Posts Tagged Water

We’re Flying Blind, Farming Water Mixed With Oil Waste Water

Oil in Irrigation water


Watch this:  Sometimes a short video can get a message across much faster than a more lengthy article.  Such is the case here where a crew from Spotlight CA investigates what happens when oil mixes with our water sources.  Now that oil drilling is taking place right in the middle of fields where farming is actively taking place and massive amounts of water are used to extract fossil fuels, some of that same water is ending up as the irrigation source for various crops.  What could go wrong?

Reporter Kiran Deol meets a “watchdog farmer, a maverick water scientist and a public health expert who are all taking action to ensure our safety.”  As they investigate the situation, a farmer named Frantz asks “An orange is 90 percent water when it gets to the consumer … where did that water come from? It’s the irrigation water. If the irrigation water is toxic even at very tiny amounts, is there a tiny amount of toxicity now in the fruit? Nobody has tested that yet.”  As the story says, we (and particularly the oil companies) could be doing a lot more to ensure the purity of the water, but they are simply not.  I guess they don’t have to so they probably won’t until that changes.

We, the consumers, need to wake up and be diligently, maybe radically, active.


https://spotlightcalifornia.com/water-oil/

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Should Unpolluted Tap Water be A Right?

Clean Water


Read this:  The link below, to an article in The Nation Magazine, by Michelle Chen, looks at the water crisis in the USA.  We take too many things for granted, until they become unavailable or unaffordable and in the last 20 – 30 years water has entered that category.  Making it worse, we have added an additional problem to it’s availability – it increasingly may be “unsafe”.  Varying factors emphasizing the value of water should be everyday news headlines, but sadly they are not.  Some of them follow here:

  • “Failing septic systems”
  • “Expanding and unabated groundwater pollution from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides contaminating local groundwater aquifers”
  • “Service cuts as a ‘scandalous practice, heaved onto the backs of people too poor to pay the rising costs of fresh water'”
  • “Drought ravaging farmlands”
  • “Sagging infrastructures”
  • “Intensifying weather disasters … threatening basic water and sanitation resources for the urban poor.”

There are many more examples and the specifics of the stories make you cringe, but don’t seem to motivate action on the part of our congressional representatives.  In ” Lowndes County, AL … (with about) 5100 households, half have failing septic systems or none at all,” and children are “living and playing among raw sewage.”  Just another example of inequality!  Of course Climate Change is also a factor, ” looming over all the immediate water crises … were the intensifying global resource pressures tied to climate risk.”  With the “corporate privatization of the water system. ‘Government permits the agricultural industry to shift the burden to pay for its pollution to the people least able to afford it,”” and they simply cannot.  “Detroit’s austerity (program) created a humanitarian crisis.  Tens of thousands of residents had their water services cut in February of 2014, amid the city’s economic collapse.”  This seems to be a basic humanity dilemma, not expected in the USA and Human rights groups such as “US Human Rights Network” are speaking out, even going to the United Nations, attempting to shame the US into action.  But, the urgency of this water crisis doesn’t seem to take root.  Congress and the media don’t mention it.  You have to search Google to find any real coverage.

Read the entire article below and support efforts to ensure water is a reliable human right that should be protected by the US government (damn the corporations) and be an example worldwide.


http://www.thenation.com/article/what-if-your-tap-water-was-too-polluted-to-drink/

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CA Water Dissapearing and What’s Left May Be Contaminated

 Clean Water California Water  Read this:  “About 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.”  How’s that for a shocker?  A “ten-year US Geological Survey study of 11,000 public-water wells across the state”  The findings were not reassuring as “naturally occurring trace elements like arsenic, manganese, and uranium turned up at high levels much more commonly than did agriculture-related chemicals like nitrate.”  As you would expect, different areas within California have different problems, but high readings of chemicals such as these are very disturbing.  Read this short article by Tom Philpott of Mother Jones to get more details.http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/07/california-groundwater-not-just-vanishing-also-widely-contaminated

 

 

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Time US Becomes A Leader On Fracking

 Fracking our water  Sign the petition:  Several countries have banned fracking.  The state of New York just banned fracking.  It is time the US becomes a leader on one of our most threatening environmental causes – Fracking.  In a recent email Food and Water Watch listed several reasons “Why is fracking so bad”:

  • Fracking pollutes — a lot!
  • Fracking hurts communities.
  • Fracking affects everyone, no matter where you live
  • Fracking worsens climate change

Ask Your Members of Congress to Protect Our Water and Ban Fracking

https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=878E7A91E45815E1496757658E877AC2.app340a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=769

 

 

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Water Loophole in CA for Nestle’s CEO

 Nestle Water - NO  Sign the petition:  This Credo Action article and petition revisit the recently uncovered story about the Nestle Corporation “pumping water out of a national forest in drought-stricken California.”  Nestle uses that water (virtually for free) as the source for it’s bottled water products from the Morongo Reservation in Southern California while Californians experience increasing restrictions on water use and CA aquifers become extremely threatened.  “When questioned in a recent radio interview about whether they would consider halting their water extraction, Nestle CEO Tim Brown stated: ‘Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase it, I would.'”  As the article suggests, it is time to get tough with Nestle.  “It’s time to ratchet up the spotlight on Nestle itself and show that we won’t stand by while its CEO tries to spin his way out of his company’s inexcusable water profiteering.”  Please sign the petition and if you must buy bottled water, look for a more conscientious company.  Remember, reusable bottles and filtered tap water may actually be cleaner than bottled water and they are definitely cheaper and better on the environment.


http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Nestle_CEO_nat/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=advertising-credo-20150701&utm_campaign=Advertising%20-%20Credo%20-%2020150701

 

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What Do You Mean I Can’t Have Any Water?

 Clean Water  Read this:  This article in Mother Jones Magazine by Julia Lurie provides some real perspective on the worldwide water crisis.  It shows that “humans are depleting more than half of the world’s 37 largest aquifers at unsustainable rates, and there is virtually no accurate data showing how much water is left.”  In the US we have the impression the water crisis is a California thing.  But it is not so simple.   A recent study in the journal Water Resources Research, gave a depressing prognosis based on satellite data: “eight aquifers, primarily in Asia and Africa, were qualified as over stressed,’ meaning they had nearly no natural replenishment.”  NO NATURAL REPLACEMENT!  Many other aquifers are “quickly disappearing” and others (like California) are “‘extremely’ or ‘highly’ stressed, with some natural replenishment but not enough to make up for growing demand.”  This message is never told as we watch the news and the narrative is primarily political.  Science is seldom involved and then there are the endless commercials by our Fossil Fuel friends painting their portraits with colored praise.  Instead we should be informed that “the growing demand on water, exacerbated by overpopulation and climate change, has led to a situation that is ‘quite critical,'” as Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at NASA states.


http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/06/aquifers-groundwater-world-depleted-california-drought

 

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Is Desalinization the Answer to the California Drought?

 Desalination
Read this:  A natural thought comes to mind as anyone reads about the drought in places like California, right next to all the Pacific Ocean.  Why don’t they just desalinate sea water?  Seems so simple.  Just like that you may be thinking, PROBLEM SOLVED!  As you probably can guess, it ain’t that easy.  The attached article from FOOD & WATER WATCH, takes a brief look at the Pros and Cons of this possible solution discussing: alternatives, expense, global warming consequences, the role of giant corporations, effects on fisheries and marine environments, risks to human health and possible relationships to environmental and social justice.  Again, it is complicated.  The conclusion from FOOD & WATER WATCH is: “Desalination shouldn’t be used as a quick fix to our water shortage problems. Conservation and recycling programs are usually much less expensive and less risky alternatives to building desalination plants.”
 

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California’s Drought and the Global Water Crisis

 Drought - Worldwide Projections
Read and watch:  In this short article in The Nation Magazine, Leighton Akio Woodhouse focuses on the California Drought and its relationship to worldwide droughts, essentially “Climate Change”.  How does California’s drought fit into the overall picture?  What are some of the things we can expect, etc..  Watch the video, become uncomfortable, don’t forget and most of all get active by supporting the right people and causes.
 

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Illegal Water Pumping in California Needs To Be Controlled

 CA Drought
Sign the Petition:  California residents are being asked, as they should, to cut back on their water usage.  The problem is that not all residents (corporations that is) are bound by this.  We know that big agriculture and businesses have not been asked to cut back and the focus has been on the use by citizens, but some of these exceptions just don’t make sense.  “While California is currently in the midst of the worst drought it has ever faced, the multi-national Nestle Corporation is pumping tens of millions of gallons of water a year — on a permit that expired in the 1980s.”  While residents have been asked to cut their usage by 20% corporations like Nestle have no such restrictions placed on them.  “Nestle — the nation’s largest bottled water producer — has been pumping between 50-80 million gallons of water a year from the Sacramento region alone.”  Unbelievable you may be thinking.  “It gets worse: California doesn’t have any laws limiting the amount of water drawn from groundwater. In the Coachella Valley, it’s estimated that Nestle draws 2OO,OOO,OOO gallons of water a year.”   Help California by signing the petition to demand U.S. Forest Service shut down Nestle’s unregulated water pumping. 
 

 

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One year of water left – the California chapter on “Climate Change”!

 California Drought - Global Warming
Read this: This OP-Ed in the Los Angeles Times, By Jay Famiglietti, paints a picture of Global Warmng / Climate Change in California that might even make the GOP Senator Inhofe take note.  Actually there is little hope on that one.  As Jay says: “As our ‘wet’ season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We’re not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we’re losing the creek too.”
 

 

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