From the Pacific Institute Insights blog, in a post by Peter Gleick:
“Welcome to World Water Day 2014. As I said last year, I think every day should be World Water Day, not just March 22nd, but hey, we take what we can get. Here are some thoughts that warrant repeating about water and important water news from the past year.”
“The United States and Mexico plan to collaborate this month on a pilot ‘pulse flow’ of Colorado River water into the river’s delta in Baja California, a move hailed as historic by environmental groups on both sides of the border.
“The release at Morelos Dam near near Algodones is expected to start on March 23, Jack Simes of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Monday.
From the California WaterBlog by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, in a post by Jay Lund:
“There has been considerable kvetching during this drought about California exporting agricultural products overseas, with some saying that this implies we are virtually exporting water that we should be using in California.
“Those concerned should take comfort with California’s major imports of virtual water.
“The World’s Water, Vol. 8, released January 2014, is the latest volume of the biennial report that has delivered key data and expert insights into our most pressing freshwater issues for more than a decade.”
“Pat Mulroy, who recently retired after more than two decades as Las Vegas’ influential water chief, is calling for people and water managers across the West to shift their thinking about the Colorado River and focus on shared stewardship of its declining flows.
“Clearer views of waters along the U.S. and Canadian border are now possible with new seamless digital maps. These maps make it easier to solve complex water issues that require a thorough understanding of drainage systems on both sides of the International Boundary. …
“Developed cooperatively by both countries, the digital maps make tackling difficult issues more effective.
From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Features blog:
“The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be featuring many exciting events for the world to see. Though the Olympics Games is the premier athletic competition worldwide, the games also bridge the gap between science and sports by covering a number of Earth science topics as well. …
“The U.S. Geological Survey compiles water use statistics every five years and hopes to build towards a National Water Census.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Markos Kounalakis:
“A decade ago, I would represent Gov. Gray Davis at some Sacramento meetings with international dignitaries when the governor was out of town. … As per protocol, I asked what California could offer the prime minister’s country, Cape Verde, in terms of trade and commerce. His response that evening still takes me aback. ‘Agua.’”
“Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.
“Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.”
“What do the controversy over fracking, desalination costs, and the growing Syrian civil war have in common? Water. Global freshwater supply affects a broad range of issues, including public health, food crises, and environmental catastrophes.
The just-released eighth edition of The World’s Water series, edited by Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and the world’s foremost expert on freshwater, shows how water touches everything.
“The United States and other nations face many challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, a frozen frontier where melting ice is creating new shipping lanes, opening up access to massive oil, gas and mineral deposits, threatening coastal villages and posing possible future security threats.”
“Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor released the Lower Rio Grande Basin Study that evaluated the impacts of climate change on water demand and supply imbalances along the Rio Grande along the United States/Mexico border from Fort Quitman, Tex., to the Gulf of Mexico.
“‘Basin studies are an important element of the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART initiative and give us a clearer picture of the possible future gaps between water demand and our available supplies,’ Commissioner Connor said.
“In a rare example of regional cooperation, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials have signed an agreement aimed at generating new water sources for all three and saving the Dead Sea, a unique nature site and prime economic asset.”