News Briefs

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.

Extreme Drought Could Double Globally Due To Reduced Water Storage

January 14, 2021

Extreme Drought and Reduced Water Storage Will Increase if Climate Change Goes Unchecked More land on Earth — and the people who live there — will face extreme drought in the coming decades, projects new research published in Nature Climate Change. The international research team found that by late 21st century, the land area subject […]

Water Security Underlies All Security, Say United Nations, US Intelligence

December 9, 2020

Without Water Security, Insecurity Persists Two new reports released by the United Nations (UN) and the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) stated the most basic fact: Water security is fundamental to overall security. Without ample supply of clean freshwater for drinking, farming, industry and ecosystems, societies are destabilized. The report from the UN’s Food and […]

Water + Us: How We Think, Feel, and Take Action on Water

November 16, 2020

Do you know all about water? You might know less than you think. Recently, The Water Main – a social impact arm of American Public Media that endeavors to build public will in support of clean, accessible, affordable water – conducted “the first nationally representative survey designed to measure Americans’ knowledge, connection, concern and action […]

City-Farmer Partnerships Could Save California Water

November 11, 2020

California Cities and Farms Can Share Water to Manage Allocations A recent report by Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) details how water partnerships between southern California cities and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley could stabilize conditions for farmers, help cities during droughts and align with Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio. Water is so […]

Report: Funding Water Infrastructure Benefits Economy

November 9, 2020

Water Infrastructure Deterioration Will Cost Us Much More in the Future A new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Value of Water Campaign finds our water infrastructure costs – those that keep our 50,000 drinking water systems working to provide clean water flowing to our houses and places of business – […]

Trump Rolled Back More Than 125 Environmental Safeguards

November 2, 2020

Environmental regulations and rules help keep our waterways safe and clean and our water available for all users. The Trump administration rolled back many of those rules and regulations in pursuit of a pro-business agenda. Throughout the nearly four years of the Trump administration, many of the environmental regulations and previously adopted rules that protect […]

High marks and worries on home water conservation: Is Colorado’s effort stalling?

November 2, 2020

Colorado Freshwater Conservation Efforts May Have Stalled A new analysis of residential Colorado water use by Fresh Water News indicates that, while some Colorado communities have achieved significant reductions in residential water use, statewide reductions remain flat and, in some communities, use is rising. The report comes on the heels of the 2018 drought. The […]

2020 Election: Water Decisions Pepper State and Local Ballots

October 30, 2020

In the 2020 Election, More Than Who Runs the Country is at Stake There’s no question the Presidential race will affect national water policy, but it’s at the state and local level where all the impacts actually happen and where all the court cases begin. Because all politics are local – especially in the 2020 […]