Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Attitude check

Poll: Californians support water conservation, in theory

Californian's attitudes about water use. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

Californians widely support Gov. Jerry Brown's call for mandatory water cuts amid the deepening drought, according to a new poll of state residents — but many don't know if they can pitch in. The Field Poll, released today, offers the first measure of public opinion about the drought since Brown ordered a 25 percent reduction in urban water use last month.

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Oil wastewater dumped into shallow Valley wells

San Francisco Chronicle

California officials have identified 260 oil company wastewater injection wells that are so shallow or so close to wells used for drinking or irrigation that they could threaten groundwater supplies, new data show. So far, no wells used for drinking or irrigation have been found to be tainted by the injections.

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Harnessing hydropower from urban water pipes

Popular Science

In January, a West Coast startup became the first U.S. company to install a commercial micro-hydro energy system, flipping the switch on 1,100 megawatts of renewable energy annually in Portland, Ore. In 2012, a pilot project in Riverside demonstrated the safety and potential for the system of tiny turbines.

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