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  • White House as Originator and Promoter of Klamath Basin Agreements

    09/07/2016 7:19:46 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/07/16 | Lawrence Kogan
    Klamath Basin Agreement proponents have lost not only their grip on reality, but also their traditional American common sense neighborly values Klamath Basin groups claiming to represent the majority of Klamath Basin residents, such as the Klamath Water Users Association (“KWUA”) and the Family Farm Alliance (“FFA”), have long perpetuated the lie that the Klamath Basin Agreements will benefit ALL Basin residents. The first two of these agreements had been initially proposed during the Bush administration in an effort assist Klamath irrigators resolve longstanding science and water delivery disputes with environmentalists and tribal communities. Now, these and several additional new...
  • Lawsuits over spotted frog worry farmers

    02/07/2016 3:24:51 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Bend Bulletin ^ | Feb. 7, 2016 | Joseph Ditzler
    The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring. Even so, farmers are busy calculating their costs for the spring planting season, and this year they're factoring in a little bit of fear.
  • California drought: What would Israel do?

    05/22/2015 1:08:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Jweekly ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Dan Pine
    From a distance, the reservoir appears topped by a flotilla of rubber duckies. On closer inspection, the water’s surface is packed with thousands of free-floating, 13-inch plastic balls, clustered to form an undulating cover. Developed by the Israeli startup Neotop (formerly known as Top-It-Up), the mass of balls serves as a floating cooling tower, reducing surface temperatures, algae and evaporation up to 95 percent. It’s one of many potential water-saving solutions to come out of Israel’s high-tech dream factory. This could make a difference in California. With the state’s reservoirs at historic lows — the two biggest, Shasta Lake and...
  • The Largest Ancient Man Made Canal System on Earth

    01/03/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 208 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | johnmjensen jr
    From my Free Web Book '' The largest wide-array man made (or at least non natural) structure in the world is in fact an ancient terra formed systems of agricultural-aquaculture canals in Northwestern Botswana and Northeastern Namibia, north of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. Obviously quite ancient, the canal systems no longer provide free flowing water throughout its 105,000 mile array, but many sections show obvious intention to provide cross sectional irrigation. These canals are too evenly spaced over too large an area to be any kind of natural formation. Based on entry and exit points, it is readily...
  • Court upholds ruling for California delta salmon

    12/22/2014 2:37:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:14 PM EST
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species. The 2009 environmental review by the National Marine Fisheries Service found that continuing to pump water from the delta at such a high rate would threaten several endangered salmon species and killer whales. Some of the state’s biggest water agencies, including Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, had challenged the 2009 federal decision. …
  • A Farmers' Rebellion Lifts the California GOP

    05/25/2013 10:20:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 May 2013 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Democrats were writing obituaries for California's GOP after winning a supermajority in the state legislature last November, thus gaining veto-proof power to raise taxes. But their legislative lock may have slipped after this week's special election in which Republican farmer Andy Vidak appears to have defeated a Democrat—in a heavily Democratic senate district—who had championed high-speed rail and a higher minimum wage. If Mr. Vidak wins an outright majority—late Friday, he led with 49.8% of the vote and provisional ballots were still being counted—his victory would put Republicans two senate seats short of reclaiming their veto on tax hikes. But...
  • The Hidden City of Angkor Wat

    06/21/2013 7:07:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 6-20-2013 | Richard Stone
    In the year 802 C.E., the founder of the medieval Khmer empire, Jayavarman II, anointed himself "king of the world." In laying claim to such a grandiose title, he was a little ahead of his time: It would be another few centuries before the Khmers built Earth's largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, the crowning glory of a kingdom that stood in what is today northwestern Cambodia. But Jayavarman II had good reason to believe that his nascent kingdom, in the sacred Kulen hills northeast of Angkor, was a record-holder. Airborne laser scanning technology, or LiDAR, has revealed the imprint of...
  • California Irrigation Changing Weather Patterns in American Southwest

    02/02/2013 11:15:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 1 February 2013 | Sid Perkins
    Enlarge Image Thanks, California! Massive amounts of irrigation in California's Central Valley boost summer precipitation across the American Southwest and during that period increases runoff into the Colorado River, which flows through the Grand Canyon, by an average of 28%, a new study suggests. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock Water diverted to central California's farmlands boosts rainfall in nearby states and may even exacerbate periodic flooding in some regions, a new study suggests. The phenomenon may also be happening elsewhere in the world. California's Central Valley—an area almost twice the size of Massachusetts where farmers raise more than 200 different crops, including...
  • Rainwater recovery for the garden and emergency use

    04/06/2011 2:45:08 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 16 replies
    Self | 4/6/2011 | Beancounter
    Over the past few months I have made several references to my water tank in the gardening threads and in several of the emergency prepper threads. I've decided to put up a thread here at FR with pictures to explain what I did and how, and be able to reference this thread when I need to. This is not the end-all be-all by any means. This is one man's ideas and my only challenge is to find a way to do what I did, only better. Pass this on and use any of the pictures or comments in any way...
  • 'Water mining' is now a prime culprit for raising sea levels (irrigation is killing us all alert)

    10/09/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2010 | Geoffrey Lean
    Nowhere in the Maldives juts more than 10 feet above the Indian Ocean, making it extremely worried about sea level rise. Its president, Mohamed Nasheed, illustrated the point by holding a cabinet meeting under water in the run-up to last year's Copenhagen summit. But a new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. Much comes from "water mining" – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain.
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • A Wet Future for Saab Al-Bour Irrigation

    05/20/2009 4:03:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Cory Angell, USA
    BAGHDAD — The Directorate General of Water Resources for Baghdad, Thair Dahri, visited Pump Station One in Saab al-Bour, May 16, to encourage students learning new skills and see firsthand the recent increase in irrigation. "This increase means [more than 6,000 acres] of land will be irrigated," said Thair. "We are committed to increasing the ability to maintain this pump station as well." Thair talked with 18 students training as operators at the station and said the ministry is working on getting them employed. "We have helped increase the output of Pump Station One from two cubic meters per second...
  • Israel Develops "Text Messaging" Plants

    03/25/2009 1:01:07 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 432+ views
    Israel 21/Yidwithlid ^ | 3/25/09 | Yidwithlid
    "Feed Me Seymour" Israeli scientists have developed a product that enables plants to tell farmers that they are hungry or even turn on the water itself. OK its not a talking plant like "Little Shop of Horrors" its a sensor that measures the stress of plants and their water levels. Israel is a country with a severe water problem, and this invention will enable farmers to use water only when needed. It is projected to save farmers up to 30 to 40 percent in water use. More Below:
  • Team Works to Improve Irrigation in Afghanistan

    12/30/2008 3:35:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 210+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Charles Brice, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2008 – The provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Konar province is working to restore an irrigation system in the province’s Manawara district that has become a casualty of decades of war. An Afghan village elder leads provincial reconstruction team members to a well in Afghanistan’s Konar province. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Russell Gilchrest  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The ancient Karez system, comprising 12 wells and numerous aqueducts, uses river water and underground spring water to irrigate crops in the area. During the Soviet-Afghan war that began in 1978 and ended in...
  • Leaders Discuss Agriculture, Irrigation, Increased Crop Production

    11/06/2008 3:28:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Evan Loyd, USA
    Dr. Ayad, the director general of agriculture in the Baghdad province, thanks Lt. Col. Matthew Mckenna, from Pittsburgh, deputy commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, for all of the Coalition forces' help with the farmers of the Mada’in after a meeting at the Salman Pak government center, Oct. 29, 2008. Photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. FOB HAMMER — Leaders of the government of Iraq, Mada’in Qada and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, met at the Salman Pak government center to discuss issues of importance to...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 24-30, 2008: What's wrong with this picture?

    08/26/2008 10:07:20 AM PDT · by cogitator · 22 replies · 408+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | August 26, 2008 | NASA
    The question is: what's wrong with this picture? Think for a moment and then click the link below. Aral Sea in the 21st century Full size
  • Ancient Chinese Irrigation System Stands Test Of Time -- And Quake

    05/24/2008 1:55:14 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-22-2008 | Ian Timberlake
    Ancient Chinese irrigation system stands test of time -- and quake by Ian Timberlake Thu May 22, 11:55 PM ET DUJIANGYAN, China (AFP) - High above the world's oldest operating irrigation system, Zhang Shuanggun, a local villager, stands on an observation platform cracked by China's massive earthquake last week. She has a simple answer for why the ancient, bamboo-based Dujiangyan irrigation system sustained only minor damage, while nearby modern dams and their vast amounts of concrete are now under 24-hour watch for signs of collapse. "This ancient project is perfection," Zhang said. From the hillside platform, the workings of the...
  • Electricity, diesel, fertilizer prices tough on farmers, ranchers

    03/30/2008 12:32:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 700+ views
    Electricity, diesel, fertilizer prices tough on farmers, ranchers LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)--South Plains cotton producer Don Langston is eager for a "big rain." Without it he'll have to keep irrigation pumps running to water thousands of acres of dusty, parched land so there's enough moisture to plant this year's crop in a couple of months. He figures he'll spend as much as $50 more an acre than he did last year, when rainfall was plentiful, even by West Texas standards. "We're going to have to have a good crop just to break even," Langston said. "I'm OK. Just need a big...
  • Discovery Of Vast Prehistoric Works Built By Giants?

    02/28/2008 4:25:52 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 6,429+ views
    Raider News Network ^ | 2-24-2008 | David E. Flynn
    Discovery of vast prehistoric works built by Giants?The Geoglyphs of Teohuanaco Posted: February 24, 2008 1:00 am EasternBy David E. Flynn© 2008 RaidersNewsNetwork The size and scope of David Flynn's Teohuanaco discovery simply surpasses comprehension. Mammoth traces of intelligence carved in stone and covering hundreds of square miles. For those who understand what they are seeing here for the first time, this could indeed be the strongest evidence ever found of prehistoric engineering by those who were known and feared throughout the ancient world as gods. ~ Thomas Horn This satellite image (above) is a portion of the Andean foothills...
  • Let the East Bloom Again (Farming To Expand East Of The Mississippi?)

    09/22/2007 6:45:35 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 33 replies · 491+ views
    New York Times ^ | 22 September 2007 | RICHARD T. McNIDER and JOHN R. CHRISTY
    Until the middle of the 1900s, much of our country’s food and fiber was produced east of the Mississippi River. Maine led the nation in potato production in 1940, and New York wasn’t far behind. The South, including Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, dominated cotton. Large amounts of corn were grown in almost every state for consumption by the local livestock and poultry. Regional vegetable markets, especially in the mid-Atlantic states, served the population centers of the East. By 1980, Western irrigation and improvements in transportation had largely destroyed this Eastern system of agriculture. Irrigated cotton in Arizona, California and Texas...