A Waterblogged.info holiday special: ten top waterblogs!


(Update: The blog Atlanta Water Shortage seems to have closed its doors. The url is now occupied by the web host and domain name sleazebags at Godaddy.com)

Welcome to Waterblogged.info’s gala holiday special, the really special thing being that we posted at all. Let’s just call our editorial team’s failure to post anything for over a week an intentional and carefully planned holiday hiatus and leave it at that.

And speaking of intention, let’s also point out that we mindfully wrote ten top waterblogs rather than top ten waterblogs, because we decided–with a humility uncharacteristic of other blognescenti–who the hell are we to decide what the top ten waterblogs are, anyway?

Atlanta Water Shortage
We’re sure that the Georgian responsible for AWS would love for nature to visit a gentle death blow to his straightforward chronicle of the Southeast drought, but his post today about the grim long-terms prospects for precipitation in the Southeast suggests that AWS won’t be closing its door for at least another year.

Also focused on the Southeast, WaterCrunch is described by its purveyor as a “not too detailed” look at water issues in the Southeastern United States and beyond. He also notes that it is more shake and bake than gloom and doom, which sounds funny but doesn’t make any sense upon close examination.

Absolutely essential for following the water ways of another water-challenged region, Southern California.

Coyote Gulch’s Colorado Water
An obvious focus on yet another water-anxious area, but it has a humongous list of geeky water resources.

Hydrologist Michael Campana’s blog, subheaded All things fresh water. A service of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University. Michael is a self-described water wonk, a real humanitarian, and, he notes either wryly or ruefully or both, a “frustrated writer and musician.” Aren’t we all, notes Waterblogged.info, with a healthy dose of wry and rue.

jfleck at inkstain
Though he doesn’t write exclusively or even mostly about water, journalist John Fleck is a self-defined waterblogger, and that’s good enough for us. Besides, he’s totally cool, and we owe him if only for linking to Joe Mathlete’s Marmaduke Explained. And, hey, we can put anyone we want on this list, because it’s our list.

Water for the Ages
It seems that most waterbloggers are nicer and more positive than the acerbic and pessimistic bunch over here at Waterblogged.info, where the glass of contaminated water is always half-empty. A case in point is Abigail, the creator of Water for the Ages, a fabulous, compassionate, and comprehensive site about global water issues.

Earth scientist Matthew Garcia’s blog is subtitled hydrology and water resources in the news and science media. Essential for the water-obsessed nerds out there.

Shaun McKinnon
Arizona Republic reporter McKinnon’s timely and well-written entries on current water issues. He calls his site Waterblogged, but so does this guy, for some reason not immediately apparent.

Great Lakes Water Wars
A well-researched site that warns us that if it can happen to the Aral Sea, it can happen to the Fab Five. (See our entry on the Aral Lake tragedy here and here.) This is not Peter Annin‘s site, by the way, but that of a concerned but kind of confused Michigan resident. He is, he states, “opposed to pop culture solutions forced on us by the selfish-best-interest political power of the proponents on either side of the debate.” We’re scratching our heads over that one here at Waterblogged.info, where we’re definitely on one side of the issue but aren’t at all familiar with any pop culture solutions, whatever that means.


6 Responses

  1. Hey, Jared,

    Thanks for the kind words. Where should I send the check?


  2. Hey, Jared!

    Thanks for the kind words. Where should I send the check?


  3. Our priggish editorial board doesn’t allow us to accept monetary gifts so just send the check to the Ann Campana Judge Foundation

  4. Yes, thanks, as well.

    There are so many great water web-logs in existence. It is always nice to learn of new ones for my own reading pleasure…

  5. Thanks for the link and the mention of the “geeky water resources.” We try.

    John Orr (Coyote Gulch)

  6. You forgot one;-)

    http://water-is-life.blogspot .com

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