Drought News


A Plan to Funnel LA’s Runoff Water Into a Beautiful Pool

Monday, November 23, 2015

Even in dehydrated California, there’s water to spare. A lot of it flows through the Los Angeles River, which carries some 200 million gallons of water a day right into the Pacific Ocean, where it’s lost forever.Lujac Desautel is a young architect with an idea for all that wasted water. He calls the project Liquifying Aquifers. The concept calls for building some monolithic infrastructure along the Tujunga Wash, a 13-mile tributary of the L.A. river, that could siphon and clean the water running through it. Some of it would fill a public swimming pool; the rest would go into the parched San Fernando Valley groundwater basin, an aquifer that supplies potable water to more than 800,000 people in the Los Angeles area.

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California’s water system needs innovation

Monday, November 23, 2015

California is in the midst of a historic drought. We have had only one wet winter in the last eight years. The consequences of the drought are tremendous as communities thirst for drinking water, farm lands lay fallow, and industries make drastic changes in how they do business.

The potential for El Niño rains may bring us short term relief, but may also create a false sense of water security. Simply stated: We cannot rely on El Niño to solve California’s water problems.

That is why the time has come for us to update our antediluvian water system through innovative, long-term solutions. The current system was built on the flawed premise that water would always be plentiful. We just need to capture it, store it and transport it.

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California Water Board Isn't Messing Around

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

California water regulator fined two Northern California landowners $332,000 Monday for violating the governor's drought orders and illegally diverting water.

Read the full article here:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/11/10/california-water-board-isnt-messing-around.htm




This controversial farmer may have revolutionized soil

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Last year, Kaiser's Sonoma County farm grossed more than $100,000 an acre, which is 10 times the average per-acre income of comparable California farms. This includes Sonoma's legendary vineyards, which have been overtaking farmland for decades, largely because wine grapes have become much more lucrative these days than food, at least the way most farmers grow it. Kaiser manages all of this without plowing an inch of his ground, without doing any weeding, and without using any sprays — either chemical or organic.

Read the full story on the farmer here:
http://theweek.com/articles/581709/controversial-farmer-may-have-revolutionized-soil


Inland Empire Utilities Agency Installing Water-Energy Project In California

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has launched a water-energy project that uses energy storage systems to integrate wind, solar, biogas and grid resources to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid and lower energy costs.

Read the full story here: http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.14804

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