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  • Meat of the Matter: Long-predicted water crisis is here

    07/26/2015 8:30:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | July 22, 2015 | Dan Murphy
    It’s not just producers and farmers who are getting hit with rising costs and growing shortages of water. When it comes to H2O, everyone better get prepared to pay more and get less. In its long history, water has never been more precious, more controversial, more expensive or more essential to agriculture and commerce than it is right now. A symbol of purity in cosmetic ads, a stand-in for quality in beer ads, the poster boy for violence and destruction during floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, water is currently so scarce out West that it threatens to decimate the nation’s most...
  • ‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought

    06/17/2015 7:06:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    National Post ^ | June 17, 2015 | Todd C. Frankel, The Washington Post
    Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water. It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. ---snip--- ......groundwater reserves take thousands of years to accumulate and only slowly recharge with water from snowmelt and rains. Now, as drilling for water has taken off across the globe, the hidden water reservoirs are being stressed. Underground aquifers supply 35 percent of the water used by humans worldwide. Demand is even greater in times of drought. Rain-starved California is currently tapping aquifers for 60 percent of its water...
  • ‘Water Gandhi’ of India Turns Dust Bowls Into Lush Villages Using Ancient Ways

    04/25/2015 10:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Good News Network ^ | March 22, 2015 | Staff
    A $150,000 prize has been awarded to the “Water Gandhi of India” for his wildly successful work that turns abandoned, impoverished “dust bowls” into lush villages bustling with life again using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting. For teaching thousands of villagers in India’s most arid region how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize. 30 years ago, Singh went to the poverty-stricken state of Rajasthan with the aim of setting up health clinics. He was told by villagers, however, that their greatest...
  • California governor to propose $1B drought plan

    03/19/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 12:23 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders will propose more than $1 billion in drought-relief spending for California as it heads into a fourth dry year, according to a legislative staffer who has been briefed on the package. The staffer tells The Associated Press that the vast majority of the package to be announced Thursday accelerates spending that voters have already approved for water and flood projects, including last year’s $7.5 billion bond measure. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the staffer is not authorized to speak to the media. The package would provide immediate aid to communities...
  • New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on agriculture (w/video)

    09/18/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | Angela Hart
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic groundwater legislation Tuesday, imposing new rules in the Golden State that could limit how much water commercial and residential users are allowed to pump from underground aquifers — a move decades in the works, spurred this year by California’s drought. The new laws, which take effect in January, will require local government officials to ensure use of groundwater basins is sustainable, protecting underground reserves and averting other environmental damage. The regulations could have a ripple effect on thousands of farmers and ranchers across the North Coast.
  • Hetchy Hetchy Water Tunnel in Danger of 'Catastrophic' Collapse ( San Francisco )

    08/13/2014 10:57:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Breitbart .. San Francisco Chronicle, ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | William Bigelow
    a debate is emerging between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency over the potential disaster if the 89-year-old Mountain Tunnel, which supplies 2.6 million Bay Area homes and businesses with water, collapses. The PUC acknowledges that the tunnel does have a chance of "catastrophic collapse," which would require repairs costing $100 million or total replacement, costing up to $630 million. But the PUC’s 10-year-old 4.6 billion water system improvement program did not include the Mountain Tunnel in its plans. ... The risk right now is that the tunnel lining could...
  • Hetch Hetchy water tunnel in danger of 'catastrophic collapse'

    08/15/2014 3:24:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8-15-14 | Marisa Lagos
    Mountain Tunnel, a key part of the Hetch Hetchy water system - which supplies 2.6 million Bay Area residences and businesses - is at risk of a "catastrophic collapse" and will cost more than $100 million to repair or up to $630 million to replace, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. City officials have known for 25 years that significant work is needed on the 19-mile-long tunnel just outside Yosemite National Park in a steep, hard-to-access wilderness area. They considered making it part of the PUC's decade-old, $4.6 billion water system improvement program, which is now more than...
  • Obama's Ethanol Policies Have Scarred The Earth

    11/13/2013 4:01:11 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    After fomenting fears of fracking and fossil fuels, the administration's campaign to put food in our gas tanks has wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies. Ethanol was supposed to save the earth and pave the way to energy independence. It has done neither. We are getting closer to energy independence but it is thanks to the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has unleashed our vast reserves of oil and natural gas formerly trapped in shale formations underneath much of the U.S. Fracking was supposed to be environmentally dangerous, a...
  • Environmentalist-Funded Study Confirms Safety Of Fracking

    09/19/2013 6:22:18 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 19 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: A new study shows that little methane, a strong greenhouse gas that occurs naturally in ground water, is released into the atmosphere during hydraulic fracturing. So it must be OK to frack now. In the first "Gasland" movie, environmental activist Josh Fox trumpeted flaming water taps in a Colorado town as evidence of fracking-induced water contamination. In fact, the areas in question had reported naturally occurring methane in their water for decades. Whether naturally occurring or not, environmentalists claim that fracking would release huge amounts of what they consider the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas, far outweighing the value...
  • (Fracking & Obama) Drought-Stricken Kenya is Sitting on 250-Trillion Liters of Groundwater

    09/11/2013 7:16:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 11, 2013 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Drought-stricken Kenya is sitting on 250-trillion liters of groundwater With the world as thoroughly mapped and monitored as it is, it's easy to forget the Earth still harbors its fair share of secrets. Case in point: yesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that Kenya's drought-striken Turkana County sits, rather ironically, atop a staggeringly huge reserve of subterranean water. Following an extensive groundwater mapping project that incorporated satellite observations, seismic information and remote sensing, five vast aquifers have been identified hiding beneath the country's arid northern region. Preliminary estimates put the aquifers' contents at roughly 250-trillion liters...
  • DEP to AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn’t spread

    07/19/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 19, 2013 | Dan X. McGraw
    A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said. Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that...
  • Gas drilling taints groundwater

    06/29/2013 10:21:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Nature News ^ | 25 June 2013 | Jeff Tollefson
    Chemical analysis links methane in drinking wells to shale-gas extraction. As shale-gas operations expand across the United States, industry officials and environmentalists are at loggerheads over whether or not shale-gas extraction can contaminate groundwater. Now researchers have traced low levels of methane and other contaminants to a source of shale gas: the sprawling Marcellus Formation, which lies beneath much of New York state, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio (see ‘On tap’) . The study, led by researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, expands on an earlier analysis of drinking water in northeastern Pennsylvania, where energy companies have used...
  • Israel Prevents Environmental Catastrophe in Samaria

    02/04/2013 12:13:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | David Lev
    The Civil Authority and the IDF has cleared out 20,000 cubic tons of trash from an illegal Arab dump in Samaria, after ongoing appeals from an environmental organization. The Yarok Achshav (“Green Now”) group expressed its satisfaction at the resolution of the issue, preventing further damage to the environment by Arabs in the area. The site of the dump, near the Arab village of Kafr Duma, was situated right atop a well that tapped directly in into the large aquifer that runs under Samaria. As such, there was a strong danger that the groundwater throughout the entire region would have...
  • Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims

    12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    Wizbang Blog ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin
    Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality. Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light...
  • Japan: Groundwater flowing into Fukushima nuclear plant (200 to 500 tons)

    09/20/2011 3:57:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Groundwater flowing into Fukushima nuclear plant TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it suspects that 200 to 500 tons a day of groundwater might be flowing through pits and wall cracks into reactor and turbine buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The suspicion is based on the fact that a decline in water levels in these buildings has slowed down. "The suspected groundwater inflow is now unlikely to cause problems as the plant is capable of treating nearly 1,000 tons of radiation-contaminated water," said an official at the...
  • Japan: High level of strontium found at Fukushima plant(in groundwater)

    06/12/2011 2:38:55 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 06/13/11
    Monday, June 13, 2011 High level of strontium found at Fukushima plant Kyodo Radioactive strontium up to 240 times the legal concentration limit has been detected in seawater samples collected near an intake at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday. The utility said the substance was also found in groundwater near the plant's Nos. 1 and 2 reactors. The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said it is the first time that the substance has been found in groundwater. The agency said it is necessary to carefully monitor the possible effects of the strontium...
  • Japan:Groundwater radiation level at nuke plant rises: TEPCO(by factor of several dozen times)

    04/14/2011 11:05:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/15/11
    Groundwater radiation level at nuke plant rises: TEPCO TOKYO, April 15, Kyodo The concentration levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in groundwater near the troubled Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have increased up to several dozen times in one week, suggesting that toxic water has seeped from nearby reactor turbine buildings or elsewhere, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday. The announcement came as the plant operator continued to grapple with pools of highly radioactive water found on the plant's premises, with the level of polluted water filling an underground trench edging up again...
  • Japan: Groundwater At Nuclear Plant 'Highly' Radiation-Contaminated: Tepco

    03/31/2011 7:33:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 63 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 04/01/11
    Friday, April 1, 2011 Groundwater At Nuclear Plant 'Highly' Radiation-Contaminated: Tepco TOKYO (Kyodo)--More signs of serious radiation contamination in and near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were detected Thursday, with the latest data finding groundwater containing radioactive iodine 10,000 times the legal threshold and the concentration of radioactive iodine-131 in nearby seawater rising to the highest level yet. Radioactive material was confirmed from groundwater for the first time since the March 11 quake and tsunami hit the nuclear power plant on the Pacific coast, knocking out the reactors' key cooling functions. An official of the plant operator Tokyo Electric...
  • Titanic battle: Big Oil vs. Big Water

    01/14/2009 6:21:20 PM PST · by Gondring · 11 replies · 537+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | Last update: January 8, 2009 - 5:37 PM | Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    A titanic battle between the West's two traditional power brokers -- Big Oil and Big Water -- has begun. [...] Extracting oil from rocky seams of underground shale is not only expensive, but it also requires massive amounts of water, a precious resource critical to continued development in the nation's fastest-growing region. [...] Oil shale companies acknowledge that the technology to superheat shale to extract oil is unproven. They also concede that they aren't certain how much water will be needed in the process, although some experts calculate it would take 10 barrels of water to get one barrel of...
  • Titanic battle: Big Oil vs. Big Water

    01/14/2009 6:21:18 PM PST · by Gondring · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | Last update: January 8, 2009 - 5:37 PM | Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    A titanic battle between the West's two traditional power brokers -- Big Oil and Big Water -- has begun. [...] Extracting oil from rocky seams of underground shale is not only expensive, but it also requires massive amounts of water, a precious resource critical to continued development in the nation's fastest-growing region. [...] Oil shale companies acknowledge that the technology to superheat shale to extract oil is unproven. They also concede that they aren't certain how much water will be needed in the process, although some experts calculate it would take 10 barrels of water to get one barrel of...