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The Chronicles of the Hydraulic Brotherhood Lloyd G. Carter, former UPI and Fresno Bee reporter, has been writing about California water issues for more than 35 years. He is President of the California Save Our Streams Council. He is also a board member of the Underground Gardens Conservancy and host of a monthly radio show on KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno. This is his personal blog site and contains archives of his news career as well as current articles, radio commentaries, and random thoughts.
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Clean Water, Clean Power - the Case for Solar Floatovoltaics

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 15:31

By Emma Bailey

  Human-caused climate change is a very real and urgent threat to all life on this planet. The rapidly worsening issue of global warming requires an immediate switch to energy sources which generate far fewer emissions during production.  According to the stabilization wedge theory, we already have the means to get climate change “under control.” The theory surmises that we can and should use a variety of conservation and energy production methods, rather than rely on a single "silver bullet.” Implementing the recommendations of this theory, however, will call for new and ingenious approaches to all aspects of the power production cycle.


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Alarming amounts of mercury and selenium found in Grand Canyon watershed

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:43

  A new study, published in the scientific journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, has found mercury and selenium in the Grand Canyon segment of Colorado River at concentrations “sufficient to pose exposure risks for fish, wildlife, and humans.”  READ MORE HERE:  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/the-grand-canyon-has-an-alarming-amount-of-mercury-and-selenium-7610875.

  Read the full report at: http://images.phoenixnewtimes.com/media/pdf/walters_et_al-2015-environmental_toxicology_and_chemistry.pdf





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Retiring Toxic CA Farmland Better Deal Than Tunnels

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:07

Retiring Toxic Farmland in Western San Joaquin Valley Would Save Water, Environment and Taxpayer Money

Land retirement 25x cheaper than Tunnel plan and could save 450,000 acre-feet of water

Sacramento, CA – A new report by EcoNorthwest, an independent economic analysis firm, estimates that 300,000 acres of toxic land in the Westlands Water District and three adjacent water districts could be retired at a cost of $580 million to $1 billion.  READ MORE »

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Photosynthesis Power: Algae as a Green, Clean, Energy Source

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 18:08


By Emma Bailey


Water continues to be the source of all life-giving power. The microorganisms which formed petroleum were, of course, first found beneath the sea bed; however the harmful, expensive and dirty process of their extraction negates most if not all benefits of their continued use. Algae, also typically found in aquatic environments, may seem to be an unlikely candidate for energy generation. However, these waterborne organisms, capable of cleaning wastewater while also providing a viable source of biofuel, might be the clean, “renewable” energy source we’ve all been looking for.


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LA Times editorial says GOP proposed water bill in Congress is a bad idea

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 09:53

  If you are wondering about the wisdom and costs of a California water bill being proposed in Congress by Hanford Congressman David Valadao, then you should definitely read the Los Angeles Times editorial on the subject.  Here is the link:


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