Strategies & Innovations
Cambridge, MA – Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have nano-engineered spinach plants to sample analytes in ambient ground water and send the information to a smartphone.
Cranfield, U.K. – Scientists at Cranfield University in the U.K., have developed the Nano Membrane Toilet to bring household service to those without access to basic toilets. The model is able to treat human waste on site without water. Inhabitat reports. | READ MORE
St. Albert, Alta. – Overhauling the traditional view of water treatment and waste-water services in Alberta could allow cash-strapped municipalities to unbridle themselves from weighty infrastructure projects. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – How does water behave in space? That question is the focus of a long-awaited experiment launched by rocket this week to the International Space Station, where astronauts will unbundle a camera and a sealed jar of water sent their way by a University of Toronto researcher. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Singapore – Professor John Anthony Cherry was recently awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 for his contributions to the advancement of ground water science policies, and technologies.
Stanford, CA – Scientists have developed a new computer algorithm that enables them to use satellite data to determine ground water levels across large areas. The Indian Express reports. | READ MORE
Yellowstone National Park, WY – Over the past few field seasons, researchers from the University of Calgary's Department of Geoscience spent several weeks monitoring the waters of Yellowstone National Park’s Spouter Geyser, and the results of their study could change what we know about how geysers work. | The University of Calgary reports. | READ MORE
St. Louis, MI – Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have found a new way of treating water contaminated by nuclear waste. Water Online reports. | READ MORE
Recent reports in the media have illustrated declining water levels in aquifers in California and the midwestern United States.
At the turn of the 19th century, the steel industry was huge until environmental and economic conditions forced it to scale down infrastructure to make the mini mill. The development of steel thus became cheaper due to the smaller footprint, energy needs and capital costs.
Calgary – A professor at the University of Calgary is studying whether Saskatchewan-grown lentils can counteract chronic arsenic poisonings from well water that affect up to 77 million people in Bangladesh. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Muscat, Oman – Oman is conducting a feasibility study to see if ground water aquifers in Salalah can be further recharged by harvesting fog using techniques from Australian Rain Technologies. MuscatDaily.com reports. | READ MORE
Dallas, TX – Deep droughts in recent years have forced U.S. water managers to reckon with water scarcity and to diversify their water supply portfolios. Brackish ground water is their latest target, Circle of Blue reports. | READ MORE
Decatur, IN – Agriculture, with its fertilizers, has emerged as the biggest threat to water quality in many parts of the United States. Some farmers are trying new conservation strategies, The Christian Science Monitor reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is one potential tool to help provide for water when it is needed, the National Ground Water Association said in a news release.

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