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Coverage of water resources since April 10, 2024.

Silicon Valley-backed voter plan for new California city qualifies for November ballot

"...The Solano Land Trust, which protects open lands, said last week that such large-scale development will have a detrimental impact on Solano Countys water resources, air quality, traffic, farmland, and natural environment..."

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Hawaii judge orders a new environmental review of a wave pool that foes say is a waste of water

"...The judge said in her ruling that there was insufficient evidence for the HCDA to determine whether there is a likelihood of irrevocable commitment of natural resources and whether secondary and cumulative impacts of water use, injection, land use changes, and wildlife mitigation would likely lead to a significant impact, thereby favoring an injunction..."

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California county's farm bureau sues over state monitoring of groundwater

"...Its the first area in California to go through this process under the states landmark groundwater law that aims to keep water flowing sustainably after years of drought and overpumping has led to problems with groundwater quality and the sinking of land. Californias law tasked local communities with forming agencies and drafting groundwater management plans to reach a sustainable use of the resource for years to come..."

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First Nations collaborate with independent geoscience to enhance understanding of water resources

"...Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy Mines and Low Carbon Innovations, stressed the importance of collaborating with First Nations to increase understanding of water resources in a statement on May 2nd.  ..."

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California reports the first increase in groundwater supplies in 4 years

"...California has been seeking to step up groundwater recharge with ever-drier years expected from climate change. Much of the state's population counts on groundwater for drinking water in their homes, and farmers that grow much of the country's food rely on the precious resource for crops ranging from carrots and almonds to berries and leafy greens..."

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Study says California's 2023 snowy rescue from megadrought was a freak event. Don't get used to it

"...DENVER (AP) Last years snow deluge in California, which quickly erased a two decade long megadrought, was essentially a once-in-a-lifetime rescue from above, a new study found..."

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Blog: Bill 185 Threatens to Remove the Public's Appeal Rights on Land Use Planning Affecting Their Communities

"...Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has worked with countless community groups all over the province on local land use planning matters. Those community members are seeking to make their communities better. Land use planning is critical to a healthy local environment..."

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In Vietnam, farmers find an emissions-friendlier way to grow rice

"...Vietnam is the world's third-largest rice exporter, and the staple importance to Vietnamese culture is palpable in the Mekong Delta. The fertile patchwork of green fields crisscrossed by silvery waterways has helped stave off famine since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Rice isn't just the mainstay of most meals, it is considered a gift from the gods and continues to be venerated..."

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Fighting fire with water from arsenic-laced wells

"...“We think other reservations could do the same,” he said. Arsenic can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted. It is a natural element found in the upper parts of the Earth’s crust, and while a big dose of it is fatal, the more common issue is consumption of low levels of arsenic over long periods of time..."

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California sets long-awaited drinking water limit for

"...Community members and health advocates worry Californias limit doesnt do enough to protect public health from the metal. They want the state to adopt a drinking water limit closer to the public health goal of 0. 02 parts per billion, the level scientists have said does not pose significant health risks..."

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Crop-rich California region may fall under state monitoring to preserve groundwater flow

"...Communities have since formed groundwater sustainability agencies and drafted management plans. In the Tulare Lake Subbasin, five local agencies worked on a single proposal, only to see it rejected last year by the state Department of Water Resources over concerns about lowering groundwater levels, sinking land and degrading groundwater quality..."

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'Forever chemicals' are found in water sources around New Mexico, studies find

"...Dozens of samples also were taken from groundwater wells and surface water sites as part of an initial statewide survey between August 2020 and October 2021, with officials saying the majority of wells sampled did not turn up PFAS. The work began after contamination was discovered at military installations..."

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Jobs in water resources

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Wastewater Labourer II - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...You must be professional, responsive and possess a positive work attitude; strong mechanical skills; the ability to remain calm in stressful situations; and the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully one-on-one and in a group environment..."

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Intermediate Stormwater Engineer - Urban Systems Ltd. (Calgary) (Calgary, AB)

"...Honing your engineering/stormwater skills and developing an understanding of best practices, regulations, design criteria, and processes/equipment/technologies..."

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Water Treatment Plant Operator - City of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...For detailed information on this position and for more information on our community, please visit our website at https://www. nanaimo. ca..."

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Senior Water Resource Engineer - Park Board, Green Infrastructure - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Develop guidance materials and processes related to capital design, construction, establishment, operations and maintenance, monitoring and performance evaluation plans for green infrastructure in parks;..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention water resources.

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The need for a Canada-wide action plan on water

Duration: 12:52

"...Canada has a global reputation of having abundant, clean water, and water is essential for life and for food security..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water resources.

How Fish Survive Hydro Turbines

"...All of our lives benefit in some way from this enormous control over Earths freshwater resources..."

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How Nature Can Protect Cities from Floods & Droughts

"...By carefully managing rain and wastewater, it aims to fight water pollution, scarcity, and flooding..."

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Finding a Balance for the Amazon | Davos 2024 | World Economic Forum

"...Home to 10% of the worlds biodiversity, 20% of global freshwater resources and nearly 50 million people, the Amazon basin plays an essential role from an economic and ecological standpoint..."

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Protecting the Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Black Carbon, and Regional Resilience

"...Climate change and air pollution are speeding up the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of 750 million people who rely on the waterfrom these glaciers and snows..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about water resources relevant to the latest news.

History of the hydrogeochemical study of groundwater in the Netherlands and the research motives

"...Societal motives are also identified: shallow, biogenic methane as fossil fuel (already researched since the 1890s); groundwater contamination; freshening/salinisation of aquifers; ecohydrology and nature conservation; aquifer thermal energy storage; national and regional groundwater monitoring for policy evaluation; impact of climate change and weather variability; and occurrence of brackish groundwater and brines in the deeper subsurface..."

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Combined Effects of Seawater Intrusion and Heavy Metal Pollution on the Groundwater Resources of Tarout Island, Saudi Arabia

"...To mitigate the health and environmental hazards, groundwater use must be urgently managed alongside implementing suitable pollution control techniques..."

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A Systematic Review of Water Governance in Asian Countries: Challenges, Frameworks, and Pathways Toward Sustainable Development

"...Critical WG issues identified include transboundary water management, irrigation challenges, water quality concerns, and water?food?energy nexus interdependencies..."

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IoT-enabled groundwater monitoring with k-NN-SVM algorithm for sustainable water management

"...However, overexploitation and contamination of groundwater resources have led to significant environmental and socio-economic challenges..."

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Review: Toward sustainable management of groundwater in the deserts of Egypt

"...Moreover, this review highlighted the need to frame a rational strategy for the long-term sustainable exploitation of non-renewable groundwater in the aquifer systems of Egypt and develop an appropriate exit strategy for desert communities in case of serious water resource depletion..."

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Identifying Groundwater Potential Regions in Sokoto Basin, Northwestern Nigeria: An Integrated Remote Sensing, GIS, and MIF Tec

"...The study utilized nine GWPR factors, including geology, soil property, geomorphology, slope, lineament density, drainage density, rainfall, land use/land cover, and groundwater level fluctuation..."

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Mapping of potential areas for aquifer recharge in arid regions using the IF model and the fuzzy AHP method: the case of southe

"...In arid areas in southern Gabes (SE Tunisia) with low precipitation and scarce surface water resources, the exploitation of groundwater remains the only way to meet the various needs of development..."

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Vulnerability assessment of urban waterbodies based on WRASTIC model

"...The vulnerability of the water resources system is directly impacted by various threats other than population expansion, such as changes in land use, socio-economic development, and climate change and their sustainability is often challenging..."

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Groundwater potential mapping and mineralization assessment in Campo aquifers, Cameroon using AHP and multivariate statistical

"...Lithology, geomorphology, specific capacity, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity, rainfall, infiltration rate, lineament density, drawdown, static water level, soil thickness, drainage density, slope, and land use/land cover were taken into account to characterize the groundwater potential zones..."

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Agricultural Water Resource Management in the Socio-Hydrology: A Framework for Using System Dynamics Simulation

"...The result of the sensitivity analysis showed that in scenarios 3 and 4, the policy of wastewater reuse in the agricultural sector significantly increases available water resources, has a major impact on water supply, and increases crop yields..."

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Framing uncertainty in water policy discourse: insights from Arizona?s Project ADD Water

"...Project ADD Water was intended to engage stakeholders in dialogue about securing water resources under existing state water management policy..."

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