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  • California’s Current Snowpack Is Larger Than the Previous 4 Years Combined, NASA Says

    04/19/2017 1:20:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    KTLA ^ | 04/19/2017 | Tracy Bloom
    As of April 1, when it was last measured by NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory, the snowpack in the Sierra’s Tuolumne River Basin came in at 1.2 million acre-feet, according to the latest data. To put the amount in perspective, the figure is enough to fill the 92,000-seat Rose Bowl in Pasadena almost 1,600 times. “The 2017 California snowpack is close to the largest on the record, which consists of decades’ worth of snow measurements made at ground level,” according to a NASA news release. The snowpack, which is made up of layers of snow that accumulate in the winter and...
  • 'This is Not Good': Oroville Dam Managers Made Missteps in Handling Crisis

    04/19/2017 3:09:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 19, 2017
    Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: "This is not good." Over six straight days, the operators of the Oroville Dam had been saying there was no immediate danger after water surging down the main spillway gouged a hole the size of a football field in the concrete chute. But now suddenly they realized that the dam's emergency backup spillway — essentially an unpaved hillside — was falling apart, too, and could unleash...
  • Democrats bristle at Trump infrastructure plans

    04/16/2017 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | April 6, 2017 | Joan Lowy (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats had hoped the one big policy area they could find common ground with President Donald Trump on was infrastructure, but they don't like what they're hearing from administration officials about the transportation portion of the plan that's still in the works. Trump has promised to generate $1 trillion in infrastructure spending over 10 years. With two of his other top campaign pledges in trouble - an effort to repeal and replace the Obama administration health care law has failed so far, and without savings to the government from health care changes there may not be enough...
  • This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

    04/13/2017 7:55:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Apr. 13, 2017 | Robert Service
    You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.   There are an estimated 13 trillion liters of water floating in the atmosphere...
  • This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air [ Can MOFs pull in Co2? ]

    04/13/2017 1:42:49 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 74 replies
    sciencemag.org ^ | April 13,2017 | Robert Service
    You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people. To find an all-purpose solution, researchers led by Omar Yaghi, a chemist at the...
  • Jerry Brown’s administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records

    04/12/2017 10:25:11 AM PDT · by glorgau · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 11, 2017 3:59 PM | Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is using federal security regulations written to thwart terrorism to deny public access to records that experts say could guide repairs to the Oroville Dam and provide insight into what led to the near catastrophic failure of its emergency spillway. The administration also is blocking public review of records that would show how Brown’s office handled the February crisis at Oroville Dam that led to the two-day evacuation of nearly 200,000 Northern Californians.
  • Cartels are growing marijuana illegally in California — and there's a war brewing

    04/09/2017 5:13:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/08/17 | Julian Smith
    **SNIP** Growers often use empty containers like this to store toxic chemicals. In the previous year, every Gatorade bottle Gabriel and his team found at grow sites tested positive for carbofuran, a neurotoxic insecticide that is so nasty it has been banned in the U.S., Canada and the EU. Farmers in Kenya have used it to kill lions. Symptoms of exposure range from nausea and blurred vision to convulsions, spontaneous abortions, and death. “They just leave these sitting around,” Gabriel says as he carefully swabs the bottle.
  • The “Clean Water Rule” Is About Federal Authority, Not Water

    04/08/2017 8:18:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/7/2017 | Megan Ingram
    The rule defines eight categories of waters of the U.S. Six categories include traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, territorial seas (these three are called “jurisdictional waters”), impoundments of jurisdictional waters, “tributaries,” and “adjacent” waters. These are jurisdictional by rule in all cases, requiring no additional analysis in order to be regulated. To be adjacent, the rule uses the rubric of “neighboring,” which can be met by waters in the 100-year floodplain—meaning land which might be wet one out of every 100 days is a water of the U.S. and can be federally controlled. Texas coastal prairie wetlands are another type...
  • Reusable Carbon Nanotubes: Water Filter of the Future?

    03/30/2017 9:32:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Technology Networks ^ | March 30, 2017 | Rochester Institute of Technology
    Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes offer a more effective and sustainable approach to water treatment and remediation than the standard industry materials—silicon gels and activated carbon—according to a paper published in the March issue of Environmental Science Water: Research and Technology. RIT researchers John-David Rocha and Reginald Rogers, authors of the study, demonstrate the potential of this emerging technology to clean polluted water. Their work applies carbon nanotubes to environmental problems in a specific new way that builds on a nearly two decades of nanomaterial research. Nanotubes are more commonly associated with fuel-cell research. “This aspect is new—taking knowledge of carbon...
  • This device from Israel can literally pull clean drinking water out of thin air

    03/28/2017 9:05:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dana Varinsky
    When kids learn about the planet’s water cycle, they’re taught a simple concept: our atmosphere is filled with water vapor that has evaporated from the bodies of liquid water we see around us. When the vapor’s temperature gets low enough, it gets turned back into water. The presence of that vapor becomes especially apparent in the summer, when droplets collect on glasses of ice water and air conditioning units drip onto unsuspecting passersby. An Israeli company called Water-Gen does not think of that condensation as a byproduct; instead, it has built machines specifically designed to create and harvest as much...
  • First Real Hope for Flint Water as Trump Bestows $100 Million

    03/21/2017 6:56:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 3/20/2017 | Ben Marquis
    Under authority granted the agency by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016, the EPA just issued a $100 million grant to the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, to help in the effort at replacing the city’s badly corroded and lead-tainted system of water pipes. Some progressive critics of President Donald Trump have pointed to his proposed budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency as proof that he is a terrible president who doesn’t care about ensuring that Americans have clean air and water. However, the recent report from The Daily Caller about Trump’s EPA grant just...
  • Water Hazard and Murphy at Ranch in 2017

    03/21/2017 2:21:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    At the Ranch in Arizona, I keep water trickling for a water hole. It is the only reliable water for about three miles in any direction.  I have a game camera there, and sometimes obtain interesting photographs, like the bobcat and coyote interaction above from a couple of months ago.  The water hole is about 15 yards from the backstop of the pistol range.  Some of the water pipe was exposed over the last few years. My bother and I were at the range, shooting 170 grain cast lead .40 caliber projectiles at a half silhouette steel target.   After...
  • Mao Zedong-Era Dam Collapse, Worst in History, Was Covered Up For Years

    03/20/2017 11:12:26 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 40 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 13, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    The worst dam disaster in history occurred during the end of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong’s decades-long reign, and according to some accounts, was at least partially caused by poor planning and corruption. The Banqiao Dam had been built along the Ru River in the early 1950s as part of a flood-prevention and electricity-generation program. Chairman Mao ordered officials to “harness the Huai River.” In 1975, Typhoon Nina slammed the region—Henan Province in central China—with the heaviest rains in history. More than a year’s worth of water fell in 24 hours. On Aug. 8, 1975, it has been recalled, someone...
  • New Zealand river first in the world to be given legal human status

    03/16/2017 12:47:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 15th March 2017
    A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. The New Zealand parliament passed the bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity. Long revered by New Zealand's Maori people, the river's interests will now be represented by two people. The Maori had been fighting for over 160 years to get this recognition for their river, a minister said. "I know the initial inclination of some people will say it's pretty strange to give a natural resource a legal personality," said New Zealand's...
  • Oroville Dam Will Begin Releasing Water Down Its Heavily Damaged Spillway Again Next Week

    03/09/2017 3:58:02 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    sfist ^ | 3/9/17 | Jay Barmann
    The primary spillway at Lake Oroville as water rushes down it on Feb. 11 and gets diverted into a crevasse in the adjacent hillside where a portion of the spillway has eroded. Photo: California Department of Water Resources Brace yourselves for more potential drama as California's Department of Water Resources once again tests Mother Nature's kindness and begins releasing more massive amounts of water down the Oroville Dam spillway next week. The dam's floodgates have been closed since February 27 in order that work crews could clear debris that had collected around the bottom of the spillway and downstream...
  • Brown to highlight country’s infrastructure projects in Cincinnati

    03/07/2017 7:43:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Hamilton Journal-News ^ | Feburary 13, 2017 | Michael Pitman and Ed Richter
    CINCINNATI - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will highlight in downtown Cincinnati this morning key infrastruture projects, such as the Brent Spence Bridge, as he outlines a framework to rebuild and repair the country’s infrastructure which will create millions of construction jobs. The northern Ohio Senator will be joined by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority President and CEO Laura Brunner, and OKI Regional Council of Governments Deputy Executive DirectorRobert Koehler. President Donald Trump previously promised $1 trillion of investment in American infrastructure during his campaign. Brown joined Senate colleagues to release a roadmap for making...
  • GILLIBRAND,SCHUMER UNVEIL NEW PLAN TO ENSURE SAFER DRINKING WATER ACROSS NY

    03/06/2017 7:21:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies
    U.S Senator Charles Schumer ^ | 3.06.17 | U.S Senator Charles Schumer
    GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER UNVEIL NEW PLAN TO ENSURE SAFER DRINKING WATER ACROSS NY; HARMFUL CONTAMINANTS FOUND IN NEW YORK DRINKING WATER—FROM HOOSICK FALLS TO NEWBURGH TO LONG ISLANDWashington, DC – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, today announced legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated compounds (including PFOA and PFOS), 1,4 dioxane, and perchlorate in public water systems. Currently, these chemicals are unregulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act and this legislation would require the EPA to create safety guidelines and determine legally enforceable standards that apply to public water...
  • Denial is a River in California: Can Oroville Spark New Dam Building?

    03/04/2017 8:44:51 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 27 replies
    MasterResource - free market energy blog ^ | March 4, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” – Mark Twain “Consider a narrow river valley below a high dam, such that if the dam burst, the resulting flood of water would drown people for a considerable distance downstream. When attitude pollsters ask people downstream of the dam how concerned they are about the dam’s bursting, it’s not surprising that fear of a dam burst is lowest far downstream, and increases among residents increasingly close to the dam. Surprisingly, though … the concern falls off to zero as you approach closer to the dam! That is, the people living immediately under...
  • Trump Orders EPA Review of "Horrible" Obama Water Decree

    03/03/2017 11:18:29 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 March 2017 | Alex Newman
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday ordering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and reconsider the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation, a radical decree issued by the Obama administration purporting to regulate virtually all water and much of the land across America. While stopping short of quashing the controversial rule altogether, analysts described Trump's executive order as a first step in that process. One prominent activist, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, called the decision “the most pro-property rights move out of D.C. in two decades.” But there may be more to come; the...
  • From the air: Images show ruined Oroville Dam spillway, hard-hit Feather River

    03/01/2017 8:35:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 1st, 2017 | Sacramento Bee Staff
    Aerial photographs taken by The Sacramento Bee’s Randy Pench from a helicopter flying over Lake Oroville, Oroville Dam and its wrecked spillway and the clogged Feather River below the dam show the damage caused by record flows released from the lake as the region was hammered by relentless February storms. The devastation was evident on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.