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Big projects floated to save Salton Sea

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Although there are some short- and medium-term fixes already in the works, the job of saving the Salton Sea is a long-term proposition – one that requires planning well into the next decades. A group of local leaders – known as the Long Range Plan Committee – has been assembled under the auspices of the California Natural Resources Agency to convene a series of meetings to listen to presentations that address long-term solutions for the sea.

Source: California Water News feed

Source: Water Industry News

The Stream, February 26: South Africa Dams Could Take Years To Recover From Drought

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Water levels are so low in South Africa’s dams that they could take several years to recover. Water experts in Thailand are asking residents and industries to conserve water amid a severe drought. A prominent U.S. philanthropist has called on farmers to improve water management and other measures of environmental performance. Contaminated water released from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee is raising concerns about pollution in coastal waters. A new study recommends ways to reduce the amount of salts entering freshwater ecosystems.

“We have to show the world that we’re willing. If we don’t, we will be regulated into it.” –Howard Buffett, a farmer and philanthropist, urging farmers in the United States to improve their environmental performance, including better water management. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

3 years Amount of time it could take water levels in South Africa’s dams to recover from the current drought. Reuters

265,000 liters per second Amount of water flowing out of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee to relieve extremely high water levels. The release of the lake water, which is contaminated with fertilizers and manure, has raised concerns that it will pollute waters along the Florida coast. Climate Progress

Science

Science, Studies, And Reports

The addition of salts to freshwater ecosystems — from agriculture, mining, and urban runoff — is a growing problem for biodiversity, according to a study published in the journal Science. The study recommends using less water for irrigation and retaining salts from mining and those applied to roads in order to reduce the effect on aquatic animals. Phys.org

On the Radar

On The Radar

Water experts in Thailand are calling for residents and industries in Bangkok to conserve water as the country faces a severe drought. Water levels are low in major dams that supply the region. Bangkok Post

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Source: Water News

Source: Water Industry News