History has not been kind to the American beaver (Castor canadensis). An estimated 400 million beavers called North America home before the European trappers arrived and decimated the population. By 1900, roughly 100,000 remained. Unbeknown to the trappers, the culling of the beavers forever changed the landscape and reduced water supplies.1 Early historical journals noted … Continue reading The Benefits of Beavers
Squeals of delight can always be heard from eager students attending any of the numerous riparian field trips Arizona Project WET holds every year. Whether empowered with simple collection devices they’ve created themselves or armed with sophisticated water sampling technology, these intrepid students poke, prod, and ponder the unique mysteries only wetlands hold. In the … Continue reading Wetlands – The Buffer Zone Between Life and Loss
As you head to the kitchen to make your first pot of morning brew, imagine turning on the faucet and no water comes out. How would you feel? What thoughts would go through your head? This is not a scene from some fictional apocalyptic movie. It has already happened in several communities in Arizona due … Continue reading Imagine A Day Without Water? Many Rural Arizonans Already Can.
Over the last few decades, there has been increased concern over commonly used chemicals entering the environment and impacting aquatic life, and possibly even human health. The EPA refers to these compounds as chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) and they include many of the pharmaceuticals and personal care products we use every day.1 Research has … Continue reading What’s In Your Wastewater? Intersex Fish and Household Wastewater
Amber waves of grain may soon be replaced by towering stalks of industrial hemp as farmers across America begin growing this newly legalized form of cannabis. As of May 10th, 2018, Arizona became the 36th state to take on the task of converting this formerly controlled substance into a commercial commodity.1 Will all the hubbub … Continue reading Could Farming Hemp Save Water?
Recent investigations in cloud-seeding suggest there could be literal truth in the proverbial saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” Researchers from three Universities, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the Idaho Power Company collaborated over the Winter of 2017 to determine, once and for all, if seeding clouds with silver iodide actually works. … Continue reading A Silver Lining in Western Clouds?
By the early 1900’s, the art of rainmaking offered more hype than hope. Before large-scale water projects, farmers, ranchers, cities, and towns in the arid west were often desperate for liquid relief. They would pay handsome fees to anyone who could summon moisture from the air. Most of these self-professed pluviculturists were con men. Some … Continue reading The Original Rain Man
Happy Earth Day everyone! For this week’s blog, let’s take a look at how resilient Mother Nature is. With every troubling toxin, corrosive chemical and petroleum product we pollute her with, she finds new ways to come back into balance. Here’s what we’ve learned from nature recently: Oil-eating Bacteria - For decades, scientists have been … Continue reading Learning from Nature
What’s for dinner? A glass of man-made water and maybe a side of crow. Last year, I was intrigued by various articles I read involving extracting water from the air and I posted a skeptical blog on my findings. Frankly, I thought the idea was somewhat preposterous, especially when some of the discussions mentioned extracting … Continue reading Manipulating Moisture for Mankind?
I’m feeling a tad conflicted today. First of all, I rarely post any blogs written in the first person. Second, because today features two holidays eliciting almost contradictory emotions. Easter tends to be a solemn occasion, meant to remind traditional Christians of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. It’s also April Fools day, a time for light-hearted prankster-isms … Continue reading Happy Easter April Fools – It’s Spring!