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San Francisco Bay: Bird populations doubled since 2003 in vast salt pond restoration area

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In a clear sign that the largest wetlands restoration project on the West Coast is already improving the health of San Francisco Bay, bird populations have doubled over the past 13 years on thousands acres of former industrial salt-evaporation ponds that ring the bay’s southern shoreline, scientists reported Thursday.

Source: California Water News feed

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Commentary: A new law stops gold dredging

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Gold is, of course, no longer even a minor factor in California’s economy. But for decades, the 49er spirit has survived in a few thousand semi-professional hobbyists who have used small suction dredges to gather gold-bearing gravel from streams.

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The Stream, October 23: South Africa Drought Could Spell Water Shortages in Major Cities

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Water supplies are tight in South Africa due to a drought and high demand, according to a utility serving two of the country’s major cities. Conflict and erratic rainfall threaten millions of people with food insecurity in South Sudan, while urbanization is pressuring Kenya’s Lake Nakuru. A bottling plant in China was found tampering with sewage monitoring data. The Ford Motor Company said it aims to eliminate water from its operations as much as possible to guard against future shortages.

“We want to find ways that totally reduce our footprint, that — to the extent we can — do not use water. We don’t know how to get to a full zero yet, but we’re getting close.”–Andy Hobbs, director of Ford Motor Company’s environmental quality office, on the automaker’s plans to drastically cut down on water use in order to protect its operations from increasingly common shortages. (International Business Times)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

3.9 million people Number facing severe food insecurity in South Sudan due to conflict, erratic rainfall, and rising food prices. Approximately 30,000 people in Unity state could starve if aid organizations are not allowed access, according to the United Nations. Bloomberg

45 million people Population of Nakuru, Kenya, which has doubled in size in the past 30 years. Urbanization there and in surrounding areas threatens Lake Nakuru due to deforestation and water withdrawals. Reuters


Science, Studies, And Reports

A beverage bottling plant in China’s Gansu province tampered with the way it collected data on its sewage releases, according to a report by the country’s environmental protection bureau. As a result, authorities temporarily detained one of the plant’s executives. Reuters

On the Radar

On The Radar

A drought in South Africa is threatening more than half a million people with food shortages and may cause localized water cuts in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The cities’ water utility said increased demand due to high temperatures is compounding the problem and urged residents to conserve water. Bloomberg

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