Monthly Archives: July 2010

The State Test Is Coming!

Today is the last weekday of July. That means August is upon us next week, and September is right behind that. Saturday, September 18, is the date for the next California Water Distribution Operator exam. And now is the time …
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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

It’s Tuesday, and I’m back, as promised. My absence these past few days has been due to the family summer vacation. So as I sat down today to get out my first blog after vacation, all I could think of …
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Who Is The Endangered Species Here?

Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times reports today on a newly published report commissioned by the California State Water Resources Board, at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-water-delta-20100722,0,2161458.story The report concludes that exports of water for humans in farms and cities must drop by …
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The Eagle Has Landed!

Today marks the 41st anniversary of Man’s first steps on the Moon. You can read more about this incredible Human accomplishment under the “This Day In History” tab at www.history.com — the History Channel’s web site. This event must have …
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"If We Can Put a Man on the Moon …"

I guess I should “fess up” right away: I have had it with people with no imagination. Today’s photo is of President John F. Kennedy, who had the imagination to see us get into space, and land men on the …
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Name This Body of Water

You folks have given me no end of grief for asking you to identify a few bodies of water in past blogs. “Too easy,” you said. Well, guess this one!In addition to this photo, I’ll give you a few hints.This …
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Conservation Begins at Home

Summer has finally hit southern California with a vengeance. We blogged on the official coming of Summer on June 21, but the real heat of Summer has just started. As we mentioned in that blog, Summer is the most challenging …
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Update, Including Water Storage

Today I want to update you on two items. First, we look at the water storage picture in the California State Water Project for the first time in two weeks. Today’s graph is the first update from the Department of …
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Groundwater Pollution in the San Fernando Valley – II

Today we continue looking at the decades-old problem of groundwater pollution in the San Fernando Valley. In the previous blog, we looked at how the water got polluted in the first place — we blamed “Rosie the Riveter.” Today, we …
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Groundwater Pollution in the San Fernando Valley

Today’s lead editorial in the Los Angeles Daily News addresses a long-standing water quality problem for the City of Los Angeles and neighboring communities in the San Fernando Valley: groundwater pollution. See: http://www.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_15486521 This is a follow-up to a report …
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The Annual Water Quality Report, Continued

We continue deciphering the Annual Water Quality Report today. You know, the report that was supposed to tell non-technical consumers that their water was safe to drink (or not) in a simple, easy-to-comprehend format — but has become the committee-mutated …
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Decifering the Annual Water Quality Report

Yesterday, we looked at the intent and the sad fate of the Annual Water Quality Report. Today, we’re going to try to “decode” the AWQR, to see if we can actually determine if our water is safe or not. Again, …
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The Annual Water Quality Report

Sorry to abandon you over the past week, but a blogger needs his time off, too! By now, you should have received the Annual Water Quality Report from your water provider. It is mandated that every customer receive this report …
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Happy Independence Day!

Folks, I will be out of town the next few days, and so will be absent from these pages. Feel free to stop by and catch up on some of the archives that you may have missed. And keep on …
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