1) More people than ever have access to safe drinking water, but a lag in access to sanitation has stunted the health benefits from this achievement. 

2) Good news from California – El Niño related precipitation in the coming months may help to alleviate some of the drought stricken areas.

3) Groundwater is being used to grow grains for almost 20% of the cereal in the US.

4) The spotting of two sharks off Long Island beach caused swimmers to be called out of the water on Thursday.

5)  MWH Global has been awarded the contract for the modernization of the Salto Grande hydro plant and the contract to serve as the detail designers for the Nestor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic facilities in Argentina.

(Photo: Kristen Brastad, taken at the Silfra fissure in Iceland)