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PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS

The Rio Grande and the Ganges Rivers:
How Human 'Success' is Choking the Life
out of Two Great River-Spirits
By Jules Simon

The Rio Grande at Big Bend National Park, USA after it receives the gift of new water from the Rio Conchos, Mexico.

LIFE ON THE RIVER, by the river and from
the river; many of the changes in my life
have come about with rivers that have helped
to form my spirit. I was blessed to grow up
on the banks of the Delaware River in the
northeastern United States; having learned
to swim, fish and enjoy the refreshing and
nourishing gifts which that river bestows
on those who live in its vicinity. I then lived
on the Neckar River in southwest Germany
and learned that people all over the world are
blessed with similar sorts of nourishing river
experiences. And in the case of the Delaware
and Neckar rivers, I also learned how and

why people take care of their rivers as those
rivers have become cleaner and healthier in
the past four decades.
After leaving Germany and the northeast
United States, I came to dwell for many
years in the Rio Grande valley - first in Las
Cruces, New Mexico and then in El Paso,
Texas - and always within walking, riding or
easy driving distance from the intermittent
flow of the once-mighty Rio Grande. It
was, and still is, one of the great rivers of
this Earth, shared by the United States and
Mexico as both source for irrigation and
groundwater for drinking and as a national

border. The Rio Grande begins from streams
at the foot of Canby Mountain in Colorado
and then passes through the high Chihuahua
desert regions of New Mexico and West
Texas, as well as the states of Chihuahua and
Coahuila in Mexico, and then meanders
through the sub-tropical plains of South
Texas and the states of Nuevo Leon and
Tamaulipas in Mexico. I have lived with and
from this contested river for over 20 years.
Like so many other rivers, humans were
drawn to the banks of the Rio Grande as long
ago as 1500 BCE, and have been 'farming'
from its waters ever since. This led to pueblos
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017

President’s Message
Growing Up…with Managed Aquifer Recharge
Aquifer Storage and Recovery as Means to
The Regulatory Environment of Managed
The ASCE-EWRI Standard Guidelines
Managed Aquifer Recharge:
Managed Aquifer Recharge: A Global Perspective
What’s Up with Water? Sisyphus, Heraclitus and WOTUS
The New Economics of Water: Reducing CO2 Emissions in the Bay Delta Could Reverse Erosion
Domestic Well Aquifer Storage and Recovery Using Seasonal Springs
Philosophy and Ethics: The Rio Grande and the Ganges Rivers: How Human ‘Success’ is Choking the Life out of Two Great River-Spirits
ASR: Aquifer Storage Rescues a Small Water Supply District
Putting Aquifers to Work: MAR Applications in Nutrient Removal
Summer Conference Recap
Harvesting Glacial Meltwater with Managed Aquifer Recharge
AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
In Memoriam: Peter E. Black
Herbert Scholarship Award Recipients for 2017-2018 Announced
August JAWRA Highlights
2017-2018 Editorial Calendar
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - intro
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - cover1
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - cover2
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 3
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 4
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - President’s Message
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Growing Up…with Managed Aquifer Recharge
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 7
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Aquifer Storage and Recovery as Means to
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 9
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 10
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - The Regulatory Environment of Managed
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 12
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 13
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - The ASCE-EWRI Standard Guidelines
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 15
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 16
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Managed Aquifer Recharge:
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 18
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 19
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Managed Aquifer Recharge: A Global Perspective
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 21
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 22
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 23
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 24
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 25
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 26
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 27
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 28
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 29
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - What’s Up with Water? Sisyphus, Heraclitus and WOTUS
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 31
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - The New Economics of Water: Reducing CO2 Emissions in the Bay Delta Could Reverse Erosion
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Philosophy and Ethics: The Rio Grande and the Ganges Rivers: How Human ‘Success’ is Choking the Life out of Two Great River-Spirits
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - ASR: Aquifer Storage Rescues a Small Water Supply District
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 35
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Summer Conference Recap
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 37
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - In Memoriam: Peter E. Black
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - Herbert Scholarship Award Recipients for 2017-2018 Announced
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 41
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - 2017-2018 Editorial Calendar
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - cover3
Water Resources - IMPACT - September 2017 - cover4
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