William Ferrel and Kelly Slater: let's move the ocean to Colorado River

What do Kelly Slater and William Ferrell have in common? They're trying to move the ocean to the wet part of the Colorado River Delta.

The problem is that Robert Redford, the Hollywood actor, believes there's an alternative way of raising small amounts of water in the Delta, in order to restore 2,300 acres of forest and marsh along a 70-mile stretch of river.

Redford's goal is to generate rural economic activities and job opportunities for local people, including river restoration, tourism, recreational hunting, and sport and commercial fisheries.

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Water: the gold of the future | Photo: Tim Geers

Americans use twice the amount of water they think they do, according to a study by Indiana University.

Results show that participants underestimated water use by a factor of two on average, with large underestimates for high water-use activities.

High numeracy scores, older age, and male sex were associated with more accurate perceptions of water use.

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Beach closed: no funding, no fun

The 2015 US federal budget proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Beach Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.

Surfers and swimmers will be left at risk of contracting waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, nausea, ear and eye infections and skin rashes, if beach programs run out of funds.

"Can you imagine if we no longer maintained food safety standards in the U.S.? That is what the Obama administration is proposing for our oceans," explains Chad Nelsen, environmental director at Surfrider Foundation.

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