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2008-07-30 18:00:32

By RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE There's more proof that St. Johns River Water Management District staffers are living in La-La Land. Perhaps they haven't noticed that there's a wee bit of controversy over the district's plans to allow Central Florida to take up to 262 million gallons of water a day out of the St. Johns River. The district's rationale is that development has put too much strain on the state's main source of drinking water, the Floridan aquifer, and that new water sources must be...

2008-07-27 12:00:28

By Matt Hildner, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Jul. 27--ALAMOSA -- The federal government will try to secure its right to groundwater beneath the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on Wednesday, when a three-week trial is scheduled to open in the Water Court for Division 3. Attorneys with the Department of Justice filed a claim to a right that would entitle it to all unappropriated water in the unconfined aquifer needed to maintain ground water levels in the park. The "in-place"...

2008-07-24 12:00:42

By Anna Ferguson, The Brunswick News, Ga. Jul. 24--The conundrum of a fresh-water supply in Brunswick being contaminated by salt water may soon be resolved. The U.S. Geological Survey recently designed and installed a measurement system using satellite telemetry in a two-square mile area near the city, in an effort to monitor against fresh ground-water contamination. USGS engineers are hopeful that this high-tech equipment will show why the area is being infiltrated with saltwater,...

2008-07-11 15:00:24

By RICHARD COWEN, STAFF WRITER How much more development can the Highlands region support and still guarantee enough drinking water for the 5.5 million New Jersey residents who rely on its waterways and reservoirs? That was the key question Thursday as the 14-member New Jersey Highlands Council met for the final time before next week's historic vote on the Regional Master Plan. Some council members felt the plan wasn't tough enough to protect the environment in light of a recent study...

2008-07-09 15:00:19

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 9--Critics of a new Columbia River crossing have long argued that a planned replacement bridge on Interstate 5 will degrade the environment and fuel more urban sprawl. Now, federal environmental regulators are echoing many of those same concerns -- plus a new one. The Environmental Protection Agency called for project officials to assure that bridge footings drilled deep into the river bottom won't pollute Clark County's major...

2008-07-09 09:00:31

By Deseret News editorial Imagine Utah's West Desert turning into a "pollution spewing ... dust bowl." Opponents to an application by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump water from the Snake Valley -- which straddles the Utah-Nevada border -- have warned in documents filed with Nevada's state engineer that drawing from this water source could spell ecological disaster. SNWA, which aims to deliver 110,000 acre feet of water to Las Vegas by pipeline, countered with a request to deny...

2008-07-08 09:00:36

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News The Southern Nevada Water Authority has filed a request to deny "interested person status" to 15 applicants, including several from Utah, who want a say in a proposal to pipe water from sources near the Utah/Nevada border to Las Vegas. "We oppose the pipeline," said Steve Erickson on behalf of the Great Basin Water Network. "We think there are other alternatives they should explore." The Water Authority told Tracy Taylor, the Nevada state engineer, in its...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Jonathan Brunt, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 6--Spokane likes green lawns. And to keep them that way, the average Spokane County resident uses twice the amount of water as the average person statewide. To change that trend, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, following the lead of Post Falls, has proposed watering regulations that would come with fines up to $125. "This is really intended to save large-quantity consumption of water," Verner said. The ordinance would outlaw...

2008-06-22 06:00:12

By Greg Barnes, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Jun. 22--WADE -- Four months after Cumberland County formed its Safe Water Task Force, county and state officials continue to mishandle their response to groundwater contamination. As a consequence, families in another small, rural neighborhood may unknowingly be drinking contaminated water. In April, a county health inspector found an unsafe level of nitrates in Paul and Marie Overbee's well. The Overbees and five other families live...

2008-06-20 06:00:15

By Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jun. 19--SUNRISE -- Sierra Club activist Matthew Schwartz has filed a legal challenge to block Sunrise from withdrawing more water from the Biscayne and Floridan aquifers, saying it would cause irreparable harm to the Everglades. "A lot of people just don't understand that when they turn on their tap, that water is coming from the Everglades," said Schwartz, a Fort Lauderdale resident who worries about the "river of grass" drying up as...


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2009-07-06 17:58:20

The water cycle (or hydrologic cycle) describes the continuous movement of water above, below, and on the planet. Since the water cycle is in fact a "cycle", there is no beginning or end. Water exists in three states: liquid, vapor, and ice. Although the balance of water on our planet is fairly constant, individual water molecules may come and go. The water cycle is driven by the sun. The sun heats the oceans and allows water to evaporate into the air. The sun also heats snow and ice which...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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