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Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Posted on 26 December 2016 by asb


2008 documentary film by Sam Bozzo based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke

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South Fork Edisto River, SC | © Hugo Krispyn

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014 | South Fork of the Edisto River

Posted on 03 July 2015 by asb

South Carolina

Threat: Excessive water withdrawals
At Risk: Fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and water quality

South Fork Edisto River, SC | © Hugo Krispyn

South Fork Edisto River, SC | © Hugo Krispyn

The Edisto River is one of South Carolina’s most iconic rivers for paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts. However, excessive agriculture withdrawals can take up to 35 percent of the river’s flow during summer months, threatening river health and downstream water users, including other farmers. The legislature must amend state law to create fairness among all water users and ensure enough water stays in the river to protect river health.
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Posted on 21 December 2014 by asb

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Chasing Water

Chasing Water

Posted on 01 October 2013 by asb

Photographer Peter McBride traveled along the Colorado River from its source high in the Rocky Mountains to its historic mouth at the Sea of Cortez. In this Yale Environment 360 video, he follows the natural course of the Colorado by raft, on foot, and overhead in a small plane, telling the story of a river whose water is siphoned off at every turn, leaving it high and dry 80 miles from the sea.

In the video, McBride, a Colorado native, documents how increasing water demands have transformed the river that is the lifeblood for an arid Southwest.

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers® 2013

America’s Most Endangered Rivers® 2013

Posted on 01 October 2013 by asb

1. Colorado River
Outdated water management is threatening recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat.
2. Flint River
Water supply for communities, farms, recreation, and wildlife are threatened by outdated water management.
3. San Saba River
The river’s flow for ranchers, citizens, and lakes might disappear from outdated water management.
4. Little Plover River
Outdated water management is putting fish habitat and water supply at risk.
5. Catawba River
Coal ash pollution is threatening drinking water and recreation.
6. Boundary Waters
Copper and nickel mining at putting recreation, drinking water, and wilderness at risk.
7. Black Warrior River
Coal mining will put drinking water quality and fish and wildlife habitat at risk.
8. Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks
Nickel mining endangering pristine rivers, wilderness, botanical diversity and recreation.
9. Kootenai River
Open-pit coal mining is endangering water quality and survival of rare fish and wildlife.
10. Niobrara River
Improper sediment management is putting property, crops, and public safety at risk of flooding.
Special Mention: Merced River
Intentional flooding of this Wild & Scenic River would harm wildlife habitat and recreation.

http://www.americanrivers.org/endangered-rivers/

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Sierra Nevada 2014

All Dry on the Western Front

Posted on 30 September 2013 by asb

Sierra Nevada 20142013 was a dry year for California, but it has nothing on 2014 so far. January is on track to be California’s driest on record, and since the state receives half of its precipitation between December and February, it appears that the 2013-2014 water year could be the driest on record too. With that possibility in view, California governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr. declared a state of emergency on January 17, urging Californians to conserve water.
Sierra Nevada 2013

From brown landscapes to the bare mountains, California is clearly dry in this view from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, taken on January 18, 2014. The lower image, taken on January 18, 2013, contrasts last year’s drought conditions with the extreme conditions currently in place. Continue Reading

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The Story of Bottled Water

Posted on 05 June 2013 by asb

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What You Need To Know About the Availability of Consumable Water in the United States

What You Need To Know About the Availability of Consumable Water in the United States

Posted on 16 May 2013 by asb

As of Aug 2012, nearly 63% of the contiguous US was experiencing drought conditions.1 At the peak, 77% of the Central Region was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought.  Continue Reading


  1. Real-time drought dataUS Geological Survey (USGS)  

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What’’s in Your Water?

Posted on 16 May 2013 by asb

USA Today exposes America’s Dirty Little Secret
Washington
—Each and every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage is dumped into America’s waters and most people don’t even know it. It’s enough sewage to cover a state the size of Pennsylvania ankle deep. A shocking story in USA Today exposed America’s Dirty little secret, among the findings: Continue Reading

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10 Reasons You Should Be Prepared with Pure Drinking Water

Posted on 16 May 2013 by asb

The amazing stories emerging from the devastated North East Coast of the US remind us all how large and destructive these major storms can be. The area affected is as large as Europe according to a Fox News report. So the rescue and support efforts have to reach millions of people in a very short time. You are best to prepare for self-sufficiency.

1. You and your family can only live for a few days without water.

2. Drinking severely contaminated water can cause serious illness, and even death

3. Bottled water disappears from store shelves within hours of a disaster.

4. Bottled water re-supply to store shelves may not be possible for days, even weeks.

5. Bottled water plants may be out of operation after a disaster

6. Bottled water delivery can be stopped if roads are not usable.

7. You can’t rely on FEMA, government and your local utilities in all emergencies.

8. Earthquakes can destroy underground piping infrastructure disrupting water supplies.

9. In winter temperatures pipes can burst due to freezing, thus jeopardizing water supplies

10. Water supplies can be contaminated with sewage in an emergency

Preparing for an emergency is wise. Make sure you have your water emergency plan in place before an emergency arises.

FEMA and the Red Cross as well as the American Water Works Association (AWWA) recommend that in an emergency you should use distilled water. Distilled water undergoes prolonged boiling thus eliminating the biological contaminants and is of very high purity.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Have a distiller with a large storage tank, and keep the storage tank full at all times.
  • Fit you distiller with a pressure tank. This allows you to get stored distilled water from the storage tank even if the power fails.
  • Have an emergency distiller on hand.

Store bottled water. Glass containers are better than plastic bottled; plasticizers leach from the plastic over time.

 Posted Nov 13 2012 by Al Meder – Watercology

 

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Toxic Threats to Child Development

Posted on 16 May 2013 by asb

Nearly one in five (17%) children in the United States has been diagnosed with one or more developmental, learning or behavioral disability. There is a growing consensus that disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism are increasing in frequency. These disorders have widespread societal impacts, from health and education costs to the repercussions of criminal behavior. Research demonstrates that pervasive substances such as mercury, lead, PCBs, dioxins, pesticides, and others, are toxic to the developing child’s brain (neurotoxic).

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The Joy of Water

The Joy of Water

Posted on 19 February 2013 by asb

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Matt Damon About The Water Crisis

Matt Damon About The Water Crisis

Posted on 19 January 2013 by asb

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water; liquid awesome

water; liquid awesome

Posted on 19 January 2013 by asb

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Water changes everything

Water changes everything

Posted on 19 January 2013 by asb

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Drugs in Drinking Water

Posted on 16 January 2013 by asb

We have all heard the saying ‘There is something in the water’ Well There IS.

Associated Press reported that over 41 million people are exposed to pharmaceutical drugs in TREATED drinking water.

And there is NO FEDERAL or STATE REGULATIONS ON WATER TREATMENT FOR DRUGS. Continue Reading

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Don’t Swallow Your Toothpaste

Posted on 26 September 2012 by asb

We all want the best for our children, including sparking white teeth. Children today have fewer fillings than ever before, but what is the truth behind this great success story? Better care of our teeth or the magic ingredient in our toothpaste fluoride?

Some parts of Britain like Birmingham already add fluoride to the water and there are now plans to extend this to other cities: Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and London. But fluoride is a poison. It may work in small quantities, but people are worried that there is just too much of it around.

Dental health has been transformed, especially among poorer people. Before fluoride, toothpaste decay was rampant. Yet, dental health has also improved dramatically in countries which do not add fluoride to their water. Britain’s fluoride is imported from Holland, where ironically, fluoridation has been banned.

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Pharmaceuticals in the Water?

Posted on 26 September 2012 by asb

A vast array of pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. Continue Reading

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