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Paper: ‘The Depths of Hydraulic Fracturing and Accompanying Water Use Across the United States’

The Depths of Hydraulic Fracturing and Accompanying Water Use Across the United States. by Robert B. Jackson, Ella R. Lowry, Amy Pickle, Mary Kang, Dominic DiGiulio, and Kaiguang Zhao. 2o15. ES & T, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01228 Download Acs%2Eest%2E5b01228 Abstract Reports highlight the safety of hydraulic…

Clean Water Act & Wetlands: ‘Preservation Is a Flawed Mitigation Strategy’

Jessica Owley, an Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, penned this article, ‘Preservation is a Flawed Mitigation Strategy’, published in Ecology Law Currents last month. Good article. Can you spell ‘L-A-N-D  T-R-U-S-T-S’? Download Preservation-is-a-flawed-mitigation-strategy   Introduction The objective of the Clean Water Act is to restore and…

CRS Report: ‘Pesticide Use and Water Quality – Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict?’

Another timely report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS): Pesticide  Use and Water Quality: Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict? by Claudia Copeland (August 2014). Download CRS_Pesticide_Use_and_Water_Quality_Laws Summary This report provides background on the emerging conflict over interpretation and implementation of the Federal…

CRS Report: EPA & Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”

More good stuff! Another great report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS): EPA and the Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”. Claudia Copeland is the author. Download CRS_Report_EPA-USACE_Waters_of_US Summary On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the…

Denver Partnerships Empower Students to Improve City Water Quality

Denver Public Works’ pioneering educational program known as “Keep It Clean Neighborhood Environmental Trios”, or KIC-NET, incorporates their stormwater outreach goals as well as the goals of Denver Public Schools and Denver Parks and Recreation. The pilot program is currently operating at 10 schools where 750 students are learning hands-on science while improving their neighborhood parks and waterways.

Denver Pilots Partnership Model for Hyperlocal Urban Water Education

A Western City Collaborates for Meaningful Water Education, Part 5 by Lydia Hooper For the past several years, Denver Public Works has been building partnerships with Denver Public Schools to improve both water quality and science education in the city.…

Denver Builds Partnerships to Improve Education and Empower Students to Improve City Water Quality

A Western City Collaborates for Meaningful Water Education, Part 4 by Lydia Hooper As described in the last blog, Denver’s Wastewater Department has been establishing relationships with partners to help meet the requirements of their MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer…

Lately, I Have Been Thinking A Lot About Water Resource Priorities

by Carol Collier, AWRA President There is a lot of work to do in order to be better prepared for an uncertain future. It takes time to change land use policies or build a new reservoir. The time to get…