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Urban waterbodies, treasure troves of biodiversity
A study on the Mula-Mutha river stretches in Pune reveals rich biodiversity with presence of a large number of freshwater invertebrate species, including a few reports to the region! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 hours 48 minutes ago

Rivers, lakes, ponds and streams – natural freshwater ecosystems are a precious resource, not only because freshwater is limited, but also because of the rich biodiversity they support and the valuable ecosystem services they provide.

Mula-Ram river confluence stretch at Aundh-Baner link road, Pune (Image Source: Jeevitnadi)
East Kolkata Wetlands – fast turning death traps for aquatic ecosystems?
Freshwater ecosystems in India are known to harbour rich biodiversity, but their health is being increasingly challenged in recent years. And the East Kolkata Wetlands are no exception! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 day 7 hours ago

While freshwater ecosystems in India are known to harbour rich biodiversity, their health is being increasingly challenged in recent years. And the East Kolkata Wetlands, one of the important Ramsar sites in India, and the largest wastewater fed aquaculture systems in the world that provide fish and support paddy and vegetable cultivation, are no exception.

Fishermen use wastewater from Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Toxic chemicals: A barrier to safe drinking water
Nonylphenol and its ethoxylates in drinking water: A health challenge Amita Bhaduri posted 3 days 1 hour ago

A drinking water quality, testing, monitoring and surveillance framework was released by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in March 2021 as a part of the government’s flagship Nal se Jal scheme.

Water treatment facilities are incapable of removing many chemical compounds and need to be upgraded (Image: PxHere)
Dealing with droughts
There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 days 1 hour ago

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a cou

India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Delhi Govt gets stricter in tackling Yamuna river pollution
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 3 days 2 hours ago

Yamuna pollution: Delhi Govt bans soaps and detergents not meeting latest BIS standards

Yamuna flows under (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
It is June, and 49 of 130 major reservoirs are brimming with water!
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 3 days ago

Even before the monsoon sets in, collective stock in 130 major reservoirs 27 percent of total capacity

Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Living with droughts
Special report on drought calls for new management approach Amita Bhaduri posted 5 days 6 hours ago

As per a Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Special Report on Drought 2021, released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UND

Drought resilience partnerships at the national and local levels will be critical to managing drought (Image: Pixabay; hbieser)
Tropical rainforests of the sea, under threat!
The World Ocean Day this year has come with a dire warning, of the threat posed to coral reefs, important for ocean health as well as the livelihoods of millions of people! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 week 2 days ago

Coral reefs are said to be one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth and harbour a wide range of animals and plant species.

Coral reefs in the Andaman Islands (Image Source: Ritiks via Wikimedia Commons)
Four north-western states and UTs to achieve 'Har Ghar Jal' status by 2022
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Centre to allocate Rs 8,216.25 crore for four north-western states and UTs under Jal Jeevan Mission

A woman climbs up a water tank to fetch water due to lack of access to pipe water connection (Image Source: India Water Portal Flickr Album)
Kerala top performer in Niti Aayog's SDG India Index 2020-21
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

NITI Aayog releases SDG India Index 2020-21, Kerala top performing state while Mizoram is the top gainer

View of lush green Kerala (Image source: ATREE via India Water Portal Flickr Album)