Austin’s Blue Index

Austin, Texas – Blue Index – https://www.facebook.com/blueindexaustin – is participatory research project designed to gather feedback on 30+ waterscapes through capturing people’s emotional response to water and photography. Blue Index markers are next to the most treasured water sources around town — from Lady Bird Lake to Big Stacey and Pease Park. Find a station, …

Colorado River

Buzzwords Wikipedia: The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico (the other being the Rio Grande). The 1,450-mile-long (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains in the U.S., the …

Las Vegas Water Tour

Photo One of the most interesting case studies in water use, management, recreation and conservation … presenting headlines and resources for those interested in learning about water in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Las Vegas Water Tour Lake Mead National Recreation Area Hoover Dam Wetlands Park in Las Vegas Las Vegas’ Springs Preserve Tule Springs …

Xochimilco Gardens

Poster: Ron Mader, Xochimilco What does responsible travel look like in Mexico City? = ¿Cómo se ve un viaje responsable en la Ciudad de México? Mexico City – Xochimilco is a case study in sustainable tourism in a fragile, vulnerable landscape, also a veritable World Heritage Site. On my list of top places in the …

Laughlin Lagoon

Buzzwords In March 2018 Clark County Commissioners approved two Special Improvement Districts – SID 162A is for dredging work in the Laughlin Lagoon and SID 162B is for long term maintenance. The cost of the initial dredging is anticipated to be around $3.4 million.The hard deadline is December 31. Headlines http://www.mohavedailynews.com/laughlin_times/county-approves-lagoon-sids/article_b6fd81d2-2894-11e8-b6be-ebf428f3fa5a.html http://www.mohavedailynews.com/laughlin_times/lagoon-project-inches-closer-to-reality/article_3fbeb5b2-ada2-11e8-b0ea-a7698c550cc0.html http://www.mohavedailynews.com/laughlin_times/lagoon-project-keeps-moving-forward/article_d21cd158-8149-11e8-b8b7-4fa114ff527d.html https://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/efforts-underway-to-spur-development-on-laughlin-lagoon/1014411107 http://laughlinbuzz.blogspot.com/2018/06/laughlin-lagoon-sid-162a-consent-items.html …

Whales

Photo: Newport Experts say that whale-watching has become a billion-dollar enterprise and a wildlife tourism success story. The migration of the largest animals on the planet is a sight to behold. For travelers, seeing the same species, perhaps even the same animal, is quite a different experience depending on where you go. Happy whale-watching wherever …

Drought

Buzzwords Drought = A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall Questions How will we know when the drought is over? Elsewhere on the Web https://www.drought.gov/drought http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA Recommended Listening Red Marauder – A history of drought in Australia – Europeans have been living in Australia for over 200 years, and it has taken us that long …

Great Basin Water Network

Elsewhere on the Web Great Basin Water Network – http://www.greatbasinwaternetwork.org – works to protect the water resources of the Great Basin for current and future residents – human, animal and plant. Key Links http://www.greatbasinwaternetwork.org https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyXjTCm0Frh7IxRw3vyvkGw https://www.facebook.com/greatbasinwaternetwork Twitter https://twitter.com/GreatBasinWater Tweets by GreatBasinWater From the home page: The Southern Nevada Water Authority [SNWA] is proposing to construct …

Wetland Wander

Photo: Leah Barclay Brisbane – Kudos to wetland ecologist Fernanda Adame, sound artist Leah Barclay, walking/media artist James Cunningham and multimedia artist Suzon Fuks for developing the Wetland Wander, an art-science collaboration currently on exhibit at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, through August 20. Hashtag: #WetlandWander This project has been supported by the Australian Rivers …