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USEFUL WEBSITESMendocino County 1982 Coastal Groundwater Study PDF
“Historically, the Mendocino coastal area has experienced wide-spread water shortages during dry years...” Cites 1976-77 as the “minimum” rainfall (at 16.7").
Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden
Using Drinking Water on Your Yard? How to conserve water and keep your garden healthy – how one community is addressing their issues – from East Texas, where the drought is also acute. Supported by the local water agency and volunteers.
Home Water Conservation Guide
Tips for home water conservation, focused on water users in the sunbelt, but useful everywhere in the US. Submitted by Deb Coleman on behalf of a Environmental Awareness and Sustainability project in Saratoga County, upstate New York, 16 February 2016
Water Conservation Throughout the Home
Today’s modern household uses water for myriad purposes. Everything from cleaning dishes and taking showers to doing loads of laundry and washing the car can add up to several gallons or even hundreds of gallons of water used every month. Conserving the amount of water used at home will not only help to keep your water bill lower, but it’s also better for the environment. Found by Shannon Boyd while researching water for her Earth Science class, 5 December 2017
Water Conservation Tips
Includes an interesting chart showing water usage by country: USers consume 575 liters/day; in the UK, it's 149 l/d; Haiti and Ethiopia, 15 l/d. Found while helping her daughter Sofia research water by Katie Stevens, Pensacola, Florida, 13 March 2017
Water Conservation Games for Kids
Found while helping her daughter Sofia research water by Katie Stevens, 13 March 2017
Improvenet: Water Conservation at Home
This website is directed toward younger water users, and leads to many great resources, such as the Medford Water Commission's ‘20 Ways Kids Can Help Save Water’ among many others. Submitted by Mary (via her teacher, Susan Lowe.)
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) WATER Institute
Promote understanding of the importance of healthy watersheds to healthy communities. Building upon OAEC's many years of work to protect Coastal California’s watersheds, the WATER Institute promotes a vision of restoring and protecting all watersheds, or "Basins of Relations," utilizing a framework of regenerative water-use practices known as Conservation Hydrology.
The Water Page - Conservation -- conservation education
Incorporates The African Water Page. Submitted by the Valley Book Club.
Water Footprint website -- lots of useful resources
What is Water Conservation and Why is it Important
'FAQs and some interesting sources, plus "Ask an Engineer."'
Water: An Important Natural Resource Used Every Day
Assembled by SpaHub, a spa resource website. Submitted by Amber Sullivan -- thank you, Amber!
Defending Water for Life
Details Alliance for Democracy efforts to keep water resources in the public trust. Summarizes the history of the struggle to keep "Water for People and Nature" in the U.S. and around the world. This national campaign supports state-level work to protect water, including developing local resolutions against corporate personhood.
Defending water for life in California
A clearinghouse for water justice efforts in California. Has a great map with stories from California communities about their efforts to preserve or achieve water equity.
Stockholm International Water Institute
A policy institute that seeks sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI manages projects, synthesizes research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues.
ARTICLES ON THE WEBDo We Need a Local Water Movement?
Dr. Peter H. Gleick, the co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, writes:
Peak Water: exploring the water crisis
5 Documentaries You Must See to Understand the Water Crisis
Before rushing out to see a water movie, check out this thoughtful article.
Water Scarcity Facing 1/3 of US Counties
Water Profiteering: Privatization of Water Puts People in Jeopardy
Water Footprint Manual (downloadable 131 page manual)
Berkey Filters: How Recycling Can Keep Our Waters Clean
submitted by Angela Whitney, 14 August 2014
VIDEOSAnders Berntell: The Water Crisis
26 minutes. A somewhat dry treatment of the global water crisis. The UN, World Bank and world leaders have warned that the lack of water resources will lead to global crisis this century. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon called securing safe and plentiful water for all "one of the most daunting challenges faced by the world today." Like oil, some speculate we may in future hit "peak water." There are key differences though. For one, there is no substitute for water; no growth – economic, human, or ecological – comes without it. Will there be enough water resources in the future? Unless major improvements are made to better manage and efficiently use water in agriculture, industry and by consumers, the answer is no. However, opportunities for improvement are as great as they are urgent.
Makes the point that 70% of water use (globally) goes to wasteful agricultural practices. Continuation of this abuse of the commons will be aggravated by global weather changes, where it is anticipated that rainy areas will get rainier, and dry areas (where irrigation is crucial) drier.
Maude Barlow: Looming Global Water Crisis Pt 1
Canadian author and activist Maude Barlow narrates this 31 minute summary of global water crisis.
Water -- Localization vs Globalization/Corporate control
Maude Barlow again, telling why globalization of water is such a disaster. She urges that water be for all, the haves and the have-nots alike, through careful, sensible measures. Her idea is that those with water surpluses must be the ones to start making sense. "Imperatives: cooperation, sustainability, public stewardship ... water could be our teacher, and a gift to humanity. "
Could Drinking Water Scarcity Lead to Ecological Crisis?
BOOKSCadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water - Marc Resiner, Viking (ISBN 0-14-017824-4)
Introduction to Water in California (California Natural History Guides) - David Carle, University of California Press; 2 edition (February 20, 2009), ISBN 978-0520260160
The Great Thirst: Californians and Water - A History - Norris Hundley, Jr., University of California Press; (May 7, 2001) ISBN 978-0520224568
The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire - Mark Arax, PublicAffairs (February 15, 2005), ISBN 978-1586482817
Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water – McClelland & Stewart, Toronto (October 16, 2007) ISBN 978-0-7710-1072-9.
Globalization of Water: Sharing the Planet's Freshwater Resources -- Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-4051-6335-4, Hardcover, 232 pages
GOT OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS?
This is a HUGE subject, and the more we learn, the better we will handle our own commons and stewardship. Send recommendations to the keeper of this page at michael (at) casparinstitute.org
originally posted 21 August 2010 by Michael Potts, updated 13 March 2017
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