Posts Tagged ‘Water’

06/18/2015

Groundwater Basins Rapidly Being Depleted

About one third of Earth’s largest groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted by human consumption, despite having little accurate data about how much water remains in them, according to two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites.  This. . .

06/17/2015

Expanding Greywater Use

If just one in ten Southern Californians were to install a greywater system in their home, the state would conserve as much potable water as it expects to generate through the massive $1 billion desalination plant that is about to come online in San Diego County.  So why aren’t more state and local. . .

06/15/2015

New Water Cutbacks For Farmers In CA

Drought-stricken California ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights.  State water officials told more than a hundred senior rights holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds to stop pumping from those waterways.  The move by the State Water Resources. . .

06/11/2015

U.S. Installs First Wave Energy Device

The first wave energy device in North American waters started feeding renewable electricity to a Marine Corps base in Hawaii last week.  In coordination with the U.S. Navy, Northwest Energy Innovations and the Energy Department brought online a prototype of the Azura wave energy converter (WEC) device. The one-of-a-kind, wave. . .

06/02/2015

EPA Gets New Clean Water Powers

One-third of Americans receive water that is unregulated by the Clean Water Act. That’s a lot of people who are potentially drinking tainted water.  Fortunately, all that is about to change with the EPA’s new Waters of the United States rule, which was announced on Wednesday. Altogether, the EPA now has the authority. . .

06/01/2015

High Heat Accelerating CA Drought

Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.  Experiments with a hydrologic model for the. . .

05/29/2015

Poll Supports Water Conservation

An overwhelming majority of U.S. residents think the drought that has hit agriculture in the West will lead to increased food prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.  The poll, conducted May 18 to 22, also found strong support for certain water conservation efforts that might be aimed. . .

05/27/2015

Changing Ag Practices To Reduce Run-Off

The same spring rains that lessen producers’ concerns about drought can also lead to soil erosion and nutrient runoff.  Keeping soil and fertilizers where they belong, in the field, benefits producers and the environment.  No-till farming, cover crops and rotational grazing will help producers reduce surface runoff to improve soil and. . .

05/22/2015

CA Farmers Giving Up Some Water Rights

A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.  A senior water official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he would decide whether. . .

05/14/2015

New Study Raises Alarm Over Antartica Ice

A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves was settled this week with the publication of an international study in the journal The Cryosphere.  The Larsen C Ice Shelf — whose neighbors Larsen A and B, collapsed in 1995 and 2002 — is. . .

05/01/2015

Oregon To Try Crafting Home Brews From Waste Water

An Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.  The point of the contest is not to find Portland’s next trendy craft beer. Rather, it’s an effort to get people talking about how a. . .

04/15/2015

SoCal To Cut Water Deliveries By 15%

California’s largest water wholesalers moved forward this past Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.  If approved by the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on. . .

04/13/2015

How To Help CA During Their Drought

A little known industry fact is that a lot of the bottle water we drink around the U.S. comes from California.  The best way to help that state from the outside is to stop drinking their bottled water.  Huffington Post put together a great visual on where bottle water comes. . .

04/08/2015

Oregon Declares Drought Emergency

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels.  Continuing drought has caused “natural and economic disaster conditions” in Oregon’s Crook, Harney and Klamath counties, heightening. . .

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