Railway stations to be categorised based on wastewater generation
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 11 months ago

Railway stations to be classified based on wastewater generation

A wastewater treatment plant in Bengaluru (Image source: Vishwanath Srikantaiah)
In Memoriam: A Tribute to Our Dear Friend Latha Anantha
The passing of Latha Anantha, a true crusader and champion for rivers, leaves a void in the water sector. The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India pays tribute to her. priyad posted 3 years 5 months ago

Latha, well known environmental activist and researcher from Kerala, is no more with us physically. Though many of us knew that she was battling with cancer for the last 3-4 years, closely following her ups and downs and also knowing that over the last two weeks or so her health was steadily deteriorating, the question still comes up time and again, why was she taken away from us so early?

Noted river activist Latha Anantha passed away on Thursday after battling cancer for more than three years. She was 51. (Photo credit Latha Anantha Facebook)
Agriculture Ministry renamed by Prime Minister Modi
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 8 months ago

This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished 

Agriculture fields in Uttarakhand (Source: India Water Portal Flickr Photos)
The Chalakudy river system wins
Latha Anantha was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman for spearheading the campaign to save the Chalakudy river in Kerala, at the recently concluded India Rivers Week. Amita Bhaduri posted 6 years 5 months ago

Latha Anantha of the Chalakudy Puzha Samrakshana Samiti (Chalakudy River Protection Forum) was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman at the recently concluded India Rivers Week for her commendable work on safeguarding the integrity of the Chalakudy river in Kerala.

Latha Anantha (Source: Latha)
Call for participation in the training program on 'Understanding Water and Water Resources Management: Issues, Struggles and Solutions', Water Conflicts Forum and Sambhaavnaa Institute, Himachal Pradesh
The training program is specially designed for young people who wish to work or are working on water related issues, and want to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding about water. Swati Bansal posted 7 years ago

Theme of the training program: The theme of the workshop will focus on the crises around water and water resources management. It will highlight key issues of water as a common property resource – its exploitation, privatisation and the resulting impacts like conflicts around water and its access for the common people.

Understanding Water & Water Resources Management
Athirapilly falls under threat
Another proposed power project blurs the lines between cost to environment and need for development. Will it ever cease to be a dichotomy and become a win-win situation for both? Amita Bhaduri posted 7 years 5 months ago

Athirappilly falls is situated 70 km from Kochi city in Kerala's Thrissur district. The 80 ft high falls is a part of the Chalakudy River and originates in the upper reaches of the Sholayar ranges in the Western Ghats. Lush greenery and little streams that cover the winding route up and down to the falls exhilarate and intimidate all at once.

Athirapilly waterfalls Source:Sangfroid, Wikimedia
Environmental monitoring programme on water quality in Kerala – A report by KSCSTE and CWRDM
Streams receive stress from sewage and organic effluents, as per this study. Amita Bhaduri posted 9 years 6 months ago

water samplingThis report by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) on water quality monitoring in Kerala covers all its forty four river basins. This is being done under the “Environmental Monitoring Programme on Water Quality” under which samples are being collected both from surface and groundwater sources.

Groundwater sampling stations were fixed after conducting a sanitary survey in the panchayats. Water Quality Information System is being developed using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to manage the water quality from point or non-point source of pollution.

In the first phase of the project, three river basins of Kerala viz. Kabbini, Periyar and Neyyar were monitored. The network was later expanded to basins such as Chaliyar, Kadalundi, Meenachil, Karamana, Anjarakandi, Pamba, Muvattupuzha, Bharatapuzha, and Chalakudy. 

River schools can make the future look bright - Parineeta Dandekar
Of all the positive elements and assets, the most important ally of our environment is the future generation. Chethan.S posted 10 years 2 months ago

Above - Children studying a map of the Chalakudy Basin. Photo - RRC.

Seeds of sustainability and sensitivity when sown at a young age, blossom into responsible individuals. And you need to be in touch with the land to sow those seeds. The Central and State Boards of Education in India have made Environmental Science a compulsory subject for schools and junior colleges (for all subjects). But Environmental Sciences is not to be studied in the classroom. In order to understand the erosion and deposition processes of a river, students need to visit a river bend in their city and in order to instil a lifelong aversion to plastic bags, a landfill and dumping grounds need to be seen.

Flaws in CWC database on Athirappilly project over Chalakudy river, Kerala revealed through RTI by Chalakudy River Protection Forum
The attached RTI filed to the Central Water Commission (CWC) regarding the river flow data of the Chalakudy river, reveals flaws in the river flow database. Gautham posted 10 years 3 months ago


Letter from Rajendra Singh to Jairam Ramesh to withdraw environmental clearance to Athirappilly project
Letter addressed to Jairam Ramesh by Rajendra SInghji on Athirappilly Issue when he visited the river and the dam site iwp posted 11 years 5 months ago

Please see the letter addressed to Jairam Ramesh by Rajendra SInghji on Athirappilly Issue when he visited the river and the dam site on the 8th December. To read the letter Click Here.