Posted on | January 8, 2011 | 9 Comments
For those of you who missed the sign-off last Sunday, The week that was has gone the way of the TV show that inspired its name. Launched in June 2009, The week that was lasted nearly as long as the BBC comedy, with pay that would have been low by 1960s public television standards had there been pay. Producing a page that regularly featured both Wen Jiabao and Pat Mulroy was a labor of love, and of profound interest. The reward came in the kind of knowledge that can shut down a dinner party faster than putting Smithsonian Institute Blues on the stereo. When NPR broadcast a capable story about chlorine, chloramine and the way they interact with different plumbing media last week, TWTW had already roto-rootered that material in these pages every week since June 2009 and spent hours producing fiddly links for your clicking pleasure. An abiding interest developed in fracking, with this site becoming an unlikely but all the same core resource on the subject of a gas drilling technique that could very well lead to the contamination of groundwater in scary big swathes of the country. To be frank, part of the reason I am dropping the page is that while the readership was good, and occasionally excellent, the click-on rate wasn’t. To all of those determined to learn about water, I commend above all sources the search engine ProQuest, which is available to most Americans with a library card. For comprehensive daily coverage of California water, there is no better source than Aquafornia. WaterWired amounts to a free education and these websites are all tried and tested. For pure feist, check out On the public record. This site will churn on, with posts as time allows on my presiding passions: horticulture, water conservation in California and the future of the most beautiful place nobody ever heard of, the Great Basin. So, with deep thanks to all who read and supported The week that was, in a watered down variation of “Jeffrey Bernard is unwell,” Emily Green will be on assignment.