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The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was designed to put an end to groundwater overpumping and ensure there’s enough water for people, the economy and wildlife in California for generations to come.
Some viruses can be transmitted via water… however, the strict hygiene regulations covering the installation of pipes and work on the distribution networks, ensure that the drinking water sector is well protected against viruses, including coronavirus
Las historias que se presentan en esta investigación muestran cómo el agua, un recurso de la nación, se compra, vende y explota como si se tratara de un bien privado abundante, mientras el Estado no pone ninguna traba. Esto ocurre más que por las fallas en el sistema de concesiones vigente en México desde 1992, por el diseño mismo de ese entramado legal y la debilidad de sucesivos gobiernos para aplicar las normas.
Forty percent of the border between the United States and Canada is water—the fate of which lies in the hands of about 50 people.
Running their homes while their menfolk migrate in search of work, women living along the Mahakali River that marks Nepal’s western border with India are especially vulnerable to water-related disasters – erosion, landslides, flash floods and polluted water.
When added to existing conflicts or tense relations, water can be an accelerant. DW looks at six countries grappling with water disputes, worsened by climate change and mismanagement.
El tratado de aguas entre México y Estados Unidos se suscribió el 03/02/1944 y entró en vigor el 08/11/1945. En el tratado se establece la distribución de aguas de las cuencas hidrográficas transfronterizas entre ambos países (Colorado, Tijuana y Bravo). Por éste, México debe entregar agua del río Bravo / Grande a Estados Unidos, y Estados Unidos agua del río Colorado a México.
La crisis del agua es provocada en gran medida por la corrupción que se encuentra diseminada por todo el sector… para combatirla es necesario entender cómo opera, qué actores están involucrados y qué factores permiten su surgimiento…
Según datos de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) las aguas subterráneas abastecen de agua dulce a la mitad de la población mundial y representan el 43% del agua utilizada para el riego
La escasez de agua es una amenaza real que el país debe enfrentar. Desde las necesidades básicas de una persona para sobrevivir, hasta las condiciones indispensables para la agricultura y algunas industrias. El cambio climático está agravando esta situación.
El agua es el recurso más valioso que tenemos, y podría terminarse en unos cuantos años. México enfrenta una crisis del agua, pero sus ciudadanos aún no tienen conciencia de ello porque el agua sale de las llaves sin limitaciones.
En todo el mundo hay más de 263 cuencas hidrográficas y 300 acuíferos transfronterizos, es decir, que cruzan las fronteras de dos o más países
Shared among Albania, Greece, Kosovo*, Montenegro and North Macedonia (the five ‘Riparians’), the Drin River Basin provides water resources for drinking, energy, fishing and agriculture, biodiversity, tourism and industry.
Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Greece and Northern Macedonia have approved a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for sustainable management of the shared Drin River Basin, an important source for fishing, electricity, agriculture, tourism and drinking water in the countries. The project sets out more than 100 agreed actions to enable sustainable water management in the basin, benefiting 1.6 million inhabitants.
La sustentabilidad hídrica de las cuencas y acuíferos depende en gran medida de aspectos cuantitativos (ej. disminución de caudales mínimos y abatimiento de niveles piezométricos) y cualitativos (presencia de contaminantes, pérdida continua de nutrientes), entre otros. A nivel global, un número importante de acuíferos han registrado una caída en su disponibilidad hídrica, evidenciada a través de mediciones in situ (1) u observaciones mediante percepción remota (2).
As the Tonle Sap floodplain empties into the Mekong this spring, the Cambodians who rely on these waters face bleak prospects, with fish catches reportedly 10 to 20% of previous years. Blame for the precipitous decline in the ecology has been put on the many hydropower projects upstream.
Argentina is asking neighbor Brazil to release water from the giant Itaipu Dam into the Parana River, where low levels are stymieing a $20 billion-a-year crop export busines
Investigadores del Centro de Tecnología Sostenible en materia de Agua y Energía (WEST) de la Universidad de Arizona están analizando las aguas residuales para conocer la prevalencia del coronavirus en poblaciones de todo Estados Unidos.
With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.
On a busy street corner in Nairobi, Kenya, Abuya uses water to prepare and cook the food she sells to passersby. At the market in Hyderabad, India, Dimah splashes water on her fruit and vegetables to keep them fresh. In the make-shift hair-cutting salon in her basement in Medellin, Colombia, Isabela uses water to wash her customer’s hair.
The Center for Transboundary Water Management, directed by Dr. Clive Lipchin, provides a platform for regional water professionals and policy makers to cooperate in water conservation, desalination, wastewater treatment and education. The Center facilitates direct communication among regional water professionals in the three lower riparian states of the Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin (Israel, Palestine and Jordan). The open dialogue that is made possible by the center enables the flow of data and, most importantly, establishes long-lasting relationships built on trust and integrity between those who are responsible for the sustainable management of the region’s fragile water resources.
As the global climate changes, climate-related security risks are making existing political, social, and economic challenges even more complicated. The 230 million people who live in the Horn of Africa are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts and floods. Political fragility and transnational complexities make water governance a matter of regional high-level politics as well as geopolitical tensions. In short, sustainable water governance is critical for achieving resilient peace.
Switzerland calls for the Blue Peace to avoid potential conflicts around the transboundary waters during this pandemic…
While searching for material on the Drin River Basin for one of my classes I stumbled across this brief report by Elisabeta Poci for one of Dr. David Maidment’s classes (GIS in Water Resources) at the University of Texas at Austin in December 2011.
The USGS has been studying the baseline water-quality of transboundary rivers in the Pacific Northwest to facilitate future assessments of potential impatcs related to upstream mining activities
Grasslands across the globe, which support the majority of the world’s grazing animals, have been transitioning to shrublands in a process that scientists call “woody plant encroachment.”
The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic could increase developing countries and development partners’ focus on water and WASH and trigger transformational change in some countries, according to a report commissioned by the United Kingdom government.
Digital water technologies will innovate and drive forward new solutions in the water and wastewater industries. The new IDTechEx report, “Digital Water Networks 2020-2030”, discusses the players, technologies, and market opportunities for this exciting new technology area.
Water allocation, which is the allocation in terms of quantity, quality or timing of water resources between and within different sectors and for different uses, is one of the biggest challenges in water management and protection. Increasing demands on water from different sectors, growing water scarcity and climate variability have led to a growing global interest in the topic of water allocation, particularly in a transboundary context, as competition over shared water resources rises.
This quarterly newsletter is a collation of updates of the progress of the joint efforts of members states, International Cooperation Partners (ICPs), Community based organisations, NGOs and implementing partners on achieving this vision.
En todo el mundo hay más de 263 cuencas hidrográficas y 300 acuíferos transfronterizos, es decir, que cruzan las fronteras de dos o más países. Las personas que dependen de dichos recursos tienen una estrecha relación a nivel transfronterizo y regional, ya que el uso compartido de los recursos hídricos da lugar a interdependencias de tipo hidrológico, económico y social.
The world is a different place now than it was when I grew up in Houston in the 1980s. I have vivid memories of steamy summer thunderstorms consistently interrupting my afternoons at the neighborhood pool. My sister and I would head home and swap our swimsuits for raincoats, then stomp around muddy ditches and dig up crawdads while thick warm raindrops drenched our faces.
In a statement to POLITICO, the EU’s Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius confirmed the need to focus on supporting implementation and enforcement “without changing the directive.”The message from the Commission is clear: the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is an essential piece of EU environmental legislation and is here to stay in its current form. Read More
The Sio-Malaba-Malakisi (SMM) basin is a transboundary watershed spanning 3,240 km2 (roughly the size of Cairo) shared between Kenya and Uganda. The basin’s landscape consists of lakes, rivers, forests, game reserves and national parks home to a rich variety of flora and fauna.
The transboundary rivers of South Asia are seeing increased business investments and infrastructure development. There is a growing need for the integration of businesses and human rights frameworks in water governance decision-making.
Forty years ago, then Democratic Gov. Bruce Babbitt signed Arizona’s landmark Groundwater Management Act, which created a system to manage groundwater in five regions of the state where overpumping was most severe and aquifer levels were declining rapidly.
La vegetación ayuda a cargar y a depurar los mantos freáticos de los cuales dependen muchas ciudades, sin embargo, la expansión urbana propicia la deforestación de grandes extensiones.
Colorado River basin has experienced a steady drop in water consumption in recent years as a signal that urban conservation and development of local water sources are working.
Melting ice is crucial to the thirsty Indus River region, but the climate change is expected to decrease the flow, posing risks for agriculture and a growing population.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that Lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie set new monthly mean water level records for May 2020. These water level records were previously set in 1986 on Lakes Michigan and Huron and just last year in 2019 on Lakes St. Clair and Erie. As we enter the summer months, all of the lakes are either in their period of seasonal rise or are reaching their peak, except Lake Ontario, which will likely begin its seasonal decline this month.
Rural communities are grappling with the challenge other parts of Arizona faced in the past: the need to conserve groundwater for future generations
Soil salinity is a major global challenge impacting plant growth and yield and hindering agricultural sustainability.
Sabías que E.U.A. prepara el mayor proyecto de demolición de presas hasta la fecha, iniciando acuerdos en el Río Klamath, el segundo más caudaloso del estado de California
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a virtual meeting with key stakeholders to discuss implementation of the transboundary wastewater-related mandate contained in the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Free Trade Agreement.Read More
Se pospone hasta nueva convocatoria la V11 Sesion COVI, que se tenia programada para el dia 20 de marzo dentro de las instalaciones de Organismo de Cuenca del Rio Bravo en la Ciudad de Monterey, N.L.
Interested about environmental agreements between US and Mex, then check out this border 2020 program
The Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is the first and only international legal agreement linking sustainable water management and the prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases in Europe.
There is growing awareness of the problems of water stress and scarcity around the world, and certainly action does need to be taken now in order to protect our water resources in the face of climate change and a growing global population.
New technology and big data can improve the water management of transboundary aquifers. See in this post how researchers and government agencies are working together with international companies to improve water security in Africa
A nexus approach to managing common resources could greatly enhance water, energy and food security in riparian countries, avoiding friction between countries
Countries share water from lakes, aquifers, and river businesses. These transboundary waters lend a helping hand to the livelihoods of a large number of people scattered throughout the world. As the global population increases and water sources dry up, it’s vital to oversee how these resources are managed by encouraging peaceful coordination and sustainable development.
n the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basins of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal and the Salween river basin of China, Myanmar and Thailand, millions of people depend on rivers to provide the water that is essential to produce food, ensure their health, secure a livelihood and enjoy cultural practices.
¿Interesado en la Ley General de Aguas? Este blog de @aguaorgmx nos muestra un compilado de noticias más relevantes de las últimas iniciativas que consideran el derecho humano al agua, participación ciudadana y las cuencas
Water management in the Murray-Darling Basin has radically changed over the past 30 years. But none of the changes have addressed a glaring injustice: Aboriginal people’s share of water rights is minute, and in New South Wales it is diminishing.
The Mekong River is one of the most threatened rivers in the world, largely due to the rapid increase in the number of large operational hydropower dams.
Most of those dams are located within China and could be used to divert water out of the Mekong for use elsewhere in China.
Billions of people rely on water resources that originate across borders. Read how researchers evaluate the impacts of climate change and water demand in the future water stress on transboundary basins
As coordinator of the Big Data Analytics and Transboundary Water Management Collaboration for Southern Africa, the Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) works to provide important training sessions for both the teams conducting research for the Collaboration and the broader development sector. These training sessions began in 2019 with an eight-part training series with experts from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The Govt. of India is aggressively pursuing the National Waterway No. 2 (NW2) as an infrastructure project for the development of the North-East, particularly for the State of Assam. It is an extremely ambitious project with plans of multi-modal transport systems and multiple other diplomatic agendas such as taking our neighbouring nations on-board for the development of the region. Such ambitious projects raise the stakes for all the stakeholders and demand high-end measures to ensure reliable operational availability at all times.
Do you know about transboundary aquifers between Mex-US? check out this collection of publications by @PhDRosarioSF and colleagues to understand how the degree of transboundariness is defined
The classical explanation to transboundary water conflicts has hinged upon the Malthusian doctrine that relates such conflicts to increasing physical scarcity of water over time. There is no denying that per capita water availability across the globe has been declining due to spurt in population growth over the last five decades. Water demand is also getting diversified with emergence of newer consumption forces driven by rapid urbanisation, greater food and energy needs, and extensive diversification of human water use.
Fraying diplomatic ties between Canberra and Beijing have led to talk of conspiracy, but China owns just 1.9 per cent of Australia’s water marketRead More Jul 13, 2020
Recent border related conflicts between India and Nepal are mostly related to either a river, or access to water, or flood protection works. Understanding small transboundary rivers is crucial.
Enhancing transboundary water cooperation is crucial for accelerating progress towards Sustainable Development Goal and UNECE want to help closing the current governance gap
Millions of people still do not have access to clean drinking water, but there is a Protocol on Water and Health that expects to protect human health and well being by better water management
The Amazon Basin is approaching a dangerous tipping point. Within a few years the world’s largest tropical forest could experience a ‘die-back’ that would not just affect South American countries, but deal a fatal blow to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It is no secret who is to blame. The principal culprits are the constellation of industries and individuals responsible for illegal deforestation…
For local agencies, SGMA requires local groundwater pumpers to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (or GSAs) and to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans to manage their groundwater basins. In order to effectively implement those plans, SGMA provides new tools and authorities including requiring registration of groundwater wells, measuring and limiting groundwater extractions, imposing fees for groundwater management, and enforcing the terms of a groundwater sustainability Groundwater sustainability plan.Read More
Groundwater visibility: it’s an idea whose time has come. And it will be celebrated in 2022 when it will be honored by the UN on 22 March 2022 – World Water DayRead More
The planet is heating up fast. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East and Africa where the impacts on water security and food security can exacerbate the conflict dynamics already extant in both regions.Read More
Water is the New Gold: An Emerging Source of Global Conflicts. To cap it all, realizing the gravity of situation, we being responsible inhabitants of this planet should give up our clinical attitude towards this most grave issue and devise an effective strategy to cope with this emerging source of global conflict for we could live without oil (black gold) but without blue gold (water), we are doomed to extinction.Read More
See how the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute offers an alarming insight into just how dangerous future transboundary water disputes may become in absence of agreements between water users, particularly in the context of a changing climateRead More
Transboundary water cooperation can generate accelerated economic growth, improves human well-being, enhanced environmental sustainability, and increased political stability. Read about more benefits in this blogRead More
Last month’s media reports in India suggesting non-cooperation of Bhutan and Nepal to maintain critical water infrastructures in the shared transboundary river systems were found not to be true. It was clear Bhutan didn’t stop water and Nepal didn’t prohibit Indian engineers to carry out regular flood embankment repair and maintenance work in the Gandak dam in Nepal. Such distorted facts and misinformation on transboundary water issues could stifle and stall long-standing cooperation mechanisms. There is an urgent need to tackle such information disorder to bolster transboundary water cooperation in South Asia, says Jyotiraj Patra, project manager of Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) at Oxfam.Read More
In early July, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region passed a grim milestone, recording more than one million cases of COVID-19.Read More
Ethiopia’s on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a ‘water war’.Read More
The Northwest Territories and Alberta are in the process of establishing a traditional knowledge working group as part of the transboundary water agreement.Read More
Since the COVID-19 pandemic originated this winter, many in the groundwater industry have been forced to be creative and expand their virtual footprints to maintain business operations.Read More
Experts at a webinar have shared their views on implementing governance instruments to build trust and cooperation between India and Bangladesh to benefit all stakeholders in the Meghna Basin.Read More
The Ganga and Brahmaputra river systems are part of the larger Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin which covers India, China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. The transboundary nature of the river system has major implications on people, economy, and socio-political setup in the region. Similarly, natural disasters, being interconnected, need to be looked at with an integrated approach. Assam and Bihar have the highest instances of flooding in India leading to loss of life, land, assets and displacement of communities. This year, at least 11 million people have been affected by floods in these states, and as on August 14, 2020, about 7,799,700 people have been displaced.Read More
No te pierdas la opinión de @PhDRosarioSF acerca de los problemas para la entraga de agua a EUA según el tratado de 1944 en una entrevista de @vanguardiamxRead More
For thousands of years, rivers have shaped the world’s political boundaries. A new study and research database by geographers Laurence Smith and Sarah Popelka details the many ways that rivers shape modern borders.Read More
Ethiopia and Egypt have again failed to reach an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, raising fears that the entire region may be plunged into conflict. But a similar dispute in South America in the 1970s shows how this outcome can be avoided.Read Mor
How to achieve water cooperation despite the deteriorating relations between countries? the secret, avoid the politicization of a natural resource essential for human rights. Read more in this noteRead More
Does the World Need More International Water Law? If you are interested about International Water Law follow this video by GWP newsRead More
Comprehensive watershed protection plans that outline ways to preserve or restore watersheds are a voluntary and accepted approach to protecting Texas surface waters. Using a watershed approach to restore impaired water bodies addresses the problems in a holistic manner, and stakeholders in the watershed are actively involved in developing the management strategies and plans.Read More
As the world’s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce due to accelerating climate change, cooperation among countries, regions and villages who share water resources across borders will be critical to ensuring an equitable distribution of waterRead More
If you missed the Virtual Workshop on designing legal frameworks for transboundary water cooperation, here you can access to the contentRead More
An intense and often divisive regional debate has ensued about whether low flows are due to drought or the operation of large dams that have been progressively built across the basin since the early 1990s. Read More
Canada and the U.S. share water in their borders. But what happens when industrial development changes those waters in ways? Read this interesting note about transboundary watershedsRead More
The ad-hoc Steering Committee for the Nexus activities in the Drina River Basin under the SEE Nexus Project, supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), had its first online meeting on 15 October 2020Read More
A judge has ruled against Mississippi in its 15-year legal battle with the state of Tennessee over ownership of groundwater from an aquifer that rests under eight states. All groundwater drawn in DeSoto County comes from this aquiferRead More
On October 14-15, the Permanent Forum of Binational Waters hosted its first conference, titled “U.S.-MX Transboundary Groundwater Conference: Innovation and Creativity: Strategies for Unprecedented Challenges.” Read More
Amidst heightened border tensions between India and China, news that Bangladesh was considering moving ahead with extensive lending from China for management of the Teesta river came as a bolt from the blue for India.Read More
The Texas Water Journal has published a new program review in the Volume 11 issue, titled “Internet of Texas Water: Use Cases for Flood, Drought, and Surface Water–Groundwater Interactions,” by Rudolph A. Rosen, Robert E. Mace, Sam Marie Hermitte and Richard Wade.Read More
Los convenios de mantos acuíferos entre México y Estados Unidos comenzaron en 1906 con el Convenio de Aguas de Ciudad Juárez. Posteriormente, las regulaciones fueron actualizadas en el Tratado de Aguas de 1944, el cual continúa vigente y que, en semanas recientes, ha causado discordias entre ambas naciones, así como entre el Gobierno federal y algunos estados.Read More
In this week of women in water sciences, don´t miss this discussion of the gendering transboundary water governance! Many exiting contributions of the women’s role within the water diplomacyRead More
Ankara called on the Iraqi central government on Wednesday to cooperate with Ankara to resolve Iraq’s water problems.
The senior Turkish lawmaker and former minister of forestry and water affairs, Veysel Eroğlu, who is also the Turkish presidency’s special representative to Iraq, held a meeting in the parliament to evaluate Iraq’s water supply issues.Read More
Regional and transboundary water conflicts within and between nations are widespread all over the world, but such conflicts are not always a priority issue in the political agenda of the various governments that share a waterscape. In almost all countries in South Asia, water management is fraught with inefficiency and complacency, a fact which helps account for the frequent flooding, water scarcity, excessive groundwater draft, pollution, degradation of rivers, and dismal poverty that plague the region. Past treaties have not eliminated disputes over water sharing; in fact, disputes exist not only between countries but also between states within a country.Read More
At a conference on 26 November Yan Zhiyong, chairman of the state-owned Power Construction Corp of China, announced plans to build a new hydropower dam on one of the largest river’s in the world, which flows to India and Bangladesh.Read More
IUCN and partners joined forces in a new partnership designed to strengthen cooperation in transboundary basins. The newly established ‘Shared Waters Cooperation Facility’ is a global partnership that will strengthen cooperation on shared waters through supporting stakeholders in navigating and negotiating agreements over water resources.Read More
While transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, accounting for 60 per cent of global freshwater flows, are of crucial importance for the sustainable development and political stability of riparian States, the financial means for their management, development and protection are insufficient in most parts of the world.Read More
On December 15, the U.S. Department of State launched the Mekong Dam Monitorin collaboration with the Stimson Center and Eyes on Earth.Read More
As the CIWA program enters its tenth year, we look back at how CIWA support has helped navigate complexities and unique political economies, using lessons learned to achieve stronger programming and impact on the ground. Take a look at all the achievements and critical actions the program has catalyzed reaffirming CIWA’s commitment to supporting transboundary water resources cooperation in AfricaRead More
The Shared Waters Cooperation Facility is a global convening platform that brings together diverse partners, inter-governmental organisations and technical and knowledge partners to coordinate and ensure more effective, consistent and accelerated support for transboundary water cooperation.Read More
Great news! U.S. Congress approved funds for the USGS to continue baseline water quality monitoring at the international border for Southeast Alaska’s transboundary rivers to address the contamination for mining activitiesRead More
In October the Middle East Water Forum* (MEWF) staged a webinar on transboundary water governance. The event brought together 350 water experts from 52 countries to hear an expert panel discuss how transboundary water issues are best dealt with. During the event the audience was polled on what they believed worked and what didn’t. Their answers may surprise you. Here, Shammy Puri, Hassan Aboelnga & Hazim El-Naser share what was discovered and discuss why it’s important.Read More
Twenty-Four years ago, when the prime ministers of Bangladesh and India signed the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty on December 12, 1996, it was quite a different world to mark such a milestone. Read More
We celebrate the 12 years of Sharon Megdal as a board member on the Central Arizona Project (CAP) to ensure a secure and stable water supply on Arizona. Follow this link to read more about CAPRead More
The second meeting of the Regional Working Group (RWG) for transboundary cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB) convening on 1 and 2 December, outlined the main operational axis for the implementation of the vision of the programme.Read More
No te pierdas esta nota en donde se explica por qué se necesita una nueva Ley General de Aguas en México y qué repercuciones tiene la ley actual en cuanto a manejo y administración del aguaRead More
La historia del peor desastre ambiental minero en México, provocado por la minera Grupo México que derramó 40 millones de litros de solución de sulfato de cobre acidulado sobre los Ríos Sonora y Bacanuchi en 2014, sigue siendo uno de los tantos problemas socioambientales causados por la contaminación.Read More