Monthly Archives: April 2021

California Domestic Water Issues

They are serious, as this story from Grist reports. An excerpt. “A new report is highlighting the gaps in California’s water infrastructure — and how much money the state will need to fix it. “The report, published by the state’s Water Resources … Continue reading

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Drought, Higher Food Prices

That’s the point in this article from Channel 10, but the larger question is why public leadership in our state has not added more water storage to deal with the dry years by storing more from the wet years; and … Continue reading

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Need Desal Plants

A big yes to that, which is the point of this article from the Orange County Register. An excerpt. “Gavin Newsom this week traveled to Lake Oroville to sign a half-billion-dollar wildfire prevention bill. During his press conference, he pointed … Continue reading

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Precision Ag Technology

It is creating some very good outcomes, as reported by The Farmer. An excerpt. “Farmers make huge investments in precision ag technology for various reasons. To improve profitability and yields is key. “Environmental benefits also come into play as consumption … Continue reading

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Removing Toxic Forever Chemicals

Overdue, but good news, from the Environmental Working Group. An excerpt. “SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State legislation that would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS from plant-based food packaging passed out of the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee on … Continue reading

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Woman found dead in Parkway

Article from MSN News. An excerpt. “A woman was found dead on the American River Bike Trail in Sacramento on Saturday, April 10. “The Sacramento Police Department said that they got a call at around 3:40 p.m. that a woman appeared to … Continue reading

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Repurposing the Central Valley

Parts of it anyway, as this article from the Fresno Bee reports, a very interesting concept, especially if other more water rich areas of the country can take up the resulting agricultural slack. An excerpt. “The Central Valley has reached … Continue reading

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Groundwater Recharging

Some very good news on this important subject from the University of California San Diego. An excerpt. “Groundwater is a key resource for water users in California’s Central Valley, a major agricultural hub with an economic output of tens of … Continue reading

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Are Plants Smart?

Gardeners say yes, and this fascinating article from Aeon Magazine adds a lot to the argument. An excerpt. “At first glance, the Cornish mallow (Lavatera cretica) is little more than an unprepossessing weed. It has pinkish flowers and broad, flat … Continue reading

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Water Supply

Bad, but not catastrophic, as this story from the Los Angeles Times reports. An excerpt. “Drought is returning to California as a second, consecutive parched winter draws to a close in the usually wet north, leaving the state’s major reservoirs … Continue reading

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