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World Water Week

Water has provided me personally with some of the most amazing experiences of my life. As I sit here in Peru overlooking the ocean on World Water Day I can’t help but reflect on my own relationship with water and the experiences I had. I have always been drawn to water. I have always loved being in it and around it and have made my career measuring it, in one way or another. Water has provided me personally with some of the most amazing experiences of my life. I could never have known what water would give me. Unfortunately not … Read More


Water Data Management, Hydrological Monitoring, hydrological data, hydrological methods, hydrology, hydrology blog, hydrology corner, water data, Monitoring, Rating Curves

St Patrick’s Day, Hydrology & Dyeing the Chicago River Green

Everybody loves to celebrate St Partrick’s day: dressing in green; drinking green beer; and ever since 1961, dyeing the Chicago River green. That was the year the city began enforcing water pollution controls and green dye was used as a tracer to confirm the sources of illegal discharge. The effect the fluorescent dye on the river was noticed and somebody had the idea to commemorate


Keystone XL Pipeline

Monitoring Needed as “Science” Endorses the Keystone XL Pipeline

In a bold move, Marcia McNutt, the Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, one of the world’s top scientific journals, endorsed the Keystone XL pipeline late February1. The controversial pipeline, designed to transport heavy crude from Canada’s oil sands to US Gulf coast refiners, has been mired in controversy over its potential ecological and climate impacts. McNutt, who headed a US federal agency until 2013 and was a science advisor to the Obama administration, has taken a surprising position on the controversial project. “The absence of Keystone XL has not stopped the development of the Canadian oil sands.” Acknowledging that her position … Read More


Drought, Flooding, Water Data Management, Hydrological Monitoring, hydrological data, hydrological methods, hydrology, hydrology blog, hydrology corner, water data, Monitoring, Rating Curves

Weird Weather – California Drought and Hydrometric Data Quality

Everyone, everywhere, seems to be talking about weird weather this year. In a recent skiing holiday to Austria I experienced fall, winter and spring within a ten day period. Green grass on arrival; an intense sequence of winter storms; followed by double digit temperatures and rapid melt. The locals claimed it was the least snow in the Tyrol region in 34 years. I talked to many skiers from all around the world at an event I was participating in and they all talked about unusually poor snow conditions at home. Snow is nature’s reservoir. Nature uses snow to store water … Read More


Energy, Hydropower, Water Data Management, Hydrological Monitoring, hydrological data, hydrological methods, hydrology, hydrology blog, hydrology corner, water data, Monitoring, Rating Curves

Neil Young & The World Bank – Water vs Energy

The recent uproar over Neil Young’s comments about Alberta’s oilsands development got me thinking about energy and water. Water is used in many of our energy generation methods. Whether it’s hydro power, thermal generation, oil extraction, etc., water is vital to most current energy production methods. That might not be a problem except water is also vital for agriculture, industry, drinking water, domestic use, waste removal and recreation. How do we decide who gets the water? Population increases and worldwide development are putting more pressure on energy and water worldwide. How do we plan development to alleviate or at least … Read More


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