From land to water: Expanding our building horizons

From land to water: Expanding our building horizons

(Image credit: Gensler) Across the world, architects are now looking to develop onto the 71 percent of the earth’s surface that builders have largely neglected so far – the water. With half its population living below sea level, the Netherlands is a world leader in the growing area of floating buildings. The Amsterdam neighborhood of Ijburg , including a development

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Here Comes the Sea: The Struggle to Keep the Ocean out of California’s Coastal Aquifers

Here Comes the Sea: The Struggle to Keep the Ocean out of California’s Coastal Aquifers

photo: The Watsonville, California, recycled water facility, completed in 2009, purifies wastewater from the city of Watsonville for use by farmers in the Pajaro Valley. Using recycled water instead of groundwater prevents the Pacific Ocean from spoiling coastal aquifers with salt. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue

Farm districts preserve fresh groundwater with recycled wastewater

Driving on the world-famous Route 1, just south of town, a traveler looking … [more…]

Water Pollution and SeaWorld San Diego

Water Pollution and SeaWorld San Diego: How This Marine Park Harms More Than Just Captive Whales

How This Marine Park Harms More Than Just Captive Whales

SeaWorld hasn’t exactly been on everyone’s “nice list” the last few years. Their Public Relations department has been reeling since the release of Blackfish , a 2013 documentary that called into question the company’s ability to safely, humanely, and ethically house orcas in

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A Look at What’s in Store for California Water in 2017

A Look at What’s in Store for California Water in 2017

We don’t know what kind of water year it will be yet, but there are already some big story lines that look set to develop throughout the year and key areas of focus we’ll continue covering. The California Department of Water Resources conducts its first manual snow survey. The survey, on Jan. 3, 2017 at Phillips Station, took

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California’s water policy at potential tipping point

Photo: water aqueducts - California’s water policy at potential tipping point

Recent rain and snowfall conditions have us all hoping 2017 may be a wet year and offer a break in our six-year drought. But whether the drought is broken or not, Californians must act this year to achieve more sustainable long-term water management.

California operates at a water deficit. Even in wet years, we use more surface and groundwater than is replenished by rainfall. It is not sustainable. The recently … [more…]