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  • EPA accused of improper lobbying for water rule

    05/19/2015 1:46:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-19-15 | John Eick
    The New York Times has an article worth reading discussing EPA’s efforts to influence comments submitted to them by the public regarding the agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States (WOTUS).” Notably, Gina McCarthy, administrator of EPA, went before a Senate committee earlier this year touting the fact that almost 90 percent of all comments submitted expressed support for the rule as proposed. It turns out that many of these comments were submitted as a result of an unprecedented outreach initiative, which is being led by a former Obama campaign staffer. Thunderclap (a...
  • California drought: Silicon Valley faces sweeping water cuts

    05/19/2015 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Kurtis Alexander
    Nearly 1 million Silicon Valley residents will face strict water quotas — and pricey surcharges for going over — under what will soon be the Bay Area’s most far-reaching rationing plan in four years of drought. For most customers, who live in single-family homes and townhomes, the limit will be 70 percent of what the average household used in the same period in 2013, meaning an average 30 percent cutback. The move comes as the state hands down mandatory reductions for California’s 400 biggest water agencies in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought declaration. The rationing plan will not...
  • ‘DAM…TRAIN': BILLBOARD DRAWS GOVERNOR’S RESPONSE

    05/16/2015 4:22:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by MICHELLE MOONS
    “Dam [thumbs up]… Train [thumbs down]… Governor, put our water before your train,” reads a billboard message erected by Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, revealed this week in California’s Central Valley. “We don’t have a train shortage, we have a water shortage,” Brandau told Breitbart California. His message comes as California is in serious, extended drought, while Governor Jerry Brown has made it his priority to push forward the troubled high-speed rail project. The “Dam” references the proposed Temperance Flat Dam. In 2014, Californians were sold on passing the Proposition 1 water bond on the premise that funds would be...
  • El Nino Delivers Drought-Busting but Flooding Rain to Texas; California May be Next

    05/15/2015 10:59:42 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | May 15, 2015 | By Alex Sosnowski
    An El Nińo pattern has been contributing to drought-busting rain in Texas and the southern Plains. California may be next up for much-needed rain during the winter of 2015-16. El Nińo, which began during the past winter, occurs when ocean water temperatures climb above normal across the central and eastern Pacific, centered around the equator. According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ben Noll, along with impacting weather patterns around the globe, an El Nińo tends to bring significant rain to the southern part of the United States. "The pattern of El Nińo strengthens the southern storm track across the U.S., especially during...
  • Tulare County Drought Situation Dire As Neighbors Steal Water From Neighbors

    05/15/2015 9:04:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    CBS News 13 Sacramento ^ | 5/15/15 | Nick Janes
    It’s even more dire in unincorporated East Porterville than the last time CBS13 was there. Tulare County buys and trucks in water to refill tanks in people’s front yards. In a sign of increasing desperation, some have resorted to stealing bottled water from their neighbors. A woman CBS13 spoke to says thieves ripped off the water pump she uses to wash her clothes and take showers that was hooked up to her tank. Thankfully the county replaced it. Andrew Lockman with Tulare County Office of Emergency Services says some go to nearby communities that have water and just help themselves.
  • HOUSE APPROVES BILL BLOCKING FEDERAL WATER GRAB

    05/13/2015 10:16:13 PM PDT · by Syncro · 10 replies
    CongressmanRaúl Labrador House Gov ^ | Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | CongressmanRaúl Labrador, R-Idaho
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday | May 12, 2015 A bill backed by Rep. Labrador would send EPA and the Army Corps back to the drawing board WASHINGTON, D.C. – A measure forcing the Obama Administration to withdraw its “waters of the United States” rule cleared the House Tuesday on a bipartisan 261-155 vote. Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. Labrador has been working since last year on a legislative remedy, which now heads to the Senate. H.R. 1732 would require the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to...
  • Almonds Not the State's Worst Water Offender

    05/13/2015 10:01:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/13 | Sam Brock and Rachel Witte
    The California almond is getting a bad reputation. At least that’s what the numbers show. According to an April report released by the Pacific Institute, a non-profit research firm based in Oakland, almonds are not the most water intensive crop grown in the Golden State. In fact, almonds tie with pistachios for fourth place in the ranking of California’s water intensive crops and require on average four acre-feet of water per acre. One acre-foot is approximately 326,000 gallons of water. Alfalfa and rice are the top two water users, averaging five acre-feet of water per acre a piece, though alfalfa...
  • The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States

    05/13/2015 10:02:58 AM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    TEC ^ | 5-13-2015 | The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States
    Michael Snyder May 12th, 2015 What are we going to do once all the water is gone? Thanks to the worst drought in more than 1,000 years, the western third of the country is facing the greatest water crisis that the United States has ever seen. Lake Mead is now the lowest that it has ever been since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s, mandatory water restrictions have already been implemented in the state of California, and there are already widespread reports of people stealing water in some of the worst hit areas. But this is just the...
  • San Jose Bans Filling Hot Tubs, Pools Amid California’s Historic Drought

    05/11/2015 10:28:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 11, 2015 | Len Ramirez
    San Jose is the latest big city in the state to ban filling outdoor swimming pools, and business at hot tub stores in the city has gone cold. “From the day the drought was declared, and the city council announced its restrictions on filling of hot tubs, it’s closed our doors,” Hot Spring Spas sales manager Chet Lockwood said. The store is still open, but no one is coming in, and layoffs may not be far behind. “We can’t see how we’re going to be able to survive through this,” Lockwood said. San Jose’s city council sent a serious message...
  • How viable would a pipeline waterway from the wet areas to the dry areas be?

    05/10/2015 7:07:34 PM PDT · by knarf · 126 replies
    FReerepublic discussion ^ | May 10, 2015 | knarf
    Hmmmm ... hundreds of thousands of immediate jobs, very little expense ... no environmental impact ... California gets water
  • The world’s largest and cheapest reverse-osmosis desalination plant is up and running in Israel.

    05/10/2015 4:29:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | February 18, 2015 | David Talbot
    n a Mediterranean beach 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel, a vast new industrial facility hums around the clock. It is the world’s largest modern seawater desalination plant, providing 20 percent of the water consumed by the country’s households. Built for the Israeli government by Israel Desalination Enterprises, or IDE Technologies, at a cost of around $500 million, it uses a conventional desalination technology called reverse osmosis (RO). Thanks to a series of engineering and materials advances, however, it produces clean water from the sea cheaply and at a scale never before achieved. Worldwide, some 700 million people don’t...
  • Devastating photos of California show how bad the drought really is

    05/10/2015 7:41:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-7-15 | Erin Brodwin
    California just entered its fourth year in drought. Experts say it's the worst the state has seen in 1,200 years. Dwindling reservoirs, shrinking lakes, and dried-up farm fields are everywhere — and the drought shows no sign of stopping. The state's snowpack, which typically provides about a third of the water for its farms and residents, remains at its lowest level in history.
  • Jerry Brown to Environmentalist Water Tunnel Critics: ‘Shut Up’

    05/07/2015 5:48:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/7/15 | Daniel Nussbaum
    California Gov. Jerry Brown had some sharp words for environmentalist critics of his proposed Sacramento River water tunnels. On Wednesday, Brown told critics of his $15 billion plan to “shut up, because you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” according to the AP. Brown’s office told Sacramento Bee blog Capitol Alert that the governor’s remarks were made in “jest.” But the sharp rebuke highlights the tension surrounding the pricey project, which would send water from the northern part of the state south by using a pair of underground water tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River...
  • Game of thrones: When it comes to using less water, these toilets are king

    05/07/2015 12:22:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 7, 2015 | Susan Carpenter
    Whether it’s the “throne” or “loo” or “little girls room,” the sheer number of euphemisms speaks volumes about its taboo nature. Still, taboo or not, the toilet is a player in the drought, accounting for 27 percent of indoor water use, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The efficiency of a toilet helps dictate how much water a family uses – or doesn’t – in any given day. In Orange County, a typical home flushes about 19 gallons a day. That’s why engineers are working on all manner of toilets of the future.
  • Governor Brown tells critics of water tunnels project to 'shut up'

    05/06/2015 5:06:01 PM PDT · by rey · 39 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 6 May 2015 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown took a sarcastic approach to critics of his $15 million twin tunnel plan Wednesday, saying unless they have invested a million hours working on the problem as his staff has, they should "shut up." The Democratic governor made the comments while speaking to officials from California water agencies, who have widely varying views on the project. He said he asked his "water man" how many hours have been invested on efforts to build tunnels to send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the answer was 1 million. "Until you put a million hours into...
  • Leaking Las Vegas: Forced Rationing Looms As Lake Mead Faces Federal "Water Emergency"

    05/04/2015 11:04:44 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-4-2015 | Wolf Richter
    Leak Mead – on your left, when you drive from Las Vegas across the Hoover Dam – is the largest reservoir in the country when at capacity. It’s fed by the Colorado River which provides water for agriculture, industry, and 40 million people in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Mexico, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Now after 15 years of drought, the “lake” – a mud puddle surrounded by a huge chalky bathtub ring – is threatening to run dry. It’s considered “operationally full” when the water level is at 1,229 feet elevation above sea level. On May...
  • Why California’s Drought Was Completely Preventable

    04/30/2015 8:18:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel — even if President Barack Obama and California governor Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells — like those of 1929–34, 1976–77, and 1987–92 — are more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought — well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the...
  • An Ironic Drought In California (It's Their Own Fault)

    04/30/2015 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel -- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells -- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early...
  • Note To Jerry Brown:Deliver Your Water Warnings In Spanish So Culprits Get The Message!

    04/29/2015 3:58:10 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    Governor Brown is at it again. More warnings, more penalties as the crisis worsens, yet he never makes these warnings to conserve water in Spanish. He must know that illegals are also abusing the system, yet many of them probably have no idea that "California Is Dry"! What is the point of warning "Cally-Fornian's" of the crisis in English when up to 1/3rd or more speak Spanish! They all think that water is unlimited and free! Wait till the day comes when they wake up to a waterless apartment.
  • Government wants less fluoride in water

    04/27/2015 7:55:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert King
    The federal government is calling for lower levels of fluoride in drinking water, the first update since the 1960s. The new recommendation is for 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, which replaces the previous range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams, according to the Health and Human Services Department on Monday. Americans have access to more fluoride through toothpaste and mouth rinses than when the recommendations were introduced in 1962, the agency said. Because Americans are using more fluoride, officials are worried about increases in cases of fluorosis, a condition that stains teeth exposed to too much fluoride. "The...
  • ‘Water Gandhi’ of India Turns Dust Bowls Into Lush Villages Using Ancient Ways

    04/25/2015 10:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 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...
  • Desalination plants aren't a good solution for California drought

    04/25/2015 7:34:42 AM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 81 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 25, 2015 | Michael Hiltzik
    As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore. All that ocean water, begging to be converted to fresh and pumped into our pipelines, would solve our water supply problems instantly and permanently, boosters say. In the coming months, the drumbeat will only get louder. That's not only because the current drought is the longest and most severe in memory, but because a $1-billion desalination project scheduled to start operating in Carlsbad this fall will...
  • Environmental group sues to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

    04/24/2015 7:31:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/24/2015 | Paul Rogers
    Spurned at the ballot box three years ago and facing an even more uphill battle now because of California's historic drought, an environmental group has filed a lawsuit attempting to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a linchpin of the water supply for 2.6 million Bay Area residents from San Francisco to San Jose to southern Alameda County.
  • Amid Drought, San Francisco Uses Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

    04/24/2015 6:57:46 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 7 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 4-23-15 | Mike Sugarman
    Water is heated to make steam to heat City Hall and 170 other nearby buildings. Although City Hall reuses most of its portion, a quarter million gallons a day goes wasted. Good drinking water which ends up in the sewer. It’s a system that is more than 80 years old. “This system has been set up in the city for many decades, as far as this steam loop. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels or natural gas to heat these buildings. So in that sense it’s good,” Jue said
  • Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought

    04/22/2015 11:59:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies
    dailyme.com ^ | April 22, 2015, 6:00 AM | Michael Casey
    Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought 52 Photos The dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images California Gov. Jerry Brown has sounded the alarm over the state's historic drought, warning that it will take "unprecedented actions" to solve the crisis.That battle cry has produced a brainstorming session like no other - prompting celebrities, tech gurus, politicians and business leaders to offer a range of innovative and outlandish solutions for easing the dry stretch that is now in its fourth...
  • In blow to water conservation, court rejects San Juan Capistrano's tiered rates

    04/20/2015 6:51:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Matt Stevens
    In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation campaign, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation was unconstitutional.. The Orange County city used a rate structure that charged customers who used small amounts of water a lower rate than customers who used larger amounts. But the 4th District Court of Appeal struck down San Juan Capistrano's fee plan, saying it violated voter-approved Proposition 218, which prohibits government agencies from charging more for a service than it costs to provide it. "We...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:00:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior. California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes. The water situation...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 19, 2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.
  • Another Reason To Move Away From California: ‘Conditions Are Now Like A Third-World Country’

    04/19/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/19/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As if anyone actually needed another reason to move out of the crazy state of California, now it is being reported that conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought that has hit the state. In one California county alone, more than 1,000 wells have gone dry as the groundwater has disappeared. The state is turning back into a desert, and an increasing number of homes no longer have any water coming out of their taps or showerheads. So if you weren’t scared away by the wildfires, mudslides, high taxes, crime,...
  • Not drinking enough water has same effect as drink driving

    04/18/2015 8:07:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 18, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Having as few as five sips of water an hour while driving is equivalent to being over the drink drive limit. Drivers make more than twice as many mistakes when they are just mildly dehydrated, according to new research. The study revealed that drivers who had only had 25ml of water an hour made more than double the number of mistakes on the road than those who were hydrated - the same amount as those who have been drink driving.
  • William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California [Water Pipeline Seattle to LA]

    04/17/2015 5:19:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 86 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Pogue
    William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California David Pogue April 17, 2015 William Shatner. Wow. He’s 84 years old, looks 65, and juggles a schedule that would exhaust a team of 10. Book projects, TV projects, tech projects, horse-riding projects, charity projects. And his willingness to embrace the tech world is impressive; he’s got YouTube channels, he’s conducted Kickstarter projects, and he has a huge Twitter presence: more than 2 million followers. (He’s tweeted 30,000 times so far — and yes, it’s really him.) The hour he spent with me in a Yahoo Tech Mix interview wasn’t even...
  • Cities Push Back on Governor's Water Cutbacks

    04/17/2015 1:08:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    One water district manager says the plan fails to account for water-saving measures already in effect in some California communitiesCalifornia cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought. The State Water Resources Control Board's proposal to meet Brown's order has some cities slashing water use by more than a third, and it will be updated in the coming days. Dozens of affected agencies say the expected reduction targets are overreaching, unrealistic and unfair. Calif. Sets Water Use...
  • Glass Half Full: 13 Ways California’s Historic Drought Is Totally Awesome

    04/16/2015 11:11:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Brandon Mercer
    The worst drought to hit California since the Middle Ages is already making indoor plumbing irrelevant in several Central Valley towns that exhausted their entire water supplies. Others are running low and rationing the precious resource. Despite the brown lawns and dire climate predictions, there’s always a silver lining to the non-existent rain cloud. Here’s why the glass is literally half-full:
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • California drought gives 'toilet to tap' a new level of attention

    04/15/2015 11:19:30 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jeff Daniels
    As the California drought worsens, some communities such as Orange County, San Diego and the Silicon Valley are expanding water recycling programs, and support for "toilet to tap" programs appears to be growing from a once-squeamish public. Because a lot of communities are running out of water, they sort of have to explore all their options," said Janny Choy, research analyst with Water in the West, a program of the Stanford Woods Institute and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. "Recycled water is certainly one piece of the puzzle, but it's probably not going to...
  • Florida Gov. in Calif. to Poach Jobs

    04/13/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 25 replies
    www.kmjnow.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Unknown
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest state leader on a jobs-poaching trip to California. Scott will visit a jobs forum in Los Angeles on Monday, where he will discuss why California businesses should move their operations to Florida.
  • Bone-dry California dumps water to 'make fish happy'

    04/13/2015 8:32:00 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 04/11/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is working feverishly to reverse federal and state policies that give fish and rivers priority over people in the distribution of water during the worst drought in California history. The state is now in the fourth year of the drought, and water reserves are running frighteningly low. McClintock said it’s a result of stunningly stupid policies dating back to the last time Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown was in office. “We haven’t built a major dam in this state since 1979,” McClintock said. “Meanwhile, the population has nearly doubled. We aren’t going to solve our water problems...
  • This Mountain on Mars Is Leaking

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Jason Major
    As the midsummer Sun beats down on the southern mountains of Mars, bringing daytime temperatures soaring up to a balmy 25şC (77şF), some of their slopes become darkened with long, rusty stains that may be the result of water seeping out from just below the surface. The image above, captured by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Feb. 20, shows mountain peaks within the 150-km (93-mile) -wide Hale Crater. Made from data acquired in visible and near infrared wavelengths the long stains are very evident, running down steep slopes below the rocky cliffs. These dark lines, called...
  • Environment - Not Farmers Using 80% of California's Water ?

    04/10/2015 8:44:20 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 23 replies
    Environment - Not Farmers Using 80% of California's Water ? Does the California Citrus Mutual have a point? In a Press Release - they also claim "The only sector that has been "exempt" from water reductions is, in fact, the largest user of water - the environment. " " For a second consecutive year farmers in the Central Valley will receive a zero percent allocation of surface water from the Central Valley Project. Citrus growers in the Friant Service Area are among the most severely impacted. " "As growers grapple with another year of no water, more and more acreage...
  • EPA Grant Will Study Ways to Measure Hotel Guests' Shower Times

    04/10/2015 8:27:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    newsmax ^ | April 9, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    The University of Tulsa has received $15,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop the technology for a wireless system to measure how long hotel guests take showers and how much water they use. "Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world," according to a description of the project on the EPA's website. "Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests. "The proposed work aims to develop a novel low-cost wireless device for monitoring...
  • Carly Fiorina: The Man-Made Water Shortage in California

    04/10/2015 5:12:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 60 replies
    Time ^ | April 7, 2015 | Carly Fiorina
    It comes down to this: Which do we think is more important, families or fish? ...With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could have been avoided. Droughts are nothing new in California — the state has suffered from them for centuries. The difference now is that government policies are making it much worse. Despite the awareness around this issue, liberals continue to develop and promote policies which allow much of California’s rainfall to wash out to sea. Specifically, these policies have resulted in the diversion of more than 300 billion gallons of water away from farmers...
  • Moving Toward Real Water Prices [California]

    04/09/2015 7:34:41 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ian Adams
    Gov. Jerry Brown has taken a dramatic, but dangerous, step by issuing an executive order to cut non-agricultural water usage by 25 percent. The unprecedented and problematic step will accomplish at once too little and too much. It will not seriously impact the shortage, but will simultaneously sour Californians on the need for a new approach to water use. The seriousness of California’s water shortage is lost on no one. The state’s snowpack is a fraction of what it has been historically and ground water is being depleted at a rate well above replacement. The desolate images of California’s shrinking...
  • Carly Fiorina blames liberal environmentalists for Calif. water crisis

    04/09/2015 8:18:34 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Wasington Times ^ | April 6, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is blaming California’s water crisis on “liberal environmentalists” who are “willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.” “With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could be avoided,” Ms. Fiorina said in an interview Monday on Glenn Beck’s radio show, The Blazereported. “Despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population...
  • Buried Mars Glaciers are Brimming With Water

    04/08/2015 2:47:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    Radar images previously revealed thousands of buried glacier-like formations in the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres. That data has now been incorporated into computer models of ice flow to determine the glaciers’ size and hence how much water they contain. “We have looked at radar measurements spanning 10 years back in time to see how thick the ice is and how it behaves. A glacier is, after all, a big chunk of ice and it flows and gets a form that tells us something about how soft it is. We then compared this with how glaciers on Earth behave and...
  • SpaceX will attempt a potentially historic rocket launch and landing next week (13APR2015/1633 EDT)

    04/08/2015 3:00:10 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8APR2015 | Jessica Orwig
    Get ready for another historic SpaceX rocket landing attempt scheduled for Monday, April 13. This will be the second time that SpaceX will try to land a massive, 140-foot-tall first stage Falcon 9 rocket onto a platform that's floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. (The first landing attempt took place last January and ended with a fiery explosion.)
  • Smart Meters: Enforcement Of Mandatory Water Restrictions Is Only Just The Beginning

    04/08/2015 1:43:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Smart meters are now being used by authorities to crack down on “water wasters” in the state of California, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what they can be used for. Ultimately, smart meters are designed to be part of an entire “smart grid” that will enable government bureaucrats “to control everything from your dishwasher to thermostat“. And in recent years, there has been a massive push to install smart meters in as many homes in the United States and Europe as possible. Back in December 2007, there were only 7 million smart meters...
  • California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters (Smart Meters)

    04/07/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 6, 2015
    Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting. That was before the smart meter.
  • Carly Fiorina blames environmentalists for California drought

    04/07/2015 3:50:42 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-6-15 | Kendall Breitman
    Carly Fiorina is blaming liberal environmentalists for what she calls a “man-made” drought in California
  • California Liberals are now the "SOAP NAZIS"! (Vanity)

    04/07/2015 4:39:12 PM PDT · by LonePalm · 24 replies
    LonePalm | 4/7/2015 | LonePalm
    I was just thinking about the water problems in California. Governor Moonbeam and his fellow travelers opposed a series of water projects in the '70s that would have lessened the severity of the current water shortage in California. Then they invite in a few million illegal aliens. Now he wants to regulate how long people can take showers? They have turned into Soap Nazis.
  • An Engineered Drought

    04/06/2015 1:52:25 PM PDT · by SueRae · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | 4/2/15 | VictorDavis Hansen
    Shortsighted coastal elites bear most of the blame for California’s water woes. April 2, 2015 Photo by Cowgirl Jules California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography. We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water...