California drought: First snow survey of the year Tuesday as big storms forecast

California drought: First snow survey of the year Tuesday as big storms forecast

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow as he performs the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The survey showed the snowpack at 130 percent of normal for this site at this time

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Researchers Suggest Quality Guidelines for Recycled Water

Researchers Suggest Quality Guidelines for Recycled Water

A University of British Columbia research team has investigated the potential reuse of municipal wastewater in urban applications, provided that people don’t drink or cook with it.

Engineering researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have developed guidelines for the microbial quality of recycled water for non-potable uses including laundry, landscape irrigation, agriculture, vehicle washing and firefighting. Greywater from laundry, dishwashing and showers, and black water from toilets can be recycled and … [more…]

Flint Water Investigation Leads to Felony Charges for Michigan State Employees

Flint Water Investigation Leads to Felony Charges for Mich. State Employees

A driving effort to save the state money was said to be the reasoning behind the Flint, Michigan water crisis, which has been tied to lead poisoning in children, among other issues. On Tuesday the state announced felony charges against former state emergency managers, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, accused of false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses. The two were said to have been focused on balance sheets

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Phosphate giant Mosaic agrees to pay nearly $2 billion over mishandling of hazardous waste

Mosaic Fertilizer, the world’s largest phosphate mining company, has agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to settle a federal lawsuit over hazardous waste and to clean up operations at six Florida sites and two in Louisiana, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

"The 60 billion pounds of hazardous waste addressed in this case is the largest amount ever covered by a federal or state . . . settlement and will

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She Saved a River. And a City.

photo: Fez, Morocco river before entering the city, and after.

The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco — a maze-like medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20-year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in … [more…]