Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Major milestone

Santa Barbara desal plant delivers seawater to the tap

Santa Barbara also gets its drinking water from the Cachuma and Gibraltar reservoirs, groundwater and state water. KCBX San Luis Obispo


KCBX San Luis Obispo & KYET Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara residents are now drinking treated seawater when they turn on their taps. City officials announced Tuesday that the Santa Barbara water distribution system now includes water from the city's long-shuttered — but recently reactivated — desalination plant. This marks a major step in reactivating the state-of-the-art Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant as a water supply for the city.


Oakland waterways send too much trash into bay

KPIX San Francisco & San Francisco Chronicle

A trash problem in Oakland is so bad, it's polluting San Francisco Bay — and Oakland could have to pay up, if it doesn't clean up. Despite spending millions of dollars over the years on garbage cleanup, Oakland has the Bay Area’s worst record for limiting the rubbish that pollutes creeks, lakes and the bay.


Teams design best solution to sea-level conundrum

San Francisco Chronicle

An ambitious design competition that seeks to make the Bay Area a model for how to prepare for sea-level rise kicks off this week. Resilient by Design will select 10 teams to tackle 10 sites around the bay, with at least one in each county. Each team will focus on a single site and prepare a design response that is intended to be not just visually cool, but scientifically and economically feasible.