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Category: Resource Management :: Irrigation
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Water fight erupts over Skyline mine expansion 25.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Wasatch Plateau is so perforated with tunnels and shafts that reservoirs are believed to leak into coal miners’ underground chambers, resulting in floods that require perpetual pumping. For water users, this shuffling of water is fine — as long as the water remains within its original drainage. Now a proposed expansion of Utah’s Skyline coal mine could divert thousands of acre-feet of groundwater from the Huntington Creek drainage, upsetting a hydrological balance that has long supplied Eme...
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In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming 24.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City’s toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this. But rather than welcoming the prospect of cleaner water, […]
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Progress takes vigilance to reduce children’s exposure to lead 21.4.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director The United States has made significant progress over the past fifteen years towards reducing children’s exposure to lead. While much more needs to be done to eliminate the more than $50 billion a year in societal costs from lead, the progress is good news for children since it is […]
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Barbara Boxer will lobby for an environmentally controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach 20.4.2017 LA Times: Science

A Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy.

Boxer, a Democrat, will lobby the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Poseidon Water’s private...

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A Colorado pot club -- rare and endangered 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Colorado Springs, Colo. • It’s the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States’ only legal pot clubs. The fact that it and a few dozen like it already exist in Colorado was all but lost in a recent fight over whether the state would become the first to regulate such establishments, underscoring the patchwork approach that legal weed sta...
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Inside a Colorado pot club – a rare and endangered species 20.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — It’s the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States’ only legal pot clubs. The fact that it and a few dozen like […]
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Inside a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species 20.4.2017 AP Washington
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States' only legal pot clubs....
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Serious design, construction and maintenance defects doomed Oroville Dam, report says 18.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Design flaws, construction shortcomings and maintenance errors caused the Oroville Dam spillway to break apart in February, according to an independent analysis by Robert Bea for the Center for Catastrophic Risk Analysis at UC Berkeley.

Bea, a co-founder of the center and retired civil engineering...

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One key way soggy California could save water for the next rainless days 17.4.2017 LA Times: Science

The water spread into every corner of the fields, beckoning wading ibises and egrets as it bathed long rows of sprouting grapevines.

Several inches had covered the vineyard ground for a couple of months. But rather than draining it, Don Cameron was pouring more on.

“This is not about irrigation,”...

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Blocked pipe spilling tainted water over Idaho mine tailings 16.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Hailey, Idaho • A blocked or broken pipe is causing tainted water in a pond to spill over the soil cap of an old mine’s tailing pile on state-owned land in central Idaho. The water contains orange iron oxide from water seeping from the tailings pile at the Triumph Mine about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Hailey. State officials say the seepage doesn’t pose a threat to the environment but children should avoid playing in the area. “It’s just not an area where you want to be hanging out in,” s...
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8 Million Californians Have Been Drinking Polluted Water For Years 15.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
California is expected to set a strict state-level maximum contaminant level for a probable human carcinogen  called 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) next week ― 28 years after the state’s Water Resources Control Board  first detected the chemical in its drinking water system.  If the board passes this provision, utilities would be required to test for TCP and treat it out of the water if levels exceed 5 parts per trillion. TCP was initially used as an industrial solvent , paint remover and degreasing agent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s also a byproduct of two pesticides that were widely used in agriculture in the 1980s. Both of those pesticides, Dow’s Telone and Shell’s D-D, have long since been discontinued or reformulated to remove the TCP, but environmental advocacy groups like the Environmental Working Group say the damage has already been done. TCP has been detected in the water supplies of 94 different water systems serving 8 million Californians, according to an EWG report ...
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EPA: US Steel leaks chemical into Lake Michigan tributary 13.4.2017 AP National
PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) -- A spill at a U.S. Steel plant in northern Indiana that sent wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary was apparently caused by a pipe failure but testing has found none of that toxic substance in the lake, the company and federal officials said Wednesday....
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California's Drought Is Over, but the Rest of the World's Water Problems Are Just Beginning 8.4.2017 Mother Jones
After California's wetter-than-normal winter —and the official end to its drought —you're probably not thinking much about water scarcity and the food supply. But our food-and-water woes go well beyond the Sunshine State's latest precipitation patterns, as this new Nature study from a global team of researchers—including two from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies—shows.  The paper notes that the globe's stores of underground water, known as groundwater—the stuff that accumulates over millennia in aquifers—is vanishing at an "alarming" rate, driven mainly by demand for irrigation to grow crops. You can think of such reserves as "fossil" water, since it takes thousands of years to replenish once it's pumped out. Once it's gone, some of the globe's key growing regions—the breadbaskets for much of Asia and the Middle East—will no longer be viable. Here in the United States, we rely heavily on California's Central Valley for fruit, vegetables, and nuts—which in turn relies on some of the globe's ...
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Flint Victory Is Replicable, Residents Say: Other Cities Should Ditch Their Lead Pipes 30.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Residents of Flint, Michigan, declared a victory this week after state officials agreed to replace the city's lead pipes within three years as part of a $97 million legal settlement to address a longstanding drinking water crisis. Local activists said the settlement is proof that communities facing lead pollution should demand justice when elected official fail to protect public health. A crew replacing a lead waterline with copper in Flint, Michigan, October 6, 2016. State officials have agreed to replace the city's lead water pipes by 2020. (Photo: Brittany Greeson / The New York Times) The state of Michigan has agreed to spend up to $97 million by 2020 replacing the municipal pipes that supply drinking water in Flint, Michigan, where a lead contamination crisis has unfolded in the three years since the city changed its source of drinking water in an effort to save money. On Tuesday, March 28, the state reached a settlement with residents and environmental groups in a case that drew national attention ...
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New Mexico hit by ‘flash drought’ weather phenomenon 30.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Dust storms that closed highways, warnings to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking-water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs. Here's more about this weather phenomenon called a flash drought.
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This low-tech gravity-fed watering system is based on an ancient irrigation technique 30.3.2017 TreeHugger
Clayola Egypt's low-tech watering setup can keep your houseplants or garden watered when you're away.
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Not a Pipe Dream Anymore – Space-Farming: A Long Legacy Leading us to Mars 29.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever before.
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Judge Approves $97 Million Settlement To Replace Flint's Water Lines 28.3.2017 NPR News
Residents of the Michigan city have been struggling with a crisis over lead in the water for the past three years. Now, the state is required to replace lead service lines within three years.
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NRDC: Flint’s Lead Pipes Will Be Replaced Under Settlement in Federal Safe Drinking Water Case 28.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Residents of Flint, Michigan will finally get their lead pipes replaced as the result of a settlement agreement approved by a federal judge today. The settlement will require the State of Michigan and City of Flint to replace Flint’s lead pipes within three years, and will be enforceable by the court. The lawsuit was filed in response to the Flint water crisis, the result of failed government decisions that caused lead to leach out from aging pipes into thousands of homes in ...
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Flint, State Of Michigan Reach Agreement To Replace Lead Water Lines By 2020 28.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Flint, Michigan, will replace its crumbling pipes by 2020 to settle a lawsuit over its lead-contaminated water crisis . Under a settlement agreement filed in federal court Monday, the city will conduct the sweeping infrastructure project using state and federal funds. They’ve agreed to dig up services lines at 18,000 homes and replace lines made of lead and galvanized steel.    The state will put $87 million toward pipe replacement and keep an additional $10 million in reserve. In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $100 million to the city for its water infrastructure improvements after Congress approved the funding last year.  Several advocacy groups sued the city and the state of Michigan over the lead crisis last year. The problem began in 2014, when the city stopped buying water from Detroit and started drawing water from the Flint River instead. The city failed to properly treat the more contaminated water under the direction of the state Department of Environmental Quality, and ...
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