Monthly Archives: April 2011

May Day! May Day!

“May Day” has several connotations. I’ll tell you which ones apply to today’s blog and the one that doesn’t. First, May Day — or more commonly, mayday — is a distress signal. I have been distressed of late. This accounts …
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Los Angeles’ Invisible Reservoirs

The advent of the Surface Water Treatment Rule some 20 years or so ago posed some significant problems for water agencies throughout the United States. Arguably, no one was more impacted that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. …
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Big Bear Lake Is Full

Two good winters in succession have filled Big Bear Lake, according to this piece in today’s Los Angeles Times (who also provide today’s photo): http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-big-bear-lake-20110417,0,6940979.story For folks who don’t know, Big Bear Lake is a recreation area in the San …
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Chlorine Breakpoint Curve

April 15 is upon us, which means it’s Tax Day in the USA. Make sure you’ve filed your returns! It sounds like we have a slight reprieve until Monday, due to some obscure holiday observed only in Washington D.C. Another …
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Bad Water in a National Park?

Thanks to Follower Franck for today’s topic. Apparently, Franck has too much free time and disposal income, because he recently took a vacation to Sequoia National Park. You know, the park in California with the huge trees, such as the …
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Mercury Contamination — Deja Vu

We have all heard the expression, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” We have yet another good intention leading us to somewhere we don’t want to go, this time with Mercury from compact fluorescent light bulbs, or …
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Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Part Deux

I reported to you about a week ago that we passed the 10,000 visits mark on this site. Thanks again to all. We just passed the 11,000 mark two days ago, so the site remains much more popular than I …
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It’s Time For Dodger Baseball!

Last Thursday was Opening Day for the major league baseball season. I have been a Dodger fan since I was in first grade, when my Dad took me to my first baseball game — at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum! …
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It’s April!

I don’t know if March really came “in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but it’s over, and April is upon us. One of my hobbies is puzzle solving. It’s really not all that surprising, because that’s just …
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How Bad Is Perchlorate?

I’ve had a few posts on the topic of perchlorate — and here goes another one! It is an oxidizer, and is used in fireworks, flares, munitions, and rockets. And it is found in several communities around the country where …
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