suggested the concept to me.
See you in Denver!

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” - Jonathan Swift

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 9 – 15 April 2016

April 15, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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1040The Taxman/Taxwoman normally cometh today in the USA but because of a holiday called Emancipation Day that normally falls on 16 April but is never celebrated on a weekend, the IRS has given taxpayers and procrastinators until 18 April to file their tax returns.

Go figure.

Take some time to enjoy the news, and don’t forget the jobs! Todd_jarvis_0_0

Congratulations to friend, colleague, and Institute for Water and Watersheds Director Todd Jarvis, who won the UCOWR Public Service and Education award!

So well-deserved!

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“If you know better you oughta do better.” - Edna Lankford (my mother-in-law)


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