Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Women Help Out
The City of Santa Cruz is serious about water conservation during the current 5 year drought. The city posts flyers in public places requesting citizens to report water waste. This collaborative effort of mindfulness is a reminder of the necessary collective effort to make a difference. call 831-420-LEAK
This image was submitted from Santa Cruz, CA.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Storm WaterA storm drain, storm sewer, surface water drain/sewe, stormwater drain, or simply a drain or drain system is designed to drain excess rain and ground water from impervious surfaces such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs. Storm drains vary in design from small residential dry wells to large municipal systems. They are fed by street gutters on most motorways, freeways and other busy roads, as well as towns in areas which experience heavy rainfall, flooding and coastal towns which experience regular storms. Many storm drainage systems are designed to drain the storm water, untreated, into rivers or streams.
This image was submitted from Salinas, CA.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Historically canals have been of immense importance to the development, growth and vitality of a civilization. Canals are commonly classified into a two broad categories:
1)Waterways: canals used for carrying vessels transporting goods and people.
2) Aqueducts: water supply canals that are used for delivery of potable water for human consumption, municipal uses, hydro power canals and agriculture irrigation
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the Eastern U.S., took the brunt of the massive snowstorm that swept through Asheville and up the East Coast over the weekend. With 5 more inches added by early Sunday, Mount Mitchell State Park has seen 66 inches of snowfall.
This image was submitted by Marshall L from Asheville, North Carolina.
Monday, January 25, 2016
ReforestrationAccording to a report put out by the Forestry Department entitled, Towards a New Understanding of Forests and Water, "The availability and quality of water in many regions of the world are more and more threatened by overuse, misuse and pollution, and it is increasingly recognized that both are strongly influenced by forests. Moreover, climate change is altering forest’s role in regulating water flows and influencing the availability of water resources. Therefore, the relationship between forests and water is a critical issue that must be accorded high priority."
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Snow. Snow. Snow. Winter Storm Jonas is unleashing its peak impacts on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Saturday morning with dangerous blizzard or near-blizzard conditions ongoing across the region. Snowfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour have been observed early Saturday morning in the Washington, D.C. area, and rates up to 3 inches per hour have been recorded in the New York City area.
This image was submitted from the DC Metro Area by Dan E.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Bracing for a Blizzard
The Washington DC is preparing for potential record snow fall. The fear of feet of frozen precipitation have left the grocery store shelves barren.
"The bread aisle."
This image was submitted by Sonya E. from Washington DC.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Flint Water Crisis : The Watered Down VersionThe City of Flint stopped purchasing water from the city of Detroit and instead used water from the Flint River. The corrosive level of the water in the Flint River caused severe damage to the primarily lead pipe water delivery system. As a result high levels of lead became present in the water supply being used by the residents of the city. In turn toxic levels of lead have been discovered in the blood levels of tested Flint residents. Governor Snyder of Michigan declared a state of emergency and the U.S. Federal Government has responded with up to $5million in aid. This is but a temporary relief while a long term solution is implemented through infrastructure rehabilitation.
Lead poisoning in children is devastating and irreversible.
Children who suffer lead poisoning have
lower IQs, behavioral problems, hearing problems, and growth delays
Donations can be made flintkids.org
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
What Drives the Water Cycle?
Evaporation is the process by which water changes from a liquid to a gas or vapor. This is the primary pathway that water moves from the liquid state back into the water cycle as atmospheric vapor. Studies show that the oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers provide close to 90 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere through evaporation, with the remaining 10 percent being contributed by plant transpiration.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
WaterbirdsWaterbirds is a term given to birds that live in and around water environments. Theses birds are often classified into categories of wading birds, seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds. Clean water environments are critical to the health of these birds. A group called the Waterbird Society is an international scientific, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of waterbirds. This society was created to establish better communication and coordination between the growing number of people studying and monitoring aquatic birds, and to contribute to the protection and management of stressed populations or habitats of these species.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Litter tossed out the window or dumped in fields often finds its way into the water cycle through storm sewers,rivers, creeks or washes. In the desert, discarded trash often sits in a dry wash (biome) until a monsoon causes flash flooding and redeposits the litter in a new spot.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
As El Nino hits land in California, umbrellas are getting a fair amount of use. As a result, umbrella bags are popping up in store entrance ways. These plastic bags are designed to keep the floors dry and slip free However, as a disposable plastic they add to the growing landfills.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Grapevine that starts at the mouth of Grapevine Canyon, immediately south of the community, and ascends the canyon to the Tejon Pass in the Tehachapi Mountains via Interstate 5. The village and grade are named, not for the once-winding road known as the Grapevine that used to climb the steep mountain canyon, but for the canyon it passed through with its wild grapes that still grow along the original road.
" El Nino has arrived and touched the mountain tips with snow!!"
This was submitted by Jamie S from California.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
When it Rains, it Hails...
Last weeks storm that hit Southern California, dropped over 2 feet of snow on Big Bear Lake. However, most of the torrential downpour was not put to use and simply washed into the ocean. As the state is entering the 5th year of severe drought plans are being finally put into action to try to collect and store this precious resource."The State Water Resources plans to allocate $200 million for such projects. And Los Angeles plans to capture 20 billion more gallons than the 10 billon it collects during normal years." In fact, the city of Los Angeles has gutted a 16foot wide street median and replaced it with 111acres of vegetation that collects enough water to fill 27 olympic sized pools.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Water for Less
"Fresh clear water for less" This water machine at a Cheveron gas station in central California offers 1 free gallon of water after the purchase of 4 gallons of water. Water machines of this sort have become progressively common through out the drought stricken areas.
This image was submitted from Bakersfield, CA.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Calumet RiverIn 1913, the Corps of Engineers linked the Sanitary Canal to Calumet Harbor by means of the 16.5-mile Calumet Sag Channel. This meant that barges coming up the Mississippi River system need not traverse the Chicago River at all, but that they could go directly to Lake Calumet.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
There are areas of Alaska that can only be reached by boat or plane. Most notably, is the capital, Juneau but other cities along the inside passage, such as Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Douglas. These cities rely on the ocean to survive.
This image was submitted by Charles S. arriving in Sitka, Alaska.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
For the Birds
Bodega Bay, California is for the birds, Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". In 1963 this quiet town, located on the eastern side of Bodega Harbor, an inlet of Bodega Bay on the Pacific coast hosted hollywood to film the now cult classic. Bodega Bay Public Utility District was formed in 1948, for the purpose of furnishing potable water within the District boundaries.The District operates water treatment facilities and maintains over 21 miles of water mains.The District currently has 1,058 water connections and over 2 million gallon storage capacity.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
You dump it. You drink it.
In 2006 the office of solid waste and emergency waste at the Environmental Protection Agency started a campaign to inform and educate citizens on the necessity of proper disposal of used motor oil. It was designed to inform the public that improper disposal of the waste ends up in the drinking water. The campaign booklets are available online, in libraries and at other various locations.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Got Water ?
783 million people in the world do not have regular access to clean safe water. This number is not confined to third world countries. Fact, in the U.S. over 40% of the Navajo Nation does not have clean running water or toilets. Fact, the city of Flint, Michigan with a population of approximately 99,763 has declared a state of emergency because of lead contaminated water.