Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells

photo: Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells

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Record flooding in the Midwest is now threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells. The National Ground Water Association estimates that people living in more than 300 counties across 10 states have their groundwater threatened from bacterial and industrial contamination carried by flood waters.

The 10 states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"The most immediate … [more…]

How the 2019 winter washed away California’s drought

How the 2019 winter washed away California's drought

Photo: Aerial view of snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Credit: NOAA

Monday, March 25th 2019, 11:47 am – Every major reservoir in the state is above historic revels, and there are some that are completely full

Last week marked the first time since December 2011 that California has been free of drought conditions, breaking a 376-week streak.

Only some reservoirs in the far northern edge of the state, along the Oregon … [more…]

Flood-Resilient Homes in Pakistan: A Traditional Future

Video frame: Flood-resistant homes in Pakistan

Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect and one of the most successful providers of disaster relief shelters in the world. She has built more than 36,000 houses for victims of floods and earthquakes in Pakistan since 2010.

Lari once built giant concrete and steel buildings for clients such as the Pakistani State Oil company. But when disaster struck in 2005, she turned to traditional techniques to design flood and … [more…]

World Water Day: Must-Watch Documentaries

photo: World Water Day: Must-Watch Documentaries

From Kenyan water women, to Iran’s drought crisis and a polluted paradise: our picks for World Water Day, and every day.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal clearly states the goal of "water for all by 2030". However, access to safe and clean water sources and sanitisation is still a work in progress for numerous countries worldwide.

From Iran’s water crisis, to Senegal’s sinking villages, China’s underwater hunt and a … [more…]

To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

photo: To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

Photo: The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Queensland, Australia

Rivers deliver sediment from land to the ocean. This sediment contains nutrients which can feed microscopic algae in water. But, if there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef.

The challenge is that sediment comes from many different locations and we need to know … [more…]