When you find yourself in Las Vegas during the sweltering, 108-degree heat of the summer, is there a better way to beat the heat than to head to the sweltering, 125-degree heat of Hoover Dam? That's just what one of our staff members did recently. Check out her photos of the dam and of a rapidly declining Lake Mead.
According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.
While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
This week's hero in our "Know Your Waterkeeper" series is Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper. Gary saves rivers, fights frackers and climate change and loves endangered species and democracy. We like all those things too and we think Gary makes an excellent hero!
Have you ever wondered what your state government does to ensure that water is used wisely in your state? Maybe you wondered how your state's efforts compare to those of others? Now you can find out in an Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) report that graded all 50 states on their efforts.
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?)
If you're from Maryland or ever lived in Maryland you've probably been to a crab feast (or crab "pick" in Virginia) and you know that Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs are the best in the world. I was lucky enough to indulge in this summer rite of passage recently and as we picked our bushel of crabs we talked about the health of the Bay and the impact of one of the worst droughts in decades.
Millions of people across Long Island rely on a water supply that is at risk from a number of threats. Is a solution within reach? Watch this video to find out.
Let’s take the opportunities that recent natural disasters present and redefine our exceptionalism. Let’s build a sustainable future that can withstand uncertainties.
The NYC Water System archive, which has just been restored, has photos, drawings and documents that captured the process of designing and building the extensive system.
Opening fire hydrants for fun is troublesome: it’s illegal, it’s wasteful and it’s very dangerous. In New York City hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap that greatly reduces the flow. Caps can be obtained free of charge at a local firehouse. It seems like a reasonable compromise between the hot and the bothered.
Although we face an uncertain future where water is concerned, with creative thinking and flexibility we will meet our needs, even in the face of shifting precipitation patterns and increasing populations.
In the United States we are blessed to have fresh water that meets many of our needs. If we want to continue to enjoy all the benefits of that water, we have no choice but to take steps to protect and properly treat it. Otherwise we can keep our heads in the sand and wait for someone else to fix the problem. But hey, there's water on the moon, right? I'll start packing.