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Topic: Water

Governments at all levels have a vital role to play in the protection of surface water, ground water, drinking water and wetlands. Local entities regularly monitor the gaps that fall between state and federal regulations. Local governments often have the most complete understanding of their water ecosystems and are best-situated to understand the needs of stakeholders who depend on them, and therefore often enact preventative policies like environmental zoning to avoid water imbalances. Limits set by local administrations on water consumption and water pollution are common methods used to find equilibrium between water, people, and the ecosystem.


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Article - Sep 13, 2020
A fire hose of data: A non-profit marshals big data for the Great Lakes region

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is a non-profit that harnesses data on science, policy, management and industry in the Great Lakes region. CEO Kelli Paige spoke to ESAL about the services GLOS provides to facilitate management and policy needs in the region.

Article - Oct 13, 2019
Internet of Water: building data infrastructure one state at a time

Peter Colohan, an expert in environmental information, has spent his career helping institutions like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Office of Science and Technology Policy become data savvy. Today, as executive director of the Internet of Water (IoW), he and his team help local and state governments modernize their water data collection in an effort to safeguard and effectively manage one of the most vital resources to human civilization.

Article - Sep 21, 2019
Swimming Against the Current: Innovation in Water Technology and Policy

On September 12, ESAL hosted a roundtable discussion on local water policy in Oakland, California. The event featured a panel of San Francisco Bay Area leaders who contribute to innovation in water-related technologies and policy decision making.

Article - Nov 15, 2018
Milwaukee Area Science Advocates

The Milwaukee Area Science Advocates (MASA) nonprofit grew out of the March for Science. MASA's mission–to increase scientific enthusiasm, understanding, and legislative value in the Milwaukee area–is achieved through a strong relationship with the community.

Article - Jul 30, 2018
All Politics Are Local

ESAL Founder Arti Garg writes about how her work with a municipal task force showed her the connection between local litter abatement and San Francisco Bay health. She encourages readers to learn the role their local government plays in the science policy issues that matter to them.

Article - Feb 12, 2018
Serving on a Citizens’ Advisory Committee

Amy Nagengast always thought that her engineering background and analytical mind, combined with her passion for infrastructure and buildings, might be a good fit for a local utility board at some point. She currently serves on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC).

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