Modern-day conveniences have ruined the planet. Emissions from cars, trains, planes, and factories damage polar ice caps. Plastic bottles, bottle caps, lighters, beverage cup lids, and straws damage our ecosystems, destroy animals and habitats, and place demands on our energy, resources, and landfill capacity. Elimination of plastic waste is a pressing environmental issue. The US.. read more →

For the water communication discipline to flourish, communicators must be willing to wear the “boots on the ground” and get their hands dirty in the science of water. That familiarization should begin at the college level. Subject matter knowledge and a strong interest in translating complex information in to lay language are of critical importance… read more →

Earlier this month, the EPA published The Importance of Water in the US Economy, a follow-on report to a meeting of distinguished water leaders held December 2012 at American University on the value of water. A key finding of the report, which is based on a review of the literature and practice on the importance of.. read more →

I’ve always been intrigued with the inventions and invention-mindset of the Chinese people: printing, papermaking, thread-stitched “butterfly” book bindings, gunpowder/fireworks, compass, bristle toothbrush, wheelbarrow, and the cultivation of rice, millet and soybean, to name a few. I even learned that the Chinese Quijia invented the bone fork, which had long been used before chopsticks. Chinese inventors have a lot of firsts. Thirty.. read more →

The Black and Veatch report 2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry Report highlights the challenges impacting the water and wastewater industry and reports positive trends in water utilities’ efforts to reduce operating costs, implement energy efficiency, optimization and/or management programs, and an increasing interest in adopting formal asset management programs. The report features a top-ten list of industry issues.. read more →

Industries around the world are seeking new ways to make every drop of water count. Agriculture, which uses a high 70% of the world’s fresh water, is no different. Many factors threaten the future of farming (e.g., saline soils, shallow water tables, inefficient irrigation and poor drainage). To survive, the industry needs smart irrigation technologies.. read more →

[rev_slider weftec2013] ​WEFTEC 2013 in Chicago featured high caliber technical exhibits, state-of-the-art programming, and a who’s who networking opportunity. I attended the event with the BlueTech Research team and was there for the debut of BlueTech 6.0. The response to BlueTech 6.0 was particularly positive from new entrants into the sector, investors, and large corporations.. read more →

Water Cisis: CEO Walking through Water - Speaking Up About Water Blog

In the past week, President Obama or his top aides have seen more than 20 CEOs warning of economic calamity and urging action to address the debt ceiling. Walk the halls of Senate and House office buildings and you are likely to see CEOs and other executives presenting the industry-specific issues and challenges they and their companies.. read more →