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Hydrogen Power from Sewage?

MOST was intrigued by an article with the headline “Flush, then fill up: Japan taps sewage to fuel hydrogen-powered cars” from this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times.  As MOST Subscribers realize, MOST knows his … sewage!  And energy and the environment …
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Sizing the Delta Tunnels

In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, George Skelton seems incredulous that the planned Delta Tunnels must be so large.  But Mr. Skelton is a journalist, not an engineer.  And he didn’t do the math.  So let’s do it for him.  See …
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Water For Drinking

“Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting.”  Although there is some controversy regarding the actual author of this phrase (which is widely attributed to Mark Twain), there can be little controversy as to its truth — at least in …
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Perchlorate on Mars

Thanks to Subscriber Victor for this tip:  NASA’s rover “Curiosity” has found perchlorate on Mars!  That would be the very same perchlorate that is regulated in drinking water in California — although the USEPA has yet to establish a drinking …
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Huell Howser Retires

He is a California public television icon, and apparently he is retiring.  Huell Howser has been the host of California Gold and other similar shows for as long as we can remember.  But what does that have to do with …
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Peripheral Tunnels

We may need to discontinue our subscription to the Los Angeles Times — we’re not sure that our blood pressure can handle it any longer.  It’s not really the Times’ fault — this time.  Their Bettina Boxall is merely reporting …
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Chromium from Disney?

We’re back after a nice vacation to a much cooler part of the world than our current abode in Valencia, California:  Alaska.  There is much to catch up with, and we apologize for those who contacted us last week.  We’re …
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Restore Hetch Hetchy?

Water is vital to life.  It is also vital to economic activity.  And water is scarce in the desert southwest United States.  Because of this conflict between need and availability, there are many lurid stories related to water supply in …
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Aquarium of the Pacific

One of Southern California’s real gems is the Aquarium of the Pacific.  If you haven’t been there, you should really plan to do so, and make sure you take the whole family.  (Today’s photo is from there.)  And while you’re there, …
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Introduction Treatment Course

Thanks to those of you who signed up for the Introduction Water Treatment course that we will be teaching all this week for the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association.  Because of that commitment, don’t expect any more …
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Fracking With Water Quality

There has been a lot of controversy lately about a procedure to extract oil and natural gas.  This procedure is called “Hydraulic Fracturing,” or “Fracking,” and it involves pumping water, sand, and sometimes other chemicals into the soil to improve …
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Close Hetch Hetchy?

The Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park has served as a major water source to San Francisco for about a century.  If you’re unfamiliar with California geography, you need to appreciate a few things here.  First, Hetch Hetchy was …
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Is Preservation Good For The Environment?

Inadvertently, the Los Angeles Times today argued the case that preserving a “natural” ecosystem may be harmful to the environment.  Consider these two articles: the first shows the extreme steps taken by the federal government to return Santa Rosa Island …
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What Price Water?

Thanks to my friend Bill for forwarding a recent article from the San Diego Union-Tribune.  In it, Dutch economist David Zetland describes how water is priced very differently from other commodities in our society.  He contends that this robs us of …
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Water and Politics

There’s a famous quote from Mark Twain about water in the Western United States:  “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting.”  It seems water and politics are thoroughly entwined.  I happened across an interesting, 5-minute video clip on this very …
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