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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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Ancient Engineering Lays Groundwork for Major Canal System in Arizona

March 27, 2019

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The ruins of the Ancient Hohokam irrigation system can be found at the Park of the Canals in Mesa, Ariz. Photo courtesy of George Noel.

The Hohokam Native American society flourished for almost 1500 years in what is today central Arizona. Part of that long, rich history can be attributed to a breakthrough water technology: canals. Beginning around 300 C.E., the Hohokam people settled the arid desert environment of the Gila and Salt River Valley, an area that encompasses present-day […]

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Farm Bill Passes Congress

January 27, 2019

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U.S. Congress has passed the $867 million Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the “farm bill.” President Trump has signed the bill into law after it passed both houses with broad bipartisan support. During the nearly 2-year drafting process for the legislation, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has urged Congress to […]

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Managing Tensions Within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

September 24, 2018

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WEFTEC session to showcase how challenges can drive innovation Producing both energy and food requires one critical element: water. WEFTEC 2018 will bring together water users, water providers, and water conservationists. During Session 101: Exploring the Tensions Within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, on Oct. 1, professionals representing food, energy, and environmental groups will gather to discuss […]

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WEF Joins in Encouraging Congress To Preserve Funding for Farm Bill

June 21, 2018

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) continues to support funding for the 2018 Farm Bill. On May 4, WEF joined many other organizations in requesting that the U.S. Congress fully fund Title II, the Conservation Title, in the next Farm Bill reauthorization. The letter was sent to U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts […]

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Discovering an Ancient Hydraulic System Rewrites Chinese Engineering History

May 24, 2018

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It was as true 5000 years ago as it is today: losing all your food in a flood is a major disappointment. For the people living in the Yangtze River Delta along the eastern coast of present-day China, it was also the impetus behind one of the oldest and largest formal water management systems in […]

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Words on Water Podcasts Explore Workforce Issues and Relationship Between Water, Energy, and Food

March 31, 2018

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) shares interviews with water sector thought-leaders through the Words on Water podcast series. Stream these episodes online and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. Recent episodes feature: Dustin Price and Brandi Madden discuss the value that military veterans bring to any workforce, […]

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$10 Million George Barley Water Prize Competition Names Stage 1 Winners

July 14, 2017

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At a ceremony held March 22 by the Everglades Foundation (Palmetto Bay, Fla.), Prashanth Kumar of overall Stage 1 winning team WETSUS NaFRAd (third from left) accepts $25,000 in prize money alongside (from left) Mary Barley, wife of late conservationist George Barley; Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, consul-general of the Netherlands; and Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg. Photo courtesy of Jenny Abreu Photography.

Stage 1 of the Everglades Foundation’s (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) George Barley Water Prize competition is complete. Three teams continue on their journey toward one earning a $10-million prize, which will be awarded to the creator of a lasting, scalable, and cheap solution to reducing high phosphorus content in waterways. From July 2016 through January 2017, […]

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