Waterblogged.info’s first coloring contest (with prizes)!

Waterblogged.info thinks outside the lines

Waterblogged.info thinks outside the lines

A second-childhood vibe prevails at Waterblogged.info as we kick off our second century of posts. We’re once again all tingly with a childlike sense of awe about water and its wonders and–like the good kids we are–we want to share.

So, break out your crayolas, pastels, color pencils, oil paints, watercolors, gouache, egg tempera ( duh, not tempura, but food coloring of any ethnic variety is encouraged!) paintbrushes, q-tips, eyeliner pencils, airbrushes, paintball guns, or painting/drawing software and enter Waterblogged.info’s first coloring contest! You may even win a prize*!

The good people at the Groundwater Foundation (we’ll let them explain themselves) have created a Kids Corner chockablock with resources to bait-and-switch blissfully innocent children into learning about groundwater, water science, and conservation.

We downloaded their PDF of the water cycle coloring sheet, converted it to a jpeg, and uploaded it to the Waterblogged.info Coloring Contest Gallery!

How to Enter:

  1. Click on the coloring-sheet image or here to get there,
  2. Download the image,
  3. get all creative on it, (Analog methods like coloring with real crayons or paints obviously requires scanning. You could use an online image editor like Splashup.com, which looks like fun!)
  4. sign it, and
  5. finally, upload your masterpiece to the gallery by attaching it to an email message addressed to . (Sorry, encoded to avoid spambots. Replace “at” with @ and “dot” with “.”)
  6. Let us know you entered by leaving a comment on this post.

The first ten entrants will win a Water Cycle in a Bag that will somehow bear the Waterblogged.info logo! Our panel of water experts and art aficionados will pick a grand prize winner, upon whom we will bestow either a copy of the Groundwater Foundation’s Rainmakers: A Photographic Story of Center Pivots or Alternet.org editor Tara Lohan‘s recently published Water Conciousness.

We can imagine some stick-in-the-mud out there thinking, “Hey, Waterblogged.info, this all strikes me as kind of childish.” Hey, dude, it’s childlike, not childish, OK? So, nyaa-nyaa-nyaa-nyaa-nyaaaaaaa!

But if your inner child has run away from home and you insist on being all grown-up and uptight about the water cycle (and maybe want to impress your date by casually dropping hip hydrological terms like sublimation and streamflow), click on the image at left to go to the U.S. Geological Survey’s information-drenched Water Cycle page. You’ll be glad you did, and we’ll be glad that you’re not here spoiling our fun.

*Void where prohibited.

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Getting Serious with Waterblogged.info: groundwater

It’s Groundwater Day at Waterblogged.info! Surely not as much fun as Groundhog Day, but way more important.

Friends don't let friends let groundhogs drive.

Friends don't let friends let groundhogs drive.

Getting serious about groundwater is the way for you to move quickly up the ranks from water wanabee to water wonk, and essential for refining your wretched water table manners, as well.

If you’re thinking groundwater is just water in the ground and what’s all the fuss, go to the Wikipedia page on groundwater. Immediately. We’ll wait here. After you read it, you will know more about groundwater than 90 percent of the planet’s inhabitants. When you return, expand your knowledge with the multimedia extravaganza of groundwater information links that the good folks at Waterblogged.info have compiled, with a fevered and selfless sense of mission, just for you.

This is the first installment of part 3 of Waterblogged.info’‘s ever-expanding, increasingly essential, and someday award-winning Getting Serious with Waterblogged.info series. See top of right column for more. These links barely scratch the surface, but they will keep you busy and out of the bars for a long while, and we will add to and update them regularly. No, really, we will.

Sources from Wikipedia’s article on groundwater. Some are repeated below.

Expert speaking on groundwater at the California Colloquium on Water. Complete with exciting PowerPoint presentation! *See caveat below, in entry about Robert Glennon. From the YouTube summary:

A growing awareness of groundwater as a critical natural resource leads to some basic questions. How much groundwater do we have left? Are we running out? Where are groundwater resources most stressed? Where are they most available for future supply? This presentation discusses how the issues associated with groundwater depletion have evolved, what we know about the Nation’s groundwater reserves today, and approaches to improve upon that knowledge base at the regional and national scale.

A video about groundwater geography in India. Good introduction of the topic. http://thewaterchannel.tv/index.php?option=com_hwdvideoshare&task=viewvideo&Itemid=53&video_id=114

Groundwater is an essential part of the water cycle. Learn all about the water cycle at Waterblogged.info’s first annual summer film festival! Admittedly, some of the vids are included for the sake of eliciting hearty chuckles and LOL’s, but you’ll come away with a new appreciation of the water cycle as well as artistic license.

Groundwater Blog

The blog of the non-profit Groundwater Foundation

YouTube – California Colloquium on Water: Robert Glennon on the state of the U.S.’s groundwater

Robert Glennon is an expert on groundwater and the author of “Water Follies,” a grim survey of the current state of groundwater in the U.S. *Caveat: All of the Colloquium’s videos start with some nice lady talking about things that the attendees don’t really seem to care about–and that are obviously going to bore the crap out of Waterblogged.info’s easily distracted readers–-followed by a professorial type introducing the speaker in a truly lugubrious and overly effusive fashion. Skip that BS and go right to Glennon, a sparking and engaging speaker.

Groundwater. Basic information and diagrams from an Indian site. India has unique groundwater issues, but most of the information is pertinent to any region of the world.

The US Geological Survey Groundwater Resource

The U.S. Geological Survey provides an interactive map that links to 13 chapters which describe the ground-water resources of regional areas that collectively cover the 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Island

Resources suggested by ground water guru, Michael Campana

Groundwater Resources Association of California

Groundwater Protection Council


American Ground Water Trust

International Association of Hydrogeologists

Geological Society of America – Hydrogeology Division

EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

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