Monthly Archives: February 2010

State Water Distribution Exam Review Course

Several people have expressed an interest in a review class prior to the March 20 State exam. I will hold such a class on Saturday, March 13, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Valencia Hilton Garden Inn. The …
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50 Blogs!

Blogspot informs me that, as of today, I have posted fifty blogs on this site. In honor of that achievement, I am posting a photo of the US flag — with its fifty stars, signifying the fifty states. This flag …
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Low-Tech Disease Control

This word came last October 14: “Despite the existence of inexpensive and efficient means of treatment, diarrhoea kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined, according to a report issued today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).”The …
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California Water Certification Deadline — March 1

The application deadline for the May Water Treatment Operator exam in California is March 1 — that’s next Monday, folks. If you need more information on the application/examination/certification process, see http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/occupations/Documents/Opcert/TreatmentPackage1-08.pdf Or e-mail me at mclean.stephen@ca.rr.com with questions. But don’t …
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A New Greenhouse Gas!

I would really like to focus on water-related topics, but somehow the LA Times won’t let me escape from the anthropogenic – human-caused – global warming (AGW) issue. As an aside, we know that this must be a serious issue …
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Hysterical Over Fluoride

I can finally feel confident in my opinion regarding fluoride for Watsonville, as expressed in last Tuesday’s blog: holding an opinion contrary to the LA Times usually means you’re right! Last Friday, the lead editorial in the LA Times stated …
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The Drought Is Over. Long Live the Drought!

According to last Tuesday’s USA Today, the drought is over. Hurrah!http://www.usatoday.com/weather/drought/2010-02-16-drought-us-reversal_N.htmThis article includes this quote: “”The lack of drought is extraordinary,” said Douglas Le Comte, a meteorologist with the federal Climate Prediction Center.”After the last few drought years, the reservoirs …
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Feinstein or the LA Times?

Last Friday, we praised Senator Dianne Feinstein for her efforts to allow additional water deliveries into the California State Water Project. Today, the LA Times condemns her for this action, at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-feinstein17-2010feb17,0,2472129.story.In this editorial, the LA Times asserts that Feinstein’s …
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Fluoride for Watsonville?

Fluoride may just be the most confusing constituent in drinking water. It is the only constituent that has a primary standard, a secondary standard – and that is mandated to be added to the water!A constituent’s concentration in water is …
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A Tale of Two Senators

Here’s quite an interesting turn of political events, as reported by Bettina Boxall of the LA Times on page AA4 today, and in her blog at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/02/feinstein-seeks-to-ease-restrictions-on-pumping-water-from-delta-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29Senator Dianne Feinstein is proposing a temporary loosening of restrictions on pumping from the …
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The Sacramento River Delta

This is a good look at the Sacramento River Delta, courtesy Flickr. This shows how disturbed the Delta ecosystem has become, primarily by agricultural activities over the last century. Farmers found rich, fertile soil, and a constant, reliable source of …
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NRDC: Two Weeks is Too Long

Well, that didn’t take long.Today’s LA Daily News has a report attributed to the Associated Press that says our old pals at the National Resources Defense Council are at it again. (I couldn’t find the story on the AP’s web …
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Temporary Green Light in the Delta

In our December 31 blog, we equated the Sacramento River Delta to a traffic intersection. When the light is red, water doesn’t flow to cities and farms, and instead flows along its natural course to the ocean – thus keeping …
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Bridalveil Fall and Certification Deadline

This photo is Bridalveil Fall from the great Ansel Adams. This is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in the world, situated opposite of El Capitan at the entrance to Yosemite Valley. A couple of reminders today for California Operators: The …
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The Carbon Cycle

Yesterday, we got a quick look at organic chemistry, and identified several different substances that contain carbon. These include carbon by itself – as an element – carbon dioxide (CO2), and biomolecules (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.) fast cash 4 homes …
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