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Signs of drought in Los Angeles

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Guardian: When more water is being found on Mars than in California, you know the drought is bad. Comedian Jason Saenz created and posted his own signs about the drought around Los Angeles
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Many San Joaquin Valley water agencies fall short of goals in August

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Californians beat the state’s mandates for water conservation in August – barely. … Most central San Joaquin Valley water agencies fell short of their state conservation goals in August, officials said, though Selma, Kingsburg, Merced and Bakman Water Co., which serves an area southeast of Fresno, achieved their goals.

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Blog: California moves to annual water loss reporting and adds validation, transparency and performance standards

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Legislators have sent a bill to Governor Brown that will make water loss reporting more frequent, more accurate, more transparent, and far more useful. Taken together, these actions place the Golden State at the leading edge of all states that have acted to curb the loss of water from leaking urban water distribution systems – a huge issue when you are trying to save water.

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Sacramento firm bets $1 million that its wizard will lure special districts online

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The team at midtown’s Digital Deployment didn’t have to ask their banker for a loan when they presented their latest product idea, said chief executive Mac Clemmens. … Clemmens and his team have developed a wizard that allows special districts – the government agencies that manage fire, water, sewer and lots of other services – to create and manage their own websites.

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The Stream, October 2: Financial Downturn Casts Doubt on Nicaragua Canal

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

The billionaire who is backing the Nicaragua Canal lost billions of dollars over the summer, prompting some experts to doubt the project’s viability. Zimbabwe announced plans to curb electricity shortages by turning to solar power. Researchers called on countries in water-scarce regions to improve cooperation around water management. Investigators did not find evidence of water contamination at a mine in Argentina. Smog from forest fires in Indonesia continued to plague Singapore. States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed received grants from the U.S. government to reduce agricultural runoff.

“The turn of fortune in Mr. Wang’s financial resources will impact how and whether the canal can and will be built.”–Daniel Wagner, chief executive officer of Country Risk Solutions, on a sharp decline in the net worth of entrepreneur Wang Jing, the billionaire who is behind the planned Nicaragua Canal. He lost more than $US 9 billion over the summer as the Chinese stock market crashed. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

400 megawatts Amount of electricity Zimbabwe hopes to save by banning electric water heaters and requiring households to switch to solar power. BBC

$4 million Amount awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in order to reduce agricultural runoff and improve water quality. USDA

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

A report from researchers at the United Nations University called on governments in Asia, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa to improve cooperation over water resources. These regions represent “hotspots” where population growth and climate change are exacerbating water scarcity, which could lead to conflicts if the resource is not managed jointly, according to the report. Reuters

Rivers and aquifers near the Veladero mine in Argentina were not contaminated after a defective valve at the site caused a cyanide solution leak, according to tests completed by United Nations Office for Project Services and the United Nations Environment Programme. The tests taken after the leak showed “no deviation” from tests taken in June. Reuters

On the Radar

On The Radar

Expansive forest fires in Indonesia are still burning and causing smog in Singapore and Malaysia. Controlling the fires depends largely on the arrival of annual rains, but the El Nino this year could delay them. Reuters

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