Tag: water quality management

Water resource management is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources. It is a sub-set of water cycle management. Ideally, water resource management planning has regard to all the competing demands for water and seeks to allocate water on an equitable basis to satisfy all uses and demands. As with other resource management, this is rarely possible in practice.

Meters, Metrics, and People Power

Meters, Metrics, and People Power

A long row of gently aging tin cabins lines the wooded shore of Douglas Lake in Munro Township on the northern tip of Michigan. First built in 1908, the cabins, rustic and durable on the exterior, undergo interior makeovers on a regular basis to keep pace with the ever-changing tastes

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

Rainfall, Nutrients, and the Dead Zone

A few weeks ago in this space, I mentioned the algae blooms plaguing Florida this year, largely the result of nutrient-rich water being released from Lake Okeechobee. Unfortunately, it’s not just Florida that’s experiencing the problem—there’s plenty to go around.

A recently published study in Science shows that excess nutrients

Stream Buffers 101

Stream Buffers 101

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Stream Buffers

Stream Buffers

Stream buffers are natural areas adjacent to streams and waterways that remain free of ­devel­opment, con­struction, or other alterations and play an important role in maintaining predevelopment water quality. The riparian vegetation stabilizes stream channels, provides terrestrial and aquatic habitat, slows runoff rates, reduces runoff volume, and filters development runoff.

Constructed Wetlands to Reduce Nutrients From Runoff in Croplands

Constructed Wetlands to Reduce Nutrients From Runoff in Croplands

Wetlands have been shown to be an ­efficient way to remove nutrients and pesticides from cropland runoff. ­Appropriately positioned and sized wetlands can remove significant amounts of nutrients from agricultural runoff while restoring natural habitat and reducing flooding. Engineered treatment wetlands thus consist of a nature-based solution combined with an

Otterbine Launches Online App “Picture-It”

Otterbine Launches Online App “Picture-It”

EMMAUS, PA May 26, 2015 – Otterbine releases “Picture-It” with Otterbine a new online app that allows you to imagine how any Otterbine pattern would appear on a water feature. Accessible through www.otterbine.com, there is no need to download a program to use and is available anywhere with an internet connection.

“Our products provide aesthetic appeal,

How Low Can You Go? – Water Efficiency

How Low Can You Go? – Water Efficiency

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported last week that Lake Mead is hitting a level it hasn’t been at since it was in the process of filling up behind the brand new Hoover Dam 78 years ago, in 1937. The Colorado River is not what it used to be. The article,

Inlet Protection During Construction—and After

Inlet Protection During Construction—and After

Water—a simple molecule of one oxygen and two hydrogens, with such a simple design. It’s the very structure of water that makes it strong enough to force boulders loose on a hillside. By water’s polarity, water molecules attract more water molecules and soon the long branched “polymers” are strong enough

Inlet Protection During Construction and After

Inlet Protection During Construction and After

Water-a simple molecule of one oxygen and two hydrogens, with such a simple design. It’s the very structure of water that makes it strong enough to force boulders loose on a hillside. By water’s polarity, water molecules attract more water molecules and soon the long branched “polymers” are strong enough

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