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Coverage of river basins since June 21, 2023.

Climate change: Intensity of ongoing drought in Syria, Iraq and Iran ‘not rare anymore’

"...Large parts of Iraq, Iran and Syria have been gripped by an intense drought for years. Low rainfall and high temperatures have caused crops to fail and driven water shortages across the region, pushing millions of people into food insecurity..."

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Q&A: What the ‘underwhelming’ Three Basins Summit means for tropical forests

"...Between them, these three river basins are home to two-thirds of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and are rich in both fossil and renewable resources..."

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Drought reveals cracks in Canada-U.S. Columbia River Treaty as B.C. lake dries up

"...It led to the creation of three dams in B. C. and a fourth in Montana in the Columbia's drainage basin, serving both flood control and hydropower generation..."

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WMO: Global stocktake of water resources needed

"...StocktakeThough further research is needed, and more information from regions like Africa, the Middle East and Asia is required, the conclusions made based on data from 273 stations around the globe are straightforward, the Report authors believe. In the realm of river discharge and reservoir inflow, over 50 per cent of global catchment areas and reservoirs displayed deviations from normal conditions, of which a majority were drier than usual. There were anomalies in soil moisture and evapotranspiration (transfer of land water into the atmosphere, either by evaporation or through plants) registered throughout 2022..."

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City of Calgary looks at more measures to help deal with drought

"...The Bow River through Calgary is at far below normal levels, according to data from Alberta's river basin dashboard. A provincial graph shows that the flow rate of the Bow River in Calgary is around 28 cubic metres per second. Normal levels for this time of the year should be between 50 to 70 cubic metres per second..."

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Severe drought conditions expand in British Columbia

"...Provincial conditions reported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada show drought conditions worsened in southern British Columbia in August..."

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Okanagan records driest-ever soil moisture as drought worsens

"...“The ongoing precipitation deficits and high temperatures led to increased irrigation demands, earlier than normal berry harvests and evacuation orders due to wildfires,” said Agriculture Canada..."

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UNBC research group launches third phase of Nechako River Basin study

"...“Our research and events such as the 2021 summer heat dome and autumn land-falling atmospheric rivers experienced in B. C. and the 2023 summer drought conditions and associated wildfire activity are showing us the global climate crisis is a cross-cutting driver of watershed change,” says Dr..."

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‘Something’s changed’: Summer 2023 is screaming climate change, scientists say Globalnews.ca

"...“Canadians?” joked the host. “I thought you’d smell more like smoke. ”It’s been that kind of season..."

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City of Calgary reduces water use due to drought conditions

"...Moving forward, the city says they are ramping up efforts to monitor drought conditions and they will continue to work with Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, TransAlta and the Downstream Irrigation Districts to manage water supply and demand along the Bow River. If drought conditions persist, the city warns they may have to implement mandatory outdoor water restrictions. A water guide is available online and provides ideas on how to be water-efficient in homes and yards..."

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Alberta floods: Rivers receding west of Edmonton, some evacuation orders dropped Globalnews.ca

"...The Athabasca, McLeod, Pembina and North Saskatchewan rivers were high west and northwest of Edmonton after heavy rainfall across the province over the past week. Some people living in areas in Yellowhead and Woodlands County were told to leave their homes – or shelter in place – as the rivers caused overland flooding and washed out roads. Several evacuation orders were cancelled as of Friday as the area waters receded..."

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Golf course in Whitecourt flooded: 'Golf pros aren't supposed to wear hip waders'

"...“The entire McLeod river basin, so right up through Peers, Edson, Cadomin, that’s the area that’s of most concern for us,” Tom Pickard said..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about river basins.

Learn to use Rivers.Alberta

"...The Alberta River Basin’s webpage at Rivers. Alberta. ca is your source of find information on stream flows, precipitation, snow pack data and flooding advisories..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health (updated)

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about river basins relevant to the latest news.

Optimizing Reservoir Water Management in a Changing Climate

"...One of the UN agenda 2030 Sustainable Development goals is associated with water availability and its sustainable management..."

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The ecological niche of native and invasive fish congeners in Texas streams: evidence from morphology, stable isotope analysis,

"...Freshwater invasions have occurred worldwide with significant ecological, evolutionary, and economic impacts on recipient ecosystems..."

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Comparison of resource use by invasive Black Carp and native fishes using isotopic niche analysis reveals spatial variation in

"...Invasive Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) pose a dual threat to North American freshwater ecosystems through consumption of threatened and endangered mussels and competition with native molluscivores..."

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Farm structure and environmental context drive farmers? decisions on the spatial distribution of ecological focus areas in Germ

"...Context Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) were designed as part of the greening strategy of the common agricultural policy to conserve biodiversity in European farmland, prevent soil erosion and improve soil quality..."

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Impacts of Tibetan Plateau Vortex Activities on the Ecological Environment in the Yellow River Basin

"...Once it moves out of the plateau, it can cause heavy rainfall and even lead to flooding, soil erosion, and other impacts on the ecological environment to the east of the plateau, especially in the Yellow River Basin (YRB)..."

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Spatio-temporal modeling of rangeland degradation in response to changing environment in the Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin, Ken

"...Increased rangeland detrimental effects led the present research to model the severity of rangeland degradation in the Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin (UENRB) in Kenya between 1986 and 2021 and predict the future scenario for 2031..."

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Hydrochemical indices as a proxy for assessing land-use impacts on water resources: a sustainable management perspective and ca

"...The key sources of SWQ pollution in these three zones were individually identified by principal component/factor analysis (PCA/FA), which were mainly related to domestic wastewater, industrial effluents, farming runoff, soil erosion, upstream sediment flows, and severe droughts..."

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Multihazard Assessment of the Sutlej-Beas River Basin Using Bivariate Statistical Frequency Ratio (FR) Model and Management Bar

"...Thus, this study has carried out a multihazard susceptibility assessment based on landslide and flood susceptibility in the Sutlej-Beas River basin and prepared flood and landslide susceptibility maps using eleven causative parameters through a bivariate statistical frequency ratio (FR) model..."

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Psychological distance and physical distance induced residents? heterogeneous willingness to pay for transboundary watershed ec

"...Under the framework of payment for transboundary watershed ecosystem services (ESs), identifying midstream and downstream residents? preference and willingness to pay (WTP) for ESs provided by the upstream is crucial for sustainable watershed management..."

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Simulating Runoff Regime in a Glaciated High-Mountainous Basin: A Case Study of the Baksan River (Caucasus, Russia)

"...The water resources of the North Caucasus depend mostly on the state of glaciers, which have been intensely losing their mass in the recent decades against the background of climate changes..."

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Assessing the Impact of Land-Use Dynamics to Predict the Changes in Hydrological Variables Using Effective Impervious Area (EIA

"...The present research examines the hydrological impacts of historical and future land use land cover (LULC) in a part of the Yamuna River basin..."

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