Monday, July 31, 2017

Data surge

San Diego far ahead in water testing for lead at schools

NBC 7 Investigates has been collecting the data gathered by the State Water Resources Control Board and putting it in a searchable format for parents. KNSD San Diego


San Diego Union-Tribune & KNSD San Diego

Significantly more schools in San Diego are having water tested for toxic lead than elsewhere in the state, prompting officials to press for state reimbursement of steep testing costs. Since California began in January requiring water agencies to conduct lead tests for free at all schools that submit requests, 507 out of 1,259 schools tested statewide have been in San Diego County. KNSD has put together a searchable database.


Carbon farming: Focus on soil to hit climate goals

Water Deeply

A new program called the Healthy Soils Initiative is about to put unorthodox farming practices to the test. With modest grants of up to $50,000 administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, a network of farmers and ranchers throughout the state will embark on a series of experiments in carbon farming.


State may replace wetland rule with a tougher one

Sacramento Bee

The Trump administration gave California land developers and farmers a reason to cheer when the White House last month rolled back controversial regulations for wetlands. They may want to hold off on the celebration. A powerful California water agency is poised to adopt its own regulations that could protect more of the state's wetlands from being plowed, paved over or otherwise damaged.