Neil Young.

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...

Read More
Three people in a row boat on a river in West Virginia.

I recently went in search of water quality data related to the chemical spill near Charleston West Virginia. As of today, 1/20/2014, there are serious questions being raised about the safety of the water and what chemical information is actually being used to communicate toxicity. After reading this…I opened the ol’ iPad and jumped on the internet. I am always curious about the water resources...

Read More
Hydrologist in a patch of tall grass.

The water quality monitoring community needs to think differently about how we collect, store, and analyze all types of water quality data. Twenty years of field work in water quality and water resources have led me to the conclusion that to truly improve and protect the world’s waters, we need to think differently about how we plan, collect, analyze, and report water quality information. For the...

Read More
Hydrographer in the field.

The Australian Hydrographers association (AHA) has successfully convinced the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to officially adopt hydrography as a profession. In Canada, 30,000 job titles are managed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Under the general category ‘2113 geoscientists and oceanographers’, one could be one of 60 occupations studying earth science. Under ‘2114 - meteorologists and climatologists’ one could be one...

Read More