U.S.A. drought at worst level in nearly 4 years

U.S. drought at worst level in nearly 4 years

California’s first measure of snowpack for 2018 is coming up well below levels recorded the same time last year. And there are concerns the drier start this winter could send the state back into drought. —AP

The dry times are back. Drought has returned with a vengeance across much of the United States, with the worst conditions across southern and western parts of the nation. As of Thursday, 38.4% of … [more…]

Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

Gary Kremen—the founder of Match[-dot-]com, former owner of Sex[-dot-]com, and serial investor—is into water. The entrepreneur started investing in water tech startups a few years ago. Today he’s an elected member of Silicon Valley’s water district, an agency that manages water and flood control for 2 million people.

Earlier this year, he helped craft a proposal to build a tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that could improve drinking … [more…]

Toxic waste from coal ash pits leaching into Illinois’ only National Scenic River

Toxic coal ash waste can be seen leaking into the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. (Prairie Rivers Network)

Seven years after Dynegy Inc. scrapped one of the last coal plants in downstate Illinois, environmental groups are accusing the company of failing to prevent toxic waste stored nearby from seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River. Citing problems documented in the Houston-based company’s own internal reports, the nonprofit Prairie

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Anheuser-Busch focuses on clean water over beer in Super Bowl ads

Anheuser-Busch focuses on clean water over beer in socially conscious Super Bowl ads

A resident of East Porterville, California, holds a can of water donated by the Anheuser-Busch company in the area’s fourth year of drought on Feb. 11, 2015.

Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest brewing company, is devoting two Super Bowl ads this year not to beer, but water. The new TV spots, from the brewer’s popular brands Budweiser and Stella Artois, both focus on the need for clean water in different parts

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Wisconsin DNR Sets Hearing on Foxconn Water Diversion

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons daily from Lake Michigan for a Foxconn Technology Group plant.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve a massive Foxconn Technology plant.

The state … [more…]