Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Hidden groundwater

B.C. researcher helps create first map of world's supply

Close to 10 million Canadians depend on groundwater, a vast and largely unappreciated resource that is at increasing risk. Experts warn that problems with contamination and over-exploitation are mounting. COUNCIL OF CANADIAN ACADEMIES


Vancouver Sun

Less than 6 percent of groundwater in the upper 2 kilometers of the Earth is renewable within a human lifetime, a new study led by a British Columbia scientist reveals. Tom Gleeson of the University of Victoria led an international group of hydrogeologists in producing the first data-driven estimate of the world's total supply of groundwater. The study, published in "Nature Geoscience," found the essential resource is being used up far too quickly.


Wash. DOE asks court to reconsider water ruling

Capital Press

The Washington Department of Ecology has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that rebuked the agency for rearranging water rights based on what it considered to be an overriding public interest. DOE argues that last month's decision undermines its ability to allocate scarce water to benefit the public. The Supreme Court has not decided whether to reconsider.


Oregon town plans cost-saving wetland project


Prineville, Ore., says it has come up with a unique money-saving plan to manage wastewater discharge and create more recreation trails for the public. The project will create a wetland by discharging wastewater onto 160 acres of city-owned land near its treatment facility. Once complete, Prineville will be one of the only cities in the state with a treatment plant that also doubles as a wetland.

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