Why Water May Be More of a Commodity in Iraq Than Oil

The government estimates that nearly two million people face severe drinking water shortages and extremely limited electricity due to hydropower shortage.

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How Drug Manufacturing Facilities Are Threatening Our Drinking Water

A five-year study conducted by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers has found that pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities are a “significant source” of pharmaceuticals that enter the local environment.
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Another chapter in epic Carmel Valley water war

Fighting over Carmel River water dates back to the era of the Spanish missions, and it’s been a continuous conflict since, said Carmel Valley resident and attorney Keith Vandevere.

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‘Save Our Water’ Program Educating Public on Year-Round Conservation

The Save Our Water public education program is educating Californians on the importance of conserving water year-round – even in wet years.

At the inaugural California Green Fair today at the state Capitol, volunteers for the program distributed water conservation materials to attendees. Visitors to the Save Our Water exhibit received grab bags with posters, water conservation brochures, landscape guides, and Save Our Water slap bracelets and bumper stickers. The fair was hosted by a coalition of state and local governments and community groups and featured more than 50 green exhibitors and resource-conserving demonstrations.

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Congressional Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Water Resources Research Amendments Act

On Thursday, June 17, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on H.R. 5487, the Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2010.

The bill, submitted by Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Santa Fe Springs), would amend the Water Resources Research Act of 1984.  The original act authorizes and helps to fund research related to water resources by a designated research institute in each state and territory in a program managed by the U.S. Geological Survey.  The research institutes are primarily universities.

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Is anyone else tired of the word ‘conservation’?

Author: Brandon Middleton

I know I am. It seems you can’t go a day without being reminded of the need for water conservation in California. Glendale Water & Power, for example, has emphasized conservation since 2008 and “will continue to step up its water conservation message again this summer.” In a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, officials with the California Department of Water Resources and the Association of California Water Agencies wrote that “[n]ow is the time for all Californians to get real about water conservation. We need to take a critical look at our consumption habits and find ways to cut our use, both inside and outside our home.”

The conservation message, however, is preaching to the choir. Even surveys conducted by DWR and ACWA demonstrate that Californians get it: Conservation is important. There is a limited supply of water. We shouldn’t waste it.

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California’s drought may be over, but no one’s rushing to lift restrictions

LOS ANGELES – Late spring storms smothered the Sierra in snow. The state’s biggest reservoir is nearly full. Precipitation across much of California has been above average. By standard measures, California’s three-year drought is over.

“From a hydrologic standpoint, for most of California, it is gone,” said state hydrologist Maury Roos, who has monitored the ups and downs of the state’s water for 50 years.

But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t lifting his drought declaration. Los Angeles isn’t ending its watering restrictions and Southern California’s major water wholesaler isn’t reversing delivery cuts. Despite months of rain and snow and rising levels in the state’s major reservoirs, water managers aren’t ready to celebrate or make the drought’s end official.

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