Got_Water_Cropped_Campana

May 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        
My Photo
Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 12/2006

Favorite Blogs

  • Authentically Wired
    Water and a lot more from Paul F. Miller.
  • AWRA
    The water resources blog of the American Water Resources Association.
  • Blue Marble Earth
    An articulate Earth scientist with an MS in Geography from Oregon State University, Courtney van Stolk explores the 'whys' of this fantastic planet.
  • California Water Blog
    A biologist, economist, engineer and geologist walk onto a bar…From the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC-Davis.
  • Campanastan
    That's 'Campana-stan', or 'Place of Campana', formerly 'Aquablog'. Michael Campana's personal blog, promulgating his Weltanschauung.
  • Chance of Rain
    Journalist Emily Green's take on water and related issues.
  • Dr. Anne Jefferson's Watershed Hydrology Lab
    Anne blogs from Kent State University on a variety of earth science topics.
  • Great Lakes Law
    Noah Hall's blog about - what else - all things wet and legal in the Great Lakes region!
  • International Water Law Project
    Gabriel Eckstein, Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, comments on international and transboundary water law and policy.
  • John Fleck
    Former science writer @ Albuquerque Journal and current director of the Water Resources Program at U of NM. Topics: Colorado River basin, Western USA water, more!
  • Legal Planet: Environmental Law and Policy
    From the UC-Berkeley and UCLA law schools, it highlights the latest legal and policy initiatives and examines their implications.
  • Maven's Notebook
    A water, science, and environmental policy blog by Chris Austin, aka 'Maven'. Focus is on California.
  • On The Public Record
    A 'low level civil servant who reads a lot of government reports writes about California water and related topics.
  • Wettit - the water reddit
    Water blog with tons of news items, other blogs, etc.
  • Texas Agriculture Law Blog
    Don't let the name fool you - there are lots of water issues in agriculture and Tiffany Dowell of Texas A&M University does a fabulous job with this important Internet resource. Give it a read - I do every day!
  • The Water Blog
    From the Portland, OR, Water Bureau.
  • The Way of Water
    Dr. Jennifer Veilleux records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about water resources development and management, indigenous rights, ethics, and a host of other issues.
  • Thirsty in Suburbia
    Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
  • This Day in Water History
    Michael J. 'Mike' McGuire, engineer extraordinaire, NAE member, and author of 'The Chlorine Revolution', blogs about historical happenings in the fields of drinking water and wastewater keyed to calendar dates.
  • WaSH Resources
    New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
  • Waste, Water, Whatever
    Elizabeth Royte's ('Bottlemania', 'Garbage Land') notes on waste, water, whatever.
  • Water Matters
    News from the Columbia University Water Center.
  • Watershed Moments: Thoughts from the Hydrosphere
    From Sarah Boon - rediscovering her writing and editing roots after 13 years, primarily as an environmental scientist. Her writing centres around creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and nature writing. The landscapes of western Canada are her main inspiration.
  • WaterWired
    All things freshwater: news, comment, publications and analysis from hydrogeologist Michael E. Campana, Professor at Oregon State University and Technical Director of the AWRA.

« CRS InFocus Report: 'Federal Assistance for Wildfire Response and Recovery' | Main | Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geoscience; 2) Environmental Science; 3) Coastal Zone Management - 2 May 2022 »

Sunday, 01 May 2022

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

EJ Hanford, PhD

Here is the California perspective on "Resilient California Water Portfolios Require Infrastructure Investment Partnerships That Are Viable for All Partners"
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EF002573
In a drought-stricken State, with significant degradation of major aquifers, the mention of allocating water for Nature is not a prominent feature of "resilient" water portfolios.

EJ Hanford, PhD

The need to grant "personhood" to aquifers or rivers is a direct response to humans assuming they have the "right" to take the water they want or to pollute the water, with little regard for the vital role that water plays within the overall ecosystem.
Thus, humans overdraft rivers and groundwater aquifers and take little to no responsibility for the consequent (essentially non-recoverable) collapse of groundwater aquifers and land subsidence.
Ah, but it will keep lawyers employed and will keep legislators/authorities occupied for decades to come.

Gabriel Eckstein

Hi Michael. I applaud your proposal to develop a "top 10" list of aquifers on the brink. We definitely need more light shed on groundwater use and management, and top 10 lists seem to capture some measure of public attention.

As for affording legal personality to water rivers and other natural phenomena, the idea has been batted around for decades. The challenge is in implementation. My sense is that some people are so disenchanted with our existing protection and conservation laws, they are willing to try anything. I am not against affording legal personality to rivers and aquifer. But, as you intimate in your essay, we need to know what we're getting into. Unintended consequences will certainly arise from such action (Who will pay for the river's or aquifer's legal fees (e.g., taxpayers, donations)? Can you sue a river for flooding your home? Should/can a river or aquifer own the land on/through which it flows?), and we'll need to learn to live with them, or go back to the drawing board.

For those interested, I curated a series of essays on this issue a few years ago. My concluding essay is available here (https://www.internationalwaterlaw.org/blog/2018/09/03/of-rivers-deities-and-legal-persons-a-new-approach-to-managing-freshwater-resources/), and it links to all of the other essays in the series. The series was later republished in 2019 in Vol. 46 (issues 6 & 7) of the journal, Water International.

Matt Heberger

I think this would be a very good initiative. Completely agree that groundwater is "out of sight, out of mind" for most Americans.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Translation


Visitors

  • Visitors
Top_50_water_blogs
Geology Site that Rocks!
Featured in Alltop
TheReefTank
proudly awards
this site as
Recommended Reading
Please vote for it
in the community!





Vote for us!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Find the best blogs at Blogs.com.

WWW sites