Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands

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November 27, 2019 Policy matters this week
An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
October 24, 2019 An intern with Watershed Organisation Trust narrates his field experience from the villages of Madhya Pradesh, where farmers are using farm ponds to conserve water.
A farm pond constructed by Sheshrao Dhurve in Karaghat Kamti village of Madhya Pradesh
October 18, 2019 A study using remote sensing techniques assesses significant changes in land use in Loktak lake.
A home on Loktak lake in Moirang, Manipur (Image: Sharada Prasad CS, Wikipedia Commons)
The unsung women fishers of Wular lake
Fisherwomen’s experiences and perspectives about their livelihoods based on the Wular lake. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 week 6 days ago

Nestled in the north Kashmir region is Wular lake, India’s largest freshwater lake or wetland.

The survival of many fisher households living nearby is entirely dependent on Wular lake. (Image: Manju Rawat)
Study using geo-tagged bottles unravels plastic pollution
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month ago

Plastic pollution can travel thousands of kilometres in just a few months, finds new study using geo-tagged bottles

Plastic pollution by a river (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
World Toilet Day 2020: Safe fecal disposal key to sustainable sanitation
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

UN emphasises the need for safe faecal disposal this WTD2020

Fecal sludge management key to safe sanitation (Source: CS Sharada Prasad)
India now has 41 Ramsar sites, with two more wetlands added to the list
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Two more wetlands added to Ramsar sites

Lonar Sarovar lake Maharastra (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
No improvement in the water quality of the Ganga during lockdown: CPCB
News this week Swati Bansal posted 3 months 1 week ago

Water quality of Ganga river remained grim during lockdown: CPCB

Ganga river at Kachla, Uttar Pradesh. (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan a low impact, high expenditure scheme: CAG
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan had a low impact in making Maharashtra drought free: CAG

Deepening work in progress under the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (Source: Ravindra Pomane)
Overexploitation of groundwater highest in Punjab: Government
News this week Swati Bansal posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Punjab no.1 in overexploitation of groundwater 

Overexploitation of groundwater highest in Punjab (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Farm ponds need pondering
While farm ponds have often been depicted as magic wands to deal with water scarcity, experiences in Maharashtra show otherwise. aartikelkar posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Agriculture and inefficient water use in India

Farm ponds, often touted as magic wands to tackle water scarcity, have raised a number of concerns (Image Source: Ninad Sargar)
Next phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban to focus on water treatment
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban: Next phase to focus on water treatment and toilet waste disposal

Next phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban to focus on water treatment (Image source: India Water Portal)
Banking on rainwater harvesting
National Water Mission’s campaign aims at creating rainwater harvesting structures in various parts of India. Amita Bhaduri posted 5 months ago

National Water Mission’s (NWM) has launched a campaign ‘Catch the rain’ on a pan India basis to nudge the states and stakeholders to create appropriate rainwater harvesting structures (RWHS) suitable to the climatic conditions and sub-soil strata before the onset of monsoon.

As a part of the campaign, work is being done on various interventions such as water for productive use, improving irrigation practices, creating water recharge structures (Image: Pikist)