Stu Hamilton (Author, Hydrology Corner Blog) posing with Agasha, a silverback mountain gorilla, in Rwanda.

The African continent is characterized by diverse geographic features, climates, and cultures but a common denominator is that African nations are working hard to improve social stability, economic security, public health, and environmental sustainability. Solutions emerging from various political adventures seem to be evolving toward a mix of governance approaches sourced from the west (based on an ideal of democratic capitalism) and those sourced from...

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Sustainability Venn diagram.

Much has been said about the water-energy-food nexus. The implication of many of these discussions is that we cannot disentangle policies for food and energy from each other because these sectors are inextricably linked by water. The nexus actually has many dimensions: you can add health, safety, economic activity, environmental sustainability, and social justice to the list of things that we endeavor to control that...

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Water drop resource graphic.

Imagine a pioneer family living on a homestead with no running water or electricity. Hauling water from the creek and heating it up on the wood stove to fill the bath tub is hard work. You don’t use the water once and then start over — everyone in the family gets a turn to have a bath using the same water. In such close quarters the...

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Graphic depicting the value of hydrological information.

Water Monitoring is a Public Service. We are borrowing pristine water from the environment to serve our economy. We repay the environment with too little, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with degraded quality. How much water we can borrow? What are the terms of reference for repayment in order to maintain our credit into the future? The answers are yet to be...

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Ducks on an algae-covered pond.

The theme of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) 2015 conference in Winnipeg this year was “More Extremes? Preparing for future challenges to Canada’s water resources.” Fittingly, the North American Stream Hydrographers (NASH) held 3 sessions that were dominated by discussions of how to resolve several of the daunting challenges inherent in measuring water. All of the other sessions – whether talking about water quality; policy, planning...

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