Water Efficiency – Journal for Water Resource Management

Ok folks, I have some great news. We are now recipients of a new digital journal through Forester Media.

The present issue for July/August 2015 Volume 10 Number 5, provides information on topics that would be of great interest us at the Agency.

For instance, one may find articles on topics such as keeping water cleaned and contained, water reuse, IT for water utilities, metering and AMI, integrated water resources, green infrastructure and rainwater harvesting.

Also, if you’ve got a book to publish Forester Press is seeking book proposals, so interested persons could take a look at the requirements and who knows – you may soon be a published author.

The showcase section of the book, also highlights relevant equipment in terms of metering, leak detection, water level sensors etc.

So those of you interested in viewing this journal or back issues can either send me an email or check me at my desk. ūüôā

Water Efficiency July August 2015
Water Efficiency July August 2015

Water Well Journal – August 2015

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) have just emailed our digital copy of the Water Well Journal – August 2015. With the print version on the way, members of staff can have the opportunity to view articles that interest them sooner rather than later.

This issue discusses important topics such as disinfecting wells, combating corrosion, inactive or seasonally active wells, geologic samples, drilling, safety, fields of study in groundwater and groundwater careers, water rights, disagreements in the workplace and volunteering.

Persons wishing to borrow this document can send me an email or visit me at my desk. ūüôā

Water Well  Journal August 2015
Water Well Journal August 2015

Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography (7th ed.) – Robert W. Christopherson

This text introduces persons to the topic of physical geography, integrating the latest research in the field. In every chapter of this textbook one can find information on updated sciences and  URLs to assist with their understanding. At the end of each chapter, one may also find a Critical Thinking section to encourage one to take the next step in the learning process.

This text is highly interactive and visual featuring more than 550 photographs, 125 remote-sensing images from various orbital platforms, 265 maps and more than 400 illustrations to locate and explain concepts.

The main goal of this discipline, i.e. physical geography, is to explain the spatial dimension of Earth’s dynamic systems, such as its energy, air, water, weather, climate, tectonics, landforms, rocks, soils, plants, ecosystems and biomes, using the latest in satellite imagery and statistics.

This document also contains a Student Animation CD, which contains 67 animations of key text figures and concepts, with self-tests, 18 satellite loops and 9 items in a World Map Reference library.

Persons, with a new copy of this document, also have full access to the book’s Student Learning Center, which is a 24/7 study tool with review exercises, web destinations and other features designed to allow persons to maximize their study time.

Although there are newer editions to this text one may still find it highly informative and useful.

Geosystems Seventh Edition - Robert W. Christopherson
Geosystems Seventh Edition – Robert W. Christopherson

Persons wishing to borrow this book can send me an email or check me by my desk. ūüôā

Environmental Ethics – Readings in Theory and Application – Fifth Edition

From time to time I would be highlighting texts in our library so that members of staff can  have an idea of the type of books that we house.

Today I would like to highlight Environmental Ethics – Readings in Theory and Application 5th ed. (2008), by Louis P. Pojman and his son Paul, who dedicated the book to his father who died in 2005.

This text provides information on a wide range of topics and is presented in two parts, i.e.  theory and practice. One can find several articles on relevant topics such as animal rights, ecology, ethics, population and consumption and climate change.

Although, Paul Pojman notes that some articles in the practice section have become out of date and growing areas of the field need to be represented more adequately, namely food ethics and environmental justice, the chapters have been “re-structured to reflect these needed changes, with some articles being removed and ten articles added” (2006).

According to Barnes and Noble, this anthology offers information on¬† areas “not covered in other anthologies-including an all-new section on Climate Change”(2015).

However, I would hope that members of staff would find this text useful for their research purposes.

Environental Ethics 5th Edition - Pojman and Pojman
Environental Ethics – Readings in Theory and Practice 5th Edition – Pojman and Pojman

For those of you wishing to check out this document, you can either send me an email or drop by by desk. ūüôā

Tsunami Warning! Caribbean

I was able to get my hands on a very lovely little booklet highlighting tsunamis and the Caribbean, in order to inform young persons about tsunamis, the resulting dangers and what should be done to save lives and property. The original book was created by Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis, Ms. Patricia Wilson and Mr. Richard Silcox, with the original illustrations being created by Joe Hunt.

The booklet was adapted for the Caribbean through the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning Systems Project, under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with co-funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the story was adapted for the Caribbean by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre. The Caribbean-themed illustrations by Ms, Isiaa Madden-Brownie.

I must say I was very pleased with my find, since many of the books, that can be sourced on the internet for free (a great way to acquire books as a result of budget cuts) are not based on a Caribbean perspective. However, I must say that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) do a great job at providing relevant information through their website.

This book is colorful, easy to read and just a joy to behold. So next time you want an easy read to help you dispense information on tsunamis with a Caribbean perspective, just send me an email or check me by my desk.

Tsunami Warning!  Caribbean
Tsunami Warning! Caribbean

You can check out the websites for ODPM and CDEMA by clicking on the relevant links below:

Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

Books Catalogued from the IWRM Research Symposium

As promised I have catalogued documents received at the recent Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) research symposium, held on July 15-16 2015. These documents are fairly recent and so they provide valuable information in terms of urban water, sanitation, IWRM, IWRM in the Caribbean, Small Island Developing States, risk management and water financing and governance.

For details, please see the list below:

  1. ¬†Water Financing and Governance –¬†Judith A. Rees, James Win Penny and Alan W. Hall,¬†Global Water Partnership (April, 2008)
  2. Risk and Integrated Water Management –¬†Judith A. Rees,¬†Global Water Partnership (August, 2002)
  3. Integrated water resources management in the Caribbean: The challenges facing Small Island Developing States –¬†Adrian Cashman¬†et al.,¬†Global Water Partnership, (2014)
  4. Urban Water and Sanitation Services; An IWRM Approach Р Judith A. Rees, Global Water Partnership (2006)
Integrated Water Resources Mangement in the Caribbean - GWP
Integrated Water Resources Mangement in the Caribbean – GWP
Water Financing and Governance - GWP
Water Financing and Governance – GWP

For those of you interested in checking out any of these documents, feel free to send me an email or check me at my desk. ūüôā

GWP-C “SWAG”

At the second day of the Integrated Water Resources Research Symposium, I was able to visit the booths set up by ODPM and Global Water Partnership Caribbean (GWP-C).

After a very interesting video on rainwater harvesting by GWP-C, I was very interested in visiting the booth to view what they had to offer. Imagine my glee when I saw they were distributing a unique flashdrive, similar to the one given at the symposium by the organizers, with loads of information.

GWP- C Flash drive
GWP- C Flash drive

Thus, since that information is now available to me, members of staff would now be able to access the information to satisfy their information requests.

To gather an idea of the documents now available persons may peruse the list provided below:

  1. Climate Change and the Caribbean: A Regional Framework for Achieving Development
    Resilient to Climate Change¬†(2009-2015) –¬†Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre¬†(CCCCC) –¬†July 2009
  2. Delivering Transformational¬†Change 2011-21 –¬†Implementing the CARICOM ‚ÄėRegional Framework for¬†Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change‚Äô –¬†March 2012 –¬†Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre¬†(CCCCC)
  3. Regional Framework Executive Summary –¬†‚ÄėRegional Framework for¬†Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change‚Äô –¬†March 2012 –¬†Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre¬†(CCCCC)
  4. Sustainability of Integrated Water Resources Management Initiatives in the Caribbean – 2015 -GWP-C
  5. Technical Focus Paper -Integrated water resources management in the Caribbean:The challenges facing Small Island Developing States Р2014 РGWP-C (available in print as well)
  6. Commercial Scale RWH¬†Case Studies from the Barbados Experience –¬†by Andrew P. Hutchinson – October, 2014
  7. Water safety and Rainwater¬†Harvesting –¬†Dr. Christopher Cox- October, 2014
  8. An Overview of Rainwater Harvesting Initiatives in Agriculture – L.M Fletcher-Paul – FAO
  9. GWP-C Rainwater Harvesting initiatives and the GWP-C Water Climate and Development Programme(WACDEP) –¬†Natalie Boodram
  10. The U.S. Virgin Islands Water Harvesting Experience – Henry H. Smith
  11. Rainwater Harvesting in the Mediterranean Islands: cases and lessons learned –¬†Konstantina Toli
  12. Rainwater harversting projects in Central America –¬†Marta Cecilia Estrada and¬†Rhona D√≠az
  13. Rainwater Harvesting in the Amazon –¬†(GPAC Amazon)
  14. Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change:A Sourcebook for the Caribbean Water Sector РGWP-C- 2014
  15. Water Security and Climate Resilient Development РTechnical Background Document AMCOW Р2012
  16. South-South Learning Event on Water Security and Climate Resilient Development Collaboration between Global Water Partnership Africa and Caribbean Regions РGWP-C and GWP РAfrica

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Research Symposium Feedback

Well for many of you who were unable to attend the first annual IWRM research symposium, I must say that you missed out quite a bit.

As previously mentioned the symposium presented information under topics such as hydrology, meteorology, water and the environment, water quality, heath, water supply and water and governance. Thus, there was a wide scope of information ranging from topics such as rainwater harvesting, water quality in the Ortoire River, marine pollution, ambient water quality, water quality guidelines, water scarcity, water poverty index, to disaster preparedness, land use planning, freshwater quality and rainfall variability.

I must say I am very proud of my colleagues who presented, and I am looking forward to receiving the relevant documents to catalogue and to house them in the library.

The symposium was the perfect place to network and meet other persons in the field of water resources management, as well as, a means for knowledge sharing. One of the topics presented in the morning session on Thursday, was drought management, which highlighted the probability of drought in our country, as well as, means through which it can be effectively managed. Thus, I hope you all can see the importance of  my previous post on drought management in Australia from the World Meteorological Organization and why we should all be sourcing reliable information on the topic.

I was also very pleased to get some documents from the Global Water Partnership Carribbean (GWP-C). I will update you on these as soon as they are catalogued and added to the libraries collection in a later post. For persons interested in sourcing information on the IWRM  research symposium such as the book of abstracts, the agenda, the Adopt a River booklet, as well as, the National Integrated Water Resources Management policy (2005), available both in digital and print, by the Water Resources Management Unit of the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment, you can either send me an email or pass by my desk.

IWRM Research Symposium July 15-16 2015 - Book of Abstracts
IWRM Research Symposium July 15-16 2015 – Book of Abstracts

Books for fun…and stress relief…

I recently read an article by the Associated Press about colouring books for adults, in order to help them relieve stress. Not only is this new trend popular, with competitions as a result of it, but it also seems to be an effective means of relieving stress.

To read up on the original article you can click on the link below:

Trendy but calm: Adult coloring books selling like crazy

However, I’m not writing this post to advocate the recent trend but to point out that even reading regular novels can also be an effective means of relieving stress. Yet, for many persons this task may be arguably a difficult one in terms of our busy schedules, managing the kids and having a full-time job. As an avid reader and someone who has a full plate, I often try to read as much as possible and I find it so rewarding. (Even if it takes me over a month to read one book). So I am challenging you all, especially if you haven’t read for a while, take some time¬†to read a book ¬†and see how you feel afterwards. Come on, I dare you! ūüôā

Below I have provided a list of recent books read by some members staff (including one of our interns) for fun and which may also serve as a brain cooler during our hectic work schedules and projects.

  1.  Of  Age and Innocence (1958) РGeorge Lamming
Of Age and Innocence - George Lamming
Of Age and Innocence – George Lamming

George Lamming is a west Indian writer, born in Barbados, who is very diverse in his professional pursuits which included a teacher in Trinidad, a radio host, an editor, essayist, not to mention, an award-winning writer. One of his earlier novels is In the Castle of My Skin (1953).

In my opinion, Of Age and Innocence is the perfect novel to read at present (seeing that we are about to hold our own government elections in September), since it centres around elections in the fictional island of San Cristobal. This novel highlights race and ethnicity in colonial and post-colonial societies, as well as, the linkages between diverse groups and people as a whole. This novel is deep, thought-provoking and captivating.

To read more about George Lamming you can click on the link below:

An afternoon with George Lamming

2. Warm Bodies (2011) РIsaac Marion

Warm Bodies - Issac Marion
Warm Bodies – Issac Marion

Isaac Marion, a native from Seattle, began writing in high school. He self-published three novels before his breakthrough with Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies tells the romantic tale between R, the liveliest zombie you will ever meet, and Julie, the girlfriend of one of his victims. Not only is this novel humorous, it is also very moving and deep, (not to mention scary at times ), since it looks at humanity in a way that most of us may not have ever thought about. For sure it’s a certified page-turner and you wouldn’t want to put it down until the last page.

3. The Pilgrimage (1987) РPaulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian author, is the writer of the well-known novel, The Alchemist (1988), which sold 35 million copies and is the most translated book in the world by a living author.

Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendary road of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho’s literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning. (Harper Collins, 2015).

4. Styxx (A Dark Hunter Series Novel) – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Styxx – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon , a #1 New York Times bestselling author, ¬†who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger, as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. When not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.¬†Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. (Amazon, 2015)

This novel delves into the realms of fantasy and follows the centuries-long adventures of the immortal warriors of Atlantis. According to Publisher’s Weekly “Sherrilyn Kenyon [is] the reigning queen of the‚Ķparanormal scene.” This novel is book number seventeen (17) in the Dark-Hunter Series. So if you enjoy adventure, romance and a bit of paranormal/fantasy maybe you can do some research and start to read. However, if you are not into reading a book with abuse, torture etc., then this book may be a bit too much.

Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015

Our print copy of the Water Policy journal (Volume 17 Number 3 2015), the official journal of the World Water Council has been received.

Staff now have access to analyses, reviews, case studies and debates on policy aspects of water resources, in order to build capacity for integrated water management, which depends on dialogue between relevant stakeholders.

This issue provides information on topics such as water reclamation, water environment and economy, water resources, pollution, spatial analysis, water supply, water quality, water recovery, cost recovery, human resources, sanitation, water resources and water needs.

Also included in this issue is a book review on “Federal Rivers – Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems” by Dustin Garrick et al.

Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015
Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015