Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Fuel of the future

One source of hydrogen for cars will be our wastewater

The system runs on anaerobically digested biogas from the Orange County Sanitation District's municipal wastewater treatment plant. FLICKR

Scientific American

Scientific American

The contents of your toilet could soon be powering your car and helping to cut down greenhouse gas emissions. The first "tri-generation" plant in Fountain Valley converts sewage into electrical power for an industrial facility and renewable hydrogen for fuel.

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Limits end on most California stream diversions

Sacramento Bee

Thousands of water users across California can again draw water directly from streams after state officials Wednesday lifted restrictions on one of the last major blocks of water rights, imposed in June due to the drought.

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Backyard pesticides increasing in watersheds

Reuters

Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday.

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