Cirque Du Soleil, Water Databases, and Dam Reports….. Definitely Worth While Reading About…..

1. Reasons to go see Cirque Du Soleil Guy Laliberte, founder  of Cirque du Soleil, has decided to donate $100 million to the One Drop organization over 25 years.  This will allow One Drop to continue expanding water projects (Haiti next stop).

2. Prince Albert II of Monaco has also donated to One Drop’s project in Honduras as well as many other projects focused on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water. Some other projects the Prince has focused on are with a $1.5 million grant to the Earth Institute’s work on Mali’s agriculture techniques to increase crop yields and combat land degradation to helping farmers and their families secure a more stable livelihood while protecting the ecosystems where they live. Mali is one of the Millennium Villages; a Millennium Village is a village that is now below the Millennium Development Goals and is receiving aid to improve their current living situation.  
3. Water Watch: Low-Cost Satellite Data for Monthly Irrigation Performance Monitoring in Nilo Coelho, Brazil. Water Watch uses satellite results to monitor performance indicators to evaluate irrigation and drainage projects. They can determine monthly values for real evapotranspiration, biomass production, and soil moisture using the Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land.  This in combination with other flow data this model can give extensive information on the status of water usage and efficiency of regions. Water Watch also has done this for Idaho and the data is being used by the Idaho’s Department of Water. This could be extremely valuable for California’s agriculturally efficient development.
4. Leading to my next point SEAL is quantitative, spatially discrete water management information derived from remotely sensed satellite data. They have done some pretty interesting reports on many locations in the US, and one that was completed in 2007 was on Sacramento-san Joaquin Delta in California. The data was used by the California Department of Water Resources to more adequately understand water withdrawal and usage. 
5. Interested in Dam’s? The WWF released a report titled “Dam Right! An Investors Guide to Dams” which explains the role of dams within communities as well as the politics and economics of constructing dams. Truly interesting report that takes apart the role of investors in dams and how their political agendas influence the total impact of the dam Worth checking out

Water Quotes

  1. “For each ton of recycled paper you save 7000 gallons of water/ 17 trees/ 4200 Kilowatt-hours of energy/ 40 lbs of nitrogen emissions/ 3 cubic yards of landfill space.”
  2. “A person must consume 2.5 quarts of water per day from all sources (drinking, eating) to maintain health.” US EPA.
  3. “62,600 gallons of water are needed to produce one ton of steel.” US EPA.
  4. “The United States consumes water at twice the rate of other industrialized nations.” National Park Service.
  5. “75% of a living tree is water; 66% of human body is water; 75% of the human brain is water.” US EPA.
  6. “Americans flush 6.8 billion gallons of water down their toilets every day.” National Parks Service.
  7. “Alfalfa consumes almost 25% of California’s irrigation water, more water than any other crop in the state.” Natural Resource Defense Council.
  8. “The average 5-minute showers uses 15-25 gallons of water.” American Water Works Association.
  9. Preliminary estimates show that the total energy used to pump and treat water in California exceeds 15,00 GWH per year, or at least 6.5% of the total electricity used in the State per year.” California Department of Water Resources.
  10. “Leaks account for 12% of an average Californian’s daily water use.” The Pacific Institute.
  11. “Bottled water can cost 240-10,000 times more than tap water and may not be any more safe to drink. Around 25-35% of bottled water sold in the U.S. comes from a city or town’s tap water, sometimes further treated, sometimes note.” Natural Resources Defense Council.
  12. “It takes 39,090 gallons of water on average to manufacture a new car.” EPA
  13. “Agriculture accounts for 87% of all the freshwater consumed each year in the U.S.” Livestock Production: Energy Inputs and the Environment, by David Pimentel.
  14. “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”Benjamin Franklin.
  15. “Water sustains all.” Thales of Miletus, 600B.C