Deciphering Water, Stone, and Movement

Deciphering Water, Stone, and Movement

In 2017, Jorge welcomed me to the headquarters of Costa Rica’s underground water agency. His supervisor had asked him to show me “the model” at work. After many years of fieldwork on water issues, I had already been introduced to many models: the mathematical model to calculate extraction rates, two different pieces of software that model aquifer flow, the regulatory model Costa Rica’s agency follows, and sponges as a preferred … [more…]

Weeki Wachee Mermaids Tackle Water Pollution Education

photo: Weeki Wachee mermaids, Florida roadside attraction




This long, long-running roadside attraction is also educating visitors about pollutants’ effects, focusing on Florida issues that also are relevant to any agricultural regions.

The mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs has been a delightfully kitschy, (very) family friendly, tourist staple for decades. These days, its shows are also relevant and topical, in a way that makes the message fun for all ages. The Weeki Wachee mermaids talk about … [more…]

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

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Activities & books about that teach our children about water conservation and the water cycle!

March 22nd is World Water Day.

It’s a day for all of us to remember that water is an important resource in our life and clean water is a limited resource for many around the world.

Everyone can make a difference in preserving this natural resource, even the youngest among us!

In fact, our kids … [more…]

California Water Savings Dwindle When Drought Fears Subside

California’s Water Savings Dwindle When Drought Fears Subside

Public perception of drought risk influences how people use water resources. New research sheds light on how public awareness could shift behaviors toward long-term water conservation. Credit: bozhdb/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Policy changes and media attention affect how much water Californians use, as well as how long these behaviors prevail. Could public awareness shift behaviors toward long-term conservation?

California’s population has almost doubled over the past 4 decades, growing from … [more…]

Ecolab opens ‘Water University,’ teaches ways to conserve water

photo: at the microscope - Water University teaches ways to conserve water

Photo: Amanda McFadden, a sales account manager at Ecolab’s Nalco Water company, examines water specimens at the new Water University in Illinois. [Ed.: how to conserve water

Global water demand is expected to exceed supplies by 40 percent by the year 2030. Moreover, large corporations are not using advanced tools available to manage water use. These are findings in a recent study by Ecolab and GreenBiz Group. To help address … [more…]