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History of the Airline Road

Link to comprehensive history of the Airline Road.

Description of a “market-driven” approach to managing water in Oregon

http://water.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/oregon_water_markets_v3.pdf

“When it comes to developing, testing, and practicing solutions to environmental issues, Oregon is full of pioneers and innovators. Over the last decade Oregon has made remarkable progress using the environmental market approach to managing the quality and quantity of our water. These pages explain environmental markets, how they work, and how Oregon is using this approach to protect our fresh water.”

Takings Bill Testimony from DW4L, LD 1810, 2-21-12

Written Testimony to the Judiciary Committee in Opposition to LD1810

February 21, 2012 ~ State House Room 438

Good afternoon Senator Hasting, Representative Nass, and other honorable members of the Judiciary Committee:

Unfortunately I am unable to make it to testify in person. My name is Chris Buchanan and I’m an organizer with Defending Water for Life in Maine. We are submitting written testimony in opposition to LD1810 because it will undermine individual rights by giving corporations […]

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World Bank Sponsors ‘Water Resources Group’ aiming to Privatize Water Services in Less Developed Countries

Chris Buchanan, DW4L, December 8, 2011

In 2007, the World Economic Forum Water Initiative was created to “raise awareness among governments, businesses, and the expert community about the challenge of managing future water needs, and on piloting public-private-expert platforms for reform.” http://www3.weforum.org/docs/IP/MM/Water_Resources_Group_Phase2_4pager.pdf

Out of this initiative came the 2030 Water Resources Group. Formed in 2008, the WRG was sponsored by the International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank Group, which “provides investments and advisory services to […]

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A Report on Irrigation’s Impact to Groundwater on the Deschutes River, Oregon and Success of Mitigation Program

ACCEPTABILITY OF THE DESCHUTES GROUNDWATER MITIGATION PROGRAM by Eva Lieberherr*

 

 

Printed in Ecology Law Quarterly

This is a useful resource on how groundwater is effected by pumping, and an example of groundwater protection.

http://elq.typepad.com/currents/2011/06/currents38-04-lieberherr-2011-0607.html

An Introduction to Community Water Systems and Water Privatization in Maine

This introduction was created by Food and Water Watch to educate people about water privatization in Maine:

http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/aquaMaine.pdf

Since this was written by FWW, Connecticut Waters purchased AquaMaine, increasing the customer base of Connecticut Waters by 16,000 customers, or 18%. Prices continue to rise. Connecticut Waters states that they are “creating a platform to grow throughout the Northeast Region.” More info on the acquisition here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/27/idUS161323+27-Jul-2011+GNW20110727

THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS ON GROUND WATER WITHDRAWAL REGULATIONS

REPORT TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

BY THE

WATER RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE AND THE

CITIZEN TRADE POLICY COMMISSION

http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/WRPC-CTPC%20final%20report.pdf

Indigenous Peoples Cosmovision and Relationship to Water: A Need for a New Paradigm in Water Policy and Water Management

Protect Our Manoomin: Communities must declare all water sources as sacred sites.

prepared 9/24/2011 by Renee Gurneau, Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Institute, and Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network

“Indigenous elders, who have been grounded in culture and language, are the foundation of traditional education about water. They are our living treasures. Understanding the meaning of water helps us to understand our relationship with, and our interconnectedness with the natural world and with each other. The values of sharing and caring […]

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Friends of Sebago Lake Comments of EGGI and Normandeau Studies on Fryeburg

Friends of Sebago Lake provides comments on two Fryeburg water studies which study the altered hydrologic flow impacts on Wards Brook Aquifer and Lovewell Pond caused by ground and spring water extraction by local uses and Poland Spring, a subsidiary of the Nestle Corporation.

Written by Roger Wheeler.

Link to comments: http://friendsofsebago.blogspot.com/2008/05/eggi-and-noramndeau-study-fosl-comments.html

Leaky Exports: A Portrait of the Virtual Water Trade in Canada

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report highlights a little understood practice in Canada: the daily loss of massive amounts of the country’s fresh water used to produce commodities, minerals and energy for export. Virtual, or embedded, water is the sum of water used in the production of a good or service. Virtual water trade refers to the embedded water transferred across borders when these goods and services are internationally traded. The practice is now coming under close scrutiny as some impoverished and […]

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