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WASHINGTON — Today (March 26), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life.
“The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities, and play a critical role in the economy.”
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By Lloyd G. Carter
Nearly a year ago I blogged on this website about the Westlands Water District hiring Washington powerhouse lawyer/lobbyist Norman Brownstein, dubbed the "101st Senator" by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. That two-part article was titled "How the West(lands) Was Won." Just use the website search engine with the keyword "Brownstein" to find it.
That series detailed the rise of the Denver, Colo. law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, a major lobbying firm in Colorado and Washington, D.C., as well as a powerhouse law firm with branch offices in several states, including California.READ MORE »
Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Truth De-Code-It by Patrick Porgans. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the religious philosophy category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/truthdecodeit was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.
Truth De-Code-It is a reflection upon an Era of Deception ending as we awaken out-of-necessity in a Golden Age-of-Global Change. Natural and human-induced conditions necessitate a change; as it is unmistakably clear the systems we have become dependent on, and the way we currently live, are not only unsustainable, they’re not working.
Noted Greek Philosopher Plato reportedly said, “The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of all invention.” Einstein, paraphrasing Plato, said, “Necessity is the mother of all invention.” The level of deception and impending-global crises invoke the creative-necessity to implement a naturally-sustainable way out of this human-induced mess commonly referred to as Manifest Destiny. As individuals, and fellow inhabitants of the earth, we have all contributed to its current condition; similarly, we have the ability to change it for the betterment of our families and other species.
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By Lloyd G. Carter
A southern San Joaquin Valley water district is proposing to build an 1,800-acre evaporation pond to dispose of toxic subsurface drainage water in a scenario eerily reminiscent of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge poisoning in the early 1980s. READ MORE »
by Patrick Porgans, Planetary Solutionaries
Chris Malan, representing Living Rivers, is dead set on keeping fish alive in Kimball Creek, a tributary on the upper Napa River. Public records indicate that the City of Calistoga would be at fault for dead fish if it fails to release adequate flows from Kimball Dam and Reservoir, which are required to protect the downstream fishery.
In Malan’s latest salvo “City must act now to protect fish” she makes a compelling argument, by backing up her stance on “water for fish” now, pointing out the fact “it’s the law,” placing the city on a major “fault-line” and in the line-of-sight of the State Water Resources Control Board. READ MORE »
“There has been a significant influx in capital from private equity and institutional investors in the water industry as more and more investors realize that, like other real asset classes such as gold, real estate and timber, water assets provide investors with inflation protection, portfolio diversification and crisis-resistant investments. As the subjects of water and food are inseparable, we will explore water investment strategies and topics in agriculture,” said Clay Landry, managing director of WestWater Research.
Read more: For the full story visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2013/1/prweb10300429.htm
California desert aquifers used for drinking water have high levels of inorganic elements, including arsenic and boronSubmitted by Lloyd Carter on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:09.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that inorganic elements - arsenic, boron, fluoride, and five other inorganic elements - have been detected at high concentrations in 35 percent of untreated groundwater used for public water supply in the deserts of southern California. In contrast, human-made organic chemical constituents and nitrate were found at high concentrations in less than 1 percent of the desert region’s aquifers. READ MORE »
For a depressing look at how we are mistreating the nation's endangered aquifers, take a look at this article from Pro Publica, journalism in the public interest:
Editor's Note: This two-part series first ran on this website in August of 2011. It is being repeated by request. READ MORE »