News, Articles and Interviews

News briefs and articles about water footprints, water use and availability, as well as interviews with key people in the fields of water footprints and water use.

A Dry Climate Could Mean Water and Power Shortages

August 4, 2022

A drying climate in the American Southwest could lead to hydroelectric power shortages as lakes empty. Impact of a Dry Climate on Energy and Agriculture As the country’s two largest lakes – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – empty out from the effects of climate change on the region’s precipitation patterns, loss of power from […]

WaterLoop Podcast, Meet The Water Footprint Calculator

July 15, 2022

The waterloop podcast took time to discuss the Water Footprint Calculator and the importance of water footprints. An episode of the waterloop podcast featured the Water Footprint Calculator, with discussions about the importance of water footprints to everyday life and how the project gives people tools and resources to reduce their footprint. The podcast is […]

California Water Watch: A New Tool Helping Californians Cope With the Drought

June 6, 2022

California Water Watch is a new tool released by the Department of Water Resources that lets Californians look up their local water conditions. California Water Watch is a new site created by the California Department of Water Resources. The site compiles data from multiple sources in a way that allows users to view hydrological conditions […]

Federal Clean Water Rule Updates Are Again Expected. Farmers Are Again Wary.

June 2, 2022

As farmers await, an update to the federal Clean Water Act is expected to be issued by the Biden administration soon. Updates that provide greater protections under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) are expected in the coming months, and many farmers and their associations are wary of potentially tighter new rules to follow. In […]

As Droughts Worsen Globally, Water Scarcity Likely to Grow For Agriculture

May 16, 2022

Drought and water scarcity in agriculture are expected to increase over time, according to two new reports. Drought due to climate change is growing, says a United Nations report, while another study finds that water scarcity is expected to increase in areas where crops are grown by 2050. According to the United Nations Convention to […]

Environmental Problems on Earth Day: Don’t Forget About Water Use

April 21, 2022

Environmental problems led to the first Earth Day in 1970 Environmental problems that led to the creation of the first Earth Day in 1970 included (among many) air pollution that made people sick, pesticide pollution that made birds die and water pollution that made rivers burn.  Since then, the United States has seen many gains […]

High Temperatures are Worsening Drought In the American West

April 14, 2022

High temperatures are are making drought conditions worse in the American West During times of drought, it might rain and even pour, but drought could persist and climate change can still create water scarcity. Despite some recent precipitation, higher than average seasonal temperatures in the American West are wiping out the water stored in soil […]

Virtual Water in Food: Five Foods That Move Water Around the World

March 22, 2022

Virtual water in food is necessary for productive, sustainable food supplies. What happens when water is scarce because of drought and overuse or misuse? Virtual water in food is an essential part of agriculture.  Virtual water in food is part of the “hidden” water in the products, services and processes people buy and use every […]

It’s National Fix a Leak Week

March 15, 2022

It is national Fix a Leak Week in the United States. This EPA-initiated event happens every year around World Water Day, March 22. Do you think water leaks are no big deal? Think again, since the EPA estimates that every year in the US one trillion gallons of treated water goes to waste from leaks. […]