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42 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
76: Welcome 2022!
Jeff DenBleyker of Jacobs Engineering joins Emily Lewis to discuss highlights from 2021 and trends and themes for 2022. More information on topics talked about in this episode can be found in the previous episodes below:Matt Yost - Episode 66: Agricultural EfficienciesMoleaer - Episode 61: Nanobubbles Will Blow Your Mind!
46 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
75: Grant Funding for Water Projects
Tia Cavendar, Founder and CEO of Dig Deep Research walks us through her company’s proprietary process of matching local water suppliers with grant funding opportunities. By taking a holistic look at a water supplier’s funding needs and grant opportunities Dig Deep makes sustainable funding plans for its clients. A seriously helpful service!
36 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
Ripple Effect Rewind! - Resilience Through Groundwater Banking
This week we are revisiting an earlier episode that is still highly relevant to today's water discussion. We are looking back on the discussion of episode 48: Resilience Through Groundwater Banking. James Bodnar, Water Transfers and Exchanges Program Manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, breaks down Metro’s innovative use of groundwater banking to provide urban resiliency in times of drought. A great discussion about the need for collaborative and creative efforts between agricultural and urban communities. This is a template to explore and copy across the West.
51 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Ripple Effect Rewind! - Meeting the Moment
This week we are revisiting an earlier episode that is still highly relevant to today's water discussion. We are looking back on the discussion of episode 45: Meeting the Moment. Orianna Bretschger from Aquacycl talks about distributed infrastructure and her modular on-site waste water treatment system. A riveting conversation about bio-chemical reactions, the healthy role of capitalism, how to make a difference, and what is needed to make the future now.
41 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
74: Pumped Hydro-Electric Storage
Matthew Shapiro, of rPlus Energies, talks us through pumped energy storage projects, their role in the renewable energy portfolio, and key considerations for getting a project completed. Great discussion about a timely activity!
46 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Ripple Effect Rewind! - The Future of Water Distribution
This week we are revisiting an earlier episode that is still highly relevant to today's water discussion. We are looking back on the discussion of episode 11: The Future of Water Distribution with Jay Humphrey of Emery Water Conservancy District and Amy Green from the Rural Water Technology Alliance. They unpack what it takes to measure and monitor a large scale distribution system. This is the future - a must listen.
27 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
72: Non-Functional Turf Grass Be Gone!
Assemblyman Howard Watts of the Nevada Assembly talks about Assembly Bill 356 and his work with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to remove non-functional grass. Great discussion about a useful and impactful program!
37 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
71: Water Infrastructure for Indian Country
Heather Tanana, Assistant Research Professor and Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, walks us through the exciting funding opportunities for Indian Country under the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill. Heather brings fantastic professional and personal insights to the discussion. Great listen! Click here for the full report of Recommendations for Operational, Administrative, Policy, and Regulatory Reform; Universal Access to Clean Water for Tribes.
29 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
70: Corporate Water Stewardship
Cora Kammeyer, Senior Researcher at the Pacific Institute, talks us through her organization's work to implement the UN's CEO Water Mandate. Great discussion on the state of corporate water stewardship and next phases in a changing world.
40 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
69: Water for the Lake
Marcelle Shoop, Saline Lakes Program Director for the National Audubon Society, brings welcome news of legal efforts to find a means of bringing water to the Great Salt Lake. The National Audubon Society with working partners Rio Tinto Kennecott, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Division of Wildlife Resources, received authorization to bring almost 20,000 acre feet of water to the Lake.
36 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
68: Regenerative Agriculture
Shelby Smith, Master's Candidate at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, walks us through her recent research for The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program about the state of regenerative agriculture and its impact on water conservation. A great discussion identifying the gaps in what we do and don’t know about a promising practice, and ideas on the next steps forward.
47 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
67: That's a WRAP
Ralph Wurbs, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University discusses the State's Water Rights Analysis Package ("WRAP") modeling system. Ralph dives into the many ways the state of Texas uses one statewide modeling program to both inform state water resources planning and water permit management. An extremely useful tool!
43 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
66: Environmental Rights
Fascinating discussion with James R. May, Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University of Delaware, unpacking the components of what it means to recognize environmental rights. Great look at rethinking the function of our democracy to recognize and promote an innate right to a clean and healthy environment and a stable climate, and whether nature itself can possess rights. A good brain scrubber of a talk.
70 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
65: Riparian Rights 101
Joseph Dellapenna, former Professor of Law at the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova, current visiting Professor of Law at Beijing University in their school of national law, talks us through the history and application of Riparian water rights doctrine.
29 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
64: Happy Cows
Lewis Heaton of the North Dakota Grazing Land Coalition speaks with us about his association's practices for bringing modern grazing methods to North Dakota and alternative revenue streams for grazing operations.
43 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
63: Agricultural Efficiencies
Matt Yost, Assistant Professor, Agroclimate Extension Specialist, of Utah State University, gives a great breakdown of contemporary agricultural efficiency tools and techniques. He talks us through several different kinds of irrigation techniques as well as modern management and operations procedures. Agricultural efficiency is a key goal of western water policy and this is a fantastic brass tacks discussion of what that looks like on the ground.
54 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
62: Generational Thinking
Shay Myers of Owyhee Produce walks us through a contemporary agricultural process, including what keeps him up at night and what needs to happen for a brighter future. Great listen with an engaging guest!
44 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
61: Nanobubbles will Blow Your Mind!
Wow, wow, wow. This episode is a MUST LISTEN. Nick Dyner, CEO of Moleaer discusses his fascinating nanobubble technology and its applications in both the agricultural and municipal water sphere. This is a solution of the future we need to start applying today.
47 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
60: Living Buildings and Going Net Positive
Shan Arora walks us through the exciting Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech. The Kendeda Building is part of the Living Building Challenge and designed to be net positive in terms of its relationship with the environment. To address a rapidly degrading environment, society needs to embrace bold and innovate solutions – the Kendeda Building is just that. Visit livingbuilding.gatech.edu for video tours and more information about the Kendeda Building.
49 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
59: Water Law 2.0
A great free-ranging discussion with Robert Glennon (Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, Chair of the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy Emeritus, and author of "Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It,") about barriers and opportunities within Western Water Law. Prof. Glennon brings decades of experience and perspective to a really fun, slightly wonky, discourse about the state of water and how to move forward. Parting words – don’t despair – the water community is creative, innovative, and up for the challenge.
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