The water-energy nexus is not what you expect

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Earlier this summer, researchers at UC Davis confirmed what a lot of us already know — that saving water saves energy. The analysis from the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency found that California’s mandatory 25 percent reduction in urban water use, adopted in May 2015 due to the ongoing severe drought, resulted in significant energy and greenhouse gas savings.

Schools around the country find lead in water, with no easy answers

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

In Portland, Ore., furious parents are demanding the superintendent’s resignation after the state’s largest public school district failed to notify them promptly about elevated lead levels detected at taps and fountains.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie (R) has ordered lead testing at every public school in the state after dozens of schools in Newark and elsewhere were found to have lead-contaminated water supplies.

In the District, which experienced a devastating lead crisis barely a decade ago, officials last month announced plans to spend millions of dollars to install water filters and more rigorously test the city’s public schools and recreation centers after a handful were found to have unacceptable lead levels.

The ongoing crisis in Flint, Mich., has shined a spotlight on the public-health hazards that lead continues to pose in U.S. drinking water. In particular, it has led to renewed pressure to test for the problem in the nation’s schools, where millions of young children, the age group most vulnerable to lead poisoning, spend their days.

‘Climate change is water change’ — why the Colorado River system is headed for major trouble

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

There’s good news and bad news for the drought-stricken Colorado River system, according to projections just released in a new federal report from the Bureau of Reclamation, manager of dams, powerplants and canals.

The report predicts that Lake Mead — the river system’s largest reservoir, supplying water to millions of people in Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico — will narrowly escape a shortage declaration next year. But a shortage is looking imminent in 2018, and water experts are growing ever more worried about the river system’s future.

Snopes on the Gulf of Mexico dead zone

Snopes discusses the claim that the photo below, which shows a body of water with two distinct colors. is a permanent location where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf Of Mexico. What follows is an excellent explanation of hypoxia in the Gulf, which is caused by nutrient pollution.


Capturing Rainwater Will Save GM Plant Millions of Dollars

Read the full story at General Motors Green.

A new project to capture stormwater at GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly – home of the Chevrolet Volt – is slated to save the plant nearly $2 million every year. The initiative, two years in the making, now allows the plant to reuse rainwater for manufacturing processes throughout the 4 million square foot facility.

What’s easier: Turning off water indoors or outside?

Read the full story from the University of Florida.

Apparently, it’s more convenient to Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension report.

How to Restore an Urban River? Los Angeles Looks to Find Out

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

Officials are moving ahead with a major revitalization of the Los Angeles River – removing miles of concrete along its banks and re-greening areas now covered with pavement. But the project raises an intriguing question: Just how much of an urban river can be returned to nature?