Archive | July, 2019

New Jersey high-schooler Sonja Michaluk wins 2019 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition

July 17, 2019

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Sonja Michaluk (right), backed by her mother (left), receives the 2019 U.S. SJWP during the national competition, held June 13 to 16 at the Ohio State University (Columbus). Photo courtesy of Annelise Taggart.

Sonja Michaluk, a junior at Hopewell Valley Central High School (Pennington, N.J.), already boasts a career in water research that would be impressive for a scientist twice her age. And after the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) announced last month that she will represent the U.S. at the 2019 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) […]

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As Seen on Television: Part 2

July 10, 2019

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Although water and wastewater treatment is a vital public service, often it is difficult for customers to understand the processes, products, and people that keep our water safe and our environment clean. Luckily, Hollywood has a way of bringing unseen and undiscussed concepts into the public eye through theaters and living rooms. Last November, WEF […]

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Sustainable wine pioneer brings biodynamic farming practices to cannabis

July 3, 2019

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As the first certified biodynamic farming vineyard in wine-rich Napa and Sonoma counties, the Bezingers show how operating a large-scale agricultural operation can conserve water and enhance the environment. Photo courtesy of Bezinger Family Winery.

While most winery owners in California’s Sonoma Valley grew concerned when the water table began sinking in the 1980s and ‘90s, Mike Benziger had a different response. He began searching for farming methods that required less water. It wasn’t just the lower water level that drove him. Irrigation pumping costs had been one of the […]

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