Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

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Scripps scientists discover how Tahoe nitrogen recycles

The shore of Lake Tahoe and its iconic blue water. BRANT ALLEN/UC Davis

UC Davis

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A Scripps Institution of Oceanography- led study on how natural and man-made sources of nitrogen are recycled through the Lake Tahoe ecosystem provides new information on how global change may affect the iconic blue lake. The lake's ecosystem is experiencing rapid change due to regional warming and shifts in precipitation patterns, as well as increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition, which has begun to alter the nutrient balance in the lake.

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Carlsbad desalination project ahead of schedule

KGTV San Diego

Construction on the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere is ahead of schedule. Tuesday, project manager Chris Stiedemann gave a tour of the plant's progress. Poseidon crews are also almost done with the pipe that will deliver 50 million gallons of potable water to the San Diego County Water Authority every day. That is enough water for 300,000 people.

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Ag secretary views Pajaro Valley water solutions

Santa Cruz Sentinel

The first step toward finding solutions to long-standing groundwater overdraft in the Pajaro Valley was to acknowledge the problem and agriculture’s contribution to it, said Miles Reiter, chairman and CEO of Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates Inc. Reiter’s remark came during a visit by California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross to Driscoll’s Watsonville headquarters Tuesday.

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