Welcome to the GET WET! Blog

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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.

Colorado intensifies efforts against ‘forever chemicals’ in water supplies

Colorado intensifies efforts against 'forever chemicals' in water supplies  | Energy & Environment | coloradopolitics.com

This fall Colorado has launched two new programs, one aimed at removing firefighting foam containing so-called “forever chemicals” from fire departments, military bases and other properties and an emergency grant program aimed at helping communities where the chemicals have appeared in drinking water.

FULL ARTICLE: https://gazette.com/news/colorado-intensifies-efforts-against-forever-chemicals-in-water-supplies/article_51ae9dc4-4f10-11ec-aa48-b7d2bb61e91d.html

Navy investigating chemical smell in drinking water at military housing; no current indication water is unsafe

Navy investigating chemical smell in drinking water at military housing; no  current indication water is unsafe

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Navy officials are investigating reports of a chemical smell in the drinking water at multiple homes in military housing areas for Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.khon2.com/local-news/navy-investigating-chemical-smell-in-drinking-water-at-military-housing-no-current-indication-water-is-unsafe/

Dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate US tap water: Report

'Ticking time bomb': PFAS chemicals in drinking water alarm scientists over  health risks - ABC News

Decaying infrastructure and pollution from toxic “forever chemicals” are causing tens of millions of United States residents to drink contaminated water, increasing the risk of cancer and other ailments, according to a new report.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/dangerous-forever-chemicals-contaminate-us-tap-water-report

San Francisco declares a water shortage emergency and urges residents to cut usage

San Francisco declares a water shortage emergency and urges residents to cut  usage - KTVZ

San Francisco declared a water shortage emergency and is calling for a 10% reduction across its regional system, Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/24/us/san-francisco-water-shortage-emergency/index.html

Multiple water main breaks shut down downtown San Diego roadways

Downtown San Diego Water Main Break Causes Traffic Delays, Flooding – NBC 7 San  Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Several roadways and parts of busy freeways in the downtown San Diego area were closed Monday morning as public utilities crews worked to repair multiple water main breaks.

ARTICLE: https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-news/multiple-water-main-breaks-shut-down-downtown-san-diego-roadways-112221

New rule opens door to widespread testing for harsh chemicals in drinking water

Threshold for harmful chemicals in drinking water lower than thought: Study  - ABC News

OLYMPIA. Drinking water for over 6 million Washington  residents will  be tested for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under rule changes adopted by the Washington State Board of Health (SBOH). The rule now sets State Action Levels (SALs) and requires widespread testing of public drinking water supplies for PFAS contamination. The changes will go into effect on January 1, 2022.  

ARTICLE/LINK: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2973/New-rule-opens-door-to-widespread-testing-for-harsh-chemicals-in-drinking-water

California, Arizona and Nevada in talks on new plan to save Colorado River water

California water agencies resolve Colorado River dispute | Las Vegas  Review-Journal

Two and a half years after signing a deal aimed at averting a damaging crisis along the Colorado River, water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada are discussing plans to take even less water from the shrinking river and leave it in Lake Mead in an effort to prevent the reservoir from falling to dangerously low levels.

ARTICLE: https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2021-11-17/california-agrees-to-reduce-share-colorado-river-water

‘Drinking Through a Lead Straw’ — $15B Approved to Fix Dangerous Water Pipes

Drinking Through a Lead Straw' — $15B Approved to Fix Dangerous Water Pipes  | Kaiser Health News

Lead service lines were banned nationwide in 1986, but fixing this largely underground problem is taking longer than community and environmental advocates would like.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-11-08/15-billion-approved-in-infrastructure-bill-to-fix-dangerous-water-pipes

A hiker stumbled across a stream that reeked of beer. The alcohol content was 1.2%, tests found.

A hiker stumbled across a stream in Hawaii that reeked of beer. The alcohol  content was 1.2 percent, tests found. | The Seattle Times

As a man hiked last month through lush terrain in Waipio, a town on Hawaii’s Oahu island, a pungent stench suddenly wafted past him. It smelled like alcohol, and it was coming from a nearby stream that was about 120 feet below a freeway.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/18/waipio-hawaii-stream-alcohol-contamination/