"Blue Revolution" of Water Research and Innovation Is Underway
The important role that water plays in California today and the battles over its usage are a harbinger of the issues other states and countries will face in the near future. Water is needed for residential use as well as in business, and in agricultural-rich California the water requirements for crop irrigation makes it even more important. So the desire to use water wisely is on the minds of everyone in California, and will continue to be even more so in the future.
A “Blue Revolution” Being Urged by Major Research Universities
As reported by National Geographic, three research universities -- including one in California -- are focusing their attention on water issues and asking tough questions about the best use of water and innovative methods and equipment to use it more wisely. The three universities are:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is about to begin a two-year campus-wide focus on water issues
- Michigan State University, which sits in the midst of the Great Lakes and is one of the most water wealthy areas in the U.S., and has more than 100 faculty members working on water issues and their own Water Sciences Center
- California State University at Fresno. Sitting in the middle of the Central Valley -- the most productive agricultural region in the world -- the university farms hundreds of acres of its own land in addition being home to the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT). The center is a test-bed for independent research and new technologies. In addition to the approximately 120 local companies with water-related interests, many in the valley are now calling this part of California the “Blue Tech Valley”. The university’s commitment to water research is growing even greater as it looks into the future and plans to add eight (8) new faculty positions over the next 2 years dedicated to water technology and water research. Their stated goal is to make Blue Tech Valley the Silicon Valley of water technology.
$1,000 Scholarships To Reward Water Study and Innovation
To aid in this push towards increased research and study in the field of water usage, two Blue Tech Valley companies -- the Claude Laval Corporation (LAKOS) and Laval Underground Surveys -- encourage today’s youth to strive for new water innovations by awarding two scholarships to students planning to work in this field.
Every year, two college students are each awarded $1,000 towards their education to study in some kind of a water related field. The Ben Everson Scholarships are named in honor of Ben Everson, a long time employee of both companies who personified the value of hard work, dedication, and belief in the future promise of America’s youth. Successful candidates for the scholarship must be part of a family with experience in the groundwater or irrigation industry.
Apply Before July 1st
The deadline to apply for this year’s scholarship is July 1st, 2012. Winners will be notified by August 1st. To apply for the scholarship, visit beneversonscholarship.com.