Did you know 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 1% of that is available for humans to use?
The pace of our global society is moving too fast for water to fulfill its potential as a renewable resource. We have made fresh water into a finite resource. Water resources, like groundwater, are being depleted because they aren’t able to recharge at the same rate of our growing population and increased agricultural activity. Basically, we consume water at a highly unsustainable and concerning rate.
Making simple changes to your water use behavior can save lots of water. If we all reduced the amount of water we use by even a small amount, we could make a huge difference to our total consumption. Here are just a few practical tips to help you save water in and around your home.
Only Wash with a Full Load
Use your washing machine only when you have a full load. Reducing your washing by just one load a week will save around 32 gallons of water.
Replace Your Toilet
Denver, CO (September 23, 2020) – Today, during Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, the U.S.
Q. How much water do landscapes use in California?
A. Landscape irrigation accounts for only about 9% of total statewide developed water use, but the percentage varies widely among communities. Water applied to landscapes is estimated to account for about 50% of residential water consumption statewide, but the amount varies from about 30% in some coastal communities to 60% or more in many inland suburban communities.
The Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association (BMW) in collaboration with the Colorado Stormwater Council (CSC) and the City and County of Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI), created a virtual bike tour for 2020. The tour went ‘live’ and was posted to YouTube on June 23rd. Registration was free for all participants.
There are cleaning instructions printed on most curbside trashcans (see image attached) that may be misleading so we are encouraging CSC members to adopt the following Residential and Commercial Tips to avoid encouraging residents to rinse their trash cans on the curbside as pollutants such as e-Coli, harsh cleaners, oils, etc may impact water quality.
The Colorado Stormwater Council has a FACEBOOK account! Please help us spread the word. Thank you to Heather Otterstetter with Westminster for creating the account and volunteering to administrate it. Please send any publishing requests to her directly.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is exploring innovative ways to filter pollutants from stormwater runoff and meet permit requirements for construction projects. In a recent study, U of M researchers documented the performance of an iron-enhanced ditch check filter to remove phosphates from stormwater. They found that the filter was effective, though its performance decreased over time.
DENVER — A multibillion-dollar reservoir and pipeline project may one day pull more than 50,000 acre-feet of water per year from the South Platte River before it reaches Nebraska. That’s more than 16 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 25,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The safety and health of all those who work in construction remains the top priority for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The industry continues to adhere to all public health guidelines set forth by OSHA and the CDC. Work on a new unfinished home site occurs primarily outdoors and does not involve going onto a location occupied by residents or a public location, and there is minimal (if any) physical or transactional contact with customers.
In southern Italy, the pristinely preserved remains of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have mystified historians and archaeologists since they were rediscovered nearly 300 years ago. Ongoing expeditions continue to reveal new details about the city and its people, believed to have been decimated by the sudden eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius around 79 CE.
Researchers at Colorado State University, Kent State University, and UCLA are working on a joint project to study stormwater and green infrastructure decision-making in Denver and Cleveland. We are seeking stakeholders who work in stormwater management and green infrastructure in the Denver region (in private industry, government, and nonprofits) that would be interested in taking a brief (15 min) online survey about their experiences in stormwater planning and compliance.
Mile High Flood District is ready to start their new bioretention study. They are looking for bioretention basins throughout the District that have been in place at least a year. It can be one you think is a good example or one with which you are struggling. Please use the link below and fill out what you can. MHFD can help sort through design documents and look at the site to fill in the blanks.