Monthly Archives: March 2010

California-Nevada AWWA Conference

The Spring Conference of the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association officially begins today. One way for you to participate in the conference for free is to follow this link to get an entry pass to the product …
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Spring Conference for CA-NV AWWA

I’ve had a lot going on this week, so I failed to post anything on Tuesday and Thursday. I hope you’re not too disappointed! Next week will likely be a problem, too, as I plan on attending the Spring Conference …
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How the EPA Celebrated World Water Day

How did the United States Environmental Protection Agency commemorate World Water Day on Monday? You know, the day established to draw attention to the plight of over a billion people on our planet that are not blessed with high quality …
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World Water Day and C-diff

As this is a blog for water and environmental issues, I will refrain from comment on the biggest news of the day, health care. But I would like to discuss public health on this, World Water Day (see www.worldwaterday.org). Yesterday, …
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Happy St. Joseph’s Day

Today is the feast of St. Joseph. This is near and dear to me, because my middle name is Joseph. Christian tradition holds that St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus. It also holds that he was a practicing …
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Where do you want it put?

In yesterday’s blog, I related the story of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s massive expenditure of public funds to “green up” his credentials to run for California governor. A story on page AA4 of today’s LA Times reminds me that …
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A Tale of Two — or Three — Mayors

http://dailynews.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=28509283&event=349321&CategoryID=26304 It’s fitting that I should refer to a column by an Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day, isn’t it? It is also appropriate that the topic for today is being “green.” Above is a poor link – but the best …
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National Geographic on California Water

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/04/plumbing-california/bourne-text/1 I wanted to discuss the proposed LADWP rate increases today, but I’m out of time. Perhaps later this week. Today, though, I have a link to a very comprehensive piece from the National Geographic on California’s water situation. I …
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"Beware the Ides of March"

You probably recognize the quote in the headline, even if you forgot that it comes to us from William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. With this quote, Caesar was warned in advance of his untimely demise at the hands of his …
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LA Times Endorses "Pinnipedicide"

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-salmon12-2010mar12,0,7118260.storyWhile reading the editorial “An upstream battle” in today’s LA Times (link above), the words of a Steven Stills song came to me: “Who’s gonna live? Who’s gonna die? Do you want to know? Does it give you a sense …
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Illillouette Falls, Yosemite National Park

This is one of the many waterfalls that drop into the Yosemite Valley. It is a bit harder to see than most, and this view required a hike of several miles into the backcountry. You can also get a distant …
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LifeSource Water Systems — A Nice Brochure

By far, the most common water quality consumer complaint in southern California is hard water. A savvy business ought to be able to capitalize on such a fact. Hanging on my front gate a few days ago was a nice, …
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A New Dam on the San Joaquin? I Think Not.

Bettina Boxall of the LA Times brings us some hope today of a new reservoir. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-water-dam9-2010mar09,0,1524565.story I am not confident, despite the pressing need.How pressing is the need? We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the bond measure …
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"Twenty-Six Miles Across the Sea"

I’m betting you didn’t know this: Southern California Edison is in the water business! But, as reported in last Saturday’s LA Times, they would like out of their Catalina Island water system. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-catalina-edison6-2010mar06,0,1622439.story.Like many utility arrangements, SCE’s unlikely foray into …
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Water Storage Update and World Water Day

The results of Wednesday’s snow survey are encouraging. The California Department of Water Resources reports that the snow levels are at 107 percent of normal. That’s not way above normal, but it’s better than the 80 percent of normal at …
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