The week that was, 6/14-20/2009

Posted on | June 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

  • “Paper water is an illusion. It is a term used in the water industry that represents an entitlement, existing only on paper, which agencies can expect to receive from state and federal water projects based on projections and expectations.” Orange County grand jury.
  • The Clean Water Restoration Act, “would allow for government regulation of virtually all interstate and intrastate waters and their tributaries, including rivers, intermittent streams, mudflats, sandflats, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, natural ponds and others,” US Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Udall’s colleagues should see The Clean Water Restoration Act as the housekeeping measure that it is and give it quick passage, Santa Fe New Mexican
  • “I will aggressively work with local, state and federal officials toward the speedy approval and completion of the Two Gates project so that California’s bread basket can continue to feed the world,” says Schwarzenegger.  Aquafornia asks and answers the question, “What’s the Two Gates project?”
  • Mexican navy finds cocaine in sharks 
  • “Environmentalists are tripping over themselves to preserve every species that crawls, squirms, swims or flies, but they are content to let humans die. And now they have a government that agrees with them,” US Congress Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare)
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists believe a virus that killed thousands of carp in Lake Mohave is doing the same at Lake Havasu … Biologists say that as water temperatures warm up in late spring, the Koi Herpes Virus impacts gill function and can lead to suffocation
  • “Increased air temperatures lead to higher water temperatures, which have already been detected in many streams, especially during low-flow periods.”  White House Global Climate Change Report.
  • The Walker Lake restoration project “makes about as much sense as the State of Utah trying to reclaim the Great Salt Lake,” Nevada Department of Agriculture Director Tony Lesperance 
  • Treated wastewater and recycled water require energy for treatment, but little energy for supply and conveyance. Conserving water has the dual benefit of conserving energy and potentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. White House Global Climate Change Report.

This post was updated on 23 July, 2009. The link to the Santa Fe New Mexican editorial on the Clean Water Restoration Act was added.



2 Responses to “The week that was, 6/14-20/2009”

  1. Weeping Sore
    June 23rd, 2009 @ 11:31 am

    Hi Emily. I just found you via yvette davis at beyond the lawn. I’m a docent at the Water Conservation Garden in rural San Diego. Suggest you check them out at and perhaps add a link to them on your site. They’re a demonstration garden supported by San Diego water agencies.
    You blog a wealth of information, and I’ve just touched the surface. I thank you for your timely attention to this subject.

  2. admin
    June 23rd, 2009 @ 11:42 am

    Hello and thanks for the nice comments. The Water Conservation Garden is linked under Dry Garden Resources and also listed frequently in the Dry Garden events pages. Please let me know if there are any events that should be listed that aren’t there and thanks again. Emily Green

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