Strategies & Innovations
Milwaukee, WI – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee scientist Jim Waples and a research team have found a new method of determining the age of water at any point in a distribution system using residual radioactive atoms from nuclear fallout of the 1950s and early '60s. Phys.Org reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – Engineer Ray Roussy has patented a new sonic pile-anchor that allows a building to rest on top as well as be bolted and anchored to it.
Ranchi, India – A government school in India is using playground swings that pump water to deal with its shortage. ANI News reports. | READ MORE
Surrey, B.C. – A tunnel 3.5 metres across and one kilometre long that runs under the Fraser River between Surrey and Coquitlam will soon transport drinking water to Surrey and other communities south of the river. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Jerusalem, Israel – An Israeli startup is developing a sensor that measures a plant's actual thirst with the goal of making irrigation more effective and helping preserve ground water. Haaretz reports. | READ MORE
Durham, NC – A researcher at the University of Durham has found intriguing links between helium deposits, natural gas and ground water. The Guardian reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 5, 2015, Davis, CA – University of California-Davis researchers propose flooding some farm fields during rainy winter months to replenish groundwater supplies that have been depleted because of the drought. Capital Press reports. | READ MORE
July 29, 2015, Iqaluit, Nunavut – The city of Iqaluit has identified the Apex River as the best choice for a secondary drinking water supply. However, researchers from Ontario's Queen's University say more data is needed before tapping into this water source to prevent depleting the supply. CBC News reports. | READ MORE  
July 27, 2015, Vancouver – As Vancouver increasingly relies on an underground aquifer to provide water in the midst of this summer’s drought, one hydrology expert is cautioning that we don’t know enough about how readily it can be replenished. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
June 30, 2015, Lawrenceville, NJ – A new screening tool to assess the potential risk posed by contaminated ground water moving from landfills to nearby streams, wetlands and residences has been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.
For four years, the World Economic Forum identified water in its Global Risk Report as one of the three most important challenges worldwide. In 2015, that changed.
Ground water is surface water’s shy cousin.
June 8, 2015, Sahtu, N.W.T. – The N.W.T. chapter of the Council of Canadians wants ConocoPhillips to improve its plan to monitor ground water near inactive wells in the Sahtu, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
June 3, 2015, Regina and Moose Jaw, Sask. – The provincial Water Security Agency is planning a controlled release of Lake Diefenbaker to alleviate water supply problems in communities including Regina and Moose Jaw, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
May 22, 2015, New York – Jay Famiglietti, hydrologist, UC-Irvine professor, and senior water scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labratory, is shining a spotlight on water issues through his annual op-ed. Good magazine reports. | READ MORE

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