The debate over hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to extract oil and gas has largely focused on the chemicals injected underground and their potential impact on public health. Now, environmental groups are turning their attention to the waste produced by simply drilling a well in the first place. Water regulators in the Central Valley will consider the issue on Thursday. Listen to the podcast online at The California Report.
The average Californian uses about 1,500 gallons of water every day.
What? 1,500 gallons of water is a very long shower! That can’t be right; can it?
One thousand, five hundred gallons per day includes all the water used in the state divided by all the people in the state. In other words, 1,500 gallons includes all the water that it takes to water plants, wash cars, manufacture things, and run households. Read the story online at Redlands Daily Facts.
Despite a hint of rain and snow in the forecast next week, the Sacramento region and California as a whole can expect a third dry winter ahead. That’s according to an “experimental” long-range forecast released this week by the California Department of Water Resources. The forecast covers the 2014 water year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. It calls for “mostly dry conditions for most of California,” with dry conditions being especially likely in the south state. The forecast was done for the state by Klaus Wolter, a Ph.D. meteorologist and research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Read the entire story online at The Sacramento Bee.
As the first significant rain of the season fell on Northern California Wednesday, the state Department of Water Resources issued an ominous water supply estimate that makes it clear that much more precipitation is needed this winter. In its annual water allocation estimate, usually issued around Dec. 1, the department projects that it will be able to fill only 5 percent of the water requests it has received from the 29 water agencies it contracts with – agencies that serve about two-thirds of California’s population. Read the story online at SF Gate.
This webcast will address affordability and discuss important aspects of how to approach it in the context of integrated planning. In addition, this webcast will provide information on resources available to the water sector community to help in assessments, approaches, and activities necessary or helpful to completing an integrated plan in your community. Register for the webinar online.
Alexander has more than 18 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of advanced water, wastewater, and water reclamation facilities. His work has included providing technical direction and assistance on cutting-edge advanced treatment technology research projects. He has led the pilot and demonstration testing of various treatment processes including ozone, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and concentrate treatment. He has extensive experience in procurement and contract negotiation for more than 30 membrane systems including MF, RO, and MBR systems. He has been the lead membrane process and design expert on some of the most prominent indirect potable reuse projects in the U.S. and is currently applying his technical expertise to several direct potable reuse efforts. Read the entire article online at Hazen and Sawyer.
The California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) recently published a report, Review of Pyrethroid, Fipronil and Toxicity Monitoring Data from California Urban Watersheds, compiling monitoring data for two types of common currently used pesticides: pyrethroids and fipronil. The report summarizes thousands of samples from more than 100 urban surface waters throughout California.
The report documents widespread water and sediment toxicity in California urban waterways, with pyrethroid insecticides commonly identified as the apparent cause. Pyrethroids and their associated toxic effects have been found routinely in California urban areas, wherever monitoring is performed using technically appropriate protocols.
On November 6, EPA announced the release of a Synthesis Report on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy. The report is intended to help raise the awareness of water’s importance to the national economic welfare, and to summarize information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation’s water resources. The report highlights EPA’s review of the literature and practice on the importance of water to the U.S. economy, identifies key data gaps, and describes the implication of the study’s findings for future research. EPA intends this report will be a catalyst for a broader discussion about water’s critical role in the U.S. economy. Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Water stated in a message to the water sector that “water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services.” While some data are available about how important clean and available water is to various economic sectors–including agriculture, tourism, fishing, manufacturing, and energy production — the information is often dispersed and incomplete. Stoner added “understanding the economic significance of water is difficult because it depends upon several interacting elements: the volume supplied, where and when it is supplied, whether the supply is reliable, and whether the quality of the water meets the requirements of its intended use.”
West Yost Associates is excited to announce the addition of CWEA member Kyle Rhorer to their firm as Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer. Kyle has over 20 years of municipal utility consulting experience, including alternative project delivery, strategic planning, program management, infrastructure financing, and utility financial management. Read the press release at West Yost Associates.
According to the new Global Water Report 2013 by international not-for-profit organization CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, water scarcity problems are set to become more common over the years to come and businesses need to change their approach to water-related risk management, The Guardian reported.
A draft of The California Action Plan for Water developed by the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and California Department of Food and Agriculture is now available. Read the full text online at The Water Board.
On November 1, EPA released a new report that can help towns, cities, and counties use cost-benefit analysis to show that grassy swales, green roofs, porous pavement and other green infrastructure practices can capture stormwater at a lower cost than constructing traditional storm drains. (BNA, Nov. 1, 2013). In the report, officially released Oct. 30, the EPA uses examples of 13 urban, suburban and rural communities to show that green infrastructure practices that demonstrate that “low impact development” principles are economically beneficial. The report’s release coincides with the EPA’s release Oct. 21 of an updated green infrastructure strategy that outlines plans for the agency to use these techniques to capture stormwater runoff from newly built and redeveloped sites. Low impact development, or LID, is an approach to land development (or redevelopment) that attempts to mimic or preserve features of natural drainage to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible. Use of green infrastructure or GI techniques, such as green roofs, permeable pavements, grassy swales and urban wetlands, apply low-impact development principles.