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The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resource base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving by disciplines representing engineering, design, and the biological, physical and social sciences.

The mission of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation is to advance the application of science in decision-making, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and educate policymakers and the public on managing and conserving renewable natural resources.

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State Water Agency Practices for Climate Adaptation

1State water agencies across the country are starting to integrate climate change considerations into the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act programs they administer.

Short descriptions have been developed of innovative practices that state water agencies are currently implementing to reduce their vulnerability to climate-related impacts and to build resilience to climate change. These select state practices can serve as useful models for other state agencies seeking to make water programs more resilient to climate change. In addition, water resource planners and decision-makers from local and tribal governments and other entities may find these practices helpful. 

The practices described are the result of a collaborative effort by the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), and the EPA Office of Water to...

Read more about state water agency practices for climate adaptation on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.


Renewable Resources Journal
Volume 30 Number 2

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An Assessment of Aquifer Water Quality
About 80 billion gallons of water is pumped from U.S. aquifers daily. Groundwater provides one-third of the water that is pumped by public supply systems to provide the water used in homes, schools, and businesses in cities and towns. Overall, about 130 million people currently get their drinking water from groundwater. Identifying trends in groundwater quality and investigating their causes is essential to helping water managers prepare for the future. This article discusses the various contaminants in groundwater that have human-health and ecological consequences.

Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity
The rate of ocean acidification that we have experienced since pre-industrial times and its projected continuation are potentially unparalleled in the last 300 million years of Earth’s history. As such, current ocean acidification represents a new and unprecedented chapter of marine ecosystem change that seems very likely to have a significant impact on marine species and ecosystems, various industries and communities, and global food security. This article provides an overview of the most up-to-date information on the impacts of ocean acidification on biodiversity. 

Deforestation Fronts
Deforestation is driven by demand for food, fuel, and fiber; pollution; human-induced disturbances; and invasive species, among other factors. This degradation leads to ecologically simplified, less resilient, and less productive forests. This article highlights three deforestation fronts—the Amazon, the Congo Basin, and the Greater Mekong—to illustrate the state and drivers of deforestation. Reversing deforestation fronts will require measures to remedy the fundamental market and governance failures that drive poor land-use choices and practices.


2016 Award Winners Announced


RNRF's 2016 Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment took place in Washington, DC on December 6-7, 2016.

The congress website can be accessed here. A congress report is being prepared.


For 50 years, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has safeguarded natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage. After allowing funding for the program to expire on September 30, 2015, Congress issued a three-year reauthorization of the fund on December 16, 2015. The program will be funded at $450 million in 2016, a 50% increase over 2015 funding levels. Click here for more information about this valuable program.

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