PRESS RELEASE – Belmopan, Belize; November 20, 2019. – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), in collaboration with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the University of South Florida (USF) is hosting the Water Sector Resilience Symposium during the Ministry of Energy & Water Resources’ Renewable Energy Expo on 22nd November 2019…(click on the link below to read the full release.
In a recent article by Emily Underwood, published February 8 2018, via EOS Earth, Space and Science News, one looks at how public concept of water scarcity affects the consumption of the valuable resource. To read further just click on the link below.
For many of you that have been following the news, you may have heard about the use of “shade balls” in the Los Angeles Reservoir in a water saving effort.
If not you can read an article by AccuWeather on the initiative at the following link Shade Balls in Los Angeles Reservoir to Save 300 Million Gallons of Water Annually.
With many other countries experiencing drought conditions many have contemplated adopting such an initiative which is expected to save water, as well as, protect the quality of the water and slow algae growth.
Yet, not everyone are sold on the idea with some even seeing future detrimental impacts as noted in an article by Janice Kaspersen in a post uploaded on the Stormwater Weekly cleverly titled “A Shady Plan to Save Scarce Water”.
Persons wishing to view this post, which may help them being better informed in making their plans for saving water, can view it at the following link A Shady Plan To Save Scarce Water.
Have you been aware of this initiative? What are your thoughts on the idea? Do you think this idea would work for your country?
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.
Hey guys as you may know, we are expecting a 2015 subscription for the Hydrological Sciences Journal published by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).
Due to assistance from one of our colleagues, I have been made aware of an open access publication to refereed proceedings in hydrology provided by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Thus one can easily access abstracts and PDFs.
Thus one can access articles in relation to hydrology from 2014 to 2015. Topics on which information is provided include hydrologic models, flood risks, remote sensing and GIS, water scarcity, sedimentation, climate change and land use to name a few.
Happy reading! 🙂