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  • Environment: Directive on flood risk management comes into force

    Reducing the risks and adverse consequences of floods in the European Union is the aim of the new directive on flood risk management coming into force today. The directive requires flood risk management to be negotiated across national borders and contains important commitments to increase transparency and involve citizens. Member States are now obliged to identify river basins and associated ...

  • Water environment federation announces new strategic direction

    Following the most comprehensive planning effort undertaken in its 84-year history, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces a new strategic direction that emphasizes innovation and increasing awareness of the value of water as well as a continued commitment to supporting the expertise of the water profession. Highlighting a mission 'to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, ...

  • Better integration of temporary rivers into the Water Framework Directive

    Improvements to EU water policy have been proposed in a recent study, to help ensure that temporary rivers and streams in the Mediterranean are adequately protected in line with the goals of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The researchers suggest new classifications for river types, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between natural and human-derived causes of intermittent water ...

  • Managing water and human activities together

    River basins, lakes, floodplains and marshes often span political and administrative boundaries. This creates challenges in the management of Europe's water resources, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which recommends better integration of coordinated spatial planning and water management. The report, ...

  • Integrated water management - key to development

    Integrate Water Management to Help Countries on Hydropower, says Review of World Bank Group Water Strategy With the global population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, economic development spurring demand for more and better food, and increased hydrological variability caused by climate change, a review of the World Bank Group's water strategy calls for better information and a more ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • UK government publishes standards guidance for Water Framework Directive

    Defra and the Welsh Assembly government have published a second volume of guidance on river basin management planning, outlining the role of environmental quality standards in implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The guidance explains the range of new standards that have been developed by the UK environment agencies, and considers the way in which the Directive’s costs and benefits ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Singapore Leads the Way in Charting Future Research Directions for Water Solutions

    More than 300 senior water technology experts from 35 countries identified the technology focus areas (TFAs) for the global water industry at the first ever Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) Technology and Innovation Summit (STIS), held from 16-17 June 2015. These included low-energy seawater desalination, network asset management and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment, amongst ...

  • Compensating for re-directed flooding

    Flood prevention actions can redirect flooding to another location. A new French survey indicates that current local compensation policies to deal with this situation may be financially unviable. It suggests more practical solutions would involve insurance schemes and state intervention, as well as local water management institutions. The EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood ...

  • URA- the Basque Water Agency, best water management for its transparency

    URA- the Basque Water Agency has received first prize from amongst all the water management agencies within the Spanish State, according to the country’s 2013 Index of Transparency for Water Management (INTRAG in its Spanish initials), drawn up by the Transparencia Internacional España body after measuring eighty indicators from fourteen Hydrographical Confederations and Water ...

  • EPA complies with court decision and directs Florida to restore water quality in the everglades

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directed the state of Florida to take specific measures to restore water quality to levels that protect the Everglades. This action, known as an “Amended Determination,” complies with a decision by Judge Alan Gold of the U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida following lawsuits by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and the ...

  • Integrated water management helps control agricultural pollution

    By 2015, all surface waters and groundwaters in the European Union should aim to achieve 'good status', with healthy ecosystems and low levels of pollution. The goals for the management of these bodies of water are set out under the Water Framework Directive1. Recent research suggests that integrated management of water catchment areas could be used to control sources of pollution within river ...

  • A new direction for climate negotiations

    The Copenhagen climate summit ended six months ago in what was widely seen in the clean tech and environmentalist communities as a major disappointment. Now, six months later, at the conclusion of yet another climate negotiation in Bonn, Germany, optimism for a climate agreement this year is no brighter than in those dark days of December. Nonetheless, the outlines of a pragmatic new approach are ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Water management still lags as a boardroom agenda issue

    The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Disclosure global report launched today finds that 57% of the 190 publicly listed organizations that participated in the survey report board-level oversight of water policies, strategies, or plans. By comparison, a report released by CDP in September 2011 showed that 94% of Global 500 companies ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • River managers plan a bleak water future for Europe

    An ambitious European scheme to fix and safeguard its rivers and secure its water future is at risk of being undermined by poor and inadequate plans for water management prepared by EU countries, a new study by WWF and European Environment Bureau (EEB) has found. The analysis has found none of the draft plans rates well across a range of water safety, conservation and management measures. 'The ...


    By WWF International

  • Canada needs fresh approach to water supply management

    A new report released by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) says that if Canada is to ensure the sustainability of its water supply - which is crucial to the prosperity of its natural resource sector industries - governments at all levels will need to engage in collaborative models of governance. The report also says governments must collaborate in the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Water management in Europe faces rising challenges as ecosystems weaken

    Water pollution and excessive water use are still harming ecosystems, which are indispensable to Europe’s food, energy, and water supplies. To maintain water ecosystems, farming, planning, energy and transport sectors need to actively engage in managing water within sustainable limits. ...

  • As the Water Framework Directive gathers pace, industry must prioritise wastewater treatment, says Air Products

    As the UK’s implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) gathers pace, water companies and industry will need to make wastewater treatment and management a priority, says Air Products. Despite the fact that the WFD’s main target is achieving ‘good status’ for all UK surface and ground waters by 2015 – a date which for many may still seem a long way off - the pace of change is set to ...


    By Air Products

  • CA State Water Board Releases Draft Report on Feasibility of Developing Regulations for Direct Potable Reuse

    The State of California’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) released a draft report September 8 on the feasibility of developing statewide regulations for direct potable reuse of recycled water. The draft report is available for review and input during a 45-day public comment period. It is anticipated that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), in consultation with an existing ...


    By WateReuse

  • EPA Laboratory Publishes Direct Injection UPLC/MS/MS Methods for Chemical Dispersants in Sea Water

    Direct Injection Methods Using ACQUITY UPLC/MS/MS Minimizes Sample Preparation, Increases Throughput and Improves Analytical Consistency MILFORD, Mass. - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published two rapid screening methods for chemical dispersants in sea waters using Waters® ACQUITY UPLC®/Quattro Premier™ XE (UPLC/MS/MS). ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Environment: Commission takes Denmark to Court over water management problems

    The European Commission is taking Denmark to Court for a failure to present plans for managing its river basins. These plans are essential to put the measures in place to achieve the objective of 'good status' for Danish waters by 2015 and should have been adopted before December 2009. Delayed plans could mean a failure to deliver the water quality required. On the recommendation of ...

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