Blog round-up: Mist as a water supply source, Alex Breitler ‘fesses up, flood protection shortfall, grand plans, water from the sky and more …

BubbleDemystifying mist as a source of water supply: Jay Lund writes: “In some of the world’s driest places, atmospheric moisture is a major source of water for native ecosystems. Some algae, plants and insects in the Israeli and Namibian deserts get much of their water from fog, dew and humidity. The spines of some cacti species have evolved to collect fog droplets. California’s redwood forests derive a significant amount of their moisture from fog.  Some drought-minded California residents along the coast, perhaps yearning for a clear ocean view, have suggested harvesting fog as a water supply. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here: Demystifying mist as a source of water supply

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Alex Breitler ‘fesses up: He writes: “It’s Sunday, so here comes my holy heartfelt confession:  My grandfather worked for the L.A. Department of Water and Power.  There. I said it. Yes, it’s true, fellow Stocktonians. Howard Earl Hillis — “Grandpa Hillis” to me, newspaper reader, crossword puzzler, coffee-guzzler and bequeather of Christmas presents — lived a double life as a cunning Angelino conspiring to suck every last drop from Northern California and, indeed, much of the western United States. … ”  Continue reading at Alex Breitler’s blog here: I must get this off my chest

Newspapers challenge California to see need for water:  Todd Fitchette writes:  “Two editorials from different California newspapers within the past several days paint a rather dire picture for California farmers as they plan their 2015 water needs.  Add to that the appearance that 2015 could be the fourth consecutive year of drought conditions in America’s most prolific agricultural state and consumers may want to brace for even fewer choices and higher prices at the grocery store.  For those hoping to promote a brighter future for agriculture, it means there is much more work to be done. … ”  Read more from the Western Farm Press blog here: Newspapers challenge California to see need for water

State facing flood protection shortfall: Dave Roberts writes: “With California mired in the third year of drought, it might seem strange that an Assembly committee recently held a hearing on flooding. That is, unless you’re one of the 6.6 million northern California residents who received a National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning last month after weeks of steady and occasionally torrential rain. Kayakers were rowing through central Healdsburg. … ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  State facing flood protection shortfall

Stockton’s New Melones water in jeopardy? Alex Breitler writes: “No surprise here, but the federal government is warning that the Stockton area might not receive all of its contracted water from New Melones Lake this year.  The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said as much in a late December letter to the Stockton East Water District. And as we all know, things have only gotten worse in January.  The bureau warned Stockton East that “there may be insufficient water supplies from the Stanislaus River and New Melones Reservoir to meet the full needs of the senior water rights holders and Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District.” … ”  Read more from Alex Breitler’s blog here:  Stockton’s New Melones water in jeopardy?

The water manager’s grand plan: Eric Caine writes:  “The regional water summit in Modesto on January 16 had its share of high moments, but one of the most revealing came from Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) General Manager Steve Knell.  Knell has been under pressure from local farmers and their supporters to keep OID water local. OID has a long history of water sales outside the region and its Board of Directors approved a proposed water sale to Westlands Water District just last month. … ”  Read more from The Valley Citizen here:  The water manager’s grand plan

LADWP’s plan to source water from the sky: Tree People writes: ““LA is basically a desert.” How familiar does that sound?  Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t exactly true. In reality, our local climate is known as “Mediterranean” with warm, dry summers and cool wet winters. And…it does actually rain here, even during a drought, and even minimal rainfall generates a lot of water.  Sadly, due to LA’s existing infrastructure design, most of the rain is diverted into streets where it gathers pollution, and makes its way into stormdrains and rivers, which eventually flow into our oceans. While many Angelenos are familiar with the health risk this poses to our people, ocean and marine life, they may not be as familiar with the fact that we now have a huge opportunity to capture that rainwater and use it to sustain our communities. ... ”  Read more from the Tree People blog here:  LADWP’s plan to source water from the sky

How to take charge of your water supply and harvest the rain: Jessica Jewell writes: “Would it sound crazy if we said you’re taking showers, flushing your toilet and watering your lawn with Evian water?  Pretty much. But Angelenos use about half of all their drinking-quality water for landscaping (!), 20% to flush their toilets and a whopping 18% for showering—If not exactly Evian brand, it’s water that could be saved for its most vital uses.  Imagine how many gallons of precious potable water that could be saved if we captured the rain. … ”  Read more from the TreePeople blog here: How to Take Charge of Your Water Supply and Harvest the Rain

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About the Blog Round-up: The Blog Round-up is a weekly journey through the wild and varied tapestry of blog commentary, incorporating the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes just plain bizarre viewpoints existing on the internet.  Viewpoints expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily my own; inclusion of items here does not imply my endorsement of their positions. Items are chosen to express a wide range of viewpoints, and are added at the editor’s discretion. While posts with obvious factual errors are excluded, please note that no attempt is made on my part to verify or fact check the information bloggers present, so caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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