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Welcome to the blog that is going to keep you informed about water issues!  Political, social, economic, human health, land use… you name it!  It has been my personal goal to educate the public to the need to understand that our water health is dependent on our actions and inaction.

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Exploring real world environmental concerns must also include social, economic, political, human health, and natural resource implications. This allows for a comprehensive understanding of complicated environmental matters that do not stop at man-made state lines, or international lines of delineation. Water, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), waste, industrial farming, disaster relief, air quality, carbon sequestration, energy production, and fishing industries, to name a few, all encompass multiple disciplines in both its onset and its potential solutions. Educating the public to environmental sciences as a single discipline, taught from a text, within a classroom, whose antithesis is business, does not convey the entire picture.

The GET WET! Project addresses residential water needs by collaborating with local universities, government representatives, businesses, conservation commissions, ENGOs, parents, and community volunteers to assure all interested parties are heard. Focusing on local environmental issues through school-centered, community-based curriculum increases participation and opens a dialogue regarding local resources, jobs, human health, politics, and economics. Allowing the community to decide which of the concerns they feel deserves the most attention provides an autonomy that may be more palatable.

New Water Restrictions In Place For Thousands In Diamond Bar, Pomona, Walnut

New Water Restrictions In Place For Thousands In Diamond Bar, Pomona, Walnut

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Walnut Valley Water District issued water restrictions Tuesday in response to the state’s ongoing drought situation.

The WVWD Board of Directors declared a level 2 water shortage, which calls for a 20% drop in water use.

For more information, visit: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-water-restrictions-in-place-for-thousands-in-diamond-bar-pomona-walnut/ar-AASWFJj

Nobody knows how much water New Mexico has: Survival depends on finding out

Nobody knows how much water New Mexico has: Survival depends on finding out

MAGDALENA, N.M. – Mayor Richard Rumpf drives slowly through town — population 870 —  and gestures toward the new ambulance, the volunteer fire department that he captains, the library housed in a converted train station. His role in the community spans everything from substitute teaching at the local school — “State champs again,” he says proudly of the boys basketball team — to playing Santa Claus in the Christmas parade. 

For more information, visit: https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/2022/01/18/how-much-water-does-new-mexico-have/6559502001/

CCWD adopts new water shortage rates

CCWD adopts new water shortage rates | Local News Stories | hmbreview.com

The Coastside County Water District last week approved new policies meant to incentivize water conservation and keep the agency financially stable during droughts. The move caps a yearslong process that could be a glimpse at future costs should droughts continue to be longer and more frequent.

For more information, visit: https://www.hmbreview.com/news/ccwd-adopts-new-water-shortage-rates/article_4da46564-7946-11ec-871c-d7413a5959fe.html

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters - ABC News

The local water district for wealthy Southern California communities in an enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains is taking a more aggressive approach to conservation as the drought drags on despite a wet winter start

For more information, visit: https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/celeb-heavy-los-angeles-suburb-tough-water-wasters-82357427

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander is first to find water on the moon up close

China's Chang'e 5 lunar lander is first to find water on the moon up close  | Space

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander just marked a historic first: The spacecraft became the first to detect water on the moon at its landing site in real time.

Chang’e 5 found water at its landing site near Oceanus Procellarum on the moon’s near side, using an instrument that detects water by determining spectral reflectance measurements of regolith (soil) and rocks.

For more information, please visit: https://www.space.com/china-change-5-lander-finds-water-moon

DeSantis announces $481 million in awards for water quality projects across Florida

$481 million awarded to water quality projects across Florida | wtsp.com

More than 100 projects aimed at improving water quality across Florida have been awarded a large sum of money by the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office has announced.

The 103 wastewater and springs projects will receive $481 million and will help reduce the total amount of nitrogen in Florida’s waterways by more than 700,000 pounds per year, the governor’s office says.   

For more information, please visit: https://www.wtsp.com/amp/article/news/regional/florida/desantis-481-million-water-quality-projects-florida/67-54c2fa8d-030f-4dde-9dfa-8620904f87a0

Manatees? Water quality? Home rule? Which statewide issues will dominate 2022? | Our View

Manatees? Water quality? Home rule? Which statewide issues will dominate  2022? | Our View

Could 2022 be the Year of the Manatee in Florida?

Following a year in which a record number of manatee deaths were logged statewide, there will be calls to increase protection for the gentle marine animals.

For more information please visit: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/2022/01/09/manatees-water-quality-condo-regs-among-issues-2022-our-view/9119315002/

Who’s liable for sewage contaminating water in Gulf Breeze? FDEP starts fact-finding soon

Gulf Breeze sewage contaminated water: FDEP to start investigating

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will start its fact-finding process next week to determine who is liable for an error that caused sewage to contaminate the drinking water supply of about 340 homes on Soundside Drive for several weeks.

For more information please visit: https://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/santa-rosa/2021/11/02/gulf-breeze-sewage-contaminated-water-fdep-start-investigating/6193520001/

FDEP proposes $3.2 million in penalties for contaminated water in Gulf Breeze

FDEP seeks $3.2M in penalties for Soundside Drive water contamination

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued draft consent orders for Gulf Breeze, Midway Water System and Brown Construction of Northwest Florida proposing more than $3.2 million in penalties for the cross-connection that contaminated drinking water at about 340 homes in Gulf Breeze’s Soundside Drive neighborhood late last year.

For information please visit: https://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/santa-rosa/2022/01/10/fdep-seeks-3-2-m-penalties-soundside-drive-water-contamination/9155589002/

UC Study Finds Safe Drinking Water Remains Out of Reach for Many Californians

UC Study Finds Safe Drinking Water Remains Out of Reach for Many  Californians – NBC Bay Area

An estimated 371,000 Californians — about 1% of the state’s residents — rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of toxic chemicals such as arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, according to a study from the University of California campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles.

For more information visit: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/uc-study-finds-safe-drinking-water-remains-out-of-reach-for-many-californians/2776514/