Toxic Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated U.S. Drinking Water

photo: Toxic Firefighting Foam at an airfield and/or military base

A small sea of fire retardant foam was unintentionally released in an aircraft hangar, temporarily covering a small portion of the flight line at Travis Air Force Base in California, Sept. 24, 2013. Photo: U.S. Air Force

The EPA has yet to regulate the toxic PFCs found in fire-suppressing foam, Teflon, and other products that have contaminated our drinking water.

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Building Roots for a More Water Secure California

photo: showing the difference between healthy soil and barren soil.

Photo: NRCS Scientists Holding Up Two Soil Samples. US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service

The recently released National Climate Assessment discussed the impacts of climate change on our nation’s water supply and agricultural productivity. The levels of uncertainty regarding the future of our water supply are troubling. Changes in precipitation patterns will intensify droughts and increase heavy downpours. Hotter, more extreme weather will disrupt how well and how … [more…]

NRC admits San Onofre Holtec nuclear waste canisters are all damaged

photo: containers for storing nuclear waste

The Holtec nuclear waste storage canisters at San Onofre are lemons and must be replaced with thick-wall casks.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) admits in their November 28, 2018 NRC Inspection Report and Notice of Violation, ML18332A357 (page 8 and 9) every Holtec canister downloaded into the storage holes is damaged due to inadequate clearance between the canister and the divider shell in the storage hole (vault). The NRC states … [more…]

2018 California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge

illustration: 2018 California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge

4 months, 25+ machine-readable datasets, 15 events, $12,000 in ‘big checks’, and 20+ open data projects

These are (some!) of the numbers, but they don’t tell the entire story of the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge — and the immeasurable energy, enthusiasm, interest, collaboration, momentum, and as one organizer put it, “heart” that resulted from it.

The California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge kicked off in June as a … [more…]

California voters rejected Proposition 3. Where now on water?

photo: irrigation canal in central California. Voters rejected Proposition 3. Where now on water?

In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, water flows through an irrigation canal to crops near Lemoore, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli AP

California voters have rejected Proposition 3, the $8.9 billion water bond, sending a message to politicians. But what is that message?

It can’t be that the state’s water problems have been solved. They haven’t been.

It can’t be that Californians don’t care about water. Poll after poll shows we … [more…]