Archive for May, 2008

The virtual river

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Barry Nelson, the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Western Water Project, writes in this essay in the San Diego Union-Tribune, that ” a combination of water-use efficiency, water recycling, improved groundwater management and advanced urban runoff management” constitute a vast “virtual river,” our last untapped water source in California. California’s future depends on […]

More on the race

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Paul Rogers has written an article about the District 2 race for today’s Mercury.

Harvesting the rain

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The Sacramento Bee (probably my all-time favorite newspaper name) has run a couple articles lately about rainwater harvesting. Columnist Dan Weintraub is the latest to weigh in on the subject. The previous article is here. Rainwater harvesting, like greywater systems, is the kind of conservation that cities have to encourage through zoning laws. Big, expensive […]

Reduce, reuse, recycle II

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Assemblymember Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank, is currently carrying AB 2153, which would require new development to mitigate new water use. Krekorian’s measure would require developers to prove their projects have no net gain in water use or pay into a fund to finance conservation projects elsewhere, such as fixing leaky pipes, cleaning up groundwater and recycling. […]

Salmon success

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The SF Chronicle has an article about the success of the Butte Creek salmon run, near Chico. The number of spawning fish returning from the ocean to Butte Creek increased 10 percent from 2006 to 2007, Harthorn said. By the look of things, he said, even more fish are returning this year. But the most […]

No budget yet

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

I haven’t experienced SCVWD budget workshops before, but the ones this week are, by the Board’s report, much more detailed than in the past. So detailed, in fact, that three extra days this past week were not enough to cover everything. Yesterday afternoon, the Board decided to postpone accepting the draft budget and setting the […]

Mussel beach

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

The Nevada Appeal (I love newspaper names) is running a series of articles on invasive mussels, in particular, their threat to Lake Tahoe. The first article is here. (From Aquafornia.) The SCVWD Board discussed the issue for two hours yesterday (as reported

More big news

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I am honored to have received the editorial endorsement of the San Jose Mercury News.

Big news

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

After having read Paul Rogers’ article in yesterday’s Mercury about raises to the District Counsel and Clerk of the Board, Assemblymember Ira Ruskin pulled AB2122, the amended District Act. Saying he no longer wanted “to be associated with the board” of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin on Wednesday pulled a […]

Water wizards

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

This morning, taking advantage of the day off from the SCVWD budget discussion, I volunteered at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Water Wizard Festival. What a great event! Three hundred local third-grade students (chosen by lot from over 1000 who applied) came for a morning of educational activities about watersheds, water quality and wildlife. […]

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