Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Floating solar

A new frontier opens for green-leaning water utilities

Workers assemble a floating solar panel array last year in a pilot project at Sonoma County Water Agency's Oceanview water treatment pond in Windsor. SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY

SCWA

Water Deeply

Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind. Sonoma County Water Agency will install floating solar panel arrays later this year, and the San Diego County Water Authority will install a solar array floating on its Olivenhain Reservoir.

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Unprecedented fish die-off strikes at Clear Lake

KTVU Oakland

Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields. That's how Lake County residents are describing the unprecedented "fish kills" at Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California. The million-dollar question is why: "The dissolved oxygen levels are drastically low," a Lake County water official said.

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Monterey water supply solution may not be desal

Monterey Count Weekly

As California American Water continues in its yearslong pursuit of a desalination project, a competing idea is starting to take shape: Scrapping desal altogether. One possibility is whether Pure Water Monterey, a recycled water project that will supply 3,500 acre-feet annually to the Peninsula starting in 2019, can be expanded.

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