Researchers Develop Energy-Saving Breakthrough For Desalination

Salt mounds in Bolivia

When environmental engineer David Drew read about an amazing new method of removing salt from seawater, he embarked on a search for research institutions to collaborate with on this kind of technology.

He didn’t have to go very far to find one.

Zhen “Jason” He, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM), was working on just such a project only a few miles from the Cedarburg office of Gannett Fleming Inc., the international engineering consulting firm Drew works for.

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New interim head of L.A. DWP

L.A. DWP H.Q.

For those who missed today’s article in the Los Angeles Times about the appointment of First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner as interim head of the Department of Water and Power, here’s the best line. “With this appointment, Beutner becomes the DWP’s ninth general manager in the last 10 years.”

Whatever one thought of Beutner’s two predecessors, H. David Nahai, or S. David Freeman, both men knew water and Freeman also understood power.

Beutner, described by a local public radio affiliate as a former Wall Street trader, knows neither.

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EPA Launches Acid Rain Discussions

Source: EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency launched an acid rain discussion forum this week, and the first discussion on April 8 is titled, “Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?”

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Hovnanian Settles Clean Water Act Violations in 18 States, including California

U.S. Department of Justice

WASHINGTON — Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a builder of residential homes nationwide, has agreed today to pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at 591 construction sites in 18 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today.

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Settlement Information Sheet here… (50 sites are in California)

Dept. of Justice press release…

 

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Fishing season opens Saturday

Anglers, time to wake up early. Saturday, April 24 marks the start of fishing season this year in lowland lakes. The date is the largest fishing season opening day each year, according the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Santa Nella delays decision on water conservation

SANTA NELLA – The Santa Nella County Water District will wait another month before deciding whether to impose a mandatory water conservation program for 2010.

Board members Thursday decided to table a staff recommendation that the district establish a conservation plan through the hot summer months.

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