Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Shell-shocked

Scientists raise new concerns about toxic algae bloom

An individual alga is a very small thing, but when it gets together with its buddies to form a massive algae bloom, those little organisms can become a big problem. RAPHAEL KUDELA / Popular Science

Popular Science

KPIX San Francisco

The toxic algae bloom that left this year's California crab season in limbo could be even worse than initially thought. The bloom could be digging deeper in the food chain and affecting more sea life than just Dungeness crabs. Researchers are using a new tool to monitor the algae levels that scientists call "Lab in a Can." Dozens of the battery-powered devices have been placed off the coast.

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Gray water, stormwater can help, but need study

Los Angeles Times

As water utilities and their customers increasingly look to gray water and runoff from storms to supplement their supply amid drought, more guidelines and research are needed to ensure that the water is safe, researchers said in a new report.

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Los Angeles, San Diego reshape drought strategy

Voice of America

Southern California's two great cities, Los Angeles and San Diego, are pursuing different but equally cutting-edge solutions to the state's epic, four-year drought. Their efforts are thrusting the two municipalities to the forefront of a growing number of cities reshaping urban water supply systems in drought-prone areas from Australia to the Middle East to the American West.

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