river basin News

  • River Mur recognised for effective river basin management

    The River Mur flows from Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia before reaching Drava, a tributary of the Danube. The organisation managing the Mur Basin was awarded the second European River Prize during the 6th European River restoration conference (ERRC) in Vienna yesterday. The River Mur rises in the Radstädter Tauern and flows into the Drava in Croatia after a length of 453 km, 298 km ...

  • River Rhine commended for river basin management

    The River Rhine has won the first ever International River Foundation (IRF) European River Prize, which is given for remarkable achievements in integrated river basin management. The other finalists were the Órbigo River in Spain, the Upper Drau in Austria, and the Mura-Drava-Danube in Central Europe. River basin management of the Rhine has improved dramatically in recent years, ...

  • Social learning in river basin management

    Water resources management generally follows a model in which problems and their causes are scientifically identified, and technical solutions are devised. However, contrary to the terms of the European Water Framework Directive (2000)1 for river basin management, this process does not take into account the social beliefs, behaviours and attitudes of other interest groups. A recent study ...

  • River basin management relies on effective public participation

    Rivers are home of many thousands of wildlife species, vital arteries for farmland, a source of cooling for industry, flood regulation, navigation channels and source of drinking water, to name just a few important functions. Such multiple demands on water bodies mean that many different groups need to be actively involved in managing a river basin. The best way to involve these groups ...

  • New tool improves integrated river basin management

    A new computer system has been shown to provide a 'full picture' of a river basin's health, by taking into account all relevant influences, including rainfall, pollution and soil. The system integrates several existing environmental data programmes in a user-friendly way, and is aimed at helping the sustainable management of entire river catchment areas. The system, called the 'Elbe-DSS' (Elbe ...

  • Managing wastewater treatment at the river-basin scale

    The EU Water Framework Directive1 requires policymakers to consider the management of water e.g. in rivers, lakes and streams, at the scale of the river basin, but can wastewater treatment systems be managed at the same scale? To help policymakers answer this question, a team of Spanish researchers have created a method for assessing the integrated operation of wastewater treatment plants in a ...

  • Water Storage Dam Planned for Columbia River Basin

    YAKIMA, Washington (ENS) - The best location for a new water storage dam and reservoir in the Columbia River basin is Lower Crab Creek in Grant County, a newly completed assessment by federal and state agencies has concluded. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington state Department of Ecology are seeking a location where water can be stored to augment irrigation ...

  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership Initiates San Antonio River Basin Project

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) are celebrating the start of the Urban Waters Project. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Christopher Columbus Hall, 201 Piazza Italia, San Antonio, Texas. The project ...

  • Metropolitan General Manager’s Statement on Colorado River Basin Study

    Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issued the following statement on the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study released today: “The Colorado River Basin study provides the most definitive assessment of vulnerabilities and options to address the projected supply and demand gap that could develop on the river system ...

  • Polycentric governance could encourage effective river basin management

    A new study has compared the water governance and management systems of nearly 30 river basins around the world. Results indicated that governance systems with distributed political power and good co-ordination help to implement the principles of good governance in water management practice, and to adopt more advanced climate change adaptation policies. Water resources are ...

  • Groundwater Discharge to Upper Colorado River Basin Varies in Response to Drought

    Groundwater discharge that flows into the Upper Colorado River Basin varies in response to drought, which is likely due to aquifer systems that contain relatively young groundwater, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study published in Hydrogeology Journal. The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to more than 40 ...

  • New international system for early flood warning in the Danube River Basin

    The first international system for forecasting Danube floods and providing early flood warning was launched on 10th March 2008 by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Following the disastrous 2002 floods in the Danube and Elbe river basins, the new system will provide the national authorities of countries in the Danube ...


  • San Antonio and EPA Unite to Restore San Antonio River Basin

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and thirteen other federal partners are teaming up with San Antonio to revitalize the San Antonio River Basin and improve the local community. This partnership will reconnect local communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways. Improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating ...

  • UNECE Water Convention holds global workshop for river basin commissions

    A workshop about river basin commissions and other joint bodies for transboundary water cooperation, focusing on legal and institutional issues, opened today in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). The two-day workshop aims to identify ...

  • USDA Funds Conservation Projects for Water Quality Improvements in the Mississippi River Basin

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund existing conservation projects in 41 eligible watersheds in 12 states this fiscal year as part of its Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. The initiative supports USDA’s continuing efforts to help landowners and farmers protect and improve water quality in the Mississippi ...

  • Green infrastructure to fight increasing water scarcity in the Senegal River Basin

    Wetlands International is joining forces with the Senegal River Basin Authority to identify the many important services that wetlands provide to people and nature in the Senegal River Basin. In order to meet the growing water needs in the increasingly arid Sahel of West Africa, this partnership will identify how natural ‘green’ infrastructure such as wetlands and floodplains, can be ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Use Aquator software to model river basins and for resource planning

    Hydro-Logic Limited and Oxford Scientific Software Limited have announced a distribution agreement for the UK and Eire where Hydro-Logic Limited sell and support the water resource system simulation software package Aquator. Aquator is a powerful application for developing and running simulation models of natural river and water supply systems. This simulation package facilitates the ...


    By Hydro-Logic Services

  • Stormwater Catch Basin Filters

    A proposed new ASTM International standard will offer a means to reduce the impact of contaminated stormwater entering local drains. WK45326, Specification for Stormwater Catch Basin Filter, will aid community developments, sports facilities, fairgrounds, stadiums and factories in complying with U.S. Environmental Protection ...


    By ASTM International

  • Importance of River Basins in Driving Global Growth to Rocket: Top Ten Basins’ GDP Set to Exceed That of USA, Japan and Germany Combined by 2050(i)

    Today, HSBC Group Chairman, Douglas Flint, announced the launch of the HSBC Water Programme, a new $100 million, five-year partnership with WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch to tackle water risks in river basins; bring safe water and improved sanitation to over a million people; and raise awareness about the global water challenge. The announcement comes as a new ...


    By WaterAid

  • Five European rivers commit to more river restoration

    As part of the European River Restoration Conference, five European river basins committed themselves to working together. The river basins include: the Arpa in Armenia, Irpen in Ukraine, Irwell in England, Orbigo in Spain, and Rhone in France. Under the facilitation of the European Centre for River Restoration, the five parties will develop and share their best practices and knowledge in order ...


    By Wetlands International

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