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From watersheds to water footprints, dive beneath the surface with this comprehsive set of water supply resources.
Thirst: Excellent self-teaching slides on the systemic challenges around the world’s “Thirst.”
Water Supply - Department of Ecology: A comprehensive set of resources on water issues. laws, and programs in Washington state with everything from stream flow, to wells, to dams, water rights and water recovery.
How We Use Water - EPA Water Sense: Using cool graphs and a map of the US, the Environmental Protection Agency breaks down how much water we use for different purposes both as individuals and nation wide for commercial, industrial and agricultural uses. Also describes the challenge to meet water needs for people and the environment. http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/water_use_today.html
Water Supply Videos: Short videos featuring water systems experts talking about local issues. http://www.sustainabilityambassadors.org/apps/videos/channels/show/4243207-water-systems
Excellent video on the story of Seattle’s drinking water:
Water, What you Pay For - Video
Water Quality Monitoring Data for King County Sites
Here is a 5-minute video that provides a great overview on the adoption of the Clean Water Act in the early 1970’s http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZEQcUngxbLI
History of The Clean Water Act: Brief history by the Environmental Protection Agency of the clean water act adopted in 1972. https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/history-clean-water-act
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - 2030 Agenda: Goal 6 Water Systems, ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all the world's’ people. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg6
What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the US: http://time.com/4212941/flint-and-inequality/
Climate Change Connections
Climate Change - Local Farmers Face Uncertain Future:
Drought Conditions Monitored for Washington State:
Green / Duwamish Strategy: King County and the City of Seattle have teamed up to improve conditions throughout the watershed surrounding the Green and Duwamish rivers, stretching 93 miles from the Cascades to Elliott Bay. The goal is to coordinate the work already being done by local, state, and federal agencies to manage habitat restoration, salmon recovery, flood control, public health, and economic development. This includes cleanup of the 5-mile stretch of the Lower Duwamish that is registered as a Superfund site. The strategy also addresses the need to reduce pollution that occurs upstream, such as stormwater runoff that brings motor oil, pesticides, and other contaminates into the watershed and, ultimately, into the Lower Duwamish, Elliott Bay, and Puget Sound. http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/initiatives/green-duwamish.aspx
Bullitt Center Shoots for Net Zero Water
EPA Watersense: Launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, Watersense efforts conserved 2.1 trillion gallons of water between 2006 and 2016. Check out the interactive timeline describing what actions made this possible. https://www.epa.gov/watersense/accomplishments-and-history
Why Rivers No Longer Burn: Chronicles the monumental Clean Water Act of 1972that declared the nation’s waters would be swimmable and fishable within a decade, with no discharges of pollutants within a dozen years. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/12/clean_water_act_40th_anniversary_the_greatest_success_in_environmental_law.html
Learn the story of how the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland, Ohio caught the attention of the nation. http://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/63#.ViPX_n6rTIU
Watershed Updates by Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA): A "watershed" is an area draining into a river, lake, or other waterbody. The Washington State Department of Ecology and other state natural resources agencies have divided the state into 62 "Water Resource Inventory Areas" or "WRIAs" to delineate, study and protect the state's major watersheds. On this page you can select a WRIA of interest from a list menu, from a map, or by entering your zip code. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/wria/
Seattle Public Utilities – Watershed resources:
Seattle Public Utilities – About the Cedar River Watershed:
WRIA 8 - Cedar / Sammamish Lake Washington Watershed: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/watersheds/cedar-river-lake-wa.aspx
WRIA 7 - Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/watersheds/snoqualmie-skykomish.aspx
WRIA 9 - Green / Duwamish Watershed:
Ground Water Well Management - Video: Jay Regenstreif with Sammamish Plateau Water explains that water supply does not always come from lakes and streams, but also can be found underground. Shows how purveyors find clues and use models to find and understand a resource that you can't see and steps taken to protect that precious resource.
Groundwater Management in King County: A page that focuses on how the ground water is being managed in King County.It provides resources/hyperlinks to see how King County seeks to protect the health and well-being of its residents who rely on groundwater for drinking, and to ensure enough groundwater replenishes streams, lakes and wetlands to support fish and wildlife in the future.( This site is provided by the King County Groundwater Protection Program)
Groundwater Maps: King County provides a wide range of ground water maps including maps of the groundwater management areas, water levels as well as maps of different contaminants. Check it out and find out which management area you are in and see if there have been contaminants found locally.
Well Maps: Use King County's interactive well map to see well maps in your area. You can zoom in to your community to see how many wells there are. If you drink well water, can you find which well it comes from?
Aquifers across the US: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) describes the different types of aquifers found across the U.S. and shows a map of where they are.
Groundwater Animation: Watch this musical animation while learning about the importance of groundwater to living things -- including people -- and how to help protect this hidden resource. The Groundwater Story is designed for kids and adults who like watching funny cartoons while learning.
Net Zero Water Strategies and Policy
How to Achieve Net Zero Water in a Building:
Path to Net Zeo Water for Existing Buildings: Describes five strategies for how existing buildings can reclaim wastewater and stormwater. http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/16068/title/a%20path%20to%20net-zero%20water/viewall/true.aspx
Regulatory Pathways to Net Zero Water: This well-written policy report contains great infographics, tables and images identifying pathways for net zero water systems. The report describes obstacles in current building codes and provides guidance for designers.
Towards Net Zero Water: This report offers best management practices for designing safe, efficient and effective net zero water systems at the single family, multi-family/commercial and neighborhood scales with special focus on rainwater harvesting for potable and non-potable uses, greywater reclamation, and onsite wastewater treatment including composting toilets. Case studies illustrate best-in-class examples of innovative water systems used by actual projects from around the globe. https://access.living-future.org/ilfi/ideas-action/research/water/toward-net-zero-water
Bullitt Center Net Zero Water Case Study - Video: This video describes the Bullitt Center's net zero water system which is designed to mimic the functions of nature. The building harvests all of its water from the rain. Once the water is used, it's cleaned and returned back to the natural system. A fascinating story of high tech meets old nature.
Rainwater Harvesting Calculator developed by the Washington Department of Ecology: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/hq/rwh.html
My Water footprint - Video: Sustainability Ambassador Aashna Sheth, goes into detail about the idea of a water footprint in this six minute video. She describes the process of modern production, categorizing various types of water, and finding the water footprint of daily household items.
Calculate your personal and family water footprint and choose one or more behavior changes to reduce your direct and indirect water consumption.
Embed Water Footprint of Products: For a higher level, world-wide calculator with excellent resources on the “embedded” water footprint of different consumer products see: http://waterfootprint.org/en/
The Water Footprint Network: Provides science-based, practical solutions, and strategic insights that empower companies, governments, individuals and small-scale producers to transform the fresh water that is used and shared within earth’s limits. This site has a lot of different tabs with a huge amount of helpful information and daily life connections.
Bottled Water is Dumb Math - Video: Discusses the increasing appetite for bottled water globally and in the US. Then evaluates this trend from an economic, environmental and ethical perspective.
The Story of Bottled Water - Video: Over five minutes, this “Story of Stuff” style film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call for viewers to make a personal commitment to avoid bottled water and support public investment in clean, available tap water for all. http://www.sustainabilityambassadors.org/apps/videos/videos/show/18961215-the-story-of-bottled-water
Bottled Water Q&A: Questions and answers with examples and links to research from the Natural Resource Defense Council: http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/qbw.asp
The Problem with Bottled Water - Riverkeeper: Quick facts through four lenses: environment, economics, public health, and social justice. http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/tapwater/bottle-water/
Ban the Bottle: An advocacy organization promoting the environment by advocating bans on one-time-use plastic water bottles. Learn how to run a campaign to eliminating plastic bottles in schools, offices and public areas. https://www.banthebottle.net/about/
Singapore leads the world in Integrated Water Systems Management: A comprehensive set of library links on Singapore's innovative systems for water management. From big picture to policy to Singapores four national taps (water supply), explore how Singapore is creating water security for now and into the future. http://www.sustainabilityambassadors.org/singapore
How Durban Set the Global Standard for Providing Water to the Poor: DURBAN, South Africa's second largest city, is solving monumental water and waste challenges in its jammed informal settlements. How Durban Set the Global Standard for Providing Water and Sanitation for the Poor: http://www.citylab.com/housing/2016/02/how-durban-set-the-global-standard-for-providing-water-and-sanitation-for-the-poor/462957/?utm_source=nl__link5_021616
What India Can Teach the World About Rainwater Conservation: http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/12/rainwater-conservation-india-kerala-water-roof/420591/?utm_source=nl__link5_121715
Why Copenhagen Has Almost Perfect Water: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wPAMXjev806R451DV9C2gDnf7FMPzNAHUSr64_TPcy4/edit#heading=h.7g9kpq95w3l9
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council: The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is at the heart of a global movement to improve sanitation and hygiene for everyone. WSSCC is the only part of the United Nations devoted solely to the sanitation and hygiene needs of the most vulnerable people around the world. http://wsscc.org/
Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, giving women hope, children health and communities a future. Water.org traces its roots back to the founding of WaterPartners International in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector. http://water.org/water-crisis/economics-facts/
Splash: International social justice organization committed to the poor, an international development agency disciplined around urban economies, a social enterprise dedicated to putting themselves out of business, and a safe water company focused on children. http://splash.org/
Water Sanitation and Hygiene Innovations: This is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s international effort to enable universal access to sustainable sanitation services by supporting the development of radically new sanitation technologies as well as markets for new sanitation products and services. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Water-Sanitation-and-Hygiene
Water 1st International: Water 1st International understands that clean water alone is not enough. All Water1st projects integrate toilets and hygiene education, as well as piped water systems. This integrated approach provides the maximum health benefits — it stops the spread of disease and saves lives. We have also seen that projects which provide multiple benefits, like increased time and labor savings, are more likely to be maintained over the long-term by our project participants. http://water1st.org/
WorldVision.org: World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, they serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. http://www.worldvision.org/
World Bank Water and Sanitation Program: Launched in 2014, the World Bank’s Water Global Practice brings together financing, implementation, and knowledge in one platform. By combining the Bank’s global knowledge with country investments, this model generates more firepower for transformational solutions to help countries grow sustainably into the 21st century.
Tools for Schools
EPA WaterSense Fact Sheets and Lesson Ideas for Educators: EPA WaterSense Fact Sheets and Lesson Ideas for Educators is a document released by the EPA that includes ideas and resources for educators that want to teach a lesson regarding water conservation. The different lessons provided for teachers in this document include "Drops to Watts: Water and Energy Nexus", "Fix a Leak Week Learning Resources", and "A Day in the Life of a Drop". http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/learn_more.html#tabs-6
Spanish Language - EPA WaterSense Fact Sheets and Lesson Ideas for Educators: EPA WaterSense Fact Sheets and Lesson Ideas for Educators is a document released by the EPA in the Spanish language that include hyperlinks (also in Spanish) that focus on WaterSense data sheets and how to use water efficiently. Ultimately, these links will help expand the reader's knowledge on the importance of water conservation and how to better conserve it. http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/learn_more.html#tabs-7
Water Conservation Tips in Spanish developed by the Washington Department of Ecology: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/ws/waterconserve-es.html
World Water Day: World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.