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Water Management

When Our Responses to Drought Make Things Worse

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Water problems are a complex mix of natural resource, technology, social, economic and political conditions. When water is limited during extreme events such as droughts, society puts in place a variety of responses. But many of the actions taken in recent years have actually increased the vulnerability of other systems.

'Green News Report' - August 5, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Drinking water ban in Ohio's 4th largest city is over -- for now; Mine ...

'Green News Report' - July 31, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 20m gallon water main break, amid worst drought in CA history, exposes ...

Coping With California's Water Future Will Require a Sea Change in Perspective

Jay Famiglietti | Posted 06.07.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Famiglietti

While the relative merits of several important water plans are being actively written and debated, it is abundantly clear that the key to making any of them a success is that we must change the way we view water in California.

Why We Need to Act Now on Risks to Water

OECD | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
OECD

History is full of lessons for how water crises could have been avoided or better managed. On World Water Day, this March 22, I urge governments to act now so that history will show that we took resolute action when needed, rather than leave us with costly regrets.

California's Drought: The New Normal?

Sara Aminzadeh | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Sara Aminzadeh

The drought proclamation formally recognizes that "extremely dry conditions ... may continue beyond this year and more regularly into the future." This calls for permanent and fundamental changes in our behavior. Here are five ways to get started.

Reaping the Whirlwind: Water War Along the California-Oregon Border

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

What events will jar us into realizing we need to shift our water management style? Our high capacity to ignore big, observable facts gives preference to how things used to be over how things ought to be--and that won't work on the road ahead.

Addressing the Water Challenge

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

An interview I gave in 2005 in which I discussed the public right to water has been shared widely. My critics say it shows I want to 'privatize' water. I want nothing of the sort. I don't mind being criticized on Facebook or Twitter, because the debate there is helping to spotlight the issue of water scarcity.

Massive Water Main Break Underscores Water Challenges -- and Solutions

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.22.2013 | DC
Mark Tercek

The land use decisions people living near the Potomac River make today -- across towns, cities and states- - will directly affect the quality and quantity of water available to them, their children and their grandchildren.

Using Sustainable Water to Plan for the Next Billion

Frank Sesno | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green
Frank Sesno

Greywater is wastewater generated from daily activities like washing dishes and doing the laundry. Finding a better way to manage greywater is essential.

Louisiana's Holiday Tree Recycling Outlives State Budget Cut

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

New Orleans and nearby parishes plan to collect Christmas trees to build brush fences in bayous for marsh rebuilding this January even though the state decided to ax its funding for the program awhile ago.

When it Comes to Water, the Land Down Under Is Way on Top of the US

Jim Lauria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Lauria

Our friends Down Under are light years ahead of the U.S. on some key water issues, and we need to catch up quickly.

Lake Mead Water Level Reaches Alarming Threshold

The New York Times | Felicity Barringer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Nev. -- A once-unthinkable day is looming on the Colorado River...

Spill Waste Buried in Local Landfills But Not in Mississippi

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

New Orleans residents may be unaware that gulf spill waste is being stashed less than ten miles away in Avondale.

State's Oyster Growers Weigh Options in Claims Process

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oyster growers seeking compensation for losses after the spill worry that payments will hinge on whether damages were from fresh-water flows ordered by Governor Bobby Jindal or the presence of oil.

8 American Cities Get A+ For Sustainable H2O Management

TreeHugger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

American Rivers has highlighted eight communities' sustainable water management approaches that will make them more resilient to a changing climate....