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  • North America's largest seawater desalination plant is ahead of schedule

    09/03/2015 9:12:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    KGTV ABC News San Diego ^ | September 2, 2015
    CARLSBAD, Calif. - North America’s largest seawater desalination plant is ahead of schedule. Construction on the $1 billion Carlsbad Desalination Plant is completed. Inspectors are now putting the plant through its paces to make sure it works. “This has been a long time coming,” said Poseidon Water spokeswoman Jessica Jones. The idea for the plant is almost 20 years old. As of Wednesday, the plant was desalinating 50-million gallons of water a day into clean drinking water. The water will be dumped back into the ocean until the plant passes inspection. Poseidon Water built the plant and reached an agreement...
  • Mapping tree density at a global scale

    09/03/2015 10:33:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Nature.com ^ | 9-2-2015
    The global extent and distribution of forest trees is central to our understanding of the terrestrial biosphere. We provide the first spatially continuous map of forest tree density at a global scale. This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. Of these trees, approximately 1.39 trillion exist in tropical and subtropical forests, with 0.74 trillion in boreal regions and 0.61 trillion in temperate regions. Biome-level trends in tree density demonstrate the importance of climate and topography in controlling local tree densities at finer scales, as well...
  • Scientists undercount trees by 2.6 trillion, but assure us animals going extinct

    09/03/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/03/2015 | NewsMachete
    Every so often you will see articles warning that some species is going extinct. And usually it's not really a species -- you never hear about "leopards" going extinct, usually it's "purple dotted left handed bisexual Nepalese leopards" or some subvariety.  We are assured they are going extinct because fewer have been seen recently. But the Earth is so big, how can we really be sure that some subspecies is going extinct just because we see fewer of them? After all, only three percent of the land mass of the Earth is urbanized. Animals could easily be hidden in...
  • 'Settled Science' chronicle: world has 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/03/2015 6:09:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/3/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It seems that scientists were a little off in calculating the number of trees on the planet. You remember trees: they turn CO2 into oxygen and water. In fact, if you buy a “carbon credit,” you are paying to plant trees to buy an indulgence for your private jet travel -- just like Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supposedly do. Well, all those calculations of doom over purported CO2-caused global warming may be a little more unsettled. The Wall Street Journal reports:
  • World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report Says

    09/02/2015 11:23:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | Mark Armao
    There are just over three trillion trees in the world, a figure that dwarfs previous estimates, according to the most comprehensive census yet of global forestation. Using satellite imagery as well as ground-based measurements from around the world, a team led by researchers at Yale University created the first globally comprehensive map of tree density. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. A previous study that drew on satellite imagery estimated that the total number of trees was around 400 billion. The new estimate of 3.04 trillion is multiple times that number, bringing the ratio of trees...
  • Three trillion trees: Study finds there are 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/02/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 110 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Provided by: Yale University
    The global map of tree density at the square-kilometer pixel scale. Credit: Crowther, et al A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories, and supercomputer technologies, the international team of researchers was able to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level. Their results, published in the journal Nature, provide the most comprehensive...
  • In Trashing Land, The EPA Has Nothing On The Forest Service

    09/03/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2015 | William Perry Pendley
    Americans now comprehend fully the disdain the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for truth-telling, the rights of others, and the environment. Forget the last six spiteful years; the Colorado mine disaster suffices. The EPA’s wanton malfeasance — experts warned of a catastrophic blowout — unleashed three million gallons of orange arsenic-, cadmium-, and lead-laden wastewater into an Animas River tributary trashing public, private, and tribal lands and waters in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Navajo Nation. Even so, the EPA has nothing on the U.S. Forest Service. In documents filed days ago in a federal district court in Arkansas,...
  • Is Legal Cannabis the Future of California Agriculture?

    08/11/2015 5:46:37 PM PDT · by Talkwire · 17 replies
    Some stoner ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | Joseph Tully
    Amidst agricultural fields of tomatoes, sunflowers, and alfalfa, a small Woodland farm is openly growing hundreds of cannabis plants. This legal medicinal marijuana grow is setting a precedent for cannabis growers in the state. Most of California’s largest crop is grown clandestinely to avoid Law Enforcement. By growing in the open, with strict adherence to legal statutes and requirements, and promoting their organic and sustainable practices to the community, this farm hopes to turn Yolo County into the Napa of Weed. FULL ARTICLE: http://www.tully-weiss.com/news/california-farmers-shine-sunlight-on-marijuana-crops
  • Rep. Kevin Cramer on EPA’s Attempted Waterway Grab: ‘Private Property Rights Are What’s at Stake’

    08/30/2015 7:21:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/30/2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reacted to a recent injunction that blocked a new regulation that would have granted the federal government jurisdiction over some waterways across the United States. “I wasn’t surprised by the injunction even though other courts were sort of failing to see the logic of states’ cases in other filings,” Cramer exclusively told Breitbart News. On Friday, North Dakota’s U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ordered a temporary injunction against the Obama administration’s rule, which would grant the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, authority over...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • A pint of water before meals is the secret to losing weight, scientists claim

    08/26/2015 8:19:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The London Mirror ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jennifer Cockerell
    A new study by the University of Birmingham revealed that obese adults who 'pre-loaded- with 500ml of plain tap water lost an average of 9.5lbs in 12 weeks.The key to losing weight could be as simple as drinking a pint of water before mealtimes , researchers have said. A study in which obese adults consumed 500ml of water half an hour before eating main meals saw them report an average loss of 4.3kg (9.48lbs) over a 12-week period. Researchers at the University of Birmingham said the simple trick could be hugely beneficial, and easily promoted by healthcare professionals and through...
  • Crystal Geyser bottling plant draws lawsuit

    08/25/2015 6:46:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 25, 2015 | Peter Fimrite
    An environmental group opposed to a bottling plant near Mount Shasta filed a lawsuit accusing Crystal Geyser of pushing through an illegal plan to suck thousands of gallons of water a day from an aquifer that feeds the drought-diminished Sacramento River.
  • Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser

    08/24/2015 10:52:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 68 replies
    The Independant ^ | 8/24/15 | Jon Stone
    “Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don't assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work,” he tweeted. “Crash advice No.2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping. “Crash advice No.3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communication gets cut off; somewhere you can all head to.”
  • Trump has delivered shock. How he can deliver awe. Novus ordo seclorum because in God we trust.

    08/19/2015 4:03:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 24 replies
    8/19.2015 | Charles Kilmer
    The pubbies need a grand organizing technological vision like Kennedy's man on the moon speech in 1961 or Reagan's star wars speech in 1982. Bill Gates could persuade Donald Trump in about 20 minutes that 10 years of federal spending on 4th generation nuclear reactors and desalination R&D-- or about 18 billion annually would collapse the cost of water desalination and transport thereby making it economically and commercially practical to desalinize seawater on any seacoast in the USA, Mexico and the world --and transport it 1000 miles inland to water commercially competitive crops. This would turn America's deserts green and...
  • Third Louisiana Public Water Supply Site Tests Positive for Brain-Eating Amoeba

    08/19/2015 1:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katy Galimberti
    Public officials are in the process of eliminating Naegleria Fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that thrives in warm water, from another drinking water supply in Louisiana. Naegleria Fowleri was detected during routine tests on Aug. 5 at a utility district in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, roughly 80 miles from New Orleans... According to the local fire department, the Schriever Water System serves approximately 97,000 residents in the Houma area. .. While officials say the water is safe for drinking, residents are urged to use caution with the water, not letting it get into their nose. Humans are infected when water containing the...
  • Man who poisoned youth football team oversees North Las Vegas water

    08/19/2015 7:24:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 18 August 2015 | By Bethany Barnes
    State officials are investigating a complaint that raises this question: Should a man who was convicted of poisoning children on his son's football team in 2000 be in charge of an entire city's water? Jerome M. Breland is interim utilities operations manager for North Las Vegas, meaning he's head of the city's water and sewer system, though he's been safeguarding the water for the city of 230,000 for several years as a water systems supervisor. State law says a water operator's certificate, issued by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, can be revoked if the operator "has demonstrated disregard for...
  • California plans taking farms for massive water tunnels

    08/17/2015 1:23:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans for massive water tunnels have yet to win approval, but a report shows California already is planning to take up to 300 farms to acquire land for the project. A 160-page report prepared by state contractors lays out plans to move rapidly to eminent domain to acquire land for two 30-mile-long tunnels. The tunnels would help ferry water from Northern and Central California to Southern California. …
  • Now is the time to act to stop the ‘Clean Water Rule’

    08/16/2015 8:49:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Ag Alert ^ | August 12, 2015 | Josh Rolph
    In June, I wrote on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newly finalized "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, rule. It will greatly enlarge the federal government's jurisdiction by expanding the definition of a "navigable water."
  • Los Angeles dumps 20K ‘shade balls’ into reservoir to stop evaporation

    08/12/2015 2:27:10 PM PDT · by Minutemen · 61 replies
    rt.com ^ | 11 Aug, 2015 21:58
    Desperate to preserve its water supply amid a four-year drought, Los Angeles is turning a reservoir into a ball pit. It may not seem like the most scientific approach, but officials say the “shade balls” will protect valuable H2O in the City of Angels. Bringing new meaning to the term “throwing shade,” authorities claim the black, plastic balls will preserve the Van Normal reservoir’s water supply in several ways. (excerpt)see all at link:https://www.rt.com/usa/312219-shade-balls-california-drought/
  • California’s Water Crisis

    08/10/2015 4:09:18 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/15 | Jack Dini
    There's much more to California's drought than lack of rain. California is currently in the grip of one of the worst droughts in state history. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an executive order that imposes water restrictions on residents, businesses, and farms across the state. While the state is clearly experiencing this drought, the extreme weather shortages are an ongoing and man-made human tragedy—one that has been brought on by overzealous liberal environmentalists who continue to devalue the lives and livelihoods of California residents in pursuit of their own agenda. It comes down to this: which do we think is...
  • Whole Foods Was Mistakenly Selling ‘Asparagus Water’ And People Almost Bought It

    08/09/2015 6:28:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Wednesday 5 Aug 2015 | Alison Lynch
    This week, shoppers at Whole Foods in Brentwood, California spotted the new health drink, priced at $5.99 (Ł3.85) per bottle on the shelves. For just under four pounds, you got a bottle filled with water and three stalks of asparagus. Was this the new maple water? Could Whole Foods get any more ridiculous? Are they becoming a parody of themselves? There were so many questions. Alerted by bemused customers on Twitter, Eater called the store to investigate. They were initially told by an employee that the product was indeed new to the store. ‘We’ve had them on the shelf for...
  • Here's a Tip: Don't Give North Korea More Aid

    08/08/2015 9:31:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    National Interest ^ | August 9, 2015 | Doug Bandow
    Here's a Tip: Don't Give North Korea More Aid "No matter what promises North Korea makes and agreements North Korea signs, nothing is likely to change." Doug Bandow August 9, 2015 Shenyang, China: North Korea is a major topic of interest in this provincial capital in China’s northeast. The “Hermit Kingdom” is just a couple hours away by car. Pyongyang sends diplomats and students to Shenyang while attempting to stem the flow of refugees. Again the North’s harvest does not look good. Observers warn that another famine may be coming. The first reports of drought appeared earlier this year. The...
  • How marijuana is making California drought worse

    08/06/2015 3:48:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | August 6, 2015 | By Pete Spotts
    California's most valuable cash crop, marijuana, is taking a heavy toll on some of the state's most sensitive ecosystems, with the effects ranging from erosion, contamination, threats to wildlife, and heavy water use at a time of severe drought. The situation is prompting ecologists and wildlife managers to urge greater focus on bringing marijuana plots under tighter environmental scrutiny. It's a tall order, notes a research team calling for the added focus via an article in the August issue of the journal BioScience. Among the challenges: Money to beef up enforcement and to cover cleanup is scarce. And where some...
  • Named and shamed: Californians blast each other for water-wasting on social media

    08/02/2015 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2015 | Myriah Towner
    Californians are taking to drought shaming sites to tattle on each other for wasting water. Residents are using the sites to out each other for reasons including neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking as the state's historic drought continues. The tattling has also reached social media where residents are using the hashtags 'droughtshaming' and 'watershaming' to reveal any water-wasting activities. An app called DroughtShame was even developed to 'capture geotagged photo proof of disregard for California's water restrictions'.
  • California website takes anonymous water waste tips in drought

    07/31/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 31 July 2015
    SACRAMENTO — California is launching a state website that lets residents tattle on water wasters, from neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking. California has multiple restrictions on water use, including banning washing cars with hoses that don't shut off and restricting lawn-watering within two days of rainfall. But enforcement varies widely across the parched state. Residents can send details and photos of water waste at www.savewater.ca.gov . Complaints are then sent to local government agencies based on the address of the offense. The site went online Thursday as the latest conservation initiative. More than 300...
  • Vast hidden 'ocean' found under Chinese desert

    07/31/2015 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | July 30, 2015 20:30 BST | By Yasmin Kaye
    Workers digging a well for underground water are dwarfed by the sand dunes of the Taklimakan Desert, 13 September 2003, outside of Tazhong, in China's northwest Xinjiang province. ================================================================================================================== Chinese scientists have discovered what could be a huge hidden ocean underneath one of the driest places on earth, the South China Morning Post reported on 30 July. The Tarim basin in northwestern Xinjiang, China, is one of the driest places on Earth, but the vast amount of salt water concealed underneath could equal 10 times the water found in all five of the Great Lakes in the US. "This is...
  • Worms infest Houston suburb water supply

    07/30/2015 2:25:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Dylan Baddour,
    No one seems to know how worms got in the tap water, but residents in Old River-Winfree, a town of about 1,400 just 25 miles east of Houston, are drinking from bottles this week. On Monday evening, the first residents of the Woodlands Acres Subdivision showed up at city offices with containers full of water and small red worms they say came out of their faucets, sprinklers and shower heads. Three days and dozens of reports later, Mayor Joe Landry said "people are not taking chances." ... She said this type of contamination can occur from backflow into pipes or...
  • What About a Mission to Europa?

    07/27/2015 11:59:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on July 27, 2015 | Fraser Cain
    Jupiter’s moon Europa has the most water in the entire Solar System. If you took all the water on Earth, collected it into a big sphere, it would measure almost 1,400 kilometers across. Europa’s water would measure nearly 1,800 kilometers.All that water exists in a layer around Europa, encased in a layer of ice. ... According to the plan, a spacecraft will launch in the 2020s, carrying 9 instruments to Europa. Most will be familiar cameras, mass spectrometers, and the like, to study the surface of Europa to a high level of resolution. Over the course of 45 flybys, the...
  • Meat of the Matter: Long-predicted water crisis is here

    07/26/2015 8:30:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | July 22, 2015 | Dan Murphy
    It’s not just producers and farmers who are getting hit with rising costs and growing shortages of water. When it comes to H2O, everyone better get prepared to pay more and get less. In its long history, water has never been more precious, more controversial, more expensive or more essential to agriculture and commerce than it is right now. A symbol of purity in cosmetic ads, a stand-in for quality in beer ads, the poster boy for violence and destruction during floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, water is currently so scarce out West that it threatens to decimate the nation’s most...
  • Saving Money on Water After Heavy Rain

    07/21/2015 9:05:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jul 20, 2015 | Consumer Bob
    Wait before turning on the sprinklers Heavy downpours across Southern California this weekend may help some make their water bill a little lighter this month. San Diego resident Shelley Stapley said the weekend rain was great for the soil in her tomato garden. "It is saturated; the soil is wet," said Stapley. She usually waters her plants by hand but now she's waiting a while before watering again. "Less water, less money for the bill because water is really expensive," said Stapley. California drought regulations ban watering for 48 hours after a rain, but Mark Mahady with Walter Andersen Nursery...
  • Israeli water firms head to California to help combat drought

    07/20/2015 10:25:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18, 2015 | By SHARON UDASIN
    "California is facing a severe drought after several arid years," said Gili Ovadia, consul in the Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast. A delegation of Israeli water companies headed to California on Thursday, in order to promote solutions to the severe drought that the coastal state has been facing, the Economy Ministry said that evening. The firms, which hail from the fields of water purification and management, are visiting the state as part of a broader effort to increase cooperation between Israel and California in the water industry. Among the companies in the delegation are the bio-security firm Atlantium...
  • Floodwaters wash out, shut down part of I-10 in Southern California

    07/20/2015 10:07:43 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 15 replies
    cnn.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ed Payne and Joe Sutton,
    Heavy rains and flooding washed out parts of Interstate 10 in Southern California, shutting down traffic in both directions. (snip) The incident took place near Desert Center, about 170 miles east of Los Angeles and about 50 miles from the Arizona border.
  • Disputed San Joaquin River Water will go to West Valley farmers

    07/14/2015 3:29:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 7-13-15 | Mark Grossi
    Federal officials Tuesday will begin releasing a disputed allotment of San Joaquin River water from Millerton Lake to a group of west San Joaquin Valley growers with water rights dating back to the 1870s. East-Valley growers last week had argued the unexpected allotment belonged to them, citing an agreement this year with the west-side growers over water in Millerton. But the west-siders, who belong to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractor Authority, said they have honored the earlier deal, and this water has nothing to do with that agreement. The additional water from spring storms should be distributed through the...
  • The most amazing truth about California's water crisis

    07/12/2015 9:32:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/12/15 | Newsmachete
    I read with great interest an article by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes about the real cause of the water shortages in California. In the summer of 2002, shortly before I was elected to Congress, I sat through an eye-opening meeting with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council... they told me something astonishing: Their goal was to remove 1.3 million acres of farmland from production. They showed me maps that laid out their whole plan: From Merced all the way down to Bakersfield, and on the entire west side of the Valley as well as part of the east side,...
  • Engineers purify sea and wastewater in 2.5 minutes

    07/11/2015 12:14:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 4/17/2015
    A group of Mexican engineers from the Jhostoblak Corporate created technology to recover and purify seawater or wastewater from households, hotels, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, regardless of the content of pollutants and microorganisms in just 2.5 minutes. The system, PQUA, works with a mixture of dissociating elements, capable of separating and removing all contaminants, as well as organic and inorganic pollutants. "The methodology is founded on molecularly dissociating water pollutants to recover the minerals necessary and sufficient in order for the human body to function properly nourished," the researchers explained.Notably, the engineers developed eight dissociating elements, and after extensive...
  • I would like to ask a Patent Attorney a Few Questions

    07/10/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by lafroste · 62 replies
    Me | 7/10/15 | Me
    I would like to ask a patent attorney about protecting my IP. I have a relatively spectacular solution to a severe water wasting problem (see Poway, CA) The problem they experienced is NOT endemic to CA but is present across the USA. I have engineered a solution. But I need to learn the basics of IP protection 101. Any Patent attorneys: I could really use some advice. PS: I am a Professional engineer with more than 30 years experience, I know what I am talking about.
  • Desalination plants key to Perth water security

    07/10/2015 5:56:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    al Jazeera ^ | July 9, 2015 | Royce Kurmelovs
    Perth, Australia - Up to a third of Perth's drinking water starts life in the Indian Ocean where it is drawn into an intake pump about 400 metres inland. It is pumped another kilometre into the sprawling, open-plan complex at the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant in Binningup, Western Australia (WA). Here, the seawater goes through a complex five-step filtering process that includes 32,872 reverse osmosis membranes and 18,080 ultra-filtration membranes. About 45 percent of the seawater entering the system gets turned into fresh drinking water that can then be piped out north towards Perth, or even as far as Kalgoorlie...
  • Official: Water Tom Selleck accused of stealing was paid for

    07/10/2015 2:33:57 PM PDT · by rey · 59 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 10 July 2015
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE — Water from a public hydrant that Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing from in dry California was legally purchased, an official said. The Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County sued the "Magnum, P.I." star, alleging that a tanker truck filled up at the hydrant and took it to Selleck's 60-acre ranch more than a dozen times in the past two years. The district announced a tentative settlement with Selleck on Thursday. Jay Spurgin, public works director for Thousand Oaks, said a construction company paid a fee to secure the rights to draw water from the...
  • Thirsty Californians Tithe To High-Speed Rail [One of the worst investments ever]

    07/10/2015 12:21:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/10/2015 | Georgi Boorman
    California is a beautiful state, but its incompetent government has turned it into a national joke—a “meanwhile, in California” meme seems appropriate for whatever’s going on elsewhere, because odds are California is doing something even dumber, like declaring an Uber driver is an employee instead of a private contractor, making laws about your bathroom’s temperature, or banning “ex-gay” reparative therapy. Today, during one of California’s most severe droughts in recent history, we can illustrate like so: The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial in April opposing building more desalination plants like the brand new one opening in Carlsbad, which...
  • City of Weatherford Insists Brown Water Safe to Drink

    07/07/2015 4:13:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Monday, Jul 6, 2015 | Kevin Cokely
    Residents of Weatherford say their water has been brown for weeks. While they say the city told them it can't be fixed, officials insist the water is safe to drink. "I'm not drinking this water," said Weatherford resident Carole Vernon. "They assured us that it's OK to drink, but I'd like a third party to test it. I don't know if, I mean, that's not very appetizing." The water flowing from Vernon's faucet looks clear, but a bathtub full of the water has a noticeable golden brown tint. "When you get a concentrated [amount], like in a bathtub or a...
  • ( 13 ) States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

    07/06/2015 2:09:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | June 29, 2015 | Daniel Enoch
    Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who joined in the lawsuit, noted that 35 states have filed comments in opposition to the rule and several other attorneys general are considering filing challenges. The EPA is overstepping...
  • Poway mayor explains why city had to dump 550,000 gallons of water (Too much water conservation)

    07/05/2015 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 53 replies
    10news.com ^ | July 3 2015 | Matt Mendes
    The mayor of Poway is defending the city's decision to dump more than 500,000 gallons of what appeared to be perfectly good drinking water. "I think it's a shame," said resident Helen Shelden. "I think the city should've prepared better for it." "It was a perfect storm of conservation and heat," said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. Vaus said Poway residents conserved so much water -- by 45 percent in May -- that the water just sat in the Blue Crystal Reservoir. Heat eventually got to it and there was a chemical imbalance of Chloramine. Because of state regulations, Vaus told...
  • California Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity

    07/01/2015 10:31:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 7-1-15 | Victor Davis Hansen
    California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched state now prays...
  • Liberal kalifornians arguing about their water shortage

    06/30/2015 9:59:02 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 14 replies
    It's a musician's forum but they talk about current events and politics, without really talking about politics. They're discussing the current water shortage and are dancing around the real issues, viz. moonbeam inviting the entire third world into the state and the fact that the "environmentalists" (who I suspect of actually following some primitive stone aged religion attaching spiritual significance to a turtle) are determined to return civilization to wilderness. Unbelievable. Liberals are truly insane. Discussion here.
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • Is California trying to take our water?

    06/28/2015 8:42:54 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Tony Davis
    Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva don’t agree on much, but both worry California could take Arizona’s water. The conservative governor and the liberal congressman say Arizona must be vigilant to ensure its drought-parched neighbor doesn’t use federal action to grab some of Arizona’s Colorado River supply. Of particular concern is a California drought bill that’s been quietly negotiated for months in the U.S. Senate. “The secrecy generates concern and nervousness. Nobody I know in Arizona knows what’s in this bill at this point,” says Chuck Cullom, who manages Colorado River issues for the Central Arizona Project,...
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • Britain faces FREEZING winters as slump in solar activity threatens 'little Ice Age'

    06/24/2015 1:05:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    UK Express ^ | 6/24/15 | Nathan Rao
    Climate experts warn the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nosediving to levels "not seen for centuries". They fear a repeat of the so-called 'Maunder Minimum' which triggered Arctic winter whiteouts and led to the River Thames freezing 300 years ago. The Met Office-led study warns although the effect will be offset by recent global warming, Britain faces years of unusually cold winters. A spokesman said: "A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of cold winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States but wouldn't halt global...
  • Nanny State of EPA and Others

    06/23/2015 3:51:55 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/15 | Jack Dini
    The EPA is concerned that the average shower, which lasts just eight minutes, uses 18 gallons of water, and has asked Americans to reduce their shower length by at lest one minute The EPA wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The goal of the project is to change the behavior of Americans when they stay at hotels. (1) The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to ‘modify their behavior.’ The EPA is concerned that the average shower,...