CGWB signs MoU for participatory groundwater management
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 1 month ago

MoU signed for groundwater management through community intervention

An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Manual scavenging persists in India due to weak enforcement of laws
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 2 months ago

Manual scavenging still prevails in India thanks to weak laws, says study

Cyclone Bulbul devastates West Bengal and Odisha
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 2 months ago

Cyclone Bulbul causes devastation in West Bengal and Odisha

A cyclonic storm that hit India in 2016. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Is it worth the salt?
Unregulated salt production near Sambhar lake is not just causing health problems among salt workers, it is also depleting groundwater and ruining the ecosystem of the wetland. Amita Bhaduri posted 4 years 1 month ago

The fields are silvery white with raw salt crusts in the vicinity of Nawa, a small town on the northwestern banks of Sambhar lake, India’s largest inland lake. Nawa lies about 90 kilometres east of Jaipur. Also an extensive saline wetland and a Ramsar site, the blinding white salt flats stretch as far as one can see.

Ramachander Singh, a salt worker who has been raking salt for decades now at this salt pan or kyari dotting the lake bed of Sambhar, Rajasthan.
Wild species get extinct in Keoladeo
Changes in habitat is one of the reasons why many wild species have disappeared from the national park, say researchers. arathi posted 4 years 6 months ago

Over a span of five decades, eight mammal species have become locally extinct in Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, a study has revealed. 

Habitat keeps changing in the park leading to local extinction of wild species. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
2017 will have normal rains: IMD
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years 8 months ago

Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD

Rainfall in India (Source: India Water Portal via Varun Duta Gupta)
Wetlands in deep water
On the World Wetlands Day, save a thought for India’s Ramsar sites, most of them at various stages of deterioration. Swati Bansal posted 4 years 11 months ago

February 2 is observed as the World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. This year, the theme of the World Wetlands Day is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Deepor Beel in Assam (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
NGT cancels illegal salt pans in Sambhar Lake
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 1 month ago

Good news for Sambhar Salt Lake

Sambhar Lake, India's largest salt lake. (Source: IWP's Flickr photos)
Water, water, everywhere
Despite the many beautiful lakes, Udaipur’s water crisis is baffling. Increasing tourism and pollution make the city dependent on external sources for water supply. Manu Moudgil posted 5 years 4 months ago

The city of Udaipur is all about its lakes. If Pichola gets the maximum tourist footfall, the scenic beauty of Fateh Sagar invites solitude lovers. The Udai Sagar lake in the east, which remained the first line of defence for the city, now meets the industrial need for water. 

Pichola lake attracts maximum tourists.
Udaipur's water threatened by India's largest reserve of phosphate
Pollution from the Jhamarkotra mines poses a threat to waters near and far, and also causes severe health issues in the miners. Why is there no post facto environment impact assessment? Amita Bhaduri posted 6 years 7 months ago

Huddled in the Aravali range in the southern part of Rajasthan about 26 km from Udaipur, is the largest reserve of phosphate in India.

Piles of overburden (waste) dumped near the mine pits of Jhamarkotra