Can Providing Bathrooms to Homeless Protect California’s Water Quality?

Can Providing Bathrooms to Homeless Protect California’s Water Quality?

Photo: A homeless camp set up along the Sacramento River near downtown Sacramento. (Source: Water Education Foundation)

Western Water In-Depth: The Connection Between Homelessness And Water Is Gaining Attention Under California Human Right To Water Law And Water Quality Concerns

Each day, people living on the streets and camping along waterways across California face the same struggle – finding clean drinking water and a place to wash and go to … [more…]

A Bizarre Tardigrade Was Found With a Belly Full of Strange, Glittery Material

A Bizarre Tardigrade Was Found With a Belly Full of Strange, Glittery Material

When you put a tardigrade under a microscope, you never know what you’re going to get. These weird-looking ‘water bears’ are some of the strangest creatures on the planet, and they are constantly surprising us. Even once you see them with your own eyes, it can be hard to figure out what the heck is going on.

Biologist Rafael Martín-Ledo has been studying marine microfauna such as tardigrades for years, … [more…]

The best reusable water bottles, for when you’re ready to ditch your plastic habit

The best reusable water bottles, for when you’re ready to ditch your plastic habit

Gratitude blue bottle love glass water bottles. (Kayden Radhe / Blue Bottle Love)

Whether you’re worried about plastic pollution or the amount of dough you blow on bottled water, there’s definitely a reusable bottle perfect for you.

But with a market flooded with options, what should you consider? The key questions include how and where you will you use it. Is it for home, commuting, indoor cycling classes? Flying or … [more…]

Researchers create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water

Researchers create first portable tech for detecting cyanotoxins in water

IMAGE: North Carolina State University researchers have developed the first portable technology that can test for cyanotoxins in water. To test for cyanotoxins, users place a drop of water on a customized chip, then insert it into a reader device which connects to a smartphone. These images are screenshots of the smartphone app of the cyanotoxin sensor. Left: Welcome page. Right: Data analysis page. Credit: Qingshan Wei, NC State University[more…]

Wichita’s new Pracht Wetlands Park is open to the public

photo: Pracht Wetlands Park in Wichita, Kansas - urban wetlands

Wichita’s newest public park is open and ready for visitors — sort of.

Pracht Wetlands Park, on 29th Street just east of Maize Road, had its official ribbon-cutting in late May, though the park is still technically a work in progress.

It hasn’t even been listed on the city’s Park and Recreation website yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t check it out now.

The 91-acre park, which has been … [more…]