Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Now what?

Unimpressive El Niño leaves California in water limbo

Rainy season: More to come? JOHN  BLANCHARD / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The rain storms and blizzards that were supposed to come with El Niño were conspicuously non-biblical this winter, leaving the state in an ecological limbo that has regulators thinking about easing water-use restrictions in some places but not in others. Much of the southern part of the state has remained as dry this year as it was last year, so any easing of forced conservation might be limited to Northern California.

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A recycling strategy for drought-stressed cities

The Conversation

State and local governments are looking for innovative ways to save water. One strategy gaining attention is using graywater for purposes other than drinking, such as flushing toilets. A new report analyzes the potential of graywater reuse, available treatment technologies and the human health and environmental risks.

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Stanford shows fracking's impact to drinking water

Stanford University

A new study by Stanford scientists finds for the first time that fracking operations near Pavillion, Wyo., have had a clear impact to underground sources of drinking water. The research paints a picture of unsafe practices, including the dumping of drilling and production fluids, high chemical concentrations in unlined pits and a lack of adequate cement barriers to protect groundwater.

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