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.

The Iran Water Crisis is Multifaceted

June 16, 2021

The Iran water crisis has its roots in water use and conflict and is made worse by a lack of technology and US politics. The crisis could drive conflict or cooperation. The Iran water crisis is deepening. The country is experiencing one of its driest periods in 50 years. More than half the population lives […]

Sonoma Wine Country Prepares for Drought

May 26, 2021

Sonoma wine country is preparing itself for a drought that has caused the area to look like it’s July instead of May. Sonoma wine country is dealing with another potential economic blow. Last year, fires hit Sonoma and Napa Counties, and the entire state had to deal with pandemic-related closures. This year, the area is […]

As Western US Drought Deepens, Agriculture Must Adapt…Again

May 24, 2021

Drought covers almost the entire Western US, which means the biggest water user — agriculture — must adapt to water shortages. Drought now extends across 96 percent of the American West, with more than 50 percent either in “exceptional” or “extreme” drought. With the coming summer and dry months ahead, prospects don’t look promising for […]

Data Center Water Usage: Tackling Challenges Amid Historic Droughts, Wildfires

May 5, 2021

Data center water usage in the United States is growing, even as the country struggles with growing water shortages. Data center water usage is growing year over year. The water use is primarily dedicated to dissipating heat produced by server farms that house data centers. According to one industry analyst, a 15-megawatt data center can […]

The Environmental Impact of Food and How You Can Help

April 28, 2021

The environmental impact of food includes impacts to water. This is driven in part because agriculture uses a lot of water. The Environmental Impact of Food Includes Water The environmental impact of growing food and raising animals extends to the air, land and, yes, water. The food choices you make have consequences, some more damaging […]

Colorado Snowpack: Spring Has Sprung and Rivers Run

April 23, 2021

Colorado snowpack in the Colorado River Headwaters Basin is 3 inches below average this year. It will impact the millions of people who live downstream. Colorado snowpack feeds numerous rivers in the state that eventually end up in the Colorado River. Seven states, two countries, nine national parks and approximately 36 million people rely on […]

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

April 21, 2021

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 […]

Time to Help The Top 10 Most Endangered Rivers

April 16, 2021

American Rivers announced their annual top 10 most endangered rivers. American Rivers released the America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2021 report, and there’s plenty of work to do. From the Georgia to Massachusetts to Idaho, many rivers across the United States are threatened, with the potential of degraded water quality and ecology, and the loss […]

New York City Watersheds Provide More Than Just Drinking Water

March 19, 2021

The New York City Water System places a high value on its watersheds, as we see in the quality of its drinking water and the variety of products that come from within it. Here, we consider the value of our watersheds for World Water Day, on March 22, with this year’s theme the “value of […]