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Water Conservation

OUR “INVISIBLE” WATER USE

August 31, 2015

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It is easy to think about our direct water use, things like drinking, showering, and cooking. It can be much more difficult to remember that products we interact with on a daily basis use water for production. Think about all the water is takes to grow our food, make our clothes, and build our homes, cars, and computers. The Water Footprint Network has an interactive product gallery where you can easily see how much water is needed to make some the products you use everyday.

Check out their product gallery: http://waterfootprint.org/en/resources/interactive-tools/product-gallery/

What kinds of products use the most water?
What is one product you could use less often to cut back on your water footprint?
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Water Around the World

“WHY DID L.A. DROP 96 MILLION ‘SHADE BALLS’ INTO ITS WATER?”

August 14, 2015

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National Geographic explains why Los Angeles, in the midst of the ongoing drought, looked to millions of small plastic “shade balls” to protect their water quality.

Read the full story here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150812-shade-balls-los-angeles-California-drought-water-environment/

How do the “shade balls” help protect water quality?
What are other ways Los Angeles could cut down on their water usage?
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Water Quality Resources

WHAT IS A TURBIDITY CURRENT?

August 12, 2015

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The National Ocean Service explains turbidity currents as a rapid, downhill flow of water caused by increased density due to high amounts of sediment.

Read more about the NOAA’s description of turbidity currents: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/turbidity.html

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Water Around the World

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPOTLIGHTS EXTREME ALGAE BLOOMS

August 10, 2015

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National Geographic spotlights extreme algae blooms happening around the world. Follow the link to view striking photographs and read about how algae blooms form, why they are so dangerous, and how we can work to stop them.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/04/pictures/130423-extreme-algae-bloom-fertilizer-lake-erie-science/

What effect do you think algae blooms have on aquatic life?
What can we do to help avoid algae blooms?
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Water Quality Resources

FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS: A DISSOLVED OXYGEN RESOURCE

August 5, 2015

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The Fundamentals of Environmental Measurements is a great website to learn about dissolved oxygen and why it is such an important aspect of water quality.

Explore all things dissolved oxygen: http://www.fondriest.com/environmental-measurements/parameters/water-quality/dissolved-oxygen/

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Water Around the World

ROBOT SWANS BRING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO WATER TESTING

July 24, 2015

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Channel NewsAsia reports that Singapore researchers are testing robotic swans that could provide advanced water testing data. These swans are equipped with sensors that could provide real-time water quality data for factors including pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and chlorophyll.

Read the full article and watch the videos: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/robot-swans-bring-new/1958380.html

What do you think of the robot swans?
How could real-time robotic water testing be valuable?

 

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Water Quality Resources

FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS: A pH RESOURCE

July 22, 2015

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The Fundamentals of Environmental Measurements is a great website to learn about pH and why it is an important aspect of water quality.

Explore all things pH: http://www.fondriest.com/environmental-measurements/parameters/water-quality/ph/

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