Tell Congress To Fully Fund The Land And Water Conservation Fund

10,000 Birds

Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. It was a simple idea: use revenues from the depletion of one natural resource – offshore oil and gas – to support the conservation of another precious resource – our land and water.

Tips on Lawn Care Water Conservation

Hug a Tree with Me

Water conservation efforts and the watering of our gardens, lawns and landscapes have been in a fierce battle for a really long time. We see the same scenario year after year; neglected sprinklers and overwatering of landscapes, it is because of this that watering of lawns has gotten a bad rep. Of course we want to save water also because by saving fresh water we also save money, save energy, preserve fresh water supply and protect the fragile ecosystem.

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7 Ways to Become a Water Conservation Hero

Green Living Ideas

Our Green Dude Segment was with Green Dude Antonio, who is a water purification expert with Pur2o. Anyway, that segment inspired this post about water and water conservation. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization , Water use has been growing at more than the rate twice of population increase in the last century. She is also a water hero. I would also recommend the UN page on water statistics.

New report will help advance health and water conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Conservancy Talk

Last week, TNC joined with USAID and the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) to launch Freshwater Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Guidelines: A Framework for Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa. The collaboration the report represents, and the important signal it gives about the growing commitment to break down the silos those of us working to address some of the world’s biggest water challenges often find ourselves in.

If You Don’t Invest in Your Water Supply, Someone Else Will and It Won’t Be Pretty

Nature Conservancy - Science

Water purification systems at Bret Lake, Switzerland. Would you be willing to pay more for your water bill every month if it meant that there would be less pollution in nearby rivers? That sounds like a pretty good deal to me, but most communities take the seemingly easier but more expensive route of building bigger treatment plants to clean already polluted water. The good news is that our tap water is very clean and safe and relatively inexpensive.

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The Benefits Of Choosing Native Plants

Green Home Blog

Desert cacti will conserve water, legumes can take advantage of nitrogen -poor soil, and those cold-weather adverse fruit trees can put strong tropical sunlight to work making energy-intense (and tasty) fruits. Native species will be a good match for local temperature, soil conditions, and water availability, which means all your shrubs, flowers, vegetables, and trees will require less care from you. The Benefits Of Choosing Native Plants. Grow Native!

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Greywater: What Is It and How Can It Make a Difference in Your Home?

Green Home Blog

Bathroom AQUS Grey Water System Thousands of gallons of water go down the drains in your home every year, but not all of that wasted water is the same. This water, known as blackwater, is contaminated with fecal and organic matter and requires filtration and chemical treatment before it can be returned to the environment or reused. Blackwater also has a very high nitrogen content, which can be extremely dangerous to natural ecosystems.

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Protecting Water: The Pulse of Our Civilization

Conservancy Talk

In March of last year, conservationists released a “pulse flow” of water that reconnected the river to the sea. The water release was part of a historic agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to implement new guidelines for river management in the face of increasing demands for water. My organization, the Nature Conservancy, was proud to be part of the team that developed this collaborative commitment to save the Colorado River.

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For Earth Week: Three Transformative Ideas to Save the Planet

Conservancy Talk

The environmental movement has a lot to be proud of—accomplishments ranging from a dramatic increase in protected areas around the world to critical legislation safeguarding our land, water and air. One of conservation’s greatest success stories in recent years stems from an unlikely collaboration. These relatively inexpensive investments lead to cleaner water, helping the city avoid more expensive investments in water treatment facilities.

Re-Branding Nature: From Dismal Swamp to Constructed Wetland

Nature Conservancy - Science

Colonial Americans saw putrid waters teeming with alligators and disease. They are a technocrat’s dream, naturally cleaning water and boosting bird populations at the same time. Maybe it was the collective conscience recalling the putrid waters of sin and impurity. In the UK, design engineers, contractors, water utility companies, and researchers responded to this problem by forming the industry association, the Constructed Wetland Association (CWA) ( Cooper 2007 ).

Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Dan Auerbach

Nature Conservancy - Science

What’s a water fund , anyway? The usual answer: A way for downstream water users like breweries or municipal utilities to fund the conservation of upstream watersheds — in order to secure their water supplies. But for NatureNet Fellow Dan Auerbach, a water fund is also a vivid reminder of our basic connection to our natural surroundings. Taking Water Funds from Nice Idea to Nuanced Reality That Works for All. The water fund idea gives him hope.

How Nature Can Improve China’s Water Quality

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. But as I met with the Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) volunteer leaders recently in China, water pollution was another big topic of discussion. We recently published our findings in a report called the China Urban Water Blueprint. TNC’s study found that implementing conservation projects in certain water supply areas – over a combined total of 1.4

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In an Increasingly Unpredictable World, We Must Secure Nature to Secure our Water

Conservancy Talk

by Dr. Giulio Boccaletti Managing Director of Global Water, The Nature Conservancy, @G_Boccaletti. Meanwhile, California has seen record low snowpack – a critical source of fresh water for California farms and homes for the rest of the year. And, it starts with our water future. As I’ve previously described in these pages 2 , water – the world’s silent currency – is a fundamental determinant of growth. Global Water Forum. A balmy Sochi.

Nature Needs New Financial Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. At the same time, the fast-developing region has had to deal with the interconnected issue of water security, amidst its increasingly hot and dry climate. We have known for decades that forests can not only affect the severity of a fire, but can also impact the quality and or quantity of water supply. Healthy forest ecosystems can evolve over time, and adapt to changing conditions.

From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. It is no longer enough for us to “protect the last great places,” as we used to say at our organization, the Nature Conservancy. Don’t get us wrong – nature needs TNC and the other great environmental organizations to continue championing protection of the lands and water on which all life depends. Take our work to provide clean water, for example.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Joanna Nelson

Nature Conservancy - Science

Editor’s note : Nine young scientists — with specialties ranging from energy infrastructure to urban ecology, Kenyan pastoral techniques to nanotechnology — have been named as inaugural NatureNet Science Fellows , a Nature Conservancy partnership designed to help kick-start conservation toward addressing the challenges facing people and nature in the 21st century. Water funds work. And how can water funds showcase the benefits of investing in “natural capital” ?

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Tigris River Flotilla Puts Iraq Back in the News

Green Prophet

The traditional boats were all hand-built by local Iraqi and Turkish communities and include a tarada (war canoe), a guffa (built from pomegranate wood) and a kalak (a raft held afloat by inflatable goatskins), and will be used by Nature Iraq and its partners in a series of presentations on vulnerable ecosystems. Water conservation issues will be directly linked to the daily lives of local communities.

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Changing the Way We Think About Water: Q&A with Peter Gleick

Conservancy Talk

Peter Gleick knows water. National Academy of the Sciences is an expert on the connections between water, energy, food and health; the impacts of climate change; and international conflicts over water resources. Wednesday’s episode—the final in the series—explores people’s relationship with water in some of the planet’s most spectacular places. Mark Tercek: You’re trying to change the way people think about water.

Where Camels & Kangaroos Roam: A Dispatch from Australia’s Martu Country

Nature Conservancy - Science

Martu country comprises some of the most remote and intact arid ecosystems on the planet. Martu country comprises some of the most remote and intact arid ecosystems on the planet. For obvious reasons, water holes are the fabric of life here in the desert, both culturally and ecologically. Camels can go a long time without water, but when they drink they’re serious about it. An adult camel can drink as much as 200 litres of water in a single session.

Brian Richter’s ‘Chasing Water’: Smarter Solutions for the Coming Water Scarcity

Nature Conservancy - Science

Water shortages aren’t just for California. They might be coming to your town — unless you push your leaders to get smart about managing water. That’s the message of Brian Richter’s new book Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Stability (Island Press), Richter’s guide to the causes of and solutions for water scarcity. But people are starting to understand that water shortages can severely disrupt local and even regional economies.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Rob McDonald

Nature Conservancy - Science

I was in a swamp, ankle-deep in muddy water, surrounded by poison ivy. I realized that maybe I could make a bigger contribution to conservation by understanding how those car dealerships and parking lots came to be there,” he says. Conservationists have to start asking, ‘How can the natural world sustain 3 billion people in cities and preserve vital species and ecosystems?’”. View of the crowded Sao Paulo cityscape. Photo by Scott Warren.

Preventing Invasives is Vital to Great Lakes Ecology and Economy

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and co-author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. As I said in my remarks to the Council of Great Lakes Governors , the correlation between these two issues—healthy ecosystems and healthy economies—could not be any more evident than it is in the Great Lakes. This region, which holds 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, is home to the fourth largest economy in the world.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Microplastics Project

Nature Conservancy - Science

Every time you wash your clothes, you release 2,000 into the water system. And they’re showing up in ocean water from Maine to Palau, killing some of the wildlife that mistakenly eat them and leaching toxins into the food web. Scientists at the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) Microplastics Project are learning more about the concentration and distribution of microplastics in oceans around the world and they need your help.

From Davos: Water Is a Valuable Asset – Let’s Treat It like One

Conservancy Talk

Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Many communities around the world are running out of water. When demand outpaces supply, communities often turn to difficult and costly solutions, such as building reservoirs, importing water or constructing desalination plants. Let’s tap economic forces—the power of the market—to be smarter about how we use the water we already have. Mark R.

Reed Beds: Cleaning Waste Water in the Desert

Green Prophet

Not only was this quite impressive, but the bordering desert, being mainly fenced off (to all but the most persistent photographers) was alive with a multitude of wildlife in an evidently rich desert oasis ecosystem. Climate art constructed wetland Photography Richard Allenby Pratt water conservation Earlier this year I decided to visit a strange looking waste management site in Um Al Quwain – one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates.

People and Nature: Announcing Our New Social Scientists

Nature Conservancy - Science

Goats belonging to Samburu tribe drinking at Namunyak water project, part of The Northern Rangelands Trust’s work in northern Kenya. The Nature Conservancy announces the addition of three new social scientists — cutting-edge thinkers who will help transform the organization’s capacity to do conservation internationally that positively impacts people. ” All three scientists will be on staff at the Conservancy by July 15.

Cities Take Action on Climate and Nature

Conservancy Talk

The cities on my panel offer a terrific snapshot of the types of challenges and solutions being used in cities to address water risks. This presents tremendous challenges to a city that already has a 28% gap in available water supply and demand, has limited sewage infrastructure, and has experienced 25 severe flood events in the past 40 years. . In 2013, C40 Cities only reported undertaking 590 water actions. Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC.

Overcoming the Water Wars

Conservancy Talk

In stories about water in the Western U.S., The word recalls the severity of water issues we face globally, from drought-prone areas of Asia to the infrastructure-poor countries of central and southern Africa. And, understandably, it begs the question: Is our own water future one of scarcity? At the heart of that question is how we as a society will manage our water resources in the future. Photo: Peter Warren. By Giulio Boccaletti.

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15 Practical Tips for Sustainable Travel

Environmental News Network

Learn about mass tourism and the ecosystem. Carry a reusable water bottle around. You will find yourself buying three or four plastic water bottles each day and doing so contributes to toxic wastes. Bring a reusable water container (hopefully big enough for a liter or two) that you can refill in restaurants or areas where tap water is safe. Don’t throw food wrappers, plastic bags, water bottles, etc. Save water. By: Guest Contributor, Boom Rizal.

NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

2015 NatureNet Fellow Sanaz Vihidinia is developing completely new, highly efficient photovoltaic clean energy technologies and devices based on the light-scattering cells of giant clams, like this one found in the waters near Palau. The NatureNet Science Fellows Program is becoming the premier applied science post-doc for conservation science in the world,” says Peter Kareiva, Conservancy chief scientist. Maura Allaire (Columbia, water supply and management).

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New Water Fund in Mexico for People and Nature

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. At The Nature Conservancy (TNC) we are always on the lookout for the triple win—projects that protect nature, meet people’s needs, and provide good returns on investment for businesses and governments. That’s why I was delighted to be in Monterrey, Mexico today to celebrate the launch of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM).

Mysterious Sinkholes Threaten to Sink the Dead Sea

Green Prophet

Diminishing water levels in the Dead Sea are causing changes to surrounding groundwater flows. Located 1,388 feet below sea level, it’s the lowest place on earth, and with no outlet for minerals deposited over millennia, its waters have become ten times saltier than the north Atlantic. To support their mineral extraction processes, these companies extract enormous volumes of seawater, accounting for about 40% of the water level decrease.

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The Natural Choice for Our Water Resources

Conservancy Talk

There’s often this sense that we have a choice to make—a choice about whether to protect the environment or to focus on growing more food or getting clean water to more people. With more strategic thinking about how we manage water, though, we can truly see improvements in all of these areas. It encompasses all sorts of land and water elements, but basically refers to nature’s capacity to complement, augment or replace the services provided by traditional engineered infrastructure.

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New Study: How Cities Can Finally Get Smart About Water

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bob Lalasz is the director of science communications at The Nature Conservancy. If the definition of insanity is making the same mistakes over and over, then many cities have taken a certifiable approach to securing their water supplies — and they need some radical therapy before taking the big economic, ecological and human hits that come with a permanent state of thirst. Urban water conservation, recycling and desalination aren’t silver bullets.

The World’s New Megacities Must Be the Drivers of the ‘Smart’ Water Revolution

Conservancy Talk

Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. Water provision is particularly challenging at this scale. China’s ability to provide safe, reliable water for such megacities will be a core determinant of its development success. Because of this, the market for “smart” water technology, such as advanced metering infrastructure, has been growing steadily, and examples are beginning to emerge.

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Scaling Up Water Sustainability

Conservancy Talk

by Dr. Giulio Boccaletti Managing Director of Global Water, The Nature Conservancy, @G_Boccaletti. Since 2000, when the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted, the global community has rightly focused significant attention on providing access to basic water and sanitation services. From 1990 to 2010, more than two billion people gained access to improved water sources.

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Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Will wetlands and the services they provide remain a part of our conservation heritage? Purple sky reflected on rippling waters, a heron squawking from the reeds, thousands of whistling wings overhead: can there possibly be a better place for a naturalist to spend sunrise than a marsh? Are we at risk of losing one of our all-time greatest conservation successes? This is about our water and soil, the true foundation of our national security.

It’s a Mistake for NGOs Not to Engage with Hydropower Companies

Conservancy Talk

Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. Ethiopia’s construction of the Renaissance Dam in the upper Blue Nile – which, when completed will be one of the largest dams on the continent – has sparked conflict with downstream Egypt and made headlines about water wars on the Nile. This is why The Nature Conservancy and China Three Gorges Corporation have just signed an agreement to work together for the next five years.

Water Stewardship, Business Leadership

Conservancy Talk

Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. Water choices have always been central to the development of nations. After its banks broke in the 11 th century, the Po River abruptly changed course, diverting sediment-rich waters into to the lagoon of the Republic of Venice. The world is full of examples where developed and developing nations face critical issues of water security and consequential choices for their future.

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Massive Water Main Break Underscores Water Challenges – and Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. A few days ago, a massive water main break just outside the Washington, DC city limits released 60 million gallons of water in a 30-foot geyser over the Maryland suburbs. This amounts to around one-eighth the average amount of water withdrawn each day from the Potomac River to provide drinking water to the entire metropolitan region. Turn on the tap and the water will come.

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Jordan To Host International Permaculture Conference

Green Prophet

The theme of the event is ‘Plan Jordan – Water’ which is rather apt considering that desertification and water scarcity is an issue which the entire Middle East is struggling with. Permaculture is defined at “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems.”

Conservation Future: Announcing the 2013 NatureNet Fellows

Nature Conservancy - Science

Nine young scientists — with specialties ranging from energy infrastructure to urban ecology, Kenyan pastoral techniques to nanotechnology — have been named as inaugural NatureNet Science Fellows , a Nature Conservancy partnership designed to help kick-start conservation toward addressing the challenges facing people and nature in the 21st century. These fellows will help the Conservancy lead in developing solutions relevant to the lives of billions of people on the planet.”.

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Ethiopia builds Nile dam, half of Egyptian farmland might disappear

Green Prophet

The water for the Ethiopian dam comes from the headwaters of the Nile where it is called the Blue Nile River, and Egypt might lose half of its Delta or 50% of arable farms as the dam water fills. . The Egyptians and the Ethiopians all need the water for life.

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