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Trillions of Gallons of Water Lost in the US through the Leaky Infrastructure (NPR)

Posted By britneyg in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

The US aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone. -

A World Without Water (film)

Posted By kevinthemann in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

A World Without Water The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision's film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatisation of water supplies. -

Drought means less California rice, but good prices for rice that was grown

Posted By teddyRIO in Planning and Management

Nothing about this year's rice growing season has been business-as-usual. Some growers received no water. Prices look good for the rice that was grown! -

On the future of journal publications in hydrology

Posted By Sina in Hydrology

Editors from several journals in the field of hydrology met during the Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences in Gothenburg in July 2013 to share thoughts on the future of journal publishing in hydrology. The group of Editors reviewed the current status of the journals and the publication process, and discussed future strategies for responding to changes in the global publication arena in a proactive way. In the meeting, a number of possible actions was identified to help strengthen journal publications and research in hydrology as a whole. These are communicated in this Joint Editorial published in the journals Hydrological Sciences Journal, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrology Research, Journal of Hydrology, and Water Resources Research. -

Californian farmers sue state over drought water decisions

Posted By teddyRIO in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

State leaders illegally denied deliveries to west San Joaquin Valley landowners with senior water rights, a lawsuit says. -

India's Water Crisis (BBC Video)

Posted By kevinthemann in Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

India receives adequate rainfall for its billion-plus population, but the country is facing a crisis as water is diverted from poor rural areas to fill water tanks and swimming pools in richer cities like Delhi. -

Water as a tool for peace for Israel, Palestine and Jordan

Posted By goopsgoops in Planning and Management

Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), asserts that trans-boundary water cooperation directly correlates with regional stability and peace. The inverse also holds true: failure to collaborate when managing shared water resources raises the risk of war.

According to SFG, of the 148 countries sharing water resources, 37 (many Middle Eastern) do not engage in active water cooperation and any two or more of those 37 face a risk of future war. In addition to exposing populations to water shortages, this also increases the likelihood that key water bodies will experience serious ecological decline due to mismanagement or exploitation. -

Water resources management in a homogenizing world: Averting the Growth and Underinvestment trajectory

Posted By Kaveh in Hydrology , Planning and Management , Miscellaneous

Biotic homogenization, a de facto symptom of a global biodiversity crisis, underscores the urgency of reforming water resources management to focus on the health and viability of ecosystems. Global population and economic growth, coupled with inadequate investment in maintenance of ecological systems, threaten to degrade environmental integrity and ecosystem services that support the global socioeconomic system, indicative of a system governed by the Growth and Underinvestment (G&U) archetype. Water resources management is linked to biotic homogenization and degradation of system integrity through alteration of water systems, ecosystem dynamics, and composition of the biota. Consistent with the G&U archetype, water resources planning primarily treats ecological considerations as exogenous constraints rather than integral, dynamic, and responsive parts of the system. It is essential that the ecological considerations be made objectives of water resources development plans to facilitate the analysis of feedbacks and potential trade-offs between socioeconomic gains and ecological losses. We call for expediting a shift to ecosystem-based management of water resources, which requires a better understanding of the dynamics and links between water resources management actions, ecological side-effects, and associated long-term ramifications for sustainability. To address existing knowledge gaps, models that include dynamics and estimated thresholds for regime shifts or ecosystem degradation need to be developed. Policy levers for implementation of ecosystem-based water resources management include shifting away from growth-oriented supply management, better demand management, increased public awareness, and institutional reform that promotes adaptive and transdisciplinary management approaches. -