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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Do You Favor a UN-EPA?

We came across a provocative, 4-minute video regarding the possible establishment of a world-wide equivalent of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  “Provocative” is actually redundant here, as the author of the video is Dick Morris, who specializes in provocative.  …
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Water Jobs Outlook: Good!

National unemployment numbers continue to be very troubling, and an anemic economic recovery from the last recession doesn’t appear to be generating all that many jobs.  In fact, there are millions fewer people working in America today than there were …
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Drinking Water Week 2012

As I was strolling down the aisles at the local Hallmark store looking for a Mother’s Day card, I was appalled to find exactly zero cards for Drinking Water Week.  Actually, I wasn’t really appalled or surprised by this.  In …
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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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Global Warming … Again

If you do a site search here at MOST, you will find that, apart from water system operations topics, no topic comes up as much as global warming.  I haven’t posted lately on this topic, but those of you who …
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Algae and Sewage at Cal Poly SLO

If you take the time to read my bio, you’ll see that I am a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Yeah, that always get shortened to SLO.  I also grew up in that area, and my first job …
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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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A Date That Will Live In Infamy

Today marks 70 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, labeled accurately at the time by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as, “A date that will live in infamy.”  I’ve been around a while, but that one I had to discover …
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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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Cows versus Trout in the Sierra

The Los Angeles Times had a provocative article in yesterday’s edition, with the same title as today’s post.  See: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-trout-grazing-20110925,0,4939371.story The site of the story by Louis Sahagun is the same general area that I visited last week.  While there, …
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Was Einstein Wrong?

Research scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have experimental data that suggests that there could be something wrong with Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.  See: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-0923-speed-of-light-20110923,0,497738.story These scientists have measured a particle travelling faster than the …
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Remembering 9/11

This weekend marks a very important date in the history of this great nation, the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.  After much discussion, a memorial was conceived for the former site of the World Trade Center that was destroyed in this …
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