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  • Did EPA Collude With Eco-Activists To Push A Federal Water Takeover?

    05/27/2015 9:23:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA is on the verge of finalizing a new “Waters of the United States” regulation that would greatly expand the agency’s control over U.S. waters, and may even give the EPA the power to regulate ponds, ditches and puddles. Republican lawmakers, however, are pushing back against the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, warning the agency may have inappropriately lobbied and worked with environmental campaign activists to inflate the support behind the agency’s water takeover. “Given the magnitude and controversy surrounding the EPA’s rulemaking agenda, it is very troubling that EPA has engaged in a propaganda campaign to...
  • EPA issues new rule expanding reach over waters

    05/27/2015 8:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2015 | Zach Coleman
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule Wednesday that critics say would expand federal reach over U.S. waterways, but that the Obama administration contends will clarify which farming, development and other practices are subject to regulation. The battle over the "Waters of the U.S." rule has been brewing for months and will continue both on and off Capitol Hill. The regulation attempts to define Clean Water Act regulations as stretching to bodies of water that have a "significant nexus" with "navigable waters" to prevent pollution of drinking water. The EPA told various media outlets that the rule asserts the agency's...
  • Obama’s Forthcoming Executive Action Could Impact Your Property

    05/27/2015 5:26:59 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 26, 2015 | fred lucas
    The Obama administration is expected to announce final details of “Waters of the United States” rule this week that could impact any property owner with water or a ditch that occasionally fills with water on their land. Moreover, the regulation could even conflict with two Supreme Court rulings. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have sought to provide more clarity to what bodies of water are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act, which has previously affected rivers, lakes and the streams that flow directly to them.
  • Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

    05/22/2015 11:01:06 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to significantly cleaner natural bodies of water and healthier drinking water. But it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests, including farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and a national association of golf course owners. Opponents contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude...
  • The face of America’s enemies: Hollywood quislings donating to Socialist Democrats

    08/16/2014 10:10:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/16/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Hollywood’s enemies of American freedom are busy undermining the life we have built and hope to keep. These social parasites, who have the wherewithal to live anywhere after they complete the destruction of America, are opening their checkbooks to the Democrats who will carry out the end game for America if we let them. People like Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand, whose personal lives have nothing whatsoever in common with our own, are pouring out their “One percenter” fortunes to force us to live as they deign we should live. In an effort to save Democrat...
  • Streisand-Backed Measure to Block Whole Foods Wins in Malibu

    11/05/2014 4:45:57 PM PST · by rktman · 106 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 11/5/2014 | unknown
    The ballot item, Measure R, spearheaded by actor, director and producer Rob Reiner and backed by entertainment-industry figures including Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks and David Geffen, passed with 59 percent of the vote, according to election results released today.
  • Hollywood stars shine for Hillary: Spielberg, Clooney, Streisand and Hanks back her..

    04/12/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 12, 2015 | By Caroline Graham
    A glittering line-up of Hollywood stars is poised to back Hillary Clinton's bid to become US President by raising millions for her campaign. The former Secretary of State and wife of ex-President Bill Clinton is expected to announce her 2016 candidacy today in a video released on social media. And political pundits say plans are already in place to hold fundraising parties as early as next month. Mrs Clinton's most high-profile Hollywood backers include director Steven Spielberg, and actors George Clooney, Barbra Streisand and Tom Hanks. DreamWorks studio boss Jeffrey Katzenberg has said: 'Hillary is the best qualified candidate. She...
  • Barbra Streisand Fails to Notice That 6.6 Million Jobs Have Gone Missing

    04/08/2015 10:09:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Poor Barbra Streisand. Just last week the renowned economist (who also describes herself as a “singer,” “actress,” and “activist”) penned an opinion piece titled “Have You Heard the Good News?” about how well the economy is performing under Barack Obama. It was a pep rally of sorts, and all that was missing were the pom-poms. “President Obama’s Administration, with only opposition from the Republicans,” she gushed, “has steadily helped put more than 11 million Americans back to work in the private sector.” Then two days later the dismal jobs report for March was released. Bad timing, for sure. The statistic...
  • Here’s what celebrities’ lawns look like during California’s drought

    05/10/2015 2:43:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    nypost.com ^ | may 9, 2015 | linda massarella
    As these aerial photos from The Post prove, Hollywood celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Lopez continue to suck up water to keep their gardens fresh and lawns green, while Southern California withers from a devastating drought. Experts predict California reservoirs have less than a year’s worth of drinking water left. An emergency law passed last week forces local cities to conserve water immediately. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which supplies many of these elite enclaves north of Los Angeles, will have four weeks starting next month to cut water use by a staggering 36 percent. But the mandate is...
  • The grass IS greener in Hollywood: Aerial photos expose how [J Lo and Streisand] waste water...

    05/10/2015 4:56:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/10/15 | Ashley Collman
    Experts estimate there will be less than a year's worth of drinking water in California reservoir's at the end of 2015 Yet the rich and famous of Los Angeles continue to water their lawns with apparently no concern for conservation Photographer John Chapple recently went out in a helicopter to photography the ever-green lawns of Kim Kardashian, Barbara Streisand and Petra Eccelstone among others
  • Obama dines with Streisand, Springsteen, Kardashian and Hollywood Elite

    05/14/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT · by Syncro · 30 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | May 14, 2014 | Staff
    Obama dines with Streisand, Springsteen, Kardashian and Hollywood Elite The contrast could not be greater! While President Obama was hobnobbing with Hollywood's liberal elite in southern California, we were in middle America rallying working-class Americans to vote in the midterm elections.  President Obama claims to represent the working class, yet has never had a real job and prefers the company of liberal celebrities like Barabra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, and Bruce Springsteen.   The President's hypocrisy could be smelt all the way in Minneapolis, MN where Diana Nagy was joined on stage by patriotic Americans President Obama was...
  • 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...
  • 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...