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Government extends drought aid to all bushfire

Posted by maggie 1983 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.abc.net.au

All farmers affected by Victoria's bushfires will now be eligible for the Federal Government's drought assistance.

EC drought aid will be made available to farmers in the Latrobe and Macalister Irrigation Districts, for up to six months.

All other bushfire-affected areas are already Exceptional Circumstance declared.

The Federal Government has also joined up with livestock agents and sal ... Read More

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Southern Governors Wage Water War Over Rights to Lake Lanier

Posted by kevesha 1980 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.foxnews.com

A trio of Southern governors are fighting a water war to determine who has rights to the resources in Georgia's Lake Lanier, a man-made reservoir that provides drinking water to the nearly 4 million residents of the metro Atlanta area — and the city's getting thirsty.

Atlanta's population growth may have slowed with the economy, but its water use and a lingering drought have intensified legal ... Read More

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Official downplays Chinese drought impact

Posted by planetearth 1972 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.upi.com

A senior Chinese official said Friday his country's grain output hasn't been negatively affected by China's worst drought in 30 years.

Chen Xiwen, head of the office of the central leading rural work group, said the three-month drought recently endured by northern China wouldn't result in a significant drop in the country's grain production, China's official state-run Xinhua news agency said. ... Read More

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Japan loans Cambodia funds to improve water supply

Posted by maggie 1959 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au

Japan has provided Cambodia with a $US 35.5 million loan to improve the supply of water, and a smaller grant for mine clearing equipment.

The loan is for a water infrastructure project in Phnom Penh.

A signing ceremony for the Japanese aid was held in the capital, and attended by Japanese ambassador Katsuhiro Shinohara and Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

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Kane County seeks to give up water for nuke plant

Posted by babyaqua 1939 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.heraldextra.com

The Kane County Water Conservancy District has asked for permission to lease some of its water rights to operators of a proposed nuclear power project.
The district has agreed to lease the water -- nearly 30,000 acre feet a year -- for the plant about six miles west of Green River in Emery County.

An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons, enough to cover an acre of land with a foot of water or s ... Read More

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Power Saving Heat Pump Water Heaters by Panasonic

Posted by babyaqua 1938 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.ubergizmo.com

Panasonic has released its latest batch of 16 heat pump water heaters that are meant to save energy while keeping bathwater temperature constant by using a human presence sensor. When in place, this mechanism is able to reduce power consumption by up to 35% during winter, so make sure you place an order in order to snag one by July 10 as long as you're in Japan. It won't come cheap though, as one ... Read More

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Indian lunar orbiter sends back images to establish water presence on Moon

Posted by kevesha 1937 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://news.xinhuanet.com

A radar imaging camera on board Indian lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan-1, has sent back some amazing images which will give scientists definite clues about the presence or absence of water on the Moon surface, according to a report by local tabloid Mail Today Friday.

The camera, known as Mini- SAR, is one of the key payloads of the mission and has been developed by scientists from the United St ... Read More

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Why is a falling stream of water thinner at the top?

Posted by macy 1934 days ago in Fluid Mechanics from http://www.boston.com

A stream of water from the faucet is thinner at the top than at the bottom. What gives?

The key to the explanation is that water is all but impossible to compress. This is easy enough to test by filling a plastic bottle up to the top and screwing the lid on tightly; squeeze all you want and the volume won't change.

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Sand on streets now sand in Seattle's sewage gears

Posted by planetearth 1919 days ago in Planning and Management from http://hosted.ap.org

Sand spread on streets during snowstorms in December is now sand in the gears of the largest sewage treatment plant in the area.

Sand flushed into the sewage system by rainfall this spring is clogging filters, filling catch-basins and wearing out pumps at the West Point plant in Discovery Park in Seattle, the latest in a series of problems caused by sanding rather than salting icy streets ... Read More

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In need of a miracle

Posted by planetearth 1910 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.economist.com

EVER since they started pumping water for their vines, the winegrowers of Langhorne Creek have learnt to cope with crises. But none as grave as the one they face now. Their water source at the mouth of the Murray River, in South Australia, has turned salty. Adelaide, the state capital 55km (34 miles) away, has been told its water supply from the Murray can no longer be guaranteed. The Murray Darl ... Read More

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