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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.

Toxic Algae Blooms and Agriculture: 5 Things to Know About Their Connection

July 5, 2017

The increase in frequency and severity of harmful algal blooms are a reminder that we need to make significant and lasting changes to the way we farm and produce our food, especially in reducing nutrient pollution. 5 Things to Know About The Connection Between Toxic Algae and Agriculture If you follow environmental or climate news, […]

Algal Doom: Mapping Harmful Algal Bloom Hot Spots Across the United States

July 2, 2017

This series provides deep context on algal blooms. Check out other posts about their growing threat, what causes them and their potential toxic hazards. Go to FoodPrint to learn more about how industrial agriculture can negatively impact our water. Harmful Algal Blooms Here, There and Everywhere As Algal Doom spreads with the rise of harmful algal blooms (HABs), everyone – […]

Your Diet Uses a Lot of Water. Here Are 9 Tips to Help You Cut Back

October 11, 2016

Your diet makes up the vast majority of your water footprint. Here are nine ways to make your diet more water-friendly and reduce your water footprint. The Water in Your Food The connection between food and water is an obvious one. If you grew a lima bean in third grade science class, then you pretty […]

Farm Country Faces Water Pollution from Droughts and Rains Spurred by Climate Change

July 5, 2016

When it rains it pours…nitrogen pollution into rural waterways especially after periods of drought. A recent study made that link and begs the question: What will happen to water in farm country if this pattern keeps up? The world heats up from climate change. Sun-baked fields and bone-dry streambeds set the scene in 2012 as […]

To HAB and HAB Not? Harmful Algal Blooms Plaguing Our Waters

September 29, 2015

Harmful algal blooms crop up because of excessive amounts of “nutrients,” primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, that act as super-charged feed for naturally occurring algae. These toxic blooms are a growing threat to public and ecosystem health. Harmful Algal Blooms Plaguing our Waters The transition from summer to fall is upon us, which means that peak […]

Lake Mead: How Low Can You Flow?

July 20, 2015

Lake Mead supplies 90 percent of Las Vegas’ drinking water and frequently goes low enough to make water managers at the US Bureau of Reclamation nervous. Fluctuating Lake Mead Water Levels Threaten Las Vegas’ Water Supplies It was a sweltering 108-degree June day when I landed in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was there to give […]

50 Alternative Uses For Your Empty Pool

June 16, 2015

With drought a huge topic in the news year after year, and outdoor pools requiring major water inputs (just like grass), a lot of homeowners are opting to leave theirs dry.  We challenged ourselves to come up with 50 ideas for your empty pool, and we met that challenge, albeit…creatively. Check out our list. 50 Alternative Uses for […]

Hidden Water: 8 Ways We Use Water That Might Surprise You

March 22, 2015

Virtual water use or hidden water use makes up the majority of your water footprint. This unseen part of your water footprint includes the water it took to produce the food you eat, the products you buy, the energy you consume and even the water you save when you recycle. Your Hidden Water Use Water […]

Water Leak? Fix It and Forget It

March 16, 2015

On average in the US, we waste 14 out of every 100 gallons of water from leaks. That’s a lot of treated, drinkable water going into the ground, or even worse, into your walls and floors! Water leaks waste a lot of water. Once you fix them, you can forget them. Did you know that […]