California's snowcapped mountains aren't merely a beautiful backdrop, but also a high-elevation water storage system. Snowpack is so important because in a normal year, California gets about 30 percent of its water from snowpack runoff. And this year, there is almost none. Is this the harbinger of a new era?
Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.
According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.
America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!
Love water? Hunting for a new job? You might be able to make a splash with a career in water protection. Our need for water and wastewater management is only going to grow. Whether you're a scientist, an advocate, a writer or an accountant, you'll be needed!
Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.
Here's a common question: "Does pasture-raised beef have a low water footprint compared to industrial beef?" The answer: All beef has a high water footprint, but the sustainability of pasture-raised makes it a better choice.
The Obama Administration's ramp-up of fossil fuel exports is at odds with its push for a global climate deal. It also presents a real threat to our already strained water resources. Here's a sustainable solution: Integrated energy-water-climate policies that drive low-carbon, low-water technologies and initiatives.
Imagine the devastation if California agriculture was solely dependent on rainfall with no access to irrigation. Just because rain falls from the sky (or doesn't), it shouldn't be excluded from water footprints.
In a desperate, last ditch effort, the American Farm Bureau Federation is attempting to foil efforts to clarify Clean Water Act protection for the nation's water resources. However, their aggressive campaign only reinforces the value of clean water to our livelihoods and communities and our national economy.
Early on August 2, officials banned consumption of water in Toledo, Ohio after finding high levels of a deadly toxin in the city's supply. (The ban was lifted Monday, August 4.) How does a new Clean Water Act rule fit into the story to help prevent this from happening again?
Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.
Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.
It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.
While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
California could save up to 13.8 million acre-feet of water a year through water-saving and recycling strategies, and a new report aims to motivate statewide action by calling attention to water-saving methods that lie within arms reach.