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Maps

Water Information Management System (WIMS)

Published:
December 31, 2022
Source:
UNEP
Author:
United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health

The open-source data portal WIMS is under way as a part of the CReW+ project. It will include water-related data, including spatial information and apps, to inform water sector stakeholders and national decision-makers in the Caribbean.

Publications

Investing in Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems for Equity and Sustainability

Published:
August 1, 2022
Source:
Environmental Policy Innovation Center
Author:
Calabretta, Cunningham, Vedachalam
Briefs

Public Health & Wastewater Pollution

Published:
July 29, 2022
Source:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Briefs

Social Equity & Wastewater Pollution

Published:
July 29, 2022
Source:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Briefs

Nature-Based Solutions for Wastewater Treatment

Published:
July 29, 2022
Source:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Briefs

Resource Recovery from Domestic Wastewater

Published:
July 29, 2022
Source:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance
In the news

A Baltimore river is so full of fecal matter it has been deemed unsafe for ‘any human contact’: report

Published:
April 23, 2022
Source:
PennLive.com - The Patriot-News
Author:
Brian Linder
Webinars

Ocean Sewage Series: Climate Tradeoffs of Wastewater Management Strategies

Published:
April 20, 2022
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
In the news

Backed-up pipes, stinky yards: Climate change is wrecking septic tanks

Published:
April 12, 2022
Source:
Washington Post
Author:
Jim Morrison
In the news

Pharmaceutical water pollution detected deep in the Brazilian Amazon

Published:
March 21, 2022
Source:
Mongabay
Author:
Jenny Gonzales
Videos & podcasts

Stop Sewage Pollution!

Published:
March 1, 2022
Source:
Surfrider Foundation
Author:

Cliff Kapono, Mara Dias, Terry Gibson, Don Fujiyama, Ian Masterson, Lauren Blickley,

In the news

Caffeine: Emerging contaminant of global rivers and coastal waters

Published:
February 22, 2022
Source:
Mongabay
Author:
Sean Mowbray
Videos & podcasts

Interview with Dr Stephanie Wear

Published:
February 22, 2022
Source:
Get Flushed
Author:

Dr. Stephanie Wear

Publications

The urine revolution: how recycling pee could help to save the world

Published:
February 9, 2022
Source:
Nature
Author:
Wald
Publications

Implications of bacterial mineralisation in aquatic ecosystem response models

Published:
February 1, 2022
Source:
Science Direct
Author:
Ruprecht et al.
In the news

Innovative sewage solutions: Tackling the global human waste problem

Published:
January 25, 2022
Source:
Mongabay
Author:
Sean Mowbray
In the news

Using sewage as a resource could prevent spills in the future

Published:
January 4, 2022
Source:
Long Beach Post
Author:
Jackie Rae
Courses & learning

Water Warriors training program

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
Adopt A River
Author:
Adopt A River Programme
Courses & learning

Free training in water, sanitation and capacity building

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
GEF CReW+ Academy
Author:
GEF CReW+
Databases

The Conservation Planning Database

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
JCU eResearch Center
Author:
The Conservation Planning Group
Publications

Managing Watersheds for Coral Reefs and Public Health

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
UNEP
Author:
UNEP/WCS/Vibrant Oceans Initiative/UQueensland/UC-Irvine
Publications

Pharmaceutical pollution of the world’s rivers

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
PNAS
Author:
Wilkinson et al.
In the news

The thick of it: Delving into the neglected global impacts of human waste

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
Mongabay
Author:
Sean Mowbray
Tools

Coral Reef Alliance-Clean Water Toolkit

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
Coral Reef Alliance
Author:

A guide to help nonprofit organizations and community groups interested in transitioning away from cesspools to improved wastewater treatment. The guide provides a high-level “lay of the land” for cesspool transition and remediation.

Videos & podcasts

CEPUNEP YouTube Channel

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
Caribbean Environment Programme - UNEP
Author:
Case studies

Puakō Research & Resources

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
Coral Reef Alliance
Author:

Along the Puakō coastline in Hawaii, hundreds of inadequate wastewater treatment systems are releasing sewage into the marine environment. The Coral Reef Alliance partnered with the local community to begin transitioning to improved wastewater treatment.

Publications

State of Hawaii Cesspool Conversion Working Group Reports

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
State of Hawaii
Author:
Maps

HydroSHEDS

Published:
January 1, 2022
Source:
World Wildlife Fund US
Author:

Free database of global digital data layers to support hydro-ecological research. The data product HydroWASTE has spatial information on 58K+ wastewater treatment plants and their characteristics, including effluent flow estimates from outfall locations.

Maps

A global map of human pressures on tropical coral reefs

Published:
December 21, 2021
Source:
Society for Conservation Biology
Author:
Marco Andrello,Emily S. Darling,Amelia Wenger,Andrés F. Suárez-Castro,Sharla Gelfand,Gabby N. Ahmadia

Authors map six human (non climatic) pressures on coral reefs using the latest quantitative data on fishing, water pollution (nitrogen and sediments), coastal population, industrial development, and tourism.

Publications

A global map of human pressures on tropical coral reefs

Published:
December 21, 2021
Source:
Wiley
Author:
Andrello et al.
In the news

A Global Map of Human Sewage in Coastal Ecosystems

Published:
December 3, 2021
Source:
Eos: Science News by AGU
Author:
Katherine Kornei
In the news

The Planet Has a Human Poop Problem

Published:
November 28, 2021
Source:
Slate
Author:
Lina Zeldovich
Videos & podcasts

Conducting Critical Research in Conservation Focused on Sewage Pollution

Published:
November 15, 2021
Source:
People Behind the Science
Author:

Dr. Stephanie Wear

Maps

Mapping global inputs and impacts from human sewage in coastal ecosystems

Published:
November 10, 2021
Source:
PLOS ONE
Author:
Cascade Tuholske ,Benjamin S. Halpern ,Gordon Blasco,Juan Carlos Villasenor,Melanie Frazier,Kelly Caylor

Authors use a new high-resolution geospatial model to measure and map nitrogen (N) and pathogen—fecal indicator organisms (FIO)—inputs from human sewage for ~135,000 watersheds globally.

Publications

Mapping global inputs and impacts from of human sewage in coastal ecosystems

Published:
November 10, 2021
Source:
Public Library of Science
Author:
Tuholske et al.
Publications

Fertilizer demand and potential supply through nutrient recovery from organic waste digestate in California

Published:
November 1, 2021
Source:
Elsevier
Author:
Orner, K.D., Smith, S.J., Breunig, H.M., Scown, C.D., and Nelson, K.L.
Courses & learning

Wastewater Pollution Online Course

Published:
November 1, 2021
Source:
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

The Wastewater Pollution Online Course is designed to help marine managers understand how wastewater pollution threatens ocean and human health and what strategies and solutions are available to mitigate wastewater pollution in the ocean.

Webinars

Ocean Sewage Series: Solutions for Wastewater Pollution Video Podcast

Published:
October 4, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Databases

IOC Ocean Data and Information System "Catalogue of Sources"

Published:
September 9, 2021
Source:
IOC
Author:
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
In the news

When Environmental Racism Causes a Hygienic Hell

Published:
August 25, 2021
Source:
NYT
Author:
Catherine Flowers and Mitchell Bernard
Case studies

Long Island, NY: Water quality

Published:
August 20, 2021
Source:
A Practitioner's Guide to Ocean Wastewater Pollution
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance

pg. 58-59

Case studies

Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico

Published:
August 20, 2021
Source:
A Practitioner's Guide to Ocean Wastewater Pollution
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance

pg. 59-61

Publications

A Practitioner's Guide for Ocean Wastewater Pollution

Published:
August 20, 2021
Source:
Author:
Ocean Sewage Alliance

A collaborative effort among the OSA partners, "A Practitioner's Guide for Ocean Wastewater Pollution" introduces the ocean wastewater problem to individuals new to this issue, especially marine conservationists and natural resource managers. It explains how wastewater pollution has serious repercussions on ecological health and human well-being, as well as its interactions with climate change. Not only does the guide build the case for action, it also explains the need for cross-sector collaboration, discusses the policy component, explores emerging technologies and solutions, identifies future needs in the solution space, and provides a crash course on sanitation.

Publications

Nature Based Solutions for Wastewater Treatment

Published:
August 15, 2021
Source:
The International Water Association Publishing
Author:
Videos & podcasts

WISH Fiji: Building resilient watersheds and healthy communities in the Pacific

Published:
July 16, 2021
Source:
Contain This: The Latest in Global Health Security
Author:

Dr. Aaron Jenkins, Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai, and Suli Batikawai

Tools

WAI-Potty Portal: Cesspool information for homeowners

Published:
July 15, 2021
Source:
Wastewater Alternatives & Innovations
Author:

Interactive tools and info to learn about cesspool problems and solutions in Hawaii

Databases

UNICEF Sanitation

Published:
July 1, 2021
Source:
UNICEF
Author:
UNICEF
Videos & podcasts

Our #2 Problem

Published:
July 1, 2021
Source:
Today Explained by Vox (infrastructure theme week)
Author:

Chelsea Wald, Science Writer

Videos & podcasts

The Science of Sewage in the Marine Environment (click the three dots menu for password)

Published:
July 1, 2021
Source:
ELAW Marine Working Group
Author:

Password: 856308

Videos & podcasts

Global Sanitation & Transforming The Toilet

Published:
June 30, 2021
Source:
NPR Fresh Air
Author:

Chelsea Wald, Science Writer

Case studies

Tanzania – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
June 2, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Jacqueline Thomas

Reducing Environmental Pollution Using Decentralized Sanitation Solutions for On-Site Latrines in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Courses & learning

Wastewater Pollution Toolkit

Published:
June 1, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network
Case studies

Cambodia and Myanmar – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
May 21, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Sanitation in Challenging Environments: The HandyPod

Case studies

Fiji – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
May 21, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Application of Innovative Wastewater Technology in Fiji

Case studies

Dominican Republic – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
May 21, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Constructed Wetlands in the Dominican Republic

Webinars

Ocean Sewage Series: Applying Behavioral Insights to Sewage Pollution

Published:
May 19, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Publications

The impacts of waste dumping in Lake Malawi

Published:
May 7, 2021
Source:
Taylor & Francis
Author:
Tsuro
In the news

New Global Collaboration to Tackle Impacts of Wastewater Pollution on the World’s Coral Reefs

Published:
May 6, 2021
Source:
Wildlife Conservation Society Newsroom
Author:
Wildlife Conservation Society
Publications

Improving life cycle economic and environmental sustainability of animal manure management in marginalized farming communities through resource recovery.

Published:
May 4, 2021
Source:
Mary Anne Liebert, Inc Publishers
Author:
*Orner, K.D., *Cornejo, P. Rojas Camacho, D., Alvarez, M., and Camacho-Céspedes, F
Videos & podcasts

Wasted Water: The Impact of Human Waste on Marine Environments

Published:
April 19, 2021
Source:
Blue Earth
Author:

Dr. Stephanie Wear and Richard E. Hyman

Case studies

Hawai'i: Detecting and Addressing Sewage Pollution

Published:
April 10, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Detecting and Addressing Sewage Pollution

Case studies

Honduras – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
April 10, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Sanitation Best Management Practices in West End, Honduras

Case studies

Sewage in Hawaiʻi: Land-Based Pollution

Published:
April 9, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Sewage in Hawaiʻi: Land-Based Pollution

Case studies

New York – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
April 9, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Tackling Nitrogen Pollution

In the news

A healthier world through water: Interview with Dr. Stephanie Wear

Published:
April 7, 2021
Source:
SIWI
Author:
José Pablo Murillo
In the news

The rivers that 'breathe' greenhouse gases

Published:
March 23, 2021
Source:
BBC Future Planet
Author:
Matthew Keegan
In the news

Sewage sells: The unexpected value of wastewater

Published:
March 22, 2021
Source:
La Republica
Author:
UN Environment Programme
In the news

(Spanish) Las aguas residuales venden

Published:
March 22, 2021
Source:
UNEP Blog
Author:
Bärbel Schwaiger
Publications

Holistically managing pathogens and nutrients in urbanizing tropical towns: Can sanitation technologies create safer conditions for beach recreation?

Published:
March 15, 2021
Source:
ACS Publications
Author:
*Orner, K.D., *Symonds, E., Madrigal-Solis, H., Orozco-Montoya, R., Fonseca-Sanchez, A., Verbyla, M., and Cairns, M.
In the news

Flush it and forget it? Three things to know about sewage pollution

Published:
March 12, 2021
Source:
The Nature Conservancy
Author:
Stephanie Wear
Case studies

California – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
March 11, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Orange County Groundwater Replenishment

Publications

Detection of untreated sewage discharges to watercourses using machine learning

Published:
March 11, 2021
Source:
Nature
Author:
Hammond et al.
Case studies

Puerto Rico – Wastewater Pollution

Published:
March 9, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Reef Resilience Network

Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico Rain Garden

Maps

Sewage pollution, declining ecosystem health, and cross-sector collaboration

Published:
March 1, 2021
Source:
Biological Conservation
Author:
Stephanie L. Wear, Vicenç Acuña, Rob McDonald, Carme Font

Authors show many large areas (10,000's of km2) across the globe with high levels of sewage contamination and that contamination hotspots overlap extensively in occurrence with coral reefs, salt marshes, and fish-rich river systems.

Maps

Ocean Data Viewer

Published:
March 1, 2021
Source:
UN WCMC
Author:
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Data repository shown in map layers searchable by date, category, format, data type, and geographical range.

Webinars

Ocean Sewage Series: Sewage Mitigations Projects from Around the World

Published:
March 1, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Publications

Case study for analyzing nutrient-management technologies at three scales within a sewershed

Published:
February 4, 2021
Source:
Taylor & Francis
Author:
Orner, K.D., Tsegaye, S., Kassouf, H., Rathore, K., Sunol, A., and Cunningham, J.A.
Databases

Curated set of Creative Commons photos

Published:
February 1, 2021
Source:
Reef Resilience Network
Author:
Refer to each photo
In the news

Tackling integrated water and wastewater through innovation in the Wider Caribbean Region

Published:
January 14, 2021
Source:
UNEP Blog
Author:
UN Environment Programme