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Water Resources



Agencies & Organizations

- September 25, 2014

AQUASTAT is FAO’s global water information system, developed by the Land and Water Division. The main mandate of the programme is to collect, analyze and disseminate information on water resources, water uses, and agricultural water management, with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This allows interested users to find […]


- August 21, 2014

http://www.home-water-works.org/  


- August 15, 2014

You haven’t read the newest Drinking Water Quality Report from the L.A.D.W.P for 2013? I’m shocked! Well, I can boil it down for you to these few highlights: In 2013, the LADWP did the following: -Supplied 4 million customers with 200 billion gallons of treated water. Said water passed or surpassed all standards set by the […]


- April 26, 2014

The WRD manages groundwater for nearly four million residents in 43 cities of southern Los Angeles County. The 420 square mile service area uses about 250,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year, which equates to nearly 40% of the total demand for water. The WRD ensures that a reliable supply of high quality groundwater is available through […]


- April 25, 2014

GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future.


- April 21, 2014

Check out the USGS Multimedia gallery.


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- April 2, 2014

, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.


- April 2, 2014

 G3/Green Gardens Group is a for-profit California LLC providing landscape-based solutions to solve environmental problems. G3 is organized like a Mycorrhizal Network, with a central hub in Los Angeles, CA. Working with policy makers, funders, practitioners, environmentalists and members of the surrounding community, G3 builds teams of qualified professionals to develop training, outreach and consulting programs, build […]


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- April 2, 2014

ALI’s mission is to train designers and citizens to innovate in response to hydrologic variability brought on by climate change. 


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- March 16, 2014

The U.S. Geological Fact Sheet (USGS) provides a wealth of information on hydrologic data, maps, graphs, and other resources for your State. Compiled by Kimberly H. Shaffer  


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- June 5, 2013

The NOAA Oceanographic Data Center  (NODC) is one of the national environmental data centers operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


- June 4, 2013

The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water is a short, animated film made by a collaboration of creative and dedicated volunteers at the Surfrider Foundation. Several local Surfrider Foundation chapters combined their talents and funds to create the film — and then actor Zuleikha Robinson of Lost, generously agreed to narrate it.


- June 3, 2013

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium engages all visitors in education, recreation and research to promote knowledge, appreciation and conservation of the marine life of Southern California.


Educational Programs

- August 21, 2014

http://www.home-water-works.org/  


- April 25, 2014

The California Naturalist Program provides hands on instruction and exposure to real world environmental projects designed to inspire adults to become active citizen scientists and enhance their personal connection with the natural world. In addition to the course, California Naturalists will be encouraged to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in one of four areas: program […]


- April 2, 2014

 G3/Green Gardens Group is a for-profit California LLC providing landscape-based solutions to solve environmental problems. G3 is organized like a Mycorrhizal Network, with a central hub in Los Angeles, CA. Working with policy makers, funders, practitioners, environmentalists and members of the surrounding community, G3 builds teams of qualified professionals to develop training, outreach and consulting programs, build […]


Dig Further

- January 15, 2017

Time to get serious, California! The Drought didn’t make California sink…


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- January 7, 2017

Not a Pipe Dream… It makes so much sense!


- April 30, 2015

When it gets to be August and September, many southern Californians think of the “magic number” as how many games the Dodgers need to win to earn a spot in the playoffs. But to our now drought addled minds it might mean something else: How many precious gallons of water do your plants need? Do […]


- April 21, 2015

It’s not as simple as a headline… https://partingthewaters.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/how-we-talk-about-the-california-drought/


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- April 7, 2015

So well written! Kudos, Emily Green! http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewater/bay-and-delta/whos-water-is-it-anyway-california-water-rights-explained.html


- March 20, 2015

Good info! Water and energy are joined at the hip! http://blogs.wsj.com/numbers/californias-drought-changed-how-the-state-produces-electricity-1806/  


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- February 28, 2015

Lots of websites if you haven’t heard enough about the drought. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=16867


- July 29, 2014

http://www.epa.gov/nscep/#area


- June 25, 2014

It’s time for the ultimate urban/suburban paradigm shift. No longer will John Q. Public hang his head in shame because his carpet of green isn’t quite as perfect as his neighbor! No longer will the lawn be the visible status symbol it once was (c’mon, this is 2014, not 1965!) No longer will homeowners spend […]


- May 3, 2014

Well, the answer to that depends on where there is a big earthquake. I went to a Tsunami preparedness seminar and learned a few things: -The biggest impact on Los Angeles will be from a large earthquake in Alaska, Chile or Japan. -L.A. will probably fare better than the California Central Coast. -The first wave […]


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- April 30, 2014

UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.


- April 25, 2014

GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future.


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- June 5, 2013

The NOAA Oceanographic Data Center  (NODC) is one of the national environmental data centers operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Tools

- June 14, 2015

I have joined forces with an amazing group of people in order to bring storm water management and rainwater harvesting to L.A.! We have formed: Urban Water Group. Please check out our new website for more info.


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- February 28, 2015

Lots of websites if you haven’t heard enough about the drought. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=16867


- September 25, 2014

AQUASTAT is FAO’s global water information system, developed by the Land and Water Division. The main mandate of the programme is to collect, analyze and disseminate information on water resources, water uses, and agricultural water management, with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This allows interested users to find […]


- August 21, 2014

http://www.home-water-works.org/  


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- August 16, 2014

Know your H2O!


- August 15, 2014

You haven’t read the newest Drinking Water Quality Report from the L.A.D.W.P for 2013? I’m shocked! Well, I can boil it down for you to these few highlights: In 2013, the LADWP did the following: -Supplied 4 million customers with 200 billion gallons of treated water. Said water passed or surpassed all standards set by the […]


- August 15, 2014

Doesn’t sound so fun, does it? Well, it’s titled “Guidelines” but the fact is, these are requirements. If you’re not familiar, take a look. Enjoy! L.A. Irrigation Guidelines


- July 29, 2014

http://www.epa.gov/nscep/#area


- July 29, 2014

From the website of G3 (Green Gardens Group): There is NEVER a reason to use landscape fabric in your landscape. The Watershed Wise way to block weeds is putting down a decomposable barrier such as paper or cardboard, and heavily watering it to start the Soil Party. There are several reasons we do not recommend […]


- May 28, 2014

National Geographic’s Freshwater Resources page is jam packed with great stuff! Calculators, infographics, games, interactives etc.


- May 3, 2014

Well, the answer to that depends on where there is a big earthquake. I went to a Tsunami preparedness seminar and learned a few things: -The biggest impact on Los Angeles will be from a large earthquake in Alaska, Chile or Japan. -L.A. will probably fare better than the California Central Coast. -The first wave […]


- May 2, 2014

Check out Statistic Brain. It’s addictive!


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- April 30, 2014

UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.


- April 25, 2014

GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future.


- April 25, 2014

You may have read my post about the “Where’s My Water?” app. Then there is the fun A Glass of Water from Toyota that records your driving distance, time, fuel consumption and water spilled. After each drive you can analyse your results and see on a map where you can improve your driving for the future.  


- April 23, 2014

What kind of apps are there for water users (that would be, um, all of humankind)? Actually there are quite a few. Some more useful than others but what’s really amazing is that one of the most popular game apps (sorry, it’s actually for kids) is called “Where’s My Water?” created by Disney. It’s touted […]


- April 18, 2014

This is a good explanation if you want to install a system yourself. From neighbor2neighbor.com


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- April 17, 2014

Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches.


- April 13, 2014

Aquapedia is the Water Education Foundation’s online water encyclopedia. Vetted information from an objective source.


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- March 16, 2014

The U.S. Geological Fact Sheet (USGS) provides a wealth of information on hydrologic data, maps, graphs, and other resources for your State. Compiled by Kimberly H. Shaffer  


DIY

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- April 21, 2014

Lots of information about rebate, water calculator, landscaping etc. http://www.wrd.org/conservation/


- April 18, 2014

This is a good explanation if you want to install a system yourself. From neighbor2neighbor.com


Books & Films & Other Media

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- February 15, 2017

Bottled water is a necessity in some parts of the world but not in London… https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/feb/15/luxury-water-for-80-a-bottle-its-ignorant-insensitive-and-irresponsible


- October 24, 2014

Excellent infographics! http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/10/23/california-drought-statistics-infographic


- September 26, 2014

Major Works of Art reveal fixation with water! Ok, maybe you’re not so surprised. I was wondering how many famous paintings feature water. So, not being an art afficiando I tried to come up with the most famous paintings I could think of. Mona Lisa, Monet’s Water Lilies, that melting clock, the Scream and the American Gothic one. […]


- August 19, 2014

A month or so ago Twitter was all lit up with news that Lady Gaga had done a PSA about conserving water in California. Well, it looks like she didn’t make such a dramatic impact…it’s not like we’ve been getting serious about really saving water. Her 17 seconds of a shout out isn’t gonna cut […]


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- August 16, 2014

Know your H2O!


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- June 6, 2014

Amazing poster by Aleksander Pujszo for World Water Week. Check out the other posters here.


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- May 19, 2014

This National Climate Assessment chapter on the Southwest is worth watching for the images alone!


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- May 11, 2014

One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct is a commemorative artist action to reconnect Los Angeles to its water supply by walking the entire 240-mile route of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a team of 100 mules. http://bcove.me/epyp00vt  


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- May 10, 2014

This is Brad Lancaster’s Free Water Video. Short and sweet!


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- May 8, 2014

In this Network A segment, Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director, Chad Nelsen, the South Coast Water District of California, and the President of River Keepers explain the hazards posed by runoff from urban areas into our ocean and the actions that are being taken to prevent it. It also provides ways you can help preserve our waters.


- May 5, 2014

Parched Produce: California Agriculture in a State of Drought is a great slide show by Andy Warner (You can see more of his work at: andywarnercomics.com and andywarnercomics.tumblr.com)


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- May 3, 2014

American Masters presents A Fierce Green Fire, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, premiering nationally Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9-10 p.m. on PBS in honor of Earth Day. The one-hour documentary chronicles one of the largest movements of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st.    


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- April 30, 2014

The programs in the Journey to Planet Earth series explore the fragile relationship between people and the world they inhabit. The series is produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner in association with South Carolina ETV.A common thread runs throughout all the programs — the necessity to achieve a balance between the needs of people […]


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- April 25, 2014

It didn’t occur to me to look for water in famous paintings until I starting looking at water everywhere. And then I wondered how many famous painting, artwork considered really important to civilization, have water in them if not predominantly, then at least somewhere in the frame. Since water is the lifeblood of humanity it […]


- April 23, 2014

What kind of apps are there for water users (that would be, um, all of humankind)? Actually there are quite a few. Some more useful than others but what’s really amazing is that one of the most popular game apps (sorry, it’s actually for kids) is called “Where’s My Water?” created by Disney. It’s touted […]


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- April 23, 2014

This is a documentary from 2013. Video Producer: Stephen M. Wessells , U.S. Geological Survey


- April 21, 2014

Check out the USGS Multimedia gallery.


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- April 20, 2014

Water is essential to our daily lives, but few people stop to consider its importance and value. In most communities in California, water costs less than a penny per gallon at the tap. In this segment, Huell visits the West Basin Municipal Water District and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to highlight key aspects of […]


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- April 19, 2014

Take a look at this great video by Aric Crabb.


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- April 17, 2014

Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how […]


- March 23, 2014

Americans use twice the amount of water they think they do, and appear to be particularly oblivious about how much H2O they flush down the toilet on a daily basis, according to new research. In a paper published online Monday in the journal PNAS, a researcher concluded that Americans underestimated their water use by a […]


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- June 5, 2013

The NOAA Oceanographic Data Center  (NODC) is one of the national environmental data centers operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


- June 4, 2013

The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water is a short, animated film made by a collaboration of creative and dedicated volunteers at the Surfrider Foundation. Several local Surfrider Foundation chapters combined their talents and funds to create the film — and then actor Zuleikha Robinson of Lost, generously agreed to narrate it.


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- May 16, 2013

Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, this documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay […]





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