Monthly Archives: June 2010

Do You Support the Water Bond Measure?

Unbelievably, today’s title can be asked of the person most responsible for it, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. See the lead story in today’s LA Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-arnold-water-20100630,0,5464745.story After several months of political machinations, the Governor and the California legislature put together …
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Storm Water Pollution in Malibu

Where does the water go when it rains? The short answer, always, is “downhill.” And downhill ultimately means the ocean. But how does it get from my street to the ocean? And what is the quality of this “storm water”? …
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Please Help My Daughter Get Through College

I have a brief plea to make of each of you. Blogging is not all that glamorous, and certainly not very profitable. About a week ago, ads began appearing around each day’s blog. I have not found them too distracting …
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"Without Chemicals, Life Itself Would Be Impossible"

The LA Times does a better job of getting me going in the morning than a cup of coffee. This is because of their uncanny ability to increase my blood pressure — naturally, without the use of chemicals. See this …
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Water Storage Update

I did not intend to give another water storage update so soon, but there have been a couple of important late season developments that are worth discussing today. As the latest graph from the California Department of Water Resources shows, …
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Certification Update

Today’s photo is another from my “fact-finding mission” last month to examine our water supply first hand. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! This is Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, with a combined …
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Sludge Removal

Thanks to Luis Margheritis for today’s photo, which is of a newly revised sludge removal process. It seemed to be better than a picture of actual sludge for today’s topic.I have been fortunate to work with over 60 different water …
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Is the Drought Over?

The lead story in last Sunday’s LA Times was this article from Bettina Boxall — http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/scimedemail/la-me-water-drought-20100620,0,4400238.story. The online version of the story includes today’s photo of Lake Hollywood Reservoir. In essence, it posed the question in the title of today’s …
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Welcome to Summer

Today is the first official day of Summer, also known as the Summer Solstice. It is the day with the longest time period from sunup until sundown in the northern hemisphere. Because of this, June 21 is sometimes known as …
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Fixing the Sacramento River Delta

Thanks to Follower Mic for sending along this link about a month ago: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9FBLI101.htm The Sacramento River Delta is the largest river delta on the west coast of the United States. It is remarkable for many things, including its unique …
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Why Are They Called the "Lakers"?

As a lifelong Laker fan, I couldn’t let the momentous occasion of the seventh game of the National Basketball Association championships pass without comment. But we still have a minor water theme for today. My all-time favorite Laker is Jerry …
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Water Storage Update

Here’s the weekly update from the California Department of Water Resources. The storage in Oroville continues to increase, but ever so slightly in the past week. We should begin to see a decline by next week, and that should continue …
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Biochemical Oxygen Demand

In a few recent blogs, I have lamented that some of our water quality requirements (Disinfection By-Products, Chloride, etc.) seem disproportionately strict. So what is important, and what should we be strict about? On top of the list is Biochemical …
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Comparing Health Risks of Water and Pharmaceuticals

“How safe is my drinking water?” That is probably the second-most-asked question I encounter, following only “Are we running out of water?” Today, we examine the former question from a different perspective – that of the relative safety of one …
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Water Storage Update

The news continues to improve on the water storage front. Today’s update from the California Department of Water Resources shows a nice jump in storage over the past week at Lake Oroville, the largest component of storage in the State …
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