Category Archives: Water

Committee Stalls Bill Requiring Vote On Delta Tunnels

The ECOreport reposts OP-ED Committee Stalls Bill Requiring Vote On Delta Tunnels

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

A bill to force a public vote on Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta through two massive underground tunnels stalled in committee on Friday, May 27.

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Californians Waste A Lot Of Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWater is a finite resource. According to Stephanie Feldstein of the Center of Biological Diversity, “Every time you turn on the tap, that water is coming from rivers, lakes and streams that wildlife depend on.” With Levi Strauss & Co’s help, the Center created the “Don’t Be a Drip” to identify some of the most wasteful activities and counties in the United States. Despite a four year long drought, they discovered Californians waste a lot of water.

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PACE Water Conservation Programs Work

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Renovate America announced that California will save more than a billion gallons of water through the completed water-efficiency projects financed through its’ HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. More than half of those projects have been completed in the five months since Governor Brown announced water reduction mandates. HERO has shown that PACE water conservation programs work.

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Is this Climate Change?

As the West Coast’s drought spreads North to BC & Alaska and the number of wildfires seems unprecedented. The ECOreport asks: Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first seven months of this year were the warmest on record, and last month was the hottest known July. California’s drought has become a West Coast phenomenon, spreading as far north as Alaska. Wildfires are being reported in areas like Washington’s Olympic National Park, where there have been not been fires in living memory. “Rainy” British Columbia’s abnormally dry conditions are expected to continue through this fall and into winter. Trees are stressed and fish populations are failing. Is this Climate Change?

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California’s Giant Sequoias Are Threatened

Paraphrased from Ezra David Romero’s story on KVPR.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1They have withstood droughts before. Many of these trees have stood in the Sierra Nevada for 3,000 years. This is different. Their leaves have not turned this brown, or sparse, at any previous time in the park’s history. Join Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero as he joins a team of scientists investigating how California’s Giant Sequoias Are Threatened.

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The Drought’s Latest Victims

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s drought spread across most of the West Coast this year. There have been reports of record high temperatures, water shortages and increased ravages from wildfires. The Drought’s latest victims are salmon.

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BC’s fire situation appears to be improving

By Roy Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the number of active wildfires increased to 240, of which 17 are classified as “active fires of note,”the province was no longer covered by smoke. Port Hardy’s evacuation order has been rescinded. There was rain in some of the most critical areas last night and today. Aside from Whistler, which is still “5” (moderate), the province’s Air Quality Health Index has dropped to 2’s and 3’s. BC’s fire situation appears to be improving.

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The Fires – Is This Climate Change?

The ECOreport looks at the drought and wildfires, now stretching from California to Alaska,  and asks: the fires – Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, a brownish haze clings to the Olympic Peninsula’s shore.  There are reports of ash raining from the sky in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo.  The sun was a reddish-brown color in Qualicum Beach. There are severe wildfires along the West Coast, from Alaska to California. There may be more than drought behind the fires: Is this Climate Change?

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Architectural Responses to California’s Drought

the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There was a new source of inspiration at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. Some of the winners were architectural responses to California’s drought.

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What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The situation in California is intensifying. More than half of Oregon is now officially in extreme drought conditions. Washington’s snowpack has disappeared and more than a quarter of the state’s rivers are at record time lows. Though the emergency has not yet reached British Columbia, the province predicts “some regions will likely experience significant water supply shortages.” The drought shows us what Climate Change could bring to the West Coast. Continue reading What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast