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San Antonio Water Restrictions Turn Texas Neighbor Against Neighbor

Posted by joe 1828 days ago in Planning and Management from http://abcnews.go.com

In San Antonio, a lush, green lawn is a cause for suspicion rather than pride.

While much of Texas is in the middle of a devastating drought, San Antonio's is the worst the area has seen since the 1950s. The lack of rainfall is projected to cost the state over $4 billion in lost crops and livestock.

September 2007 to June 2009 was the all-time driest 22-month period for San Antonio, with a ... Read More

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Roanoke River chemical levels constant, study says

Posted by planetearth 1827 days ago in Water Quality from http://www.roanoke.com

The latest study of PCB contamination in the upper Roanoke River has pinpointed the primary area where the pollutant enters the water as between the Memorial Avenue and Walnut Avenue bridges in Roanoke.

But the state Department of Environmental Quality has yet to identify any specific sources of the contamination, which does not appear to be increasing despite some isolated high levels.

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Water, water everywhere

Posted by planetearth 1826 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.sddt.com

It's true. San Diego is surrounded by water. "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink," bemoaned the Ancient Mariner. This supply is called the Pacific Ocean. "Look out the window at the biggest reservoir right in our backyard," suggested Scott Maloni of Poseidon Resources, one of the speakers at a June forum.
A panel of experts on water procurement and hydrology research addressed one of ... Read More

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Tunnel under delta could be alternative to canal

Posted by maggie 1825 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www3.signonsandiego.com

A possible answer to Southern California's water-delivery woes has emerged right underfoot, literally.

The state Department of Water Resources is exploring the price and engineering challenges associated with digging a roughly 35-mile tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to bring more supplies to Southern California.

“We don't have the costs worked out,” said Lester Snow, Califor ... Read More

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Environmental groups campaign of wry lies against bottled water

Posted by babyaqua 1825 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.mercurynews.com

Can an ad campaign turn bottled water into the new tobacco?

Taking a cue from anti-tobacco campaigns, Tappening, a group opposed to bottled water on environmental grounds, has introduced a campaign called "Lying in Advertising" that positions bottled water companies as spreading corporate untruths.

One poster claims "Bottled Water Causes Blindness in Puppies," while another reads "Bottled W ... Read More

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Homeless man rescued from sewer after 2 days

Posted by babyaqua 1822 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.chinadaily.com.cn

A homeless man stranded in sewage for two days was rescued in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, last Wednesday.

Passersby found the 30-something man in a 4-m-deep sewage tank in the city's Gaoxin Dadao area, with half his body soaked in the dirty water.

Firefighters used water canons to clean the mess off the man before sending him to a hospital. ... Read More

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Illinois takes step to protect water quality -- chicagotribune

Posted by joe 1820 days ago in Water Quality from http://www.chicagotribune.com

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Scientists see Alaska, Washington glaciers shrink

Posted by maggie 1818 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://ap.alaskajournal.com

The U.S. Geological Survey says three glaciers in Alaska and Washington continue to shrink, a development that signals lower stream flows in summer months.

A report by a researcher at the USGS Water Science Center in Tacoma, Wash., Edward Josberger, finds a rapid and sustained retreat of the Wolverine Glacier on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and the Gulkana Glacier in Interior Alaska, as well as th ... Read More

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Soap: Good for cars, not fish

Posted by babyaqua 1815 days ago in Water Quality from http://www.thenewstribune.com

If you’re a fish, here’s an all-too-familiar summertime scene of horror: Humans sudsing up their cars on a steaming parking lot as toxic rivulets of soapy water, engine oil and grime gush down storm drains.

Soap compounds coat gills, making it tough for fish to take in air, and more susceptible to the perils of petroleum and pesticides.

That’s why environmental educators with local governme ... Read More

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A Rare Opportunity for Change: Californias Five New Water Bills

Posted by babyaqua 1814 days ago in Planning and Management from http://switchboard.nrdc.org

I have been working on California water issues for 25 years, and I've learned that major opportunities for transformative change doesn't come around too often. Now is one of those times.

Late last week, the California Legislature released a package of five major water reform bills (find links to each bill here). Like many others who work on water issues, I'm still combing through them. But I ... Read More

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