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April 24: Cities Not Using China’s South-North Water Diversion

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Cities are not tapping into China’s massive South-North water diversion. Researchers raised concerns about the safety of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, groundwater levels dropped in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, and protests continued against a copper mine in Peru. A solar-powered desalination plant won USAID’s Desal Prize, and new regulations are expected to propel investment in ballast water treatment technology.

“We are concerned that the risks posed by the GERD’s extensive saddle dam may not have been fully appreciated or analyzed.”–Eastern Nile Working Group, in a report on Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River that raised concerns about “weak zones” in the dam’s construction, as well as about how the dam will be filled. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

59.13 meters Groundwater level in a town in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, where water levels have dropped precipitously due to a severe drought. The Hindu

$45.6 billion Estimated investments in ballast water treatment over the next five years, driven by the ratification of new global environmental regulations on ballast water discharges. Bloomberg

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

A small-scale, solar-powered desalination plant could be a cost-effective way to irrigate small farms in developing countries. The device, which won USAID’s Desal Prize, was created by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems. Popular Science

On the Radar

On The Radar

The second line of China’s massive South-North water diversion began operating in December 2014, bringing water from the Yangtze River Basin north to Beijing. Fewer than half of the cities along the route, however, have actually tapped into the new water supply due to high costs, experts say. The Wall Street Journal

Ongoing community protests against the $1.4 billion Tia Maria copper mine project in southern Peru pressured the government to say it may ask the company behind the project to modify its environmental impact study. The protests have centered around land and water pollution concerns in agricultural areas. Reuters

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Infographic: Price of Water in 30 Major U.S. Cities (2010-2015)

Cities raise rates to pay for repairs and to respond to conservation.

Infographic: 2015 Price of U.S. Water, Sewer, and Stormwater

The cost of water service in 30 major U.S. cities is rising.

Infographic: Ohio Passes Farm Regulations to Stop Lake Erie Toxic Algae

Ohio passes its first regulations on farm practices and wastewater discharges since the Toledo drinking water crisis eight months ago.

Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010

As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

U.S. EPA Avoids Stricter Water Pollution Standards for Gulf of Mexico

Court decision makes it easier for EPA to leave nutrient pollution control to Mississippi River Basin states.

Infographic: Emergency Water Funds for California Communities (May 2014-July 2015)

State emergency funds help public water systems and private well owners.

California Drought Puts Desalination, Fresh Water From The Sea, In A New Light

Era of ample water supply and cheap prices is ending.

California’s Rainless Summer Will Dry Up Drinking Water Supplies

State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

Big India Dam, Unfinished and Silent, Could Be Tomb For Giant Hydropower Projects

Lower Subansiri River construction site was shut in 2011 and never restarted.

California Orders First Mandatory Water Restrictions

Abysmal snowpack ‘obliterates’ record; cities told to conserve 25 percent.

California Drought Is Not Lifting

Another dry winter forces political pressure for action.

Water’s Major Role in Disasters Not Matched in New Framework to Reduce Risk

Beyond Sendai, water community turns attention to Sustainable Development Goals.

Asian Carp Swarm South of Chicago As Consensus on Permanent Solution Eludes Nation

New legislative proposal focuses on less expensive, short-term fixes.

Des Moines Water Utility to File Nitrate Pollution Lawsuit

Farming practices are adding harmful nitrates to Iowa's Raccoon River. The capital city's water utility will vote at a March 10 board meeting to proceed with a Clean Water Act lawsuit.

United States Clean Water Rule Quandary Begins On Land

EPA’s Clean Water Rule confronts deep-rooted farm resistance.

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In The Circle: Fresh Focus

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California Drought Puts Old Features in New Perspective

Water for swimming pools, golf courses, car washes at front lines of fresh scrutiny.

Global Drought Discussed on “The World” with Marco Werman and Circle of Blue

When "The World" wanted to know about global drought conditions last week, producers from one of the important news programs on National Public Radio called Circle of Blue.

Circle of Blue: Old-School Reporting in a New-Style Package

Last month, the Society of Environmental Journalists published a Q&A with our director, J. Carl Ganter.

California Regulators Hint at Forthcoming Urban Water Restrictions

The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

California’s Voluntary Water Conservation Plan Is Not Close to Working

Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

What Can Be Done to Strengthen India’s Natural Resource Management? [Part 2 of 2]

The good news is that India’s government has started to shift its priorities in terms of how it manages the country’s economy and natural resources.

On Meeting the Colorado River for the First Time

Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton tastes the iconic river.

India’s Water, Food, Energy Conundrum: Conclusions From a Two-Year Reporting Project [Part 1 of 2]

For two years, the Wilson Center and Circle of Blue have explored the contest for food, water, and energy in India and the troubling ways it plays out across the country.

World Water Day Ingredients Need Big Dash of Urgency

Senior editor Keith Schneider wonders if maybe a spokesperson and Xbox games are needed.

U.S. Ports Modernize While Water Supply and Quality Deteriorate

Savannah container terminal is a modern maritime showcase; Savannah River gets dirtier.

National Groundwater Awareness Week: 21 Stories on the World’s Most Abundant Source of Liquid Freshwater

Circle of Blue reports on groundwater supplies and pollution from California and Texas to India and the Middle East.

Wisconsin Iron Mine Plans Abandoned Due to Wetlands

EPA action under Clean Water Act cited as determining factor.

Infographic: Water Footprint of Valentine’s Day

Ever wonder how much water goes into your wine and chocolate? Our Codi Yeager-Kozacek does the research for you.

Hawaii Transforms Watershed Protection With Technology

UAVs, satellites, and cameras used on the Mars rovers help managers protect water.

Meghalaya Documentary — “Broken Landscape” — Premieres At Big Sky Film Festival

The film explores one of the world's most dangerous coal fields.

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California Drought

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Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010

As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

California Drought Puts Old Features in New Perspective

Water for swimming pools, golf courses, car washes at front lines of fresh scrutiny.

Infographic: Emergency Water Funds for California Communities (May 2014-July 2015)

State emergency funds help public water systems and private well owners.

California Drought Puts Desalination, Fresh Water From The Sea, In A New Light

Era of ample water supply and cheap prices is ending.

California’s Rainless Summer Will Dry Up Drinking Water Supplies

State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

California Regulators Hint at Forthcoming Urban Water Restrictions

The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

California’s Voluntary Water Conservation Plan Is Not Close to Working

Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

California Orders First Mandatory Water Restrictions

Abysmal snowpack ‘obliterates’ record; cities told to conserve 25 percent.

California Drought Is Not Lifting

Another dry winter forces political pressure for action.

National Groundwater Awareness Week: 21 Stories on the World’s Most Abundant Source of Liquid Freshwater

Circle of Blue reports on groundwater supplies and pollution from California and Texas to India and the Middle East.

Infographic: Too Warm to Snow in California, Oregon, and Washington

Snowpack in February 2015 was pitifully low in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges.

California Drought Cuts Farm Water Allocation to Zero for Second Consecutive Year

The Central Valley prepares for an unprecedented shortage.

California Drought: A Dry January Closes and Dread Mounts

Snowpack in the already-parched state is near record lows, just 25 percent of normal.

Important California Water Infrastructure Talks Start This Week

State and local agencies plan to invest billions in new assets.

California’s Record Heat Magnified Drought Woes in 2014

Precipitation was near average, but temperatures smashed the previous heat record.

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Azzam Alwash

Can war end in environmental rejuvenation? It did for Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands, believed by many to be the Biblical Garden of Eden. The marshes — straddled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that wind their way from Turkey’s eastern mountains through the desert plains of the Middle East — were systematically destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s […]

Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson grew up on his family’s North Dakota farm, where the groundwater well barely supplied their basic needs. As a child, he didn’t know why the water was scarce when their land was surrounded by wetlands, or “prairie potholes,” as he calls them. “I simply couldn’t make the connection at a young age about […]

Stacey Travis

For more than 15 years, Stacey Travis was a television producer for networks like FOX, A&E, and AMC. Until, that is, she drastically switched careers in 2006, when doctors in Uganda and South Sudan told her about the water-related illnesses that plague these nations. Travis felt compelled to help and soon after founded Drop In […]

Ajay Krishnan

Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]

Rose George

While working as an editor and writer at COLORS Magazine, Rose George was assigned to work on Cacas, a coffee table book featuring photographs of animal and human feces, for which “caca” is slang. Through the project, she discovered Sulabh International, an organization in India that provides public toilets and works to liberate those whose […]

Peter Thum

Wine turned Peter Thum to water. While working on a project in South Africa involving two wineries, Thum saw the difficulties that many people experienced just trying to get clean water every day. “I did a bit of research and began to see the size and magnitude of this problem,” he says. So he decided […]

Vessela Monta

“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

Isabella Bovolo

Guyana means “land of many waters” in a native Amerindian language, but it also houses one of the most pristine rainforests left in existence, the Iwokrama. In 1996, Guyana and the Commonwealth of Nations established an organization of the same name. According to Iwokrama resident scientist Isabella Bovolo, the organization aims to fill large data […]

David Breashears

In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]

Erin Huber

Erin Huber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Great Lakes, where clean fresh water is abundant and tap water is sometimes taken for granted. As a humanitarian and an environmentalist, Huber spearheaded rooftop gardens and farmers’ markets, but eventually honed her focus to water. Huber founded the Drink Local Drink Tap (DLDT) campaign in […]

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]

Chris Groves

Dr. Chris Groves spends a lot of his time going underground into caves carved by eons of water flow. Once a boy with an interest in rocks, today Groves is a world-renowned cave and limestone karst expert who directs the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University. “It was the only practical way to […]

Lori Pottinger

Lori Pottinger advocates for rural communities that are at risk of being displaced by dam construction. She says that residents are not always aware of the extent of cultural and lifestyle adjustments they will have to make — or the option of resisting development. “They’re giving their all, and then they’re getting nothing from these […]

Kunal Sangani

Innovation started early for incoming Stanford University freshman Kunal Sangani. At just 17, he was named the U.S. finalist for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his project about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). A native of Syracuse, New York, where intense discussion about fracking led to a moratorium on […]

Ed Wargin

Ed Wargin set out almost 17 years ago to document the Great Lakes, and he’s almost finished. The Fresh Coast Project is an effort to document the Great Lakes as a single unit. “I have felt through the years that we needed a solitary type of message, that we needed to look at the Great […]

Broken Landscape: Documentary Features Choke Point: India Report on Meghalaya's Rathole Coal Mines

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