The Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood
Lloyd G. Carter, former UPI and Fresno Bee reporter, has been writing about California water issues for more than 35 years. He is President of the California Save Our Streams Council. He is also a board member of the Underground Gardens Conservancy and host of a monthly radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno. This is his personal blog site and contains archives of his news career as well as current articles, radio commentaries, and random thoughts.

Build Another Kesterson? You're joking, right?

 

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 »

Napa Wine Country Water for Fish Showdown at Kimball Creek

 

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 »

Liquid Gold Up for Sale

 “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 boron

 

     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 »

Feds permitting pollution of nation's wells and aquifers

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:

http://www.propublica.org/article/poisoning-the-well-how-the-feds-let-industry-pollute-the-nations-undergroun

REPEATING Budgets, Billionaires, Bonds, Big Profits and the Brown Family – Parts One and Two

Editor's Note:  This two-part series first ran on this website in August of 2011.  It is being repeated by request.  READ MORE »

Patricia Schifferle responds to selenium polluters on San Joaquin River

Patricia Schifferle responds to selenium polluters on San Joaquin River.

EPA Honors Calif., Nev., Ariz. Universities for Pledge to Significantly Reduce Food Waste and conserve water

 

SAN FRANCISCO – In celebration today (November 15, 2012) of America Recycles Day 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the participation of 18 California, Nevada, and Arizona universities in EPA’s national Food Recovery Challenge.  An event is being hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, one of the first participants to join the Food Recovery Challenge.  

 

The Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary program that aims to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing donations to charity and composting.  By participating, these schools, with a combined 460,000 student enrollment, pledge to reduce food waste by five percent in one year.

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Quote of the Day in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

"President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet," Mitt Romney mockingly said in accepting the GOP's presidential nomination in Tampa.  The crowd laughed.

  I wonder if they're laughing now?

(Thanks to Bob Boyle)

 

Is fracking safe?

Is fracking safe?  Can natural gas deposits be tapped into without harming local groundwater?  Below are links to two thoughful articles from the Quench website. Check them out.

http://blog.quenchonline.com/new-tests-link-water-contamination-with-fracking/

http://blog.quenchonline.com/how-much-water-does-fracking-use-up/

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