Posted on | January 17, 2010 | 2 Comments
“Water is water. You can’t last long without it.” — Stephanie Bunker, United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “Frantic race against time to get clean water to Haiti quake survivors,” The Guardian, January 16, 2010
This is one of the things Americans do really well. We step up in whatever ways we can. — “Water for Haiti: Now,” Peter Gleick, San Francisco Chronicle, January 13, 2010
“In the days between October 2, 2003, and before the October 12, 2003 deadline, in an apparent attempt to make the State’s commitment to pick up any environmental mitigation cost shortfall more certain than had been provided by the California legislature … the Quantification Settlement Agreement Joint Powers Authority … language was successfully negotiated by the non-State parties to expressly provide that the ‘State obligation is an unconditional contractual obligation of the State of California, and such obligation is not conditioned upon an appropriation by the Legislature, nor shall the event of non-appropriation be a defense.’
“Everyone negotiating the QSA JPA Agreement would have reasonably understood that now the State itself was purporting to unconditionally commit to pick up the entire tab for mitigation costs exceeding the capped contribution of the other QSA parties, notwithstanding the amount of those costs … unconditional contractual obligation of the State of California not dependent on any further State action compels the Court to declare the QSA JPA Agreement invalid. — Judge Roland L. Candee, Statement of Decision, Superior Court of California, January 13, 2010
“We will not give up any more water, we’re not going to pay any more money and we’re not taking on any more liability.” — Imperial Irrigation District John Pierre Menvielle, “Judge upholds QSA ruling,” Imperial Valley Press, January 15, 2010, via Aquafornia.
Jan. 15, 2010 is the day that the Los Angeles Board of Public Works enlisted the help of the development and business communities and homeowners to green LA and clean local rivers and beaches. — Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay on the passage of a Low Impact Development Ordinance requiring new buildings to retain stormwater on the property to protect the local watershed, “A High Impact Ordinance,” Spouting Off, January 15, 2010
Simply sit the bulbs, pointed side up, in a shallow bowl of water containing a layer of pebbles or marbles. The bottom of the bulbs should just touch the water’s surface. Add a splash or two of vodka or white rum to the water. — “Splash of vodka or rum straightens out the paperwhites,” Toronto Star, January 14, 2010
Is it “responsible” to make a deal with Exelon to reserve more than 24 billion gallons of water annually from an over-allocated basin for its proposed nuclear plant near Victoria? — “Quit over-extending the river,” op-ed by Jim Blackburn, attorney for The Arkansas Project, San Antonio Express News, January 15, 2010
Ask the mayor of a city in the Andes Mountains about the outcome of December’s climate negotiations in Copenhagen, and you will probably receive a perfunctory reply. Ask about the plummeting levels of local freshwater reservoirs, and you will get an earful. — “Latin America’s water needs could foster collaboration to curb global warming,” op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times by Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank, January 13, 2010
“This simply would not happen if people were paying for these scarce resources.” — Sean Murphy, spokesman for the Irish business group Chambers Ireland, on chronic water shortages following a deep freeze during which residents left their taps open to keep pipes from freezing, “Local councils battling to restore supplies,” Irish Independent, January 14, 2010
What is ugly to some is lovely to others. — “Once unwanted water art finds a welcoming home,” Arizona Daily Star, January 11, 2010
“It’s essentially subsidizing urban sprawl.” — Dave Dempsey, author of “Great Lakes for Sale: From Whitecaps to Bottle Caps,” on Lake County, Illinois moving to tap a Great Lake, “Chicago suburbs covet Lake Michigan water,” Ledger-Enquirer, January 14, 2010
Public hearings held by the Department of Natural Resources last month to discuss a $600 million copper-mining project on a 7-square-mile tract of public forest land near Biwabik turned into pro-mining pepfests. — Nick Coleman column “If there’s a ‘copper rush,’ there’s peril,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 10, 2010
Is this precious metal worth this much? Is our environment worth less than that? — “Precious waters,” documentary by Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in the Superior National Forest, linked through “If there’s a ‘copper rush,’ there’s peril,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 10, 2010
Grannis’ environmental impact statement was so off the wall, he proposed opening the door to gas drilling anywhere in the watershed more than 300 feet from a reservoir. — “Protect New York’s water: Frackers must not endanger city’s reservoirs,” New York Daily News editorial, January 11, 2010
This post has been updated. The San Francisco Chronicle item was added 55 minutes after the first posting.
Correction: early versions of this post mis-captioned the photos of the Chacaltaya glacier change as between 2009 and 2008. In addition to being back-asswards, they were wrong. The correct dates, left to right, are between 1996 and 2009. Thanks to Michael van der Valk for spotting and reporting the error.