Forget it, Jake. It’s Cadiz

Posted on | June 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

Photo: Chris Clarke/KCET

Money flows uphill to money. Not a drop of water has been exported in a 22-year-old bid to mine Mojave Desert groundwater for Southern California cities, but many millions of dollars have gone to the speculators behind the scheme. Click on the image to read my commentary at KCET on the water grab known merely as “Cadiz.” Photo: Chris Clarke/KCET

Gone painting

Posted on | May 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Angus waiting for Donna

“Angus waiting for Donna,” May 2016, Emily Green. Painting not reporting this holiday weekend. For the latest in water news, do browse the Climate and Water column to the right.

The week that was, May 15-21, 2016

Posted on | May 22, 2016 | No Comments

Upper Colorado River. USGS

So much for the long-assumed notion that groundwater can be used as a get-out-of-jail-free card when rivers are over-drafted. Click on the image from the USGS for the survey’s study showing that as much as half of the streamflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin originates as groundwater.

“I thought it was too long, and just a piano and voice.” — Paul Simon on “Bridge over Troubled Water,” Paul Simon has never stood still, Belfast Telegraph, 5/19/16

 The nation’s largest man-made reservoir slipped to a new record low sometime after 7 p.m. Wednesday, and forecasters from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect see its surface drop another 2 feet through the end of June. — Lake Mead hits record low, Las Vegas Review Journal, 5/18/16 Read more

The weeks that were, May 1-14, 2016

Posted on | May 8, 2016 | No Comments


UPDATED: Apologies. I am on deadline for KCET and “The week that was” is again postponed. For those who didn’t check it out last week, please accept as an apology a link to this delicious nugget from the UK’s Daily Telegraph about the 18th century British peer Lord Rokeby. Click on the rendering from the UK’s National Portrait Gallery to read Hazel Davis’s delightful sketch of the “original hipster,” a locavore who built public drinking fountains then paid neighbors to use them.

The week that was, April 24-30, 2016

Posted on | May 1, 2016 | 1 Comment


Source: Wikipedia

Puerto Rico has become the primary American front in the public-health fight against Zika, just as the health, economic, and social infrastructure needed to fight the virus are eroding. — A commonwealth in crisis, The Atlantic, 4/27/16

The great debate over statehood has to wait; that’s Rose and Jack on the Titanic asking, When’s our next date? — Lin-Manuel Miranda on the crisis in Puerto Rico, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 4/24/16

The island has 707 confirmed Zika cases, including 89 pregnant women. —
First Zika virus-related death reported in U.S. in Puerto Rico, Washington Post, 4/29/16 

“… you need to take it seriously.” — CDC entomologist Janet McAllister, New discovery means more US states will face a risk from Zika, Washington Post, 4/29/16 Read more

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