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  • In an increasingly unpredictable world, we must secure nature to secure our water - News & Community
    and there was no loss of life By blending nature with built solutions the Army Corps was able to expand the set of possibilities that the Mississippi River basin was prepared to absorb Nature is resilient cost effective and adaptable whether its floodplains along the Mississippi or healthy watersheds that can help us more sustainably secure drinking water amidst increasing demands The challenge in achieving blended more flexible water solutions is one of scale Even if natural infrastructure accounted for roughly 10 percent of the anticipated future cost of our global water systems we would still be looking at roughly 100 billion in investment in such solutions an order of magnitude larger than the conservation community s current collective scale Achieving scale therefore will require leadership from businesses governments and communities We must pivot away from the traditional white coats management of water in the background of society to an active management of shared risks by all parts of society To motivate leadership and drive investments we must continue to demonstrate the power of nature in helping us manage against these risks as resources become increasingly constrained As extreme droughts increase in frequency farmers will need to grow more on less land using less water As 100 year storms become more frequent governments and dam builders will need new tools and science to enable new water infrastructure projects that optimize the diverse functions of an entire river basin And as urban populations balloon everyone will need to invest more in protecting the world s natural sources of drinking water While we may have been able to engineer the 2014 Olympics in a sub tropical location that appears to be phasing out its ability to support winter sports we won t be able to engineer a sustainable water future in this less predictable world without looking to nature to help us References 1 Scott D Stieger R Rutty M and P Johnson 2014 The future of the Winter Olympics in a warmer World University of Waterloo Available online at https uwaterloo ca news sites ca news files uploads files oly winter games warmer world 2014 pdf 2 Boccaletti G 2013 Nature s silent currency Global Water Forum Available online at http www globalwaterforum org 2013 03 20 natures silent currency 3 White S Biernat J Duffy K Kavalar M H Kort W E Naumes J S Slezak M R and C R Stoffel 2010 Water markets of the United States and the World A strategic analysis for the Milwaukee Water Council Milwaukee Wisconsin Final Report Available online at http www kysq org docs White WaterMarkets pdf Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to

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  • Partners Focus on Tapajós, Magdalena and Mekong Basins at Hydro Meeting - News & Community
    planning and management The Conservancy and WWF look forward to convening again in the near future to continue moving sustainable hydropower and environmental flow strategies forward Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 350 Manage Clickthrough Reports en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelClickThrough aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 352 Manage Model Item Security en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelItemSecurity aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2000000 FileType smdl 353 Regenerate Model en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer GenerateModel aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 354 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType smdl 351 Load in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderModelContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2 FileType smdl 250 Edit in Report Builder layouts images ReportServer EditReport gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderReportContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 250 Edit in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderDatasetContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsd 250 Manage Caching Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetCachingOptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0

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  • Scaling Up Water Sustainability - News & Community
    100 billion per year Mobilizing capital at that scale requires allocating the right risks to the right investors Not surprisingly the capital available for investments with a limited track record uncertain future cash flows and untested regulatory frameworks is extremely scarce The key to scaling up investment in natural infrastructure will be to ensure that at every successive stage of growth there is a sufficient amount of capital available to support the risks involved Achieving this goal will require the right blend of public private and philanthropic capital Public sector capital has traditionally been the risk taker of last resort underwriting large scale projects and paying for much of the existing water infrastructure But given credit constraints many public institutions will be unable to underwrite the development and deployment of new solutions particularly those that need to establish their track record at scale without a guaranteed revenue source Private capital particularly the large amounts of private savings stored in middle income countries could in principle single handedly underwrite new combinations of natural and engineered infrastructure solutions But private capital would face significant opportunity costs and investors are unlikely to opt for vehicles with which they have limited experience That leaves philanthropic capital whether from private or public sources as a key component of early stage investment Philanthropy has an important role to play in bearing the risks involved while natural infrastructure solutions establish the track record needed to tap larger sources of public and private capital While small scale solutions such as dug wells will remain an important part of efforts to ensure water security a truly sustainable water management path particularly in the fast developing countries of Latin America Asia and Africa will require hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure investment The process of formulating the SDGs offers an ideal opportunity to begin describing such a path Dr Giulio Boccaletti is the Managing Director for Global Water at The Nature Conservancy He is focused on the intersection of water economic and social systems and infrastructure and is part of a passionate group of people who believe water issues are one of the defining challenges for the environmental sustainability of the global economy Follow Giulio on Twitter G Boccaletti Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions

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  • 'Por favor, Brasil': Keep debating, and you can change the world - News & Community
    that will change the world Brazilians of course Not one or two but many of them working together each bringing their personal values and perspectives into a joint decision making process that is supported by goodwill and biased toward action National level decision makers will need to break out of their sector silos and work to support integrated decisions on energy transportation conservation and more There is also a need for crossing these borders into a watershed based approach Of course without goodwill or trust such diverse perspectives can be disabling Many of us in the U S have had a good dose of that lately Given the complexity and scientific uncertainty that abound in great rivers like the Tapajós stakeholders won t even be able to agree on the questions to ask much less use the same science or settle on the same answers if they don t develop mutual respect and trust But with trust present a collective voice can make more progress possible By staying in the game Brazilians have every potential to realize the incredible creativity and innovation that flows from having diverse perspectives present when solving grand dilemmas And they can look to others for help because we all need Brazil So what s really possible when we focus on shared solutions and shared value Well for one hydropower development can be much more compatible with other river resources This has been illustrated by efforts such as the re engineering of Penobscot River in Maine There they ve realized dramatic increases in habitat for salmon and other migratory fish while maintaining or increasing energy generation The key is to move hydropower planning and operation away from a focus on single dams and toward a whole river basin or region Brazilians can do this And if they embrace all stakeholders in the process they will likely get smarter and more lasting solutions So por favor Brasil stay in the game Keep debating and you might just change the world Michael A Reuter The Nature Conservancy s Director of Freshwater for North America has focused his career on the management of large freshwater systems for both people and nature He has been especially interested in ways to improve decision making in these complex and economically important systems by involving the people and companies who depend on them for drinking water production of food and fiber and energy flood management transportation and recreation Reuter s Midwest background has also shaped his interests and expertise in the area of sustainable agriculture especially with regard to large commodity crops such as corn soy wheat and cotton Follow Michael on Twitter michaelareuter Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources

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  • The Nature Conservancy Accelerates Work in Water Infrastructure - News & Community
    particular Sinkler said Sinkler s Background Experience Prior to joining the Conservancy Sinkler completed a highly successful 30 year career with the U S Army and most recently served as the strategic initiatives chief for the Commander of the U S Army Corps of Engineers In this role Sinkler assisted in setting the strategic direction for the Corps the world s largest public engineering design and construction management agency Sinkler also previously served as the chief of the Army s environmental programs in the Pentagon Sinkler is uniquely qualified for working to improve investments in water and river infrastructure From 2009 to 2011 he commanded the Corps Hurricane Protection Office where he oversaw the construction completion of a hurricane storm surge system for the areas of greater New Orleans that were hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 Sinkler also served as commander of the Corps Rock Island District where he led the planning operations maintenance and construction to support over 30 billion of infrastructure that supports or benefits flood protection navigation hydropower generation recreation and wildlife habitat in parts of five Midwestern states Sinkler joined the Army as a Corps of Engineers officer in 1983 and during his career he commanded the 5th Combat Engineer Battalion in Iraq supporting the Army s 4th Infantry Division In addition to higher education degrees in strategic studies and military art and science obtained during his military career Sinkler holds a masters in administration from Central Michigan University a masters in geographic information systems or GIS from Kansas State University and a bachelors degree in geology from Eastern Illinois University Sinkler photo credit USACE Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list

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  • No Dream Too Big for China's Mother River - News & Community
    gearing up to deliver more than half that development and global hydro dam capacity is projected to grow from 857 gigawatts in 2008 to nearly 1 500 gigawatts by 2035 At that time emerging economies will account for two thirds of global hydropower capacity If we have any hope that the world can have both this level of energy development and healthy rivers those of us who love rivers have to engage with dam builders to find solutions Whether or not the founders of The Nature Conservancy dreamt as much in 1951 well considered collaborations between conservation and scientific organizations and Chinese state owned enterprises hold promise Scientists from the U S and China for instance have been able to cooperate with operators at Three Gorges Dam to increase fish reproduction by scheduling water releases that simulate a more natural river flow We live in a world where conflict and disagreement have become disabling and yet different perspectives can be the engine of innovation spawning better ideas based on better evidence and pursued with renewed passion Finding a way to productively engage the planners developers and operators of major dams in a search for better solutions is ultimately essential if we are to truly realize harmony and prosperity for rivers and people around the world This is what drives the Conservancy s Great Rivers Partnership and the collective vision of our stakeholders We are building a global community of partners across sectors to change the fate of rivers like the Yangtze and to lay the groundwork for more sustainable development on other river systems globally Indeed no dream is too big for China s mother river Michael A Reuter director of The Nature Conservancy s Great Rivers Partnership and North America Freshwater Program has focused his career on the management of large freshwater systems for both people and nature He has been especially interested in ways to improve decision making in these complex and economically important systems by involving the people and companies who depend on them for drinking water production of food and fiber and energy flood management transportation and recreation Reuter s Midwest background has also shaped his interests and expertise in the area of sustainable agriculture especially with regard to large commodity crops such as corn soy wheat and cotton Follow Michael on Twitter michaelareuter Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1

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  • New Connections to Emiquon Preserve - News & Community
    cleans water recharging aquifers the underground water sources for drinking and agricultural production providing outdoor recreational opportunities such as paddling and fishing and contributing to a more natural river hydrology and accompanying reductions in unnatural floods and associated flood damages Work flow In addition to engineers the design team for the infrastructure project included staff board members and partner scientists who incorporated features to maximize management flexibility and facilitate experimentation as well as the development evaluation and refinement of new management strategies including controlling movements of both desired native species such as paddlefish and sturgeon and undesired non natives such as common Asian carp These science friendly features include two separate but parallel culverts to move water through the levee that can be used for scientific research for example to evaluate ways to discourage or encourage fish movements and numerous accommodations for deploying sampling and monitoring equipment such as nets water quality and hydroacoustic probes which can be used to count and identify fishes moving through the structure Science and management lessons learned at Emiquon will be well documented and shared through efforts such as our Great River Partnership ultimately influencing the proper restoration and management of floodplain wetlands locally regionally nationally and internationally To learn more about this new infrastructure check out the video in our virtual tour by clicking on the Water Management icon within the map There I walk through an early model of the project to explain our plans Doug Blodgett acts as The Nature Conservancy in Illinois director of river conservation He leads a team of scientists and conservation staff at the Emiquon Preserve about an hour southwest of Peoria along the Illinois River He and his team work to restore this rich landscape to a functional floodplain which also helps reduce the incidence and severity of floods stormwater runoff and water pollution Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0

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  • Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment: A Step Closer to Completion - News & Community
    Water quality in the Mississippi River is generally good and continues to improve but monitoring is not well coordinated among the seven states along the Lower River It has not been clearly defined where nutrients and other pollutants originate and where they end up in the river A coordinated water monitoring and analysis program for the river and its tributaries would provide managers information needed to make informed decisions and develop comprehensive management plans to that will result in greater strides in water quality improvement 3 Tributaries of the Mississippi River are some of the most significant sources of nutrients and sediment to the main stem of the river There has been very little geomorphic analyses of these tributaries to better understand how they interact with the river Such information is needed to develop comprehensive watershed scale management plans that result in better water quality sound sediment monitoring programs and the effective restoration of targeted tributaries A natural resource habitat needs assessment and a recreation needs assessment are to follow Combined the three assessments will comprise a comprehensive plan that will guide the sustainable management and restoration of the Lower Mississippi River The plan is slated for Congressional review by June 2015 Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us

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