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2008-09-17 06:00:24

By Julene Bair While touting his plan to wean us off foreign oil, Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens makes no bones about being heavily invested in the natural gas he wants us to use in our cars. Nor does he deny the wind generated on his 200,000-acre wind farm would inflate a fortune accumulated selling fossil fuel. But he says little of his intention to market fossil water. That's what conservationists call finite supplies of water dating to prehistoric times. The Ogallala Aquifer is...

2008-09-12 03:00:12

By Wheeler, Erin Golden, Bill; Johnson, Jeffrey; Peterson, Jeffrey Because of the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer, water districts, regional water managers, and state water officers are becoming increasingly interested in conservation policies. This study evaluates both short-term and long-term water rights buyout policies. This research develops dynamic production functions for the major crops in the Texas Panhandle. The production functions are incorporated into optimal temporal...

2008-09-02 21:00:11

By Laura Bauer KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will. His recent plea has some wildlife preservationists nodding their heads in agreement but other folks, well, chuckling in their chairs. The theory - espoused by others over the years - is that...

2008-08-24 15:00:00

Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will. His recent plea has some wildlife preservationists nodding their heads in agreement, but other folks are chuckling in their chairs. The theory - espoused by others over the years - is that by burrowing the land above one of the...

2008-08-17 12:00:20

When he was governor, Angus King often lamented the lack of value- added components in Maine's economy. Wood chips and pulp should not be exported, he argued; instead, Maine should lead in paper, lumber and furniture making. A favorite line was that no fish should leave the state with its head still on. Clean, drinkable water, a resource Maine has in abundance, may soon become more valuable than fish and wood combined. But without adequate state oversight, that resource will be tapped and...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

Olympic water self sufficient, no deep aquifer water involved BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A Ministry of Water Resources official said on Wednesday that Beijing could ensure a sufficient supply of water for the Olympic Games, with all water coming from the capital itself, no deep underground water being involved. Vice Minister of Water Resources Hu Siyi told a news conference that the hosting of the Games did not pose any threat to Beijing's supply of water. "There is no Olympic water...

2008-08-09 03:00:16

By Anonymous WATER ENGINEERING THE SECURITY AND QUALITY of the water supply is a major issue facing every South African community. From tiny dorps to big cities, the demands for potable and industrial or agricultural usage water are ever increasing. Some areas are fortunate to have either or both consistent rainfall and sufficient river and dam capacity, but many municipalities are subject to seasonally distorted rainfall patterns and some face radical demand spikes (for example...

2008-08-05 18:00:19

By RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Spinning around the news dial ... click. First an update on the idiotic plan by yet another bottled water company to suck 177 million gallons of water a year out of the already stressed Floridan aquifer. Staffers at the St. Johns River Water Management District have recommended approving a permit for Niagara Bottling, a California company that wants to build the plant in Lake County, and the district's board of governors was going to vote on the issue at its Aug....

2008-08-04 09:00:31

By Lynn Arave Deseret News SOUTH WEBER -- Two large gravel pits in town are ever-growing icons in an otherwise bedroom community. However, that may change one day. The gravel pits have limited life spans and could one day be filled with water, making them vital to the water needs of South Weber and more than a dozen communities to the west. "We certainly understand these gravel pits are in operation," said Matthew Dixon, South Weber city manager. "We're not trying to stop their...

2008-07-30 18:00:32

By RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE There's more proof that St. Johns River Water Management District staffers are living in La-La Land. Perhaps they haven't noticed that there's a wee bit of controversy over the district's plans to allow Central Florida to take up to 262 million gallons of water a day out of the St. Johns River. The district's rationale is that development has put too much strain on the state's main source of drinking water, the Floridan aquifer, and that new water sources must be...


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2009-07-06 17:58:20

The water cycle (or hydrologic cycle) describes the continuous movement of water above, below, and on the planet. Since the water cycle is in fact a "cycle", there is no beginning or end. Water exists in three states: liquid, vapor, and ice. Although the balance of water on our planet is fairly constant, individual water molecules may come and go. The water cycle is driven by the sun. The sun heats the oceans and allows water to evaporate into the air. The sun also heats snow and ice which...

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