The environmental hazards of microbeads

Plastic microbeads  – tiny, toxic, plastic beads – are in many of our personal care products, like face scrub and toothpaste. They’re so tiny that they are washing down the drains and into our precious waterways.

graphic courtesy of 5 Gyres Institute

graphic courtesy of 5 Gyres Institute

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Film Fosters Community By Helping to Restore California Delta

If you’ve flown into or out of the Sacramento airport, looking down you’ll see a lush river area meandering through acres of rice fields. That’s part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the biggest estuary in the West Coast of North America and the focal point of the new documentary “Over Troubled Waters”.

The film, which debuted on August 9th, chronicles the complex issues surrounding California’s tug-of-war struggle for water between the north and south state.

To find out more about this remarkable film and the history and issues surrounding the Delta, go to http://bit.ly/Rl1QrD.

California’s Troubled Waters: the Estuary vs. the Tap

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, focus on Governor Brown’s latest water war, photo by Media Creations

On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced what they consider a landmark solution to the state’s water shortage: plans to build a massive twin tunnel system that will bring precious water from the San Joaquin River Delta to farms and cities. These two 33-mile-long tunnels have stirred the pot of an ongoing water war. This controversy is at the heart of a new documentary, Over Troubled Waters.

To understand the issues and some surprising history that’s been concealed, and have a chance to win tickets to the Sacramento premier of Over Troubled Waters, see http://bit.ly/NyVftn.

Polymer Lawn Care Saves Water – A Ton!

Aqua Cents – a remarkable innovation that dramatically cuts lawn water waste and use

Landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day in the United States. Almost 50 percent of that is wasted– both commercially and residentially– due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering.

With many cities facing severe water shortages and a drought spreading throughout the Southwest, lawns are squandering a precious resource we cannot afford to lose. More cities across the country are installing water meters, and California has mandated that these be installed in all cities by the year 2025.

But saving water requires more than metering. It means rethinking how we water our plants, and developing new best practices that will help us create substantial water savings.

Aqua Cents is an extraordinary technology that could help us with both.

To learn more about how this award-winning technology can help dramatically cut water usage, see http://bit.ly/O7mN8E.

Instant-Off – a simple way to save water

Instant-Off will eliminate dripping water and reduce your water usage

With the world’s population is increasing and indications showing a growth rate between 40 to 50 percent within the next 50 years, the demand for water won’t be able to keep up.

Concerns about food security in the face of climate change and retreating water sources has turned water into a precious commodity. Wasting water is a luxury we can’t afford.

Better water efficiency is what Instant-Off is all about.

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Drinking reclaimed wastewater – the pros and cons

Several years ago I got to tour the local wastewater treatment plant. Towards the end of the tour, the group I was part of was shown the machinery that did the final “scrubbing”.

In explaining the process, our guide mentioned that one of the final steps included putting the “cleaned” water through reverse osmosis. That brought the former wastewater up to drinking standards!

But is reclaimed wastewater really safe for drinking?

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