- American Water white paper, “The Value of Water”.
- Collins Center for Public Policy report, “Our Water. Our Florida. A Water Ethic for Florida”. Written by Cynthia Barnett, published March 2011.
- Tampa Bay Times. 2012. Florida’s Vanishing Springs.
- USGS. Florida Water Science Center. Water-Use in Florida.
- World Resources Institute, Southface, and Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance report, “Southeast Energy Opportunities WRI Issue Briefs: Water and Watts”. Published April 2009.
References and Supplemental Resources
- Economic concepts; a very basic introduction:
- Diminishing Marginal Utility, “Thinking at the Margins”. This short YouTube video covers some key concepts: As you watch the video, think about the concepts of marginal utility and opportunity cost in the context of water policy and allocation of scarce water resources.
- Here is a little bit more related to diminishing marginal utility and the Water-Diamond Paradox, or the “Paradox of Value”.
- A quick summary, from a “green” perspective, on the Environmental Kuznets Curve.
- Cedar Key saltwater intrusion and drinking water ban:
- CedarKeyNews.com story, “Ban on drinking water in effect for Cedar Key”.
- Gainesville.com story, “Cedar Key ban on drinking tap water soon to end”: (July 30, 2012)
- Adena Springs Ranch water use controversy:
- Adena Springs Ranch
- St. Johns River Water Management District “Adena Springs Ranch consumptive use permit application”.
- Ocala.com story, “Adena Ranch to slash its request for water”.(August 22, 2012). You can also search Ocala.com or Gainesville.com for “Adena Ranch” to find many other articles and editorials related to the controversy.
- World Resources Institute Southeast Energy Policy Briefs:
- Includes regional and state briefs on “Water and Watts”, “Local Clean Power”, “Power of Efficiency”, “Energy by the Numbers”). Southeast region includes eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
- Florida “Water and Watts” brief.
- USGS 2000 water use data and publication referenced in “Water and Watts” reading: “Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2000”:
- Online with direct links to all narrative, figures and data tables by use category. Specifically, see Table 2, “Total water withdrawals by water-use category, 2000” .
- Full report available for download.
- USGS Water Data Discovery. Includes links to historical, current, and projected water use and water quality data nationally and by state.
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection report, “Sustaining Our Water Resources". Annual report on regional water supply planning released in March 2010.
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Consumptive Use Permitting Consistency.
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection. September 2010. Integrated Water Quality Assessment for Florida: 2010 305(b) Report and 303(d) List Update.
- Florida Department of State. Water Resource Implementation Rule.
- Foundation for Teaching Economics. Economics, Water Use, and the Environment.
- US EPA. Water Regulatory Information. Nutrient Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida.
- American Rivers report, “Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast”. October 2008 publication including model water efficiency policies and case studies of water efficiency successes in the Southeast.
- Water Footprint Network, a “platform for connecting diverse communities interested in sustainability, equitability and efficiency of water use”:
- UF IFAS EDIS fact sheets on Florida water issues (there are many more, but these are good starting points):
“An analysis of data from the Trend Monitoring Network, which consists of 76 surface water stations (e.g., rivers and streams) and 47 ground water wells located throughout Florida, did not identify any general surface water trends (when present, they were indicator specific) but identified some ground water trends that imply changes in water sources, water levels, or matrix interactions. The ground water wells show positive trends for saltwater encroachment indicators (calcium, sodium, chloride, and potassium) and for rock-matrix indicators (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and alkalinity) with an associated decrease in pH. These ground water results…are considered the primary concern for the state’s ground waters."
Energy-Water Nexus Resources
- U.S. Department of Energy report, “Energy Demands on Water Resources: Report to Congress on the Interdependency of Energy and Water”. Sent to Congress on January 17, 2007 and released publicly on February 8, 2007.
- Union of Concerned Scientists fact sheet, “The Energy-Water Collision, 10 Things You Should Know”. Published September 2010.
- Alliance for Water Efficiency and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report, “Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus: A Blueprint for Action and Policy Agenda”. Released May 2010.
- River Network report, “Burning Our Rivers: The Water Footprint of Electricity”, April 2012.
- River Network report, “The Carbon Footprint of Water”, released in May 2009.
- Natural Resources Defense Council fact sheet, “Water Efficiency Saves Energy: Reducing Global Warming Pollution through Water Use Strategies”. Released March 2009.
- U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) assessment, “Water Vulnerabilities for Existing Coal-fired Power Plants”. Released August 2010.
Videos and Webinars
- Florida Geological Survey. Florida’s Aquifer Adventure. Contains amazing footage of life around Florida’s springs, rivers and aquifers while also explaining Florida’s aquifer and hydrologic cycle, then starts to discuss threats to Florida springs, and finally discusses the Springs Initiative which is no longer a funded program. That initiative discussion begins at 17:00. Some have edited that part out of the video and used it for educational purposes. Total length is 20:43 if used in its entirety.
- University of Florida Center for Public Issues Education. Special Report: Water (videos and report). 2013.
- University of Florida/IFAS. Water Conservation: half-empty or half-full (regional webinar series recorded January to May of 2011):Note that the duration of each webinar is 90 minutes. Titles:
- Yards and Neighborhoods Programs: Stories from Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee (recorded on 1-18-2011)
- Water-Efficient Irrigation Technologies: Florida, North Carolina, &Oklahoma extension programs (recorded on 2-8-2011)
- 4-H and Water: how to empower youth to protect water resources (recorded on 2-15-2011)
- Rainwater Harvesting and Water Reuse: state specialists' and county agents' perspectives (recorded on 3-1-2011)
- Household Behavior and Homeowner Education Strategies (recorded on 3-22-2011)
- Water and Energy: can we conserve both? (recorded on 4-12-2011)
- Water conservation for developers – 101 (recorded on 4-26-2011)
- Turf Management: best management practices and regulations (recorded on 5-3-2011)
- Evaluation of a Water Conservation Program: is there a "silver bullet"? (recorded on 5-10-2011)
- University of Florida Water Institute. 2012. Florida Tomorrow Campaign Video for UF Water Institute. (6:14 run time)
- Wyland Foundation National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation April 1-30, 2013 .
Water-related Product Certifications/Registrations or Testing
- EnergyStar Products
- Florida Water StarSM
- MaPTM Testing (Maximum Performance Toilet Testing)
- WaterSense® (An EPA partnership program)