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This World Water Day, Something Big to Celebrate

On Monday, March 24, I leave on a trip to witness an event I never thought I’d see:  the Colorado River flowing through its delta toward the sea. Except in years of unusually high precipitation in its watershed, the Colorado hasn’t coursed through its delta for most of the last half century. Its entire flow…

For World Water Day, Cooperation Brings More Benefit Per Drop

Rivers pay no mind to political boundaries. If unimpeded by dams and diversions, they flow naturally from mountain headwaters to the sea, crossing borders both within and between countries as if political maps did not exist. If the world is to meet growing food, energy, and consumer demands over the coming years while sustaining the…

Water Books: Soak Up Some Knowledge for World Water Day

If you’ve read about World Water Day in today’s headlines and on your favorite blogs, and are thirsty for more stories and data on the planet’s H20 problems, check out the following books, all published within the last year or so: The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water By Charles Fishman…

In Honor of World Water Day, Meet a Guy Who Uses Enough Water for a City of 40,000 People

  Laurie Arthur is a farmer in the heart of Australia’s bread basket, the basin of the Murray River, who was kind enough, when I was trying to understand water, to explain how water works for farmers. Arthur lives out in the wide open country east of Adelaide and north of Melbourne — flat, irrigated farmland…

Reflections on a Thirsty Planet for World Water Day

  Water, I have learned, means different things to different people. To the novelist D. H. Lawrence, water was mysterious.  It is “hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what that is.” To the anthropologist Loren Eiseley, water was supernatural: “If there is…

This World Water Day, Think — Energy

  We don’t think much about water when we flick on a light, power up our computer, or open the fridge for a drink. But there’s some H2O hiding behind every activity that uses energy – which, of course, includes almost everything we do. In fact, the single biggest draw on U. S. rivers and…

This World Water Day, a Salute to the Unsung Heroes of Clean Water

  We don’t see or hear them, but every day they quietly go about their work–filtering and cleansing our rivers and streams. And if we don’t act soon, they’ll disappear from the workforce just when we need them most. I’m talking about shiny pigtoes, monkeyface, pink heelsplitter, and purple wartyback–freshwater mussels with funny names that…

World Water Day event focuses on growing thirst

“Next to oxygen, water is indisputably the most precious resource we have, and the shortage of freshwater is the biggest long-term problem facing the planet Earth. Even energy is a distant second–with energy, we have alternatives. With water there are none.” This dire warning from Gil Grosvenor, chairman of the National Geographic Society, served as…

Dispatches From World Water Day in Nairobi: Water By the Numbers

If you’re looking for ways to invest your money in 2010, you’ll get a return on companies building wastewater treatment plants, according to United Nations (UN) experts speaking to journalists gathered today at UN offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Satinder Bindra, director of communications for the UN Environment Program (UNEP), said his financial advisor told him…