Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Top 7

From One Water to ag-utility partnerships to funding, here are the industry-leading ideas to fix U.S. water

The U.S. Water Alliance has compiled the top ideas from around the country on how to address water challenges. (Christina Spicuzza/Flickr)

Christina Spicuzza

Water Deeply & U.S. Water Alliance

At 15 sessions across the country, the U.S. Water Alliance met with groups from across the water sector to hear what water issues they were facing, and what ideas they might have for solutions. The One Water for America Listening Sessions campaign drew 500 people – from mayors to utility managers to farmers. In a Q&A with the alliance's CEO Radhika Fox, Water Deeply breaks down the seven main ideas.


Climate change front line: Montana barley, beer

WBUR Boston

Barley — a beer-making staple — is an unforgiving crop that needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive. Too much of either will cause it to wither and die, and that's exactly what's happening to Montana's barley farmers. Reporter Ari LeVaux talks about the impact a changing climate is having on farmers and beer makers with “Here & Now’s” Robin Young.


New tool tailors weather forecasts to watersheds

Water Deeply

Understanding watersheds is vital to tracking environmental conditions and water availability. Now there is a new tool to fill this forecast gap. A partnership between the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado Boulder has produced a forecasting website that offers real-time weather prediction maps based on watershed boundaries across the nation.