Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.
UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti. READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water sci ... More >>
Check out the following six (mostly brief) videos that have UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti and his team's research explaining the California and global groundwater crises. READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smar ... More >>
What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priori ... More >>
The reading assignment below? It's alright. But the truth is the subject of the story, UC Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti, has written far more eloquently about the global groundwater issues raised in this week's cover story. After the jump are but five examples ... More >>
Looking out the large windows from Jay Famiglietti's corner office at UC Irvine on a sun-drenched late-spring day, you take in an inviting deep greenbelt and, just beyond that, the green, green grass of Aldrich Park. Contrast that with the view from the UCI hydrologist's new office at the NASA Jet ... More >>
The city of Santa Ana and Orange County Water District (OCWD) host a community meeting beginning at 6:30 tonight to address continued water reliability and quality in the wake of pollution and the state drought.
A new study by NASA and UC Irvine scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources, meaning our parched state and region is even worse off than previously feared.
The Associated Press, citing state data, reported on July 16 that water consumption increased 65 percent from May 2013 through May 2014 in the City of Santa Ana. That was apparently news to the City of Santa Ana's leaders and water officials. Incorrect news. "The fact is that the city's water con ... More >>
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Stay thirsty my friends. Seriously, stay thirsty, because Californians must reduce water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. That's what the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is reminding everyone about, as well as offering ways to reduce water use.
Early this month, the Weekly reported the gas drilling practice known as fracking has quietly been occurring around Orange County's borders. For just how long is hard to say, and pinpointing the exact number of companies who have engaged in the practice locally isn't easy. What is known is that fra ... More >>
As California grapples with some of its driest weather on record, the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) continues to negotiate the purchase of desalted water from a yet-to-be built plant in Huntington Beach. It's a move that may provide the land of citrus with drought-proof H20- ... More >>
The Santa Ana sucker won in federal court in--where else?--Santa Ana, sucker!Technically, it was the Obama administration's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that Judge James V. Selna ruled for, rejecting the challenge inland water agencies mounted over expansion of the natural habitat for the endanger ... More >>
The water crisis documentary Last Call at the Oasis won an "Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking" award at the just-concluded Newport Beach Film Festival. Surely helping propel Academy Award winning filmmaker Jessica Yu's production, which opens in Irvine Friday, is UC Irvine hydrologist Jay Famigl ... More >>
Inland water agencies may say they want to work with government regulators on a Santa Ana River habitat for a tiny fish known as the Santa Ana Sucker, but as long as the H2O providers press their lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four conservation groups will press back. The Si ... More >>
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
Sucker punchedA dozen water agencies serving nearly 3 million Southern California residents have formally warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it the federal agency does not want to be sued, it must rescind the recent expansion of critical habitat areas for the Santa Ana Sucker, ... More >>
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
The so-called worldwide water crisis is being linked to current and future wars, disease and populations shifts.In fact, today's Huffington Post reports on a study showing water shortages will impact 70 percent of U.S. counties by 2050.But, back here in 2010, a different kind of water crisis has ... More >>
Photo by James BunoanPossible setting for Poseidon misadventureNick Schou way back in 2003 covered the environmental problems with a proposed water desalination plant in Huntington Beach, but Surf City's City Council went ahead and gave Poseidon Resources a tentative approval three years later.No ... More >>
Flickr user jcookfisherLast week's storms brought the mountains to life for snowboarders all over Southern California. With well over 14 inches at local spots like Baldy, Mountain High and Bear, people grabbed their boards and headed for higher altitudes. Mammoth Mountain, the southern part of ... More >>
Before Blue Gold: World Water Wars screened at April's Newport Beach Film Festival, Irvine-based indie filmmaker Sam Bozzo vowed it would be his first and last documentary because it proved so arduous to make.At least Blue Gold, which is about the world's water shortage and based on the ground-br ... More >>
John Huston channels William Mulholland and Jack Nicholson clueless Angelenos in Roman Polanski's classic Chinatown.UC Irvine's revelation that it would host free "water-and-film" events Friday night and Saturday morning and afternoon immediately produced visions of a giant kiddie pool plopped in ... More >>
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Blue Gold: World Water WarsEarth Day is Wednesday, but the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), in partnership with the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends and the Orange County Parks Department, celebrates Sunday, April 26. A program of Earth Day-appropriate short films, curated by the festival's co ... More >>
Included in the land- and water-conserving Omnibus Public Land Management Act signed into law today by President Obama is a bill providing $6 million in federal funding to help finance future phases of the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment Project--a.k.a. the "toilet to tap plan." The pr ... More >>
In November of 2000 for OC Weekly, I wrote "Waste Waterworld: Will Poop-to-Tap Plan Raise a Stink?" Oh, the comments I got from water officials for using words like "pee," "poop" and "the Ewww! Factor" in a piece about the Orange County Water District and Sanitation District's planned $600 million G ... More >>
The South Coast Water District is considering an ordinance that, among other things, would prevent restaurants from bringing water to customers who haven't requested it. The law is intended to stymie water shortages or something, but screw that. My pet peeve: Restaurants cheaping you out on water an ... More >>
Ocean Friendly Gardening
Cold War Kids
But the government spends it
Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
Environmental concerns stall HB desalination plant
New suit, more questions ON DA, ARCO
Drinking the water Dana Rohrabacher surfs in
TO: Anthony "Tony" Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney
FROM: Anthony "Tony" Pignataro
Wish they all could be California plants
The developers win again