Monthly Archives: December 2010

Post #199 — Last Post of 2010

I’ll be enjoying friends and family over the next few days as we celebrate the beginning of a new year. I wish each of you a happy and healthy 2011. Today’s photo might be a repeat, as Vernal Falls in …
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Is The Drought Over?

Most of California has experienced the wettest December in at least 120 years. Does this mean that the drought is over? See today’s Los Angeles Daily News article on this (and today’s photo of the Sylmar cascades of the Los …
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Merry Christmas and Aliens Among Us

Okay, we have a quiz today: What is shown in today’s picture? Hints to follow below, beginning with a story in today’s Los Angeles Times. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-arsenic-bacteria-lessons-20101222,0,7347052.story Since the mid 1800’s, when Mendeleyev and Meyer independently developed the first Periodic …
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Gaseous Chlorine — Friend or Foe?

If you’re interested in a low-cost (free, actually) monthly magazine on water and wastewater issues, I recommend Water and Wastes Digest. As a free magazine, it is loaded with ads, of course, but each month has a few nice articles …
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Winter Solstice 2010

Believe it or not, Winter begins today. Yes, all that rain we saw in California in the past several days occurred in the Fall. We are on track to have the wettest December ever, at least in southern California. In …
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Wet Enough For You?

Dire predictions of drought conditions this coming year, due to a “La Nina” condition in the Pacific Ocean, have given way to dire predictions of floods — on a scale that might scare Noah! See today’s article in the Los …
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McLean Water Training Blog: One Year Anniversary

Yes, it’s true. One full year of blogging here at Training for Water System Operators. With 193 posts in 365 days, we’ve averaged more than one every other day. Thanks again to those of you who encouraged me to begin …
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Will Erin Brockovich Give The Money Back?

A truly shocking story showed up on the front page of the LA Extra section of the Los Angeles Times yesterday. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hinkley-cancer-20101213,0,7881571.story The story is shocking in two ways. First, it is shocking that the LA Times actually ran …
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What is Alkalinity?

My thanks today to Scott Hilburn, who writes the comic strip “Argyle Sweater.” You can find him at http://www.theargylesweater.com/ Scott humorously raises the question, “What is Alkalinity?” (Also, what does it have to do with batteries? Are alkaline batteries better? …
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Delta Pollution From Sacramento

Who is responsible for the sorry state of the ecology in the Sacramento River Delta? And who is responsible for the extremely poor water quality withdrawn from the Delta for drinking water in Central and Southern California? A look at …
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Water Supply Update — 2011 Initial Allocation

Well, we’ve “weathered” — if you’ll pardon the expression — the dry months of summer and fall, and we have seen the normal declines in water levels in the major storage reservoirs of the state. From a water supply standpoint, …
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Remember Pearl Harbor

Today is the anniversary of the attack by the Empire of Japan on Pearl Harbor. Until 9/11, it was the deadliest attack on American soil, with over 2400 lives lost. Also lost were four battleships, including the subject of today’s …
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