Monthly Archives: April 2010

Time is of the Essence!

I thought I would continue with the math theme, as this is the most common area of concern for folks preparing for the State Treatment Operator exam. The exam is two weeks from tomorrow, so NOW is the time to …
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Water Math: Dimensional Analysis

As I mentioned last Friday, I am scheduled to teach two half-day sessions for the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association on May 6 in Rancho Cucamonga. The topics are Math Reviews to prepare for the State’s Treatment …
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Water Storage Update and Certification Exam Day

The Department of Water Resources updated their storage graph yesterday, and we continue to see an encouraging trend at Lake Oroville. Storage has almost reached last year’s levels for the same date. As the graph shows, last year also saw …
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Is It Necessary to Destroy Humanity in Order to Save It?

In today’s LA Times, Greg Goldin shows us the real playbook of the extreme environmentalist: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldin-20100426,0,2186700.story According to Goldin, the Iceland volcanic eruption “did us an unheralded favor. Believe it or not, all that ash swirling into the upper atmosphere …
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Another NASA Scientist’s View of Global Warming

Thanks to my long time pal Dave for sending me this editorial from the National Review Online: http://article.nationalreview.com/432225/earth-day-turns-40/roy-spencer This NASA scientist has just published a book with the intriguing title, “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the …
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Moderation in All Earth Day Things

We have all heard the expression, “Moderation in all things.” Among the first to espouse this philosophy was Aristotle, as expressed in his “Doctrine of the Mean.” (That’s mathematical average “mean,” not nasty “mean.”) In short, the wisdom being imparted …
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Water Storage Update

First, welcome to two new Followers, including yesterday’s contributor, Franck Rosenthal. The other new enlistee is a marine, judging by his/her cryptic e-mail identity. I suspect it’s “Karl.” Whoever it is, thank you for your service to our country, and …
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Should We Fluoridate Drinking Water?

My thanks to Franck Rosenthal for sending the following link to me, which I am happy to send along to you: This 5-minute video is an excellent discussion of the risks and benefits of fluoride in drinking water. We have …
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The Earth is Limited; Is Humanity?

I hope that you’ve all marked it on your calendars: Earth Day is this coming Thursday! http://www.earthday.org/earthday2010 I ask you to be vigilant this week. Don’t just accept what you are told by supposed experts and those with strictly political …
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Who Should Get the Water?

Today’s photo is of Lake Oroville, taken about one year ago. The current storage is very similar to this level. It is also improving slightly, thanks to some welcome storms late in the season. Despite the improvements, it will still …
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Volcano!

Lots to write about today, but very little time – and I have been absent since Monday. Perhaps I will have to get something out over the weekend. The big news that I want to address is the Iceland volcanic …
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Act Slowly on the Environment — We Might Be Wrong!

As readers of this blog already know, it is rare that I agree with an editorial from the LA Times. Today marks an exception – at least a partial one: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-fructose12-2010apr12,0,7795505.storyThe part of the editorial with which I agree most …
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Another Gaseous Hazard — Hydrogen Sulfide

WWW.OPENIAM.COM/DOCS/IDM-2_3/APIDOCS/COM/ Yesterday we looked at methane, a common gaseous hazard encountered in water distribution system operations. Today we will look at another such hazard, hydrogen sulfide.Believe it or not, the substance that most closely resembles hydrogen sulfide is water! Water …
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Methane: A Risk to Water System Operators

We have all heard of the West Virginia coal mining tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. And we continue to hope for the rescue of the missing miners.What caused this tragedy? Methane …
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Green Energy or Libraries and Parks?

Today’s hot topic in both the LA Daily News and the LA Times is the financial battle between the City of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power. The City is about to go broke, and it expects …
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