Water Conservency Worldwide

Friends of Lake Merced has become increasingly aware of the relationship between the condition of our lake and the declining stocks of water worldwide.  Clearly the solution to restoring Lake Merced is directly related to the ability to maintain a sustainable water source for the northern half of San Mateo County.  This is, however, just the tip of the global iceberg, as this site will attempt to show.

The good news about Lake Merced and the Westside Basin Aquifer: Compared to much of the world, this is a relatively simple problem to solve.  And while there remains much to be done, finally we have begun.  A recycled water plant has been constructed in Daly City; the golf courses are now using this water for irrigation.  A conjunctive use program is in place so that water is banked during rainy years. 

This page is dedicated to helping our visitors maintain contact with water conservation efforts around the world.   Of course best management of water resources is a world-wide problem.  Many meetings are held each month to discuss ways to improve utilization of this resource.  You can follow the schedule here.

In September 2002 the National Geographic
published A Thirsty Planet,
a review of global fresh water resources.

Thanks to the National Geographic for
freshening our own world view.

   Water Resources Management is the integrating concept for a number of water sub-sectors such as hydropower, water supply and sanitation, irrigation and drainage, and environment.  An integrated water resources perspective ensures that social, economic, environmental and technical dimensions are taken into account in the management and development of water resources.  This site serves as a central organizing point for water as a cross-cutting issue throughout the World Bank. 

   United Nations Environment Programme - GEMS/WATER.  This Web site is operated by the UNEP GEMS/Water Programme Office for Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment at the National Water Research Institute of Environment Canada.  The GEMS/Water programme is a multi-faceted water science programme oriented towards understanding freshwater quality issues throughout the world. Major activities include monitoring, assessment, and capacity building.
  Special report on issues related to fresh water and lakes.
   The World’s Water; This site offers a wealth of up-to-date water data, as well as an extensive list of Web links to organizations, institutions, and individuals working on global freshwater problems and solutions.

   Official site of the International Year of Freshwater 2003!  2003 is a year of opportunity.  It is a year for us to focus our attention on protecting and respecting our water resources, as individuals, communities, countries, and as a global family of concerned citizens. 2003 is a year for action and reflection.

   The Water Page; Visit this site to learn about sustainable water use and management in Africa and other developing regions.

   Water Scarcity; Learn which countries experienced water scarcity in 1955 and 1990 as well as those projected to face a scarcity in 2025.

   UNESCO; Log on to this site and find UNESCO’s lengthy list of water-related websites from around the world.

    United Nations University International Network on Water, Environment and Health.   The International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU/INWEH) was created by the U.N. University Governing Council in 1996 with core funding provided by the Government of Canada to strengthen water management capacity, particularly of developing countries, and to provide on-the- ground project support. It is headquartered at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  U.S. Water Use; Get more information on United States water use estimates and water use trends from U.S. Geological Survey’s 1995 report. (The 2000 report is due out shortly.)

  Water Aid;  WaterAid is the UK's only major charity dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

  The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is an umbrella organization for global water-related scientific activities initiated in Stockholm.  SIWI is sponsoring this year's World Water Week symposium.

  The World Bank supports a far-reaching program in water management.  This site serves as a central organizing point for water as a cross-cutting issue throughout the World Bank.  It addresses water as a resource in its many dimensions, serves to assess and disseminate emerging lessons and shared experiences, to publicize policies and guidelines, facilitate cooperation on water issues and to address issues of knowledge generation, management, and enhancing skills. Learn more about Water Resources Management and the World Bank.

   LakeNet is a global network of more than 900 people and organizations in 90+ countries working for the conservation and sustainable management of lakes.  The LAKENET Secretariat is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together people and solutions to protect and restore the health of the world's lakes.

   The mission of the Global Water Partnership is to "support countries in the sustainable management of their water resources."  GWP objectives are to:

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We will add new sites as they are discovered.  To help us spread the word please send suggestions to LakeMerced@aol.com.