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  • David McCabe

    Re: Your video comment on plastic “Pet peeve”.

    Come to the Pajaro Valley which is adjacent to the Monterey Bay Conservancy to see thousands of acres of plastic used in the production of strawberries, raspberries, blue berries, and so called “Organic” crops. Although most of this huge amount ends up in land-fills (Not a good result in itself!) it is impossible that a significant amount does not end up in the Marine Sanctuary through runoff and careless practices. To add insult to injury local agriculture is dependent on groundwater and has severely over-drafted available aquifers. Because the valley borders the ocean subsidence does not occur. The ocean fills the void with seawater!!! Recharge with precipitation is severely hindered by the plastic covering the soil.

  • Garance Fitch Boribon

    Hello

    I’m Garance Fitch Boribon. I’m from Belgium. I’m actually student in journalism in Brussel.

    This summer we are going to the United State to make a video report about the Colorado’s river situation.

    We will be in the United States from the end of June to mid-July.

    With my group we are searching for information, so with my research on the internet, I found your association.

    Maybe , if you have enough time you could help us with our reportage, by giving us informations and maybe it could be great to meet you when we will be there!

    Thank you in advance for the time that you will accord us!

    Garance Fitch Boribon

  • Thank you for this site. Very helpful.

  • Bill

    May I suggest the State of California look to what is being done, right now, in the State of Nebraska to assess, properly exploit and maintain groundwater. Nebraska, for several years, has and continues to use a technology that operates like a CAT scan, but it sees into the earth. It was developed in Denmark (voted happiest country on earth, surrounded by ocean but with plenty of water for its people, farms and industry)to help manage their aquifers. Don’t believe me – if a picture is worth a 1,000 words then a map on Nebraska’s web site speaks volumes. Please tell whoever is willing to take responsibility for trying to deal with the drought in meaningful ways to go to the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District website at http://www.lpsnrd.org/Programs/gwaem.htm

    The link to their interactive map shows how far beneath your feet the groundwater is, how deep and wide it is and with this you can calculate how much water is available. This information can be had for a fraction of what it would cost to drill one (dry?) well. Farmers would benefit a great deal from this information, as they do in Nebraska. The technology used to create the map is a helicopter-borne instrument developed specifically to map water resources. Not only does Nebraska use this technology, so too does the US Geological Survey, India, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, South Africa, Norway and others.

    Or have a look at a short recently released PBS video on this technology for mapping aquifers http://video.pbs.org/video/2365289913/. The video focuses on recent groundwater mapping projects carried out by NRDs in Nebraska.

    Please have a look and share with others It can change lives, and livelihood, quickly.

    Thank you

    Bill

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