Friday, March 17, 2017

Rocky status

Workers at troubled Oroville Dam need dust-control plan after asbestos detected; main spillway reopens

Department of Water Resources geologist Jennifer Dean (left) and operations superintendent Gina House survey the rocks below the damaged main Oroville Dam spillway Tuesday. The formation they're examining resembles serpentine — as asbestos containing rock — and DWR reported Thursday it had found that substance in locations in the construction zone. KELLY M. GROW / California Department of Water Resources

Mercury News/ DWR

Los Angeles Times & Sacramento Bee

State water officials at Lake Oroville have supplied a dust-control plan to air quality officials after asbestos was detected at the work site this week. During recent air quality and sediment testing at the site, naturally occurring asbestos was found in some areas of the construction zone. Meanwhile, in a new test of the dam's battered infrastructure, the fractured main spillway was set to resume outflows today after a three-week shutdown.

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Water-saving message produced negative results

Chapman University

A statewide study on the communication campaigns to conserve water during the drought has found that the messaging produced the exact opposite results intended. "What we learned was counterintuitive to what we expected," said Jake Liang, Ph.D., lead author on the study. "Conservation campaigns, regardless of the strategy – in general – led to participants having an attitude change in a negative direction—meaning they were less inclined to take action to conserve water after seeing the messages."

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'Fantastic' beer brewed with 100% recycled water

Times of San Diego

San Diego's largest brewery demoed craft beer Thursday made with 100 percent recycled water. "It is fantastic," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said after sipping the beer at the Stone Brewery in Liberty Station. Stone produced five barrels of the beer using water trucked in from the city's Pure Water demonstration plant in Miramar.

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