Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Here comes the sea

The struggle to keep the ocean out of coastal aquifers

A 32-kilometer (20-mile) purple pipe system delivers recycled water from Watsonville, California, to farmers in the Pajaro Valley, some of the most lucrative farmland in the state. BRETT WALTON / Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue

Driving on the world-famous Highway 1, just south of Watsonville, a traveler looking west across fields of strawberries can see the great silvery expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It creeps inland in less obvious, more destructive ways. Beneath the berry patch, a rising tide of salty water threatens one of the most productive farm regions in the country. Coastal wells are slowly being poisoned with rising concentrations of chloride.

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Scientists see more coastal erosion due to El Niño

Santa Cruz Sentinel & U.S. Geological Survey

Weather patterns likely will become more intense and more frequent in coming years, leaving coastlines along the Pacific vulnerable to erosion and flooding, a new study suggests. New research data, from 48 beaches across three continents and five countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, suggest the predicted increase will exacerbate coastal erosion irrespective of sea level rise affecting the region.

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Drought panic, guilt put Hollywood to the test

Hollywood Reporter

Even an impending El Nino can't satiate California's parched landscape or 1-percenters' unquenchable thirst as tattletales abound, bold-faced names (Charlize Theron, Jamie Lee Curtis) rip out grass and a scorched-earth war between the haves and have-mores (Kim Kardashian) puts political correctness to the Tinseltown test.

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