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Oct. 12, 2021

waterloop #117: The Playbook For Proactive Comms With Mike McGill

Historically the water industry preferred to be reactive in communications, especially in dealing with the media. That approach left utilities to play defense and often end up on the losing side of public relations.

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Oct. 5, 2021

waterloop #116: A Prize Fight Against Lead

An estimated 2.2 million people in America lack clean water and proper sanitation. These individuals are found all across the country - in indigenous communities, California’s Central Valley, the U.S.-Mexico border, Appalachia, the Deep South,

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Sept. 28, 2021

waterloop #115: Time for WASH in America with George McGraw

An estimated 2.2 million people in America lack clean water and proper sanitation. These individuals are found all across the country - in indigenous communities, California’s Central Valley, the U.S.-Mexico border, Appalachia, the Deep South,

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Sept. 21, 2021

waterloop #114: The Opportunity On Water with Nicole Lampe

For decades, advocates and activists have worked relentlessly to elevate water issues and drive policy changes and government funding. Now it seems water has risen to be a top priority, in large part because of those years of advocacy,

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Sept. 14, 2021

waterloop #113: A Voice For Green Latinos With Mariana Del Valle Prie…

Polling shows that large majorities of Latinos feel that outdoor activities involving water are a way of life, that protecting water is vital to their culture and the economy, and that the government should combat water pollution.

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Sept. 7, 2021

waterloop #112: Inside the Waters of the U.S. with Ken Kopocis and Da…

The scope of waters covered by the federal Clean Water Act - called Waters of the U.S. - is one of the most complex, controversial, and contentious issues in environmental policy. Waters of the U.S. has been the focus of …

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Aug. 23, 2021

waterloop #111: The Future of Beer With Climate Change With Katie Wal…

Brewers are seeing the impacts of climate change on essential ingredients for beer. Unusual temperatures and precipitation are damaging crops like barley and hops while water resources are stressed by drought or polluted by algae blooms and wildfires,

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Aug. 16, 2021

waterloop #110: A Force Multiplier for the Great Lakes with David Ran…

As the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, the Great Lakes benefit from massive financial investment in restoration and protection activities each year. Yet one unique entity acts as a force multiplier, not by contributing the most dollars,

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Aug. 1, 2021

waterloop #109: Beverage Competitors As Water Collaborators with Nick…

Water management has long been an essential part of operations for beverage companies, but in an increasingly water-stressed world the industry is focused on finding ways to reduce risk, help at the community level, and benefit the bottom line.

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July 26, 2021

waterloop #108: Navigating the Flood with Erica DePalma and Caroline …

Intense rainfall driven by climate change, impervious surfaces like concrete and asphalt, and aging water infrastructure are part of the formula causing communities across the country to face increased flooding and stormwater runoff.

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July 15, 2021

waterloop #107: Living Up To The Digital Hype With Jamail Carter

There have been lofty expectations for how sensors, remote monitoring, data, and the Internet of Things would impact the operation of water infrastructure. In many ways the digital tools are beginning to live up to the hype and allowing water …

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July 13, 2021

waterloop #106: Dry Times For California Farms With Heather Cooley an…

As farms in California face another extreme drought this summer, the hope is that lessons learned and policies and tools developed from the last drought can help with water management this time. During drought farms significantly increase use of ground...

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July 6, 2021

waterloop #105: Art As The Messenger With Tiffany Ledesma and Maura J…

Philadelphia has embraced the use of arts and culture - from murals and music to superheroes - as a way to communicate with the community about water. The effort has especially focused on educating African-American, Latino, a...

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June 28, 2021

waterloop #104: Grass In Vegas Won't Stay in Vegas

With climate change putting the West into a permanent drought and water levels in Lake Mead dropping to the lowest levels since Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s, the time is right for the oasis in the desert known …

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June 23, 2021

waterloop #103: Computing Where the Water Goes with Scott Hagen

Advancements in technology and computers have allowed scientists to develop a detailed look at the coastal land margin, the dynamic area where the land and ocean interface. The high resolution models are used to better understand the coastal environmen...

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June 13, 2021

waterloop #102: Picking Up The Pace On Beach Testing with Rachel Noble

When water quality tests are conducted at the beach to determine safety for swimming it typically takes 24 hours for results, which isn’t helpful for protecting public health in real-time. But a rapid method of testing can provide information about …

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June 8, 2021

waterloop #101: The Brain and Behavior Change with Katie Williamson a…

Many environmental problems stem from behavior problems. So over the past decade the environmental field has intensified its use of psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral science to understand how people’s brains operate and how to design programs to...

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June 2, 2021

waterloop #100: Blue Mind, Zen Mind with Wallace J Nichols and Jaimal…

- During the past year of challenges and upheaval in society, many people turned to nature and water in particular for exercise, adventure, escape, and healing. The unique ability for water to elevate well-being - physically, mentally, emotionally,

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May 24, 2021

waterloop #99: Sensing the Coast with Phil Bresnahan

With the ocean and coastal waters under a variety of stressors including pollution and climate change it is vital to gather more scientific data. Rapid advancements in technology have led to a proliferation of sensors for studying the coast and …

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May 19, 2021

waterloop #98: Progress at the Speed of Trust with Dan Keppen and Tay…

Historically the relationship between the agriculture sector and conservation community could be described as unproductive, tense, and even adversarial. But a significant shift toward cooperation during the last 20 years was ...

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May 17, 2021

waterloop #97: Putting Faith in Conservation with Cory Sparks and Hel…

Religion is a very prevalent part of life in New Orleans and southern Louisiana, leading conservation organizations to build relationships with local faith leaders and to educate them on environmental issues.

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May 13, 2021

waterloop #96: Rising Up Against Environmental Racism with Chandra Ta…

A plan to route an oil pipeline through predominantly black neighborhoods in Memphis is an example of how minority communities across the country are overburdened by pollution and subjected to environmental racism, say Chandra Taylor,

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May 11, 2021

waterloop #95: Tech-Powered Precision Conservation with Emily Mills a…

In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, cutting-edge technology is powering the practice of precision conservation, the use of advanced data and imagery for efficient decision making in environmental management. Tools like aerial imagery, LiDAR elevation data,

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April 28, 2021

waterloop #94: A Rancher and the River with Paul Bruchez

For five generations Paul Bruchez’s family has ranched in Colorado, giving him an intimate understanding of water and the Colorado River. As climate change and development strain water resources to the breaking point,

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