Author Archives: andrewknoc

US, Mexico pact on Colorado River water

A number of news outlets (including ASU’s Cronkite News Service!) have reported on the agreement between the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority and one of their Mexican … Continue reading

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Water Conservation in AZ

Among the various water conservation efforts in Arizona is the Water – Use It Wisely campaign. This educational resource advertises on a number of outlets, directing water users to its website, Wateruseitwisely.com. The advertising and outreach are funded by a variety … Continue reading

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Fresh water – why not make more?

Fresh water is scarce in Arizona, and around much of the globe. Ocean water, however, is plentiful. Why can’t we make ocean water into fresh water? The short answer is economics. There are two primary methods of removing salt from … Continue reading

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El Nino forecast for 2012: Neutral/Weak El Nino

The Climate Prediction Center continued its forecast for a weak El Nino or neutral conditions this winter, based on barely above-average temperatures observed in the Pacific. The analysis notes that it’s possible that El Nino conditions could strengthen in the … Continue reading

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Coverage of Arizona Snowbowl’s Use of Reclaimed Wastewater to Make Snow

With the (gradual, certainly in Phoenix) advent of Autumn, some people think of snow skiing. I stumbled across a blog post blandly announcing that Snowbowl’s artificial snow-making system, based on treated effluent, was nearing completion. I wanted more information. Mere … Continue reading

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The Arizona Canal

The Arizona Canal runs roughly west in Phoenix, farther north than any other canal in the Salt River Project’s system. It has a number of recreational, artistic, and other attractions along its length, but Phoenicians still haven’t attempted to make … Continue reading

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On stream preservation and the open market

I stumbled across this TED talk recently – it’s very short on specifics, but delivers a great message in a compelling way (which are characteristics of any good TED talk, coincidentally). Enjoy!

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