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The Water For Life website makes a great point about how over-watering is bad for water quality– and it’s an easy thing to avoid! Here’s what they say:

When you’re watering, make sure the water goes where you want it, when you need it.   Try to do your watering in the cool of the early morning or late evening and avoid watering when it is very windy.

So: Don’t Over Water!

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), drinking water with low levels of arsenic – 10 parts per billion – has been deemed nontoxic and okay for human consumption. However, new research has revealed that the water may not be so ‘safe’ to drink after all.

Researchers from both the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth have discovered that drinking water with low levels (10 ppb) of arsenic stimulates adverse health effects in pregnant and lactating mice, as well as their offspring.

The experiment had stemmed from previous studies the researchers had done, which had shown exposure to low levels of arsenic in water caused mice to have lower immune responses and become more susceptible to the flu. They had found the effects were even greater on the mice who were exposed to the arsenic in utero and in early childhood.

Click here for the full story. 

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High-cost basin plan water is bad for all
The revised Proposed Basin Plan is the latest step in a policy process that began 20 years ago, when a cap was imposed to stop the unsustainable growth in extractions of water from the Murray-Darling Basin. Before the cap, the capacity of the environment to sustain extractions was, for all practical purposes, ignored. This changed with a couple of spectacular environmental disasters, notably including an outbreak of blue-green algae on the Darling River, and the loss of large areas of productive land to salinisation.

Since the imposition of the cap, the environment has had, in effect, the status of a residual claimant. Once the legal entitlements of extractive water users (irrigators and urban communities) are satisfied, what is left over goes to the environment.

The Basin Plan was supposed, at least ostensibly, to turn that around. It was prepared under the Howard government’s Water Act which took control of the Basin from the states, on the basis of the government’s obligations under the RAMSAR convention on wetlands. The proposal was to use a science-based process to determine sustainable diversion limits, then work out how to reduce water extractions in line with these limits. (Click here for the full story.)

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The city of Irvine in California has a terrific selection of downloadable brochures outlining water quality tips for different business sectors. Are you in landscaping, carpet care, mobile services, or food service? Do you own a mobile business? Check out their selection of brochures today to see if there’s one that fits your bill, and if there isn’t, take a look at the daily water use of your business & look for things you can improve on– like daily water use, disposal of chemical substances, and runoff.

Be water wise!

Click here for the City of Irvine’s selection of brochures. 

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As the lakefront officially opens to swimmers Friday, the Lake Michigan shoreline joins the cutting edge in the war on bacteria after decades of using day-old water samples to decide whether to close beaches.

In Chicago, the Park District will use a new high-tech system that uses computer software to give real-time predictions of bacteria counts based on such factors as water temperature, modeling of the lake bottom and wave action monitored by buoys.

And Chicago beachgoers will almost certainly have more time in the water, as city officials announced that starting this year, they will close the beaches only when sewer overflows have contaminated the water. The rest of the time, they will post data for would-be swimmers, who can then decide to enter the water at their own risk.

Read the full story here.

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Here’s an excerpt from a great article & great series from KCET.com. Click the link at the bottom of the excerpt for the full article!

This Week’s Law That Shaped L.A.

Law: Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act
Year: 1969
Jurisdiction: California
Nominated by: Arthur F. McEvoy

In 1969, California passed a law that helped keep rivers, lakes and streams nationwide healthy; offered the parched Owens Valley, by the eastern Sierra Nevadas, a chance at new life – or at least an afterlife; and led to Angelinos being permitted to water their lawns only on specific days, at specific times, and for a limited duration.

During the past forty-plus years, all of the above and more have cascaded like H20 from Newhall Pass thanks in part to the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act.

This innocuous sounding piece of legislation – the first two words seem like something a Pullman Car passenger would request – might even have kept California together as a united state. It is not a great leap to imagine water being the casus belli of any Smog Town vs. Fog Town vs. Bread Basket state civil war.

Professor Arthur F. McEvoy nominates Porter-Cologne as a “Law That Shaped L.A.” McEvoy is Southwestern Law School’s associate dean for research and Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law. Please note that the hyperbole of the immediately previous paragraph comes from your columnist and not the professor.

Read the full story here.

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This week Los Angeles became the largest US City to ban plastic bags, a move that should have an impact on the entire environment, but definitely the ocean. Here’s a little excerpt from the article linked to above:

“It’s great for the environment, great for the future, and great for our beaches and our ocean,” Council member Ed Reyes said in a video posted on his website. “It’s a win for everybody.”

An estimated 2.3 billion single-use plastic carryout bags are used inLos Angeles each year, according to environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay, which supported the ban.

If you want to take a simple, proactive step to help reduce plastic waste in our landfills and waterways, make the switch today to reusable bags. If you feel like taking on a bigger challenge, champion the ban on plastic bags in your own community!

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Former Yosemite National Park Chief to join with environmental and conservation groups to endorse campaign

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2012

What:
The former Superintendent of Yosemite National Park joins with environmental and conservation groups to officially launch the petition drive to qualify the Water Conservation and Yosemite Restoration Initiative for the November 2012 San Francisco ballot.

The drive launches from the spot where famed environmentalist John Muir embarked on his first, historic trip to Yosemite, where he arrived 144 years ago this month. Muir vigorously opposed the clear-cutting, flooding, and destruction of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, which he called “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.”

If qualified for the ballot and approved by San Francisco voters in November, the Water Conservation and Yosemite Restoration Initiative would require the city to create a plan to move San Francisco from last in the state to first in the nation in water sustainability and begin to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Before any actions could be taken, voters would have to approve the water recycling and habitat restoration plans at a later election.

Who:
B.J. Griffin, Former Superintendent, Yosemite National Park
Ron Sundergill, Pacific Region Director, National Parks Conservation Association
Mike Marshall, Campaign Director, Yosemite Restoration Campaign

When:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
12:00 p.m.

Where:
Behind the San Francisco Ferry Building
(next to Ferry Plaza Seafood)
San Francisco, CA

About the Yosemite Restoration Campaign: The mission of the Yosemite Restoration Campaign is to reform San Francisco’s 19th century water system to allow for the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park. It is a non-profit, 501 (c)(4) organization. www.YosemiteRestoration.org

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Solving water crisis
PUTRAJAYA: THE Federal Government is standing firm by its decision to go ahead with the Langat 2 treatment plant to resolve Selangor’s water crisis despite the stalemate with the state government.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, in a text message to the New Straits Times, said this was meant for the people’s wellbeing.

“Like it or not, we will proceed with the Langat 2 treatment plant,” said Chin when contacted in Singapore. “The welfare of the people is the Federal Government’s priority.” (Read the full story here.)

Water war in Fairfax County roiled by legal opinion from federal agency
With the City of Falls Church just days away from opening sealed bids submitted by potential buyers of its embattled water utility, a recently issued legal opinion by the federal agency that supplies the city’s water cast doubt on its ability to conclude a deal with private entities.

The chief counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — whose Washington Aqueduct provides Fall Church with water from the Potomac River — has rendered an opinion saying the agency can only sell its water to another governmental entity, Fairfax County officials say.

Earl Stockdale, the Corps’s chief counsel, advised Fairfax County officials that after reviewing a 1947 federal statute, he concluded that Congress gave authority to the Corps to deliver water from the Washington Aqueduct “only to governmental entities,” the e-mail states. He said his May 17 opinion is also consistent with a 1963 opinion issued by the Corps. (Read the full story here.)

Santa Clara Valley Water District under investigation for violating water pollution laws
Silicon Valley’s leading drinking-water provider, which collects millions of dollars from the public to provide clean water, is under investigation for violating state water-pollution laws after repeatedly spilling hydraulic oil into its reservoirs.

Prosecutors from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office have notified the Santa Clara Valley Water District that the agency is facing fines of up to $25,000 in connection with the most recent spill, in early January at Coyote Reservoir.

“Due to the serious nature of the violations and the potential impact on the environment, the District Attorney’s Office has decided that a civil prosecution is appropriate in this case, with the goals being threefold — punishment, deterrence and compliance,” deputy district attorney Tina Nunes Ober wrote in a March 29 letter to water district CEO Beau Goldie. (Read the full story here.)

Food, water scarce in rebel-held Timbuktu
(Reuters) – Under a broiling midday sun, dozens of young men from Timbuktu in northern Mali dig with shovels and pails to clear a sand-choked well, in a desperate attempt to find water.

Once a tourist hotspot known for its holy sites and an annual music festival that only months ago drew U2 lead singer Bono, Timbuktu is now facing a growing humanitarian crisis since al Qaeda-linked gunmen took control.

A local-organized aid convoy, escorted by turbaned rebels on machine-gun mounted pickups, reached the desert town last week to help ease food, water and medical supply shortages. (Read the full story here.)

Forsyth water issue goes down to the wire
Within a week, Forsyth County’s 47,000 water customers could be paying “dramatically higher” rates if a deal is not struck for a new water contract with the City of Cumming.

Two days after the city rejected the county’s fifth offer, county commissioners put together a binding proposal late Thursday they hope Cumming officials will accept.

At stake is the water future of some 170,000 county residents and the economic development of what has been Georgia’s fastest-growing county in recent years. (Read the full story here.)

EPA: Mining could affect quality of water, fish
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The possible failure of a dam holding waste from a large-scale mine near the headwaters of one of the world’s premier salmon fisheries in Alaska could wipe out or degrade rivers and streams in the region for decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft watershed assessment released Friday.

EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran said there was a fairly low risk of that occurring, however, and the more likely impact would be direct loss of habitat from the mining activity itself.

The report responded to concerns about a large copper-and-gold prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay. It is a draft, with a final report that could affect permitting decisions perhaps due by the end of the year after public comment and peer review. (Read the full story here.)

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Anthony Christopher

As we continue to study, research, investigate and analyze the challenge of eradicating the millions of deaths each year from lack of clean drinking water and water related diseases the picture gets clearer and clearer.

There are solutions.

In fact, many organizations are working on them. Some are building wells in Africa, while others are delivering water filtration systems to communities in various countries.

The truth is we believe we can eradicate this cycle of death as we did polio, small pox and other diseases in past decades. MCWA is striving to be a catalyst in assisting, supporting and facilitating whenever and wherever we can to meet this goal in a hand full of years or less not decades! Yes, eradicate death related to water issues and sustain life. A lofty goal? Yes? Reachable? Absolutely!

It will take resources, man power and political will.

We believe in the saying, “Once educated obligated.” Ever since I learned the “statistics” – that by the time I and you go to bed each night 4320 children die from water related issues I’ve had a little tougher time sleeping. This holocaust is happening every day. And, I want to do something about it. We extend an invitation to anyone who wants to volunteer, offer financial support or help build bridges with organizations that can work with and/or support this very important goal.

We can get it done. I know we can. I also know we’re going to need a lot of support. The door is open. Contact us. We Can Change The World. We Can.

Sincerely,
Anthony Christopher
Chief Executive
My Clean Water Act

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