The News Review:
- Trying to end watch on sewer pipes
- AWA board backs Gold Rush Ranch water supply assessment
- The ‘water war’ isn’t really about water at all
- Rural areas face challenge to find next water source
- Central NRCS join forces to promote water conservation
- Union Pacific Railroad Company Agrees to Settle Clean Water Act …
- Pennichuck Corp. Reports perating Results (10-Q)
Trying to end watch on sewer pipes
The Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant the centerpiece of the long-running cleanup of Boston Harbor removes solids and other impurities from the waste water from 43 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts. “Changes are coming to the ocean system’’ said Charles “Stormy’’ Mayo senior scientist at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. He is concerned about how the waste water could interact with the food supply for endangered right whales. “How the ocean interacts with things we are putting in it like effluent must be understood’’ he said. “To do that we need ongoing sampling. ’’Even with the proposed cuts the authority would continue to measure the bacteria levels salinity and chlorine content of the waste water that comes out of the treatment facility. But Hornbrook hopes to end the broader effort in Massachusetts Bay and parts of Cape Cod Bay to measure water quality oxygen content on the seafloor and toxin levels in fish and shellfish populations among other ecological benchmarks the authority has monitored from eight years before the Deer Island tunnel became operational until now.
AWA board backs Gold Rush Ranch water supply assessment
“For example Jackson has many developments proposed. “Condrashoff had raised a similar criticism to which Mancebo answered “We only consider those projects with entitlements or that are likely to be considered not other growth not even conceived of now” Mancebo said. That is what state Department of Water Resources guidelines require in a water-services assessment document he said. Mancebo referred to the assessment as a “project-centered” analysis. The water agency deals in a second entirely separate fashion with maximum anticipated growth for the county Mancebo said. He said under state law anticipatory projections of growth can figure only in what is called an Urban Water Management Plan a type of document the agency also must produce regularly. A majority of directors ultimately concluded that the water-services assessment was reliable in projecting that the agency’s 30 cfs piping capacity would not be exceeded by a combination of existing demand and developments that as is Gold Rush Ranch are firmly contemplated.
The ‘water war’ isn’t really about water at all
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Georgia?s ongoing battle with neighboring Alabama and to a lesser degree with Florida isn?t really about the appropriate use of shared water resources. It?s about prosperity: We?ve got it they want it and by restricting our water supply they hope to divert some of that prosperity in their direction. Alabama officials in particular seem to be enthralled by that theory which is probably why Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley are at such loggerheads. What Perdue can?t say but probably believes is that Riley?s goal is not to protect Alabama but to harm metro Atlanta.
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Rural areas face challenge to find next water source
Its cities and towns can pump groundwater freely with almost none of the limits that protect urban aquifers. Renewable surface-water supplies are rare and without the kind of federal subsidies that helped build the Central Arizona Project canal that delivers Colorado River water those supplies can’t reach far. The result for rural parts of the state is an erratic patchwork of wells springs and seasonal streams and lakes – a water supply that fails occasionally because of overuse and carries few promises about its long-term sustainability. “In the meantime we have to look out for ourselves. Flagstaff has scrambled to keep water flowing from the day the first railroad workers tapped ld Town Spring near Mars Hill in the early 1880s. The city now serves its 64000 residents with an ever-changing mix of water from scattered wells springs and a small reservoir.
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Central NRCS join forces to promote water conservation
The program offers cost-share opportunities for new center pivots and sub-surface drip irrigation systems (SDI) over the next five years. To qualify for the cost-sharing program applicants must receive water deliveries for land served from Central?s E67 E65 or Phelps canal systems or the Supply Canal. Marcia Trompke Central?s conservation director listed several ways AWEP funds will benefit water resources including 1) reducing the need for releases of storage water from Lake McConaughy and river diversions for irrigation in Central?s service area; 2) reducing net consumptive crop use by converting pivot corners from irrigated to dryland production; 3) improving soil health and reducing evaporation through use of no-till practices; and 4) reducing agricultural chemical inputs to groundwater by increasing uniformity of water application to the root zone in program acres. Currently 300 pivots deliver water to one third of the acres to which Central delivers water. Central also has three SDI demonstration sites on pivot corners that use canal water. Trompke estimates that an additional 7450 acres can benefit from the AWEP program. AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improving water quality.
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Union Pacific Railroad Company Agrees to Settle Clean Water Act …
PR Newswire (press release)
Cruden Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “We are pleased that this agreement will result in the restoration of important mountain-desert streams and habitat for the state of Nevada. ” “Meadow Valley Wash and Clover Creek are valuable sensitive water resources which provide habitat to many fish species and endangered wildlife such as the desert tortoise and southwestern willow flycatcher. Union Pacific’s long term restoration will restore Meadow Valley Wash and Clover Creek” said Laura Yoshii Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest region. “This significant settlement underscores EPA’s commitment to protect valuable water resources in Nevada. ” The settlement resolves a complaint filed today by the United States against UP for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from the railroad’s activities in Clover Creek and Meadow Valley Wash in 2005. In January 2005 UP railroad tracks sustained significant damage following a flood in southern Nevada.
Pennichuck Corp. Reports perating Results (10-Q)
Pennichuck Corporation is a holding company with diversified businesses involved in regulated water supply and distribution in cities and towns throughout southern and central New Hampshire; non-regulated water-related services and operations; and real estate management and development. has a market cap of $98 million; its shares were traded at around $23.