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 >>
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.
A p ... read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
New law aims at reducing drugs and chemicals being flushed down drains and into drinking supplies ... read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>