Sometimes it seems that CHANGE is actually hard to come by. This video is an example of how simple CHANGE really is. There are a few smalls steps that every individual can take to really help improve our world. If everyone banded together, CHANGE could really be possible. 

After learning about cholera in my freshman seminar, clean water is so ridiculously important. It’s not hard to fix this problem, and yet it’s still around.

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Via Eco-Autumn: saving the world.

Record Snowpacks Could Threaten Western States

In Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, plow operators are dealing with some of the deepest snow seen in years. Above, 23 feet of snow on Trail Ridge Road.

In Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, plow operators are dealing with some of the deepest snow seen in years. Above, 23 feet of snow on Trail Ridge Road. From the New York Times, May 21, 2011.

Heavy Rains and Dry Lands Don’t Mix: Reflections on the 2010 Pakistan Flood

Flooding forced millions of Pakistanis to flee their homes in July and August 2010.

Each summer, monsoon rains sweep across southwestern Asia, soaking India and Bangladesh. In nearby Pakistan, the rains are usually less intense, more intermittent, and centered in the northeast.  The summer of 2010 was different. In July and August, rain fell over most of Pakistan and persisted in some places for weeks. The Pakistan Meteorological Department reported nationwide rain totals 70 percent above normal in July and 102 percent above normal in August.

Rivers rose rapidly, and the Indus and its tributaries in the northern part of the country soon pushed over their banks. As the surge of water moved south, it swelled the Indus in Pakistan’s central and southern provinces. Then the problems started compounding. In Sindh, a dam failure sent the river streaming down an alternative channel west of the valley. The resulting floodwater lake—which merged with existing Manchhar Lake—spread over hundreds of square kilometers.

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WaterByte #13 - The World of Water and Water Borne Diseases

Summary: Where do water borne diseases come from? What in the man made and natural environment gets into water and makes people sick? This podcast looks at some of the different causes of diseases in water and why that is.

Length: 4 minutes, 50 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

female Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, from a sufferer

Female Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, from a sufferer. Image from flickr.


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Book Recommendation - The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

Charles Fishman (2011) , The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.  Visit the book website for additional information.

The Big Thirst brilliantly explores our strange and complex relationship to water. We delight in watching waves roll in from the ocean; we take great comfort from sliding into a hot bath; and we will pay a thousand times the price of tap water to drink our preferred brand of the bottled version. We love water—but at the moment, we don’t appreciate it or respect it. Just as we’ve begun to reimagine our relationship to food, a change that is driving the growth of the organic and local food movements, we must also rethink how we approach and use water. The good news is that we can. As Fishman shows, a host of advances are under way, from the simplicity of harvesting rainwater to the brilliant innovations devised by companies such as IBM, GE, and Royal Caribbean that are making impressive breakthroughs in water productivity. Knowing what to do is not the problem. Ultimately, the hardest part is changing our water consciousness.

Mass Media Musings: Three Avocados, a non-profit coffee company


The Three Avocados, Non-Profit: Reflection

My past honors class from the spring semester, Water: Science and Society, Skyped Joe, the founder and CEO of The Three Avocados. After our short chat, I was left with a feeling of blissfulness. Perhaps this is why Joe has been so…

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The floodwaters from the Mississippi River are expected to crest today in Vicksburg Mississippi. Thousands of people been forced from their homes by the rising river and now their lives are now full of waiting: waiting for meals at shelters, waiting for the latest word on their flooded homes, waiting for the river to fall. Read more at www.abcnews.com. This AP photo was taken by Dave Martin. (Taken with instagram)


Unicef Advertising - Polluted Water Bomb


Save water, grow a beard
World Environment Day is June 5, and Budweiser is asking the men of America to grow a beard to help conserve water. That’s right. Budweiser wants men to forego shaving between now and June 5 to help save 1 million gallons of water.


Mississippi Flooding

The Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet yesterday — not quite surpassing its all-time record set in 1937, but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup. The upper Mississippi basin has been experiencing near-record flooding for weeks now. Across Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Arkansas, heavy rains have left the ground saturated and rivers swollen. At the same time as recovery begins in Memphis, residents of Louisiana are working to prepare themselves for the massive amounts of water heading their way — experts estimate that as many as three million acres may become submerged in the next few days.

See more photos at In Focus

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WaterByte #12 - Industrialization, Urbanization, and The Role of Water

Length: 5 minutes, 47 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

The destruction of wildlife habitats, the loss of water for evaporation and hence a reduction in rainfall, and other unforseen environmental fall-outs have proved devastating. Urbanization, altered flows and draining wetlands all contribute to the growing problems. 

Urbanization in Asia

Photo: Urbanization in Asia, from United Nations Photo on flickr.

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Manitoba braces for cut into Assiniboine dike to divert building flood pressure
A week can seem like an eternity when you’re fighting a flood. Just seven days ago, Manitoba’s Red and Assiniboine rivers crested simultaneously in Winnipeg. It was a ho-hum event. Sure, provincial flood-fighters were concerned about the impact of the large April 30 rain/snowstorm in western Manitoba. But panic? Nah.

Fast-forward to the frenzy now gripping the province.

The Armed Forces have been called in to fight a flood in Manitoba for the first time since 1997’s flood of the century. The Portage Diversion channel is getting an emergency upgrade. And, most dramatically, the province is prepared to risk flooding 150 homes — by cutting an outlet in the Assiniboine near Portage la Prairie — to prevent a greater catastrophe.

Photos: Rising flood waters in Brandon, Man.
Q&A: Record flooding in Brandon, Manitoba
Floods prompt Manitoba to declare state of emergency


Water rises around a farm in southern Illinois on May 2. Intense storms and record-breaking rainfall brought about heavy flooding in southern Illinois and neighboring states, forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explode a series of levees on the Mississippi River.


In 1944, a cartographer named Harold Fisk traced the mighty Mississippi River, as it flowed in his day, with a thin, snaking line of white. He pored over geological maps and added a series of earth-toned ribbons showing where he thought the river had flowed in previous decades.

Map via NPR’s Krulwich Wonders as adapted from Harold Fiske’s 1944 Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River

Click through to see the whole amazing map.

What the Flooding Mississippi Means for America’s Dinner - Food - GOOD

WaterByte #11 - The Organization Water Without Borders

Length:  5 minutes, 11 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script & references

Water Without Borders is a charitable organization that helps people all throughout the world gain access to clean drinking water. Water Without Borders is involved in many different regions, including Kenya, Haiti, Honduras, and South Dakota. This podcast also contains an interview with the organization’s founder, Mr. Franklin Evert. Overall, it will be shown that Water Without Borders is a positive force in the struggle to attain safe, clean water for all humans. 

Earthquake damage in Jacmel 2010-01-17 4

 (Picture of Jacmel, Haiti, one of the cities in which Water Without Borders is involved) (Photo source)

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