Why limiting PFAS in drinking water is a challenge in the US

photo: concerned women and PFAS

Andrea Amico (center) joined with Michelle Dalton (left) and Alayna Davis to form a community group seeking tests of those who drank PFAS-polluted water, including their children, at a redeveloped Air Force base. Credit: AP

The EPA faces legal and other hurdles as it attempts to regulate PFOA and PFOS

An article in the local newspaper caught Andrea Amico’s eye in May 2014. It reported that one of the three … [more…]

Arizona’s New Digital and Interactive Water Encyclopedia

Arizona’s New Digital and Interactive Water Encyclopedia

We all understand the importance of water in Arizona, but the hydrology, legalities, and water management can be overwhelmingly complicated. So how do we get educated on all the issues and challenges while finding facts to offer us a real glimpse into Arizona’s water story? Well, ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy has created a great place to start.

Their new platform – the Arizona Water Blueprint, which is an … [more…]

Let’s turn the high seas into the world’s largest nature reserve

TED Talk:

What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas — some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country — by creating a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world’s ocean. By protecting the high seas, Sala believes … [more…]

The burning question: How do wildfires impact watersheds?

The burning question: How do wildfires impact watersheds?

Photo: Site of the Brian Head wildfire in Utah still showing clear impacts more than a year after the fire Image Credit: arbyreed (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Article: Maina, F. Z., & Siirila‐Woodburn, E. R. (2020). Watersheds dynamics following wildfires: Nonlinear feedbacks and implications on hydrologic responses. Hydrological Processes , 34 (1), 33-50. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13568

For people in the western United States, images of devastating wildfires have become a terrifyingly familiar … [more…]

The Time is Now to Invest in Western Water Infrastructure

The Time is Now to Invest in Western Water Infrastructure

Commentary: The coronavirus crisis reminds those of us in the water world of the importance of the systems which sustain us.

Our water systems are among the very most important. The need for effective planning, preparation and implementation of water policy and infrastructure is critical, as we manage the engines which drive our economy, our health and our safety. It is most certainly a primary focus of the Western water … [more…]