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.

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 […]

US Agriculture is Using Less Water, Study Shows

February 17, 2021

US agriculture decreased its overall water use from 1995 to 2010 because of changes in farming practices, as well as changes in domestic food demand and global supply chains. Decline in Agricultural Water Withdrawals Will there be enough water to produce food for burgeoning populations as climate change disruptions amplify water stress? This question looms […]

Changes to the Water Footprint Calculator Website

March 9, 2020

Updates to the water data and sources and a redesign have made our Water Footprint Calculator even better! 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 […]

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

May 27, 2018

Stewart Resnick, America’s biggest farmer, continues to expand. But with California’s limited water resources, nature might just push back. In the Central Valley, 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 […]

How Water Footprints Can Help Us Eat Less Water

October 26, 2017

People who eat less meat, eat less water. People who learn about the water footprint of the food make more sustainable choices and find ways to eat their way to water savings. Eat Less Meat, Eat Less Water How could Americans conserve water? Eat less meat. The first step is to show people just much […]

Waterkeepers Fighting Harmful Algal Blooms from Coast to Coast

September 18, 2017

On the front-lines of the battle for harmful algal bloom prevention and nutrient pollution reduction are local Waterkeepers — water protection organizations spread around the United States and the world. Waterkeeper: Diligently Working on Harmful Algal Bloom Prevention On the front-lines of the battle for harmful algal bloom and nutrient pollution prevention are local Waterkeepers […]