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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.

Changes to the Water Footprint Calculator Website

March 9, 2020

We at GRACE Communications Foundation are happy to announce the updates made to our award-winning Water Footprint Calculator (WFC) website. We gave the site a new, streamlined look, and we improved the functionality, expanded the content and updated the data and sources behind the calculations. Completed by more than 1.3 million site visitors since its […]

Spotlight: Water Calculator’s Interview with the Water Footprint Network

January 28, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following interview comes from the Water Footprint Network’s January 2019 newsletter. The field of Water Footprint Assessment has been evolving over the past 16 years. In this interview, we reflect on the past impact and future challenges of this great and growing field. Water Footprinting is a Growing Field In this interview, […]

The “Wonderful” Empire: How Land, Nuts and Water Made America’s Biggest Farmer

March 27, 2018

America’s biggest farmer, Stewart Resnick, continues to expand. But with California’s limited water resources, nature might just push back. The sunshine is plentiful, but the moisture is not. Stewart Resnick is the biggest farmer in the United States and the overwhelming majority of his crops are rooted in the fertile lands of California, where the […]

How Water Footprints Can Help Us Eat Less Water

October 26, 2017

By learning about the water footprint of the food, people can make more sustainable choices and discover many ways to eat their way to water savings. Eat Less Water How do we get Americans to conserve water? The first step is to show just much water it takes to make the average American’s lifestyle possible. […]

Waterkeepers Fighting Harmful Algal Blooms from Coast to Coast

September 18, 2017

On the front-lines of the battle against harmful algal blooms and nutrient pollution are local Waterkeepers — water protection organizations spread around the United States and the world. Waterkeeper Fighting Harmful Algal Blooms from Coast to Coast America’s waterways are as different and unique as its geography and people. From small streams, rural ponds and […]

How Big Is Your Water Footprint? You’ll Be Surprised

August 8, 2017

For many of us, current and future water crises mean we need to use water as productively as possible. First we need to know how much water we use every day, and most of us have no idea. Understanding Water Footprints Helps Communities Become More Resilient Drought is all over the news. California is at […]

Algal Doom: The Many Colors of Algae and Their Potential Hazards

July 24, 2017

This series provides deep context on algal blooms. Check out other posts about their growing threat, what causes them and hot spots around the US. Go to FoodPrint to learn more about how industrial agriculture can harm our water. What is an Algal Bloom? Algae are microscopic phytoplankton such as bacteria and dinoflagellates that use photosynthesis to turn […]

Algal Doom: What Causes Harmful Algal Blooms?

July 17, 2017

This series provides deep context on algal blooms. Check out other posts about their growing threat, their potential toxic hazards and hot spots around the United States. Go to FoodPrint to learn more about how industrial agriculture can harm our water. Algal blooms occur naturally, but human development has knocked the natural nutrient cycling out of balance […]

Algal Doom: The Growing Threat of Harmful Algal Blooms

July 10, 2017

This series provides deep context on algal blooms. Check out other posts about what causes them, their potential toxic hazards and hot spots around the United States. Go to FoodPrint to learn more about how industrial agriculture can affect our water. Has the water in your swimming hole gone green with gunk? What about a red sheen topping […]