Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Drought's upside

Reduced runoff means fewer beach health advisories

California drought reducing beach bacteria. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune

California's record-setting drought might be making coastal waters less prone to bacteria. In 2015, for example, 762 beach closures were issued for San Diego County's 46 beaches. The majority were closed because of rainfall pushing runoff into the ocean, but about one-fifth of closures were because of bacteria. That trend is on the downswing, according to an EPA database called BEACON 2.0.

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Blending wastewater may help cope with drought

UC Riverside

Researchers at UC Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can be optimized to produce a water supply that is affordable, and meets and surpasses a variety of water quality requirements.

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A century of USGS water studies in national parks

U.S. Geological Survey

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, 1916-2016: Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have investigated water quality in national parks for more than 100 years, providing specialized information that helps the National Park Service to manage the nation's most highly valued aquatic systems.

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