Replacing fixtures will get rid of lead in schools’ drinking water: expert

Replacing fixtures will get rid of lead in schools’ drinking water: expert

A top education official Sunday said parents shouldn’t worry about crisis-level lead in local schools’ drinking water — but a water-treatment expert and educator said the city is making a potentially dangerous mistake. Officials recently found lead levels in school faucets and bubblers far exceeding safe levels.

Running offending fixtures for a few minutes makes them “virtually lead-free,” Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose told John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on … [more…]

How Water Gets From the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los Angeles

photo: California aqueduct

Strong storms and cold temperatures this winter have left a behind a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which provides water for about 23 million Californians from the Bay Area to Southern California. So how does all that water actually travel hundreds of miles to the Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California?

If temperatures are cold enough, the Sierras act as a giant natural reservoir that stores snow … [more…]

Restoration Solutions

Restoration Solutions

Complex Problem: Creating a sustainable future for the people, wildlife and industries of south Louisiana will require all the tools in the toolbox. Louisiana’s land loss crisis is not caused by any one single factor, but rather by a variety of complex man-made and natural causes that have contributed to the coastline’s depletion.

Because there’s no one cause, there’s no one solution. Instead, we need a variety of restoration projects,

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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…]