California Department of Water Resources: DWR Launches New Web-Based Mapping Tool Showing Nearly 3,000 Groundwater Sustainability Projects

California Department of Water Resources: DWR Launches New Web-Based Mapping Tool Showing Nearly 3,000 Groundwater Sustainability Projects. “The California Groundwater Projects Tool is an interactive mapping tool that allows users to explore a database of nearly 3,000 projects initiated in California over the last decade to protect groundwater resources.”

USGS: New one-stop shop webpage for all things Great Salt Lake

USGS: New one-stop shop webpage for all things Great Salt Lake. “On the website, users can see how changing lake levels, which recently reached a new historic low, affect local wetlands, biology, economics, safety, recreation and land use. Both current and historical USGS data from the Saltair and Saline gaging stations automatically populate the site’s diagrams with up-to-date lake level information.”

State of Oregon: DEQ launches tool to improve public access to water quality data

State of Oregon: DEQ launches tool to improve public access to water quality data . “The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released a new online tool that will give the public greater access to water quality monitoring data. The Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships Data Viewer is an interactive tool that displays monitoring data collected by Oregon’s Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships, a voluntary program co-managed by DEQ and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.”

State of Minnesota: State rolls out dashboard showing PFAS monitoring results for drinking water

State of Minnesota: State rolls out dashboard showing PFAS monitoring results for drinking water . “Minnesota residents who get their drinking water from a community public water system will now be able to find out if their system’s water has any level of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), through an interactive online dashboard unveiled today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).”

California Department of Water Resources: State Federal Water Managers Prepare for Dry Summer Conditions

California Department of Water Resources: State Federal Water Managers Prepare for Dry Summer Conditions. “Californians can now access current water conditions in real time at California Water Watch, a new website launched by DWR. This website will help Californians see their local hydrological conditions, forecasts, and water conditions down to their address or their local watershed.”

Utrecht University: Marc Bierkens, UYA member Niko Wanders, and National Geographic Society to map global freshwater reserves

Utrecht University: Marc Bierkens, UYA member Niko Wanders, and National Geographic Society to map global freshwater reserves . “Utrecht water and drought experts Marc Bierkens and Utrecht Young Academy member Niko Wanders announced the launch of the World Water Map project, in cooperation with the National Geographic Society external link. Over the next five years they will be mapping the global water supplies and demands, and identifying ‘hotspot’ areas where water scarcity is most prevalent.”

Associated Press: Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database

Associated Press: Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database. “Americans wondering whether a nearby dam could be dangerous can look up the condition and hazard ratings of tens of thousands of dams nationwide using an online database run by the federal government. But they won’t find the condition of Hoover Dam, which impounds one the nation’s largest reservoirs on the border of Nevada and Arizona. Nor is there any condition listed for California’s Oroville Dam, the country’s tallest, which underwent a $1 billion makeover after its spillway failed.”

World Health Organization: New GLAAS data portal online

World Health Organization: New GLAAS data portal online. “The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) data portal is now online… The portal features GLAAS data from the past three GLAAS cycles (2013/2014, 2016/2017, 2018/2019) on governance, finance, monitoring and human resources. On the portal, users can explore and download data, analyze trends, and make country and regional comparisons.”

NCAR: Scientists Map Underwater Topography Of More Than 1.4 Million Lakes And Reservoirs Worldwide

NCAR: Scientists Map Underwater Topography Of More Than 1.4 Million Lakes And Reservoirs Worldwide. “Lakes and reservoirs have a profound influence on ecosystem functions, local streamflow levels, and the movement of water across landscapes. But water managers often are in the dark when it comes to subsurface topography, which affects the ecology, volume, temperature, and rate of evaporation of a waterbody, as well as inflows and outflows. Now a team of scientists has developed artificial intelligence techniques to create a publicly available dataset of the underwater topography, or bathymetry, of more than 1.4 million inland lakes and reservoirs around the world.”

California Department of Water Resources: DWR Launches New Website to Improve Tracking of Local and Statewide Water Conditions Amid Extreme Dry Conditions

California Department of Water Resources: DWR Launches New Website to Improve Tracking of Local and Statewide Water Conditions Amid Extreme Dry Conditions. “The website brings together data from DWR and other sources to provide dynamic real-time information on precipitation, temperature, reservoirs, snowpack, groundwater, streamflow, soil moisture, and vegetation conditions. Users can enter an address to see local conditions, including daily precipitation and temperature statistics, for their area and links to water supplier information. The website also allows users to compare data on local conditions by year and by region.”

Yale Environment 360: A New Tool Shows How Much Dams Will Alter River Temperatures, Threatening Native Fish

Yale Environment 360: A New Tool Shows How Much Dams Will Alter River Temperatures, Threatening Native Fish. “A new online tool reveals how more than 200 planned dams worldwide will alter river temperatures, potentially rendering waters too hot or too cold for native fish…. Scientists analyzed the impact of 100 existing dams to create a machine learning tool that would predict how much 216 planned dams will alter temperatures downstream.”

United Arab Emirates: EAD undertakes hydrogeological mapping project to prepare digital maps, utilising geographical information systems

United Arab Emirates: EAD undertakes hydrogeological mapping project to prepare digital maps, utilising geographical information systems. “The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, is conducting a hydrogeological mapping project for the UAE, a unique project at the level of the Arabian Gulf region. The project aims to collect, classify, and analyse all available data on ground and surface water, which has been collected from well drilling, research, and reports. This information will be converted into digital data that can be utilised in preparing high-quality, accurate digital maps using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).”

Trade Secrets Trends: City Claims Google’s Water Use Is A Trade Secret and Exempt from Oregon’s Public Records Laws

Trade Secrets Trends: City Claims Google’s Water Use Is A Trade Secret and Exempt from Oregon’s Public Records Laws . “After a reporter from The Oregonian inquired into Google’s water use, the City of Dalles (‘Dalles’) filed a Complaint against both the reporter and the newspaper (the ‘Defendants’) seeking declaratory relief, requesting that the court declare Google’s water use a trade secret under Oregon’s Public Records Law, ORS 192.311 et seq, and the Oregon Uniform Trade Secrets Act, ORS 646.461 et seq. As described below, the issue is whether Google’s water use is a trade secret, and if so, if the public interest exception, which may permit public disclosure of trade secrets, applies.”

University of Texas at Austin: First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change

University of Texas at Austin: First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change. “The database, created by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, uses publicly available remote sensing data to show how the river centerlines of the world’s 48 most threatened deltas have moved during the past 40 years. The data can be used to predict how rivers will continue to move over time and help governments manage population density and future development.”

OpenET: A Satellite-Based Water Data Resource (NASA)

NASA: OpenET: A Satellite-Based Water Data Resource. “OpenET uses open-source models and Google Earth Engine to provide satellite-based information on water consumption in areas as small as a quarter of an acre at daily, monthly and yearly intervals. Until OpenET, there was no single, low-cost operational system for measuring and distributing evapotranspiration data at the scale of individual fields across the western United States.”