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Increased winter snowmelt threatens western water resources

"...Their new findings, published today in Nature Climate Change, have important implications for water resource planning and may indicate fewer pristine powder days and crustier snow for skiers..."

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Reclamation releases technical reports supporting the 2021 SECURE Water Act Report

"...The seven basin reports analyze climate change impacts to water resources within each basin. Each report also identifies Reclamation's collaborative actions to increase water and power delivery reliability since the last SECURE Water Act Report in 2016, including science and research, planning, infrastructure sustainability, efficient hydropower production and on-the-ground activities to meet irrigation needs and water needed for municipalities, power, Tribes and the environment. These basin reports also describe some of the innovative approaches underway locally to address vulnerabilities..."

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World Water Day: How water defines us and our future

"...Wetlands function like natural sponges, storing water and slowly releasing it. This reduces flood heights, and allows for ground water recharge, which is particularly important in coastal areas during extreme weather events that pose threats of storm surges and floods. Wetlands are also excellent at water filtration: nutrients from fertilizer application, manure, and sewage that are dissolved in the water can be absorbed by microorganisms in the soil of wetlands..."

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How-to reduce your water use

"...“Canada has some 20 per cent of the world's total fresh water resources,” according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Of that, only seven per cent is renewable fresh water, making the supply “heavily used and often overly stressed. ”..."

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This Unexpected Source Packs a Protein Punch

"...They've spent the past decade uncovering over 20,000 unique microorganisms — single-celled organisms that represent the simplest and most ancient food sources on Earth. From these, they isolated one particular strain of microalgae that makes excellent plant-based protein.  Think of them as tiny plants that use far less land and water resources to produce the same amount of protein as traditional agriculture..."

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Strengthening water resources planning in East Africa

"...East Africa is the world's fastest growing region outside of Asia, with an estimated growth of 5% and above over the last decade. Part of this success can likely be attributed to the East Africa Vision 2050, which was launched in 2015 by the Heads of States of the East African Community (EAC) - an intergovernmental organization composed of six countries in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa. If the region's rapid development were to continue in a sustainable manner, it will have beneficial impacts for the entire African continent..."

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$1 million for water monitoring in Columbia Basin

"...The funding will go to development of a collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the Columbia Basin to determine water monitoring priorities, and to train 25 people to conduct water monitoring and water-related restoration work. The data will help build climate resilience throughout the region, where melting glaciers, drier weather and diminished stream flows are signs that climate change is affecting water resources..."

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Painting a clearer picture of spring runoff, impacts of climate change

"...“Snow in the Canadian Rockies accounts for 60 per cent of the flow of the South Saskatchewan River and three-quarters of the province relies on it for drinking water, for irrigation, for potash mining and other industries,” said John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and professor in the USask Department of Geography and Planning..."

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Climate change influences river flow

"...Climate change is affecting the water balance of our planet: depending on the region and the time of year, this can influence the amount of water in rivers potentially resulting in more flooding or drought. River flow is an important indicator of water resources available to humans and the environment. The amount of available water also depends on further factors, such as direct interventions in the water cycle or land use change: if, for example, water is diverted for irrigation or regulated via reservoirs, or forests are cleared and monocultures grown in their place, this can have an impact on river flow..."

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Irrigation management key for bioenergy production to mitigate climate change

"..."According to existing scenarios, biomass plantations could increase by up to 6 million square kilometers if global warming is to be limited to 1. 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the more ambitious of the two temperature targets of the Paris Agreement," says co-author Dieter Gerten from PIK. "We use these scenario inputs to run simulations in our high-resolution global vegetation and water balance model to explore the freshwater implications..."

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The Upstream Battle to Protect Drinking Water in North Carolina

"...Without direct control over management decisions, cities can be at the mercy of upstream activities. The natural infrastructure like forests, wetlands and grasslands in these watersheds can face ecosystem degradation from unsustainable development, leading to downstream challenges like increased flooding, higher sedimentation and more pollution. To mitigate these challenges, cities can invest in upstream natural infrastructure through things like paying landowners to maintain riparian buffers or placing conservation easements on land..."

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NASA scientists complete 1st global survey of freshwater fluctuation

"...To investigate humans' impact on freshwater resources, scientists have now conducted the first global accounting of fluctuating water levels in Earth's lakes and reservoirs - including ones previously too small to measure from space..."

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Watershed Protection Patroller - Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

"...Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally, and in writing; ability to respond calmly, tactfully, and efficiently in an emergency, difficult, or potentially volatile situation..."

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Civil Engineer I - Waterworks Design - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Communicates with local residents and businesses, prepares letters and media information related to construction..."

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Wastewater Chief Operator - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...Educational qualifications include a Grade 12 (or equivalent); BC EOCP Wastewater Treatment Operator Level IV, or Level III with the experience and ability to reach Level IV within one year (or inter-provincial equivalent); BC EOCP certification in wastewater collection (or inter-provincial equivalent); confined space training, workplace hazardous materials information system training and transportation of dangerous goods training; thorough knowledge of occupational health and safety regulations, SCADA systems, laboratory equipment, testing standards and methods; be proficient with spreadsheets, data manipulation and interpretation; and demonstrate analytical thinking, strong communication, leadership, team building and supervisory skills in a unionized environment..."

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Wastewater Chief Operator - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...Educational qualifications include a Grade 12 (or equivalent); BC EOCP Wastewater Treatment Operator Level IV, or Level III with the experience and ability to reach Level IV within one year (or inter-provincial equivalent); BC EOCP certification in wastewater collection (or inter-provincial equivalent); confined space training, workplace hazardous materials information system training and transportation of dangerous goods training; thorough knowledge of occupational health and safety regulations, SCADA systems, laboratory equipment, testing standards and methods; be proficient with spreadsheets, data manipulation and interpretation; and demonstrate analytical thinking, strong communication, leadership, team building and supervisory skills in a unionized environment..."

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Main messages of the UN WWDR 2021, Valuing Water

"...The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2021 on Valuing Water shows that water has different values to everyone and that only by recognizing the multiple values of water, we can ensure equity in water resources management..."

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Main messages of the UN World Water Development Report 2020, Water and Climate Change

"...It focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change – in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience – that can be addressed by enhancing water resources management, attenuating water-related risks, and improving access to water supply and sanitation services for all in a sustainable manner..."

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Global Water Futures: Water Security for Canadians

"...It is the largest freshwater research program in the world..."

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The Future of Water || Discuss the Future with Gavin van Tonder

"...In place of this extraction process, NEOM will produce water using entirely renewable energy via a solar-powered desalination process with zero liquid discharge..."

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Carbon footprint forecasting using time series data mining methods: the case of Turkey

"...The carbon footprint is a measure of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere, which increases day by day, causing glaciers to melt and increase sea level, reduce water resources, and global warming..."

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Water-land tradeoffs to meet future demands for sugar crops in Latin America and the Caribbean: A bio-physical and socio-economi

"...We further analyse the tradeoffs between water and land use under future scenarios of climate change and socio-economic development regarding to the expected goals of biofuel policies and irrigation expansion strategies in LAC countries due to sufficient local water resources..."

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Tropical Wetland Persistence through the Anthropocene: Multiproxy reconstruction of environmental change in a Maya agroecosystem

"...We demonstrate the complexity and scale of human engineering and modification of soil and water resources, provide a new chronology for ancient wetland use, and present new evidence for the farming of economic plants as well as the succession of tropical wetlands after intensive anthropogenic manipulation ceased..."

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How do energy productivity and water resources affect air pollution in Iran? New evidence from a Markov Switching perspective

"...Therefore, the present study was conducted to investigate the causality relationships between the water resources, energy productivity, and air pollution in Iran from 1971 to 2014 using the Markov-switching vector autoregressive models based on two scenarios..."

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Identifying key processes and sectors in the interaction between climate and socio-economic systems: a review toward integratin

"...Water resources, sea level rise, natural disasters, ecosystem services, and diseases also show the potential to have a significant influence on GHG emissions and GDP, although for most of these, a large effect was reported only by a limited number of studies..."

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Groundwater resource exploration & development – Focus on groundwater to support surface water supply in the lower Olifant

"...The 2016–2018 extreme drought experienced throughout the greater Lower Olifants River Water Management Area, was anticipated in prior years due to projected climate change patterns, and recently, the need for groundwater resource development called upon..."

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Evaluation of lake wetland ecotourism resources based on remote sensing ecological index

"...From the perspective of optimizing the allocation of water resources, it is proposed that the ecological value and sustainable development of tail lake wetland should be paid attention to while the large-scale development of water and soil resources in the main source river basins..."

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Multivariate water environmental risk analysis in long-distance water supply project: A case study in China

"...The variation of water quality in long-distance water supply projects is often different from that in natural water bodies, especially the environmental risks of artificial open canal water transfer projects are seldom studied..."

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Economic Evaluation of Water-Saving Irrigation Practices for Sustainable Sugarcane Production in Guangxi Province, China

"...The limited water is one of the most significant constraints for sustainable agriculture development and crop productivity in China, and thus water-saving irrigation technology can reduce the seasonal water shortage in agricultural crop production, improve crop yield and quality, and enhance sustainable agricultural crop development..."

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Estimating groundwater resource and understanding recharge processes in the rapidly urbanizing Dhaka City, Bangladesh

"...Researchers can use this relationship for quick assessment of the groundwater recharge from rainfall in Dhaka, based on hydrological models with varying meteorological and land cover scenarios, especially in the light of climate change and rapid urbanisation..."

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