California is a major agricultural state. California is also a major oil-producing state. And never the twain shall meet, right? Not quite, and the use of recycled oil field wastewater as irrigation water for food crops has raised concerns about their coexistence.
It's morning again in America for clean water after the EPA finalized the Clean Water Rule and in so doing, made one of the biggest moves to improve US water quality in a generation.
Arjen Hoekstra not only created the concept of water footprint, but he opened people's eyes about how humanity uses water. Find out what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more.
Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.
It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.
The 2014 River Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went swimmingly. But as one panel asked, how quickly can the United States end the process that allows hundreds of aging power plants from sucking up enormous amounts of water that kill billions of fish annually? Not as quickly as they - or the fish - would like.
We here at Ecocentric love water. (How could you not?) We also love energy. On World Water Day 2014, when the theme of water and energy come together, it's double love.
The next hero in our Know Your Waterkeeper series is Krissy Kasserman of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. Here, Kasserman talks about growing up in the Appalachians, the impacts of fracking in Marcellus Shale country and the 12-foot suit of armor she saw on the river bank.
Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of Marcellus Shale gas is more significant than first thought and likely compels more oversight of the oil and gas industry and its water use.
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!
The overreliance of US electricity generation on water has become an increasingly risky and difficult relationship to maintain in an age of weather extremes. The Union of Concerned Scientists has some ideas on what should be done differently to avoid a potentially grim future.
Hundreds of power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. Will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?
Data centers, which house computer data systems, are energy hogs that continue to fatten up thanks to our newfound love of cloud computing. The seemingly insatiable energy appetite of data centers has been well-documented, but it turns out that they're thirsty, too.
The farmland sits on shale and is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.
Elemental, a new documentary about eco-warriors Rajendra Singh, Eriel Deranger and Jay Harman premieres this week in New York City. The film offers a glimpse into the lives of three regular people on personal journeys of epic proportions to save the environment.
With all this awards season excitement, the question on our lips at Ecocentric is: Who won the Exemplary Programs that Save Both Energy and Water Awards? (And should we call them "The Exemplies" for short?)