It’s big and blue and will eat just about anything. The Monterey Regional Waste Management District has spent the last year building a $24 million state-of-the-art recycling facility that will open at the end of this month. It’s the only one of its kind on the Central Coast and the public is invited to tour the facility on Saturday.
As another drought looms in California, I’ve [organic farmer/author David Mas Masumoto] been thinking about a whimsical project at a statewide think tank where I serve on the board. The Water Policy Center at the Public Policy Institute of California recently made a “Water Playlist.”
Check out the Landscape Drip Irrigation Scheduler app developed by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. … This app was made possible thanks to a grant from the Innovative Conservation Program (ICP), a partnership of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Central Arizona Project, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Gas Company, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Western Resource Advocates.
Becky Van and Kale Novalis knew exactly when and where they were going to tell each other, “I love you,” for the first time. … The couple had signed up for a Valentine’s Day tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest of 14 wastewater treatment facilities in New York City.
California is about to learn a whole lot more about how water moves through its many diverse landscapes. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a $2.2 million grant to the University of California to use remote sensors and drones to monitor hydrology across various landscapes.
Stockton is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. That means residents, businesses and local agencies have special opportunities to take advantage of fees paid by pollutors under the state’s cap and trade program.
San Francisco officials have reached an important milestone in a long-running effort to build a high-pressure water network needed to bring vital firefighting capabilities to the Richmond and Sunset districts — two neighborhoods that have historically lacked direct access to such a system.
From The New York Times, in a commentary by David Bornstein:
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that public water systems lose, on average, one-sixth of their water — mainly from leaks in pipes. The E.P.A. asserts that 75 percent of that water is recoverable.
After three weeks and about 400 miles, I finished my kayaking (and walking) journey down the “most endangered” river in America: California’s San Joaquin. This page collects the tweets from my adventure.
Three weeks and about 400 miles ago, I started a trip down the “most endangered” river in the United States, California’s San Joaquin. The underloved river is born in the Sierra Nevada and snakes across one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, California’s Central Valley.
Environmentalists who want to bolster endangered coho salmon populations are hoping to launch an initiative to purchase homes along San Geronimo Creek, make them fish-friendly, then return them to market at affordable prices.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in a commentary by David Festa and John Entsminger:
“Today, there is water flowing in the Colorado River Delta — where water has not flowed regularly for half a century — all because water managers, conservation organizations and policymakers in both the United States and Mexico were able to find common ground. …Someone cue music heralding the ‘new era of Western water management.’”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom brought his technology and institutional change message to the Resources Building Auditorium on Monday, May 12, as a guest of the DWR Enterprise Geographic Information Systems Committee.”
From EPA Connect: The Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership, in a post by Bob Perciasepe:
“The EnviroAtlas combines hundreds of separate data layers developed through a collaboration between EPA researchers and their partners from around the country, including the U.S Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, states, and a number of non-profit organizations and universities.”
“Inventor David Malcolm always believed the low-flow showerhead he created would do well. But even he has been surprised by the boost in business his tiny Coarsegold company — High Sierra Showerheads — has been getting lately.”