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Water activist group sues Coastal Commission, Monterey County over Cal Am desal test well

In what local water activist Ron Weitzman promises is a precursor to further litigation, the Water Ratepayers Association of the Monterey Peninsula has filed suit against the state Coastal Commission and Monterey County seeking to halt California American Water’s slant test well program for the proposed desalination plant project.

Source: California Water News feed

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Study of water treatment technologies gets $2.93M from Bureau of Reclamation

This funding is being provided through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program for the development of new water treatment technologies and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for research into the deployment of new technologies that supports the expansion of water technologies in new locations.

Source: Technology News

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10 Delicious Meatless BBQ Recipes

10 Delicious Meatless BBQ Recipes

green diva meatless bbqIt’s that season again! Time to fire up the BBQs and pack up a few picnics and feast outdoors. There’s no reason, you can’t have a delicious vegetarian or vegan BBQ. There is definitely more to a meatless BBQ than veggie burgers! Not that veggie burgers are a bad thing, but honestly, there is so much more.

There are a lot of great reasons to consider at least reducing the amount of meat we ingest — both for our own health and the health of our environment. The Meatless Monday folks have a great ‘Why Meatless’ page listing some of the health and environmental reasons everyone should reduce their meat consumption, like;

“On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.”

I’m not suggesting that everyone go vegan or even vegetarian, but I am suggesting that everyone who is a carnivore consider the impact of the meat they eat and think about creative and yummy ways to eat less meat and more delicious plant-based protein.

Here are a few of my favorite meatless BBQ recipes for picnics and BBQs that may be good for your 4th of July celebration, or any summer foodie event (even if it is just dinner at home with the family!).

summer saladsIt’s Salad Time!

There are about a million ways to make yummy, delicious, local, seasonal, organic, healthy, festive salads, but here are a couple of my favorite recipes:

  1. 1. Curried Tempeh Salad
  2. 2. & 3. 2 Vegan Salad Meals (Exotic Thai Salad & Healthy Salad w/ Cashew Yogurt)
  3. 4. Healthy Crunchy Salad Slaw Thing
  4. 5. GD Meg’s Yummy Curry Vinaigrette

Grilled Veggies, Yum!

GD Meg's easy mole w/ grilled veggies

There are more ways to grill vegetables than stupid metaphors I could come up with . . . But, if you find your favorite seasonal, local, organic vegetables and grill them up, you can make this DELICIOUS and easy (6.) grilled veggie tostada w/ quick mole like I did for my Cinco de Mayo brunch.


7. Make Green Diva Meg’s Lazy Sunday Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

1 eggplant – sliced into 1/2″ thick slices
1/2 cup GD Meg’s Balsamic Marinade*
Roasted peppers – sliced into strips
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
4 of your favorite rolls

almost 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
2 Tbls olive oil
2 cloves garlic – crushed
sweetener of your choice (I use 2 Tbls honey usually)

Slice up the eggplant and soak it in the marinade for a few minutes. Then grill it. While grilling, slice up the roasted peppers. Then cut rolls in half and grill to toast slightly. After rolls are toasted, baste them with the remaining marinade and then pile on the goodies. We usually have other options like sun dried tomatoes or fresh basil or other goodies that may be hanging around that day to pile on too.

Meatless Grilling Tips – the Foodie Journal did a great post on tips for meatless grilling, which is worth perusing before grill time, and they offer a delicious looking recipe for (8.) Dijon Grilled Asparagus and Onions.

Celebrating the Beginning of Berry Season!green diva meg's berry crumble

I’m not even allowed to show up at certain summer events unless I bring my special berry crumble. It is so easy and ridiculously delicious. Here’s the recipe:


9. Green Diva Meg’s Easy Berry Crumble

2 sticks butter – softened
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
4 cups (approximately) of various berries – washed and cut as needed. (depending on what is in season and available locally, my favorites are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and sometimes I throw in a pear or two)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan. Mix butter, oats, sugar, and flour together. I usually get in there with my hands. Line the bottom of the pan generously with about half of the mixture. Pour the fruit on top of the crumble lining and spread evenly, leaving enough room to put the rest of the crumble on top. Bake for about 45 minutes, until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling.

10. Flowers Quench the Thirst . . .

ingredients for green diva meg's lavender lemonade

But, for those who may have lavender in the gardens already, here is a REALLY special and excessively yummy recipe for lavender lemonade. I did it a few years ago, and now I grow extra lavender just to make more of this throughout the summer!

Watch my fun video tutorial and see how easy it is to make this delicious summer drink…


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The Stream, July 1: Florida Declares Emergency Over Toxic Algae


The Global Rundown

Blooms of blue-green algae, likely linked to water management in southern Florida, prompted the state’s governor to declare an emergency in two counties. Millions of people still need food aid after two years of drought in Central America, the United Nations said. The mayor of a town in northern Mexico has blamed a brewery for causing acute water scarcity. Water levels in reservoirs across India remain well below average. Nutrient pollution near Columbus, Ohio triggered a drinking water advisory for nitrates. Floating solar panels could be used to curb evaporation from some of the largest reservoirs in the western United States.

“WE HAVE NO WATER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.” –Leoncio Martínez Sánchez, mayor of Zaragoza in northern Mexico, in a letter to the governor of Coahuila accusing a brewery of depleting local water supplies to export beer to the United States. Officials at the brewery dispute the allegation. (Guardian)

By The Numbers

15 percent of capacity Level of water in India’s reservoirs over the past week, 17 percent below levels recorded at this time last year. Reuters

800,000 acre-feet Estimated amount of water lost annually to evaporation from Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. Floating solar arrays could help produce energy and curb evaporation from western reservoirs at the same time, writes Philip Warburg. Yale Environment 360

10.5 parts per million Nitrate levels recorded at a drinking water plant in Columbus, Ohio’s state capital, forcing the city to issue a drinking water advisory for pregnant women and infants. Officials said the contamination was caused by heavy rainfall in surrounding areas last week that washed fertilizers into the Scioto River. The Columbus Dispatch

Science, Studies, And Reports

Approximately 3.5 million people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras face food insecurity and require aid after consecutive years of drought, the United Nations reported. Leaders of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization called for climate change adaptation and projects to improve irrigation in order to build the region’s resilience to future droughts. Reuters

On The Radar

Florida’s governor has declared a state of emergency in two counties along the Atlantic Coast due to widespread blooms of toxic blue-green algae in coastal estuaries. Many residents are blaming the blooms on the release of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, which water managers say is necessary to prevent floods. Guardian

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