Clearer Protections for Clean Water

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is taking action to protect our precious water resources.

grviewMany of us have fond memories of playing at our neighborhood pond or taking a swim in the local river. We remember the unspoiled wetlands and streams where our parents took us hunting and fishing as kids. We value our deep-rooted ties to the lakes and rivers that shape where we grew up and where we live. Our waters define who we are as people and as a nation. Read more

New technique shows shale-drilling additives in drinking-water taps near leak

Substances commonly used for drilling or extracting Marcellus shale gas foamed from the drinking water taps of three Pennsylvania homes near a reported well-pad leak, according to new analysis from a team of scientists.

newtechniqueThe researchers used a new analytical technique on samples from the homes and found a chemical compound, 2-BE, and an unidentified complex mixture of organic contaminants, both commonly seen in flowback water from Marcellus shale activity. The scientists published their findings this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more

Water Cutbacks Now Mandatory In California For First Time In History

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced there will be mandatory water cutbacks in the drought-stricken state for the first time in history.

01“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow,” he said in a statement. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action. Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

While previous efforts at rationing water have been initiated at the city and district levels, this is the first time that rationing has been enforced statewide.

The orders come the same day Brown joined officials at a snowpack measure in the Sierra Nevada mountains that revealed levels are are at an all-time recorded low, at just 6 percent of the long-term average for this time of year. The previous low was 25 percent, set in 1977 and again in 2014. Read more

The ‘Waterfall House’ Takes Showering Outdoors

In Sweden, a clause in planning laws allows residents to build a 270 square foot building on any existing residential property — a law that’s seen some inventive new small house designs, like this concept that moves the shower outdoors.

waterfall-houseThe small structures are known as Attefall houses, after the politician who introduced the planning regulation. Although the law limits the floor plan of the house to 270 square feet — a bit smaller than a regulation basketball key — it also allows the eaves to extend out by five feet. Read more

One Water – for Sustainable Development

One-Water“Water is a precondition for human existence”, says UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson. Water is health, water is energy, water is food, water is climate, and water is equality. This year, we celebrate the 25th Jubilee of Stockholm Water Prize. Read more