Cunupia Reserve for Spring Report

New material has been added to our in-house collection, in terms of a preliminary investigation report.

The report, titled “A Preliminary Investigation of Reserve for Spring Near Kernahan Circular off Chin Chin Road, Cunupia” discusses both the availability of a water supply and whether or not the area is suitable for regularization.

Persons wishing to view this document can email me or visit me at my desk.

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Celebrate World Toilet Day Through Giving

We all know the importance of having proper sanitation and how improper sanitation can lead to a contaminated water supply and the spread of harmful diseases.

World Toilet Day would be on November 19 and in order to celebrate this Water.org is inviting persons to spread the word in order to get donations to improve the lives of millions.

Statistics show that more than 2.3 billion people have no place to go. Don’t miss your opportunity to help Water.org change this. Donate today, and empower more people to give their families safe, private toilets at home.

Donate To Toilet.org

You can even give a toilet from your smartphone with the sit and give initiative.  With more people in the world having access to a mobile phone than a toilet you can use yours to sit and give today.

Donate online at Water.org and change a life with a toilet.

You can even read up on how one family’s life was changed with just a small loan.

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Water Well Journal November 2017

We have just received our digital copy of the Water Well Journal for November 2017. This issue focuses on global water, providing articles that deal with avoiding and remediating mold, coliform tests for domestic wells, well rehabilitation, as well as, Groundwater Week at Glance, which highlights what will take place at the Groundwater Week scheduled for December 5 – 7 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cover of Water Well Journal November 2017

Cover of Water Well Journal November 2017

Persons wishing to view this issue can email me or visit me at my desk.

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Polluted Lakes in Disguise

In many local instances, persons tend to think that clear water means clean water, however, in a recent study by Filstrup and Downing, particularly for areas where there is agricultural and livestock rearing activity, this may not actually be true. Click on the link below to read more on this scientific study.

Source: Polluted Lakes in Disguise

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AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition – ACE18

The Annual AWWA Conference and Exposition is set for June 11-14 2018 at the Mandalay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the theme “Innovating the Future of Water”. Interested persons can register via the link below or go the American Water Works Association (AWWA) website for more details.
2017 Annual Conference & Exposition

REGISTER FOR ACE18 IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Explore the impact of innovation on the future of water.

ACE18 is set to inspire and connect the water sector with innovative solutions and new insights to help solve our global water challenges. This year AWWA is co-partnering with the California/Nevada Section to produce an outstanding conference. Don’t miss your chance to soak up the knowledge of hundreds of water industry thought leaders providing guidance on the future of our water.

     

ACE18 Facility Tours

FACILITY TOURS

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of the Bellagio’s one-of-a-kind water feature? Get an up-close look at the iconic Hoover Dam? Tour the nation’s largest LEED-Platinum-certified public facility?

This is your chance! Add a tour to your registration and get an insider’s view of some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in Las Vegas.

Space is limited. Register early!

View Available Tours >

ACE18 Workshops

WORKSHOPS

ACE workshops offer the opportunity to delve deeper into the subjects that are most relevant to YOU.

From sustainable groundwater management to water main rehabilitation to aging infrastructure management, we have you covered. Learn about top ANSI/AWWA Standards and Manuals, explore condition assessment technologies, or get hands-on equipment demonstrations from the manufacturers themselves.

View Available Workshops >

ACE18 Hotel & Travel

BOOK A ROOM

AWWA has negotiated substantial discounts at several Las Vegas hotels for attendees.

Check out the hotel chart to review your hotel and pricing options.

Book a Room >

ACE18 Call for Abstracts

NEW ACE18 PATTERN

Workshops: 
Monday, June 11
Opening General Session: 
Tuesday, June 12
Professional Sessions & Exposition:Tuesday, June 12 –Thursday, June 14
Water Industry Luncheon: 
Wednesday, June 13

“ACE is just the right mix of industry insight, productive, current information, and valuable networking opportunities. I am able to ‘power shop’ for products, services and information that is aligned with our specific needs … and I always leave with energy, inspiration and unexpected gems!”
– I. Holly Rosenthal, Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA)
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GIS and the Environment

The materials presented in our last book display were well-appreciated. However, persons are always welcome to give recommendations on material they wish to see in the library since the library is for the clients.

This week’s book display would be highlighting documents that deal with GIS and the Environment.

Enjoy and happy reading!

 

 

Persons wishing to view any of the above documents can email me or visit me at my desk.

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A Guide to Beaches and Bays of Trinidad and Tobago 2nd ed.

I am doing my happy dance and if you guys know me that’s because we just got a glossy, new book that has been on my wishlist for months, thanks to two of our colleagues who attended the Institute of Marine Affairs’ Community Research Symposium, which was held at the BPTT/Mayaro Resource Centre on the 20th September, 2017. Thanks again guys, love getting books to add to our collection. I am going to enjoy cataloguing this book so much.

This guidebook which contains app. 104 pages, as well as, a bibliography and relevant appendices, provides a wealth of information, covering coastal zones in both Trinidad and Tobago, that really allows one to appreciate the beaches and bays of the our country, as well as, the natural flora and fauna.

 

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Image showing the cover of “A Guide to Beaches and Bays of Trinidad and Tobago – 2nd ed.

Persons wishing to view this book can visit me at my desk or send me an email.

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Reference Texts Within the Library

For those of you who may not be familiar with some of the titles in the library, I have decided to create a digital display, similar to the ones seen in public libraries, in order to get persons acquainted with certain texts and build interest.

Hope to see you soon and enjoy the “book candy” since there is much more where those came from.

P.S. Clicking on the image gallery below opens up a slideshow to help one with reading the titles more clearly

 

 

 

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The Mysteries of Sea Mist: Atmospheric discoveries at the air-ocean interface

This article was published by Laura Sanchez – Water Efficiency Magazine Editor on September 6th 2017. I hope you find it as informative as I have.

If you’ve ever walked along the shore and inhaled deeply, you’ve probably sensed it. Sea spray contains far more than water. As the briny, earthy aroma indicates, the tiny aerosol droplets also carry salts as well as organic compounds. And, as it turns out, these additional molecules have a profound impact on the earth’s climate.

As water evaporates at the surface of the sea, it rises to form clouds. Wave action creates aerosols—microscopic airborne particles trapped in water droplets. These aerosols influence the formation and physical properties of clouds, such as their ability to absorb sunlight or trap heat.

Climatologists explain that, depending on their chemical makeup, different aerosols scatter or absorb sunlight to varying degrees.  In fact, according to NASA, an aerosol’s effect on light depends primarily on the composition and color of the particles. In general, “bright-colored or translucent particles tend to reflect radiation in all directions and back towards space. Darker aerosols can absorb significant amounts of light.”

Salt particles, sulfates, and nitrates therefore tend to be more reflective and have a cooling effect on the atmosphere, according to a recent study, whereas black carbon absorbs radiation, warming the atmosphere. Organic carbon, sometimes called brown carbon or organic matter, can also have a warming influence on the atmosphere, depending on the brightness of the underlying ground.

“Sea spray aerosol was thought for a long time to be just salt—sodium chloride—and that’s not true,” Vicki Grassian a distinguished professor in the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nanoengineering, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego told Ensia. “There’s a lot more that comes out of the water—viruses, bacteria, organic compounds, parts of cell walls—little ‘bio bits,’ if you will.” Scientists believe that understanding these aerosols and their chemical compositions is critical to understanding cloud formation and fluctuations in the Earth’s climate.

Cloud formation has been extremely difficult to capture in mathematical formulas in the past. Part of the difficulty can be attributed to the fact that traditional calculations have been completed using principles governing pure water molecules. Aerosol studies such as Grassain’s have demonstrated that, in order to be mathematically precise, cloud formation formulas will need to be adjusted to accommodate different molecular compositions. Scientists are hopeful that understanding these variables will help make future weather models increasingly accurate.

I find it exhilarating to reflect on the fact that such a tiny unit of water—an aerosol—can impact the global environment. What are your thoughts? Do you think that aerosol studies may enrich our understanding of the Earth’s climate? WE_bug_web

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Deciphering Deluges: New modeling approach reexamines two key assumptions about flooding

For the last century, the U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others have collected data on flooding activity to assess damage and help predict future events. Accurately forecasting the frequency and magnitude of flooding events is critical for infrastructure design, environmental management, and disaster preparedness and response.

Although long-term flood records are useful, there may also be large-scale, systematic forces at work that past studies have not adequately captured. For one, traditional prediction methods often assume that flood hydrology is stationary, or, rather, that the magnitude and variability of flood events do not change systematically over time. However, climate change and water management practices could significantly alter the magnitude and variability of extreme flooding events, causing floods to become nonstationary.

Continue to read the article by clicking on the link below.

 

Source: Deciphering Deluges by Sarah Witman (31 August, 2017, Water Resources Research).

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