Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Information flows

Western states join to integrate regional water data

Water flows in a canal in Layton, Utah, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. A new survey by shows that 70 percent of the country's water delivery systems are factoring in drought and worried about fixing leaking pipes, etc., to conserve water. Yet the survey also shows the current rate of replacement for "buried infrastructure" is less than 1 percent nationally. JEFFREY D. ALLRED

Deseret News

Deseret News

Continuing drought, groundwater management and knowing whose water rights end where are all factors driving the first regional integration of Western water data. Several states are already supplying information that will be contained in a portal to access for water managers and policymakers. Such integration will help inform decisions in a time when water scarcity is creating a new paradigm for how the West's most precious resource is handled.

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Idaho city turns methane in water into energy

KTVB Boise

They call it the gateway to the Owyhees, and now thanks to one man and his decades worth of research, Marsing, Idaho, is leading the way when it comes to sustainability. The Marsing Methane Recovery Project will transfer gas produced by the city's water wells to a balloon-like holding tank. From there it will be turned into fuel to help power Marsing's central water pump.

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Inaugural symposium takes on ocean acidification

UW Today

The University of Washington School of Law will bring together many of the world’s leading experts on ocean acidification in its inaugural Environmental Law Symposium on Friday. The day-long event will include panels detailing the latest findings from scientists, current ocean acidification lawsuits and legislation, and updates on cooperative partnerships tackling this issue.

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