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Priceless - The Market Myth of Water Pricing Reform (Report)

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:44

Focusing solely on water pricing as the mechanism for managing demand is unfair to ratepayers and doomed to be ineffective. We must recognize the collective impacts of water use, from agricultural needs to industrial needs to home needs, and demand collective responsibility.

Water Quality Issues in the US Wine Industry Affect Small Communities

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:40

As the wine industry grows in economic importance, wineries face an increasingly stringent level of scrutiny from environmentalists and government regulators. Wastewater discharge from winery operations is becoming an area of particular concern.

The Great Lakes as Bottled Water

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:39

When bottled water is placed next to Coca-Cola and other sugar-laden soft drinks, it seems a positive alternative, or at least benign. But take a closer look at the process by which that small unit of ordinary water has been acquired, packaged and marketed to you – for $1.50 a bottle, say – and you begin to see how bottled water is often a deep offense against the commons.  It’s a matter of taking something that belongs to all of us, denying its ecological importance, adding some modest proprietary value and marketing sizzle, and then selling it back to us at a huge markup.

Leveraging the Great Lakes Region’s Water Assets for Economic Growth

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:36

This region’s 10,000 miles of lakefront, coupled with thousands of miles of regional rivers, streams, and inland lakes are an increasingly valuable amenity: In 2007, 2.7 million jobs were linked to the waters of the Great Lakes, accounting for $150 billion in compensation. As these waters are cleaned and made available for development, recreation, and tourism, they enrich the region’s quality of life and can help stimulate economic growth.

Water Availability and Use Pilot: A Multiscale Assessment in the U.S. Great Lakes Basin

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:34

The focus of this study was on collecting, compiling, and analyzing a wide variety of data to define the storage and dynamics of water resources and quantify the human demands on water in the Great Lakes region.

Risk Reduction Study Fact Sheet - Environmental DNA (eDNA)

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:31

The presence of species can be detected by filtering water samples, and then extracting and amplifying short fragments of the shed DNA. In contrast to other surveillance methods, the environmental DNA (eDNA) method does not rely on direct observation of Asian carp to evaluate presence.

Diversions of Great Lakes Water

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:29

Diversions may transfer water in or out of the Great Lakes basin, or between the watersheds of different lakes or rivers within the basin. While the impacts of existing diversions on lake levels are minor, they alter the natural flow of the Great Lakes and water returned from diversions may be of a different quality than when it was withdrawn.

Not So Fast, Natural Gas - Why Accelerating Risky Drilling Threatens America’s Water

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:28

After witnessing BP’s devastating Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some industry analysts are suggesting that domestic natural gas is a good onshore alternative. Even before the spill, some said natural gas could be a “game changer” if new technology allowed drillers to tap into shale rock formations on a large scale. But because the same technology poses threats to water, accelerating this natural gas drilling could be our next energy disaster.


Great Lakes Watershed Map

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:25

Cleaning Up Toxic Substances and Restoring the Degraded Areas of Concern

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 01:24

Continuing sources of toxic substances include releases from contaminated sediments; industrial and municipal point sources; nonpoint sources including atmospheric deposition, agricultural and urban runoff, and contaminated groundwater; and cycling of these substances within the ecosystem. The most contaminated rivers, lakes and bays in the Great Lakes – the “Areas of Concern” designated under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement – are undergoing costly cleanups to remove toxic sediments and other pollution.