Water Efficiency Articles/Publications
Ecosystems and Climate Change: Potential Impacts on Inland Freshwater
and Coastal Wetland Ecosystems in the United States
This new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
shows how climate change can effect aquatic ecosystems and the
services, such as clean drinking water and water for irrigation,
that humans derive from them.
and Safe Water for the 21st Century
A report issued by the Water Infrastructure Network analyzes
the condition and funding of drinking water and wastewater treatment
infrastructure in the United States.
a Successful Water Efficiency Program
A step-by-step guide produced by the North Carolina Division
of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance. In PDF
Water from Forests and Grasslands: A Synthesis of the Scientific
A report from the Southern Research Station of the USDA
Forest Service. It aims to inform land managers about specific
effects of land-use practices on drinking water, giving them
the best tools with which to decide how to protect human health
by protecting drinking water. It also examines how uses of national
forests and grasslands impact watersheds and water quality,
measuring effects of recreation and the built environment; vegetation
management; grazing animals, birds, and fish; and mining and
oil and gas development.
Energy Down the Drain: the Hidden Costs of California’s Water Supply
This report presents three case studies that detail the important energy implications of water supply decisions, revealing the connections between energy and water and offering guidelines for policy makers on saving both.
Manager's Guide to Water Management
A 12-page guide that offers step-by-step advice, implementation
steps, forms, and more.
Instream Flow Protection: Seeking a Balance in Western Water
Provides through case studies a broad overview of Western water
issues by placing them in their historical, political and legal
Assets 2000: America's Water Resources at a Turning Point
A report from the U.S. EPA Office of Water that explores
the current condition of the nation's water resources and demonstrates
the link between clean water and a strong economy by focusing
on specific businesses and activities that rely on clean water.
in the Sea
This National Academy of Sciences report indicates that
most oil pollution in North American coastal waters is the collective
result of individual users, not of industrial spills. A panel
convened by the Academy concludes that the thousands of tiny
releases carried to sea by stream and sewer are equivalent to
an Exxon Valdez oil spill every eight months. While agencies
monitor sources of runoff pollution from specific or point sources,
no agency is appointed to police the non-point runoff.
Mountain Institute Water Publications
RMI offers a number of water efficiency, stormwater, and water
quality protection. Most can be downloaded as PDF files.
Growth for Clean Water: Helping Communities Address the Water
Quality Impacts of Sprawl
A report from the National Association of Local Government Environmental
Professionals that gives background information on how sprawl
threatens water resources, analyzes barriers and solutions to
smart growth, provides tools and case studies from around the
nation, and includes a top 10 list of actions for advancing
smart growth for clean water in a community.
Water News On-line
An electronic newsletter that provides current news on water
and water issues, including archives. Published by U.S. Water
and Economic Importance of the West Branch of the Farmington
This study released by American Rivers concludes that, since
its designation as a National Wild and Scenic River, recreational
use of the West Branch of the Farmington has increased property
values, helped diversify the local economy, and had an estimated
annual economic impact of $3.63 million for the five towns nearest
the river stretch studied.
Manual: Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Facilities
This 129-page manual was put together by North Carolina state
agencies. Available online as a PDF file.
This free weekly newletter of the Water Environment Federation
provides timely water-related information from EPA and around
Chain Finds 'Greener' Ways to Whiten Laundry
Short article on water recycling and heat recovery in hotel
laundry. From U.S. Water News On-line, January 1997.
Municipal Challenge of Water Efficiency
Offers a brief summary of municipal demand management, part
of a larger water site of Environment Canada.
California High Schools Help Promote Low-flush Toilets
Short article on schools assisting with low-flush toilet
distribution. From U.S. Water News On-line, March 1997.
Last updated: February 3, 2005
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