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2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Jonathan Brunt, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 6--Spokane likes green lawns. And to keep them that way, the average Spokane County resident uses twice the amount of water as the average person statewide. To change that trend, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, following the lead of Post Falls, has proposed watering regulations that would come with fines up to $125. "This is really intended to save large-quantity consumption of water," Verner said. The ordinance would outlaw...

2008-06-22 06:00:12

By Greg Barnes, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Jun. 22--WADE -- Four months after Cumberland County formed its Safe Water Task Force, county and state officials continue to mishandle their response to groundwater contamination. As a consequence, families in another small, rural neighborhood may unknowingly be drinking contaminated water. In April, a county health inspector found an unsafe level of nitrates in Paul and Marie Overbee's well. The Overbees and five other families live...

2008-06-20 06:00:15

By Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jun. 19--SUNRISE -- Sierra Club activist Matthew Schwartz has filed a legal challenge to block Sunrise from withdrawing more water from the Biscayne and Floridan aquifers, saying it would cause irreparable harm to the Everglades. "A lot of people just don't understand that when they turn on their tap, that water is coming from the Everglades," said Schwartz, a Fort Lauderdale resident who worries about the "river of grass" drying up as...

2008-05-28 03:00:16

By Singha, Kamini ABSTRACT The concepts of total stress, effective stress, and fluid pressure are important to understanding where water comes from when producing water from a confined aquifer system. However, the overall conceptual image of pumping confined aquifers is difficult for many students to grasp, because pore space is not drained, but rather water is produced as a function of the water and aquifer compressibilities. I present a simple, inexpensive demonstration, which can be used...

2007-12-04 06:00:00

KNIGHTDALE -- If you want to know the secret to Joe Kanze's luscious green lawn, look under the fake rock. There, in his backyard, you'll find a recently drilled irrigation well topped with a high-tech Danish water pump. At the touch of a button, Kanze can douse his third-of-an-acre lot with 12 gallons a minute of groundwater. "It was an expensive deal," says Kanze, 72, who paid more than $6,000 to have the well and pump installed last month. "But you know what? I'm retired now and this is...

2007-04-15 03:00:18

By Rotzoll, Kolja; El-Kadi, Aly I; Gingerich, Stephen B ABSTRACT: In recent years the ground-water demand of the population of the island of Maui, Hawaii, has significantly increased. To ensure prudent management of the ground-water resources, an improved understanding of ground-water flow systems is needed. At present, large-scale estimations of aquifer properties are lacking for Maui. Seven analytical methods using constant-rate and variable-rate withdrawals for single wells provide an...

2007-03-19 06:00:15

By Jennifer Smith, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Mar. 19--For most Long Islanders, effects from two weeks of torrential rains in October 2005 subsided when the puddles dried. But in two low-lying areas of Smithtown, the repercussions to local groundwater have resulted in an enduring, mold-spotted dankness for those whose homes now sit on, instead of above, the water table. Groundwater levels from Westbury to Westhampton Beach surged after the 2005 rains as the deluge of water worked its way...

2007-01-13 03:00:17

By Maliva, Robert G; Guo, Weixing; Missimer, Thomas M ABSTRACT: Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) is part of the solution to the global problem of managing water resources to meet existing and future freshwater demands. However, the metaphoric "ASR bubble" has been burst with the realization that ASR systems are more physically and chemically complex than the general conceptualization. Aquifer heterogeneity and fluid-rock interactions can greatly affect ASR system performance. The results...

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2006-12-13 08:27:31

Recent space observations of freshwater storage by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) are providing a new picture of how Earth's most precious natural resource is distributed globally and how it is changing. Researchers are using the mission's almost five-year data record to estimate seasonal water storage variations in more than 50 river basins that cover most of Earth's land area. The variations reflect changes in water stored in rivers, lakes and reservoirs; in...

2006-08-22 07:30:00

By Christine Stebbins CHICAGO -- As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water. Eighty percent of all fresh water consumed in the United States is used to produce food. But years of drought, diversion of water to growing urban areas and, most lately, concerns about global warming are feeding worries. Specifically, farmers fear the...


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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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