From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “It’s Our Environment” blog:
“EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will host her first live Twitter chat on climate change on Friday, August 2, at 12:30 PM ET. Administrator McCarthy will discuss her plans for the agency moving forward, focusing on EPA’s work to combat climate change.
“Helping communities adapt to the changing climate and cutting carbon pollution will be a significant part of EPA’s work over the coming years – the Agency will play a key role in implementing President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan.
“An artist and a director of the Annenberg Foundation is seeking permission to build a 70-foot water wheel to draw water from the Los Angeles River north of Chinatown to create a stream and shady retreat for the public.”
“Clean. Simple. Wet. That’s how a recent Reddit post displaying a fictional ad for Apple water describes how the maker of the iPhone, iPad and iPod might make and advertise good old H20. … According to the Scoopertino post, the Apple water has reached molecular perfection with literally twice as many hydrogen atoms as there are oxygen atoms, but the packaging is the real kicker.”
“One after another, members of the elite U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit, BORSTAR, jumped from 25 feet high into blue and white, churning and frothing water Monday as part of water rescue training at the Palo Verde Dam.
“Jeff Kirschner and his two kids were walking by Sausal Creek near their home in the Oakland hills in May 2012 when they came upon something that marred the beauty of the trail: a Tidy Cats litter container in the creek. …
“Litterati launched in late October and featured the Digital Landfill, a collection of all the #litterati-tagged photos on Instagram.”
“Western Nevada County is no stranger to pioneers, but a collaborative consortium of scientists, water agency officials and public policy-makers is foraying into territory of a different ilk.
“The Nevada Irrigation District, in collaboration with members of the Sierra Fund and a Canadian mining company, has developed a mercury machine, a device capable of sifting mercury from the bottom of reservoirs and disposing of it in an environmentally sensitive manner.”
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
“University of California Professor Jay Lund this past week penned a viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee asserting that ‘California needs a new environmentalism to set a more effective and sustainable green bar for the nation and even the world.’
“In this blog over the past several years we have explored concepts surrounding a new environmentalism, particularly involving the intersection of water, food and the environment in a California that has 38 million people and is projected to reach 50 million in the next decades.
“At the 160th State Fair, [the late Huell] Howser is expected to be among the most popular attractions. … The new 1,000-square-foot exhibit will be housed in the California building near the county exhibits.
“The creators of a new California water atlas are hoping to make data on the state’s water resources more accessible and comprehensible through a series of interactive maps. … [Laci] Videmsky and his co-director Chacha Sikes, a programmer, hope the new digital atlas will help journalists, activists, and ordinary citizens learn more about how water is allocated and used in the state.