TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 4 – 10 June 2016

June 10, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Read Todd Jarvis’ review of water games. Excellent overview!

Two cartoons grace today’s page. The first one, ‘How We Get Water In Our Homes’, is by Dave Walker, and I came across it by accident (serendipity again). I Tweeted it, and it went viral (insofar as my Tweets go ‘viral’).

The second one appeared in today’s Corvallis GazetteTimes by Jesse Springer. Not nearly as funny as Walker’s but very effective. Read the story here.

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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” – E. F.  Schumacher

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 28 May – 3 June 2016

June 3, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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Florida HotelGreat to be back in the USA after my brief stay in Myanmar. But I still have not escaped the heat and humidity: I’m in Orlando for 48 hours to help plan the AWRA Annual Conference that will be here this November.

Nothing like Myanmar, though.

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“When the fox preaches, turn to the geese.” – Old German proverb

JAWRA HIGHLIGHTS – JUNE 2016

June 1, 2016 | Posted by Susan Scalia
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HIGHLIGHTS – JAWRA JUNE 2016

[access full table of contents here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jawr.2016.52.issue-3/issuetoc ]

Mogollon et al. examined trends in flooding and stream flashiness in North Carolina and Virginia streams and assessed the influence of land cover and flow-regulated features on these endpoints.

Christensen et al. evaluated flow-nutrient relationships between lakes in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota.

Rahm et al. investigated nitrate in-stream processing in headwater stream reaches downstream of wastewater treatment plant outfalls during low flow periods.

Milman and Polsky identified the mechanisms by which state-level policies influence local-level outdoor watering restriction implementation.

Zhang et al. investigated vertical stratification water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and pH in recycling irrigation reservoirs.

Salo et al. used well-established accuracy metrics to evaluate eight methods commonly used to map riparian zones in a semi-arid, mountainous watershed.

Daggupati et al. used a SWAT model for the entire Missouri River Basin to simulate crop and water yields at a fine-scale resolution.

Ator and Garcia developed an approach to take advantage of previously calibrated SPARROW models to improve understanding of contaminant fate and transport from uplands to streams and applied the approach to examine nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Lane and D’Amico used geospatial analysis to estimate geographically isolated wetlands across the conterminous United States.

Yarnell et al. defined a methodology by which spring flow regimes in California regulated rivers can be modeled from quantifiable characteristics of spring snowmelt recessions in unregulated rivers.

Steel et al. used a spatially and temporally dense temperature dataset to generate temperature metrics representing popular summary measures (e.g., minimum, mean, or maximum temperature) and wavelet variances in the Snoqualmie River network.

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 21 – 27 May 2016

May 27, 2016 | Posted by Michael "Aquadoc" Campana
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I’m headed home after six days in Yangon, Myanmar, for the Global Water Partnership Steering Committee meeting and a one-day ‘High-Level Round Table on Water Security and Sustainable Development Goals ‘ event (click here) that had a significant positive effect in a country recovering from over 50 years of rule by the generals and anxious to ‘make its democratic debut’ to the rest of the world.  It worked like a charm.

Today we took a field trip down the Irrawaddy River delta to see some agricultural and water projects, topped off by a lunch while cruising Yangon’s harbor. Some photos.

Storm’s coming in…

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Trying to clean up some water plants gumming up the works…

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More of the same…

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“Bone in chicken, relatives in man.” – Myanmar proverb

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.

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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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Enjoy!

“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.

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Enjoy!

“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:

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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.

Enjoy!

“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

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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.


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