Today I wanted to give a summary of a report put out by the Pacific Institute titled Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction. The Pacific Institute, which has been around for 25 years, released the paper which was written by Heather Cooley and Kristina Donnely in June of this year. For this report they conducted extensive interviews with experts from state and federal agencies, academia, industry, environmental groups, and community based organizations from throughout the U.S. If you are not familiar with what fracking is you can read an earlier article I wrote on fracking here: What the Frack?
3 Great Low Cost (self-funded) Water Conservation Campaigns that your Utility can run with today
If your water utility needs to conserve water then you are probably considering your options.
In Urban Australia the three most effective ways to create quick wins for utility companies who faced 7 consecutive years of severe drought and plunging water storages are loosely described below
“Clean water will be the oil of the 21st Century.” The accuracy and magnitude of this statement is resonating worldwide. There is no more important endeavor by governments and citizens than the protection and conservation of all water resources.
WEFTEC 2012 Brochure. Water Environment Research Foundation scheduled events
Students Create New Guidance Document on Decentralized Systems.
Inspired by WERF’s project on When to Consider Distributed Systems in an Urban and Suburban Context, students at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, created a new guidance document on decentralized systems as part of their Master’s Thesis Project.
WERF is producing a Nutrient Impact Modeling Toolbox to help stakeholders select modeling approaches based on a variety of factors. The principal product of the project is to be a “ Nutrient Impact Modeling Toolbox” designed to help local governments, utilities, states, and other stakeholders select modeling approaches based on a variety of factors, including: 1) types of waterbodies; 2) biological, physical, and chemical response indicators relevant to waterbody types; 3) data availability; 4) modeling options and limitations; 5) regulatory applications associated with the various modeling options for derivation of water quality standard criteria, total maximum daily load allocations, effluent limits for point sources; 6) targets for nonpoint source best management practices; and 7) data and information for nutrient source trading. The planned result will be a process that will provide a quantitative connection between nutrient loads and ecological indicators of water quality standards designated uses.