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2011-07-07 19:18:16

In a typical year, California gets about 30 percent of its water from groundwater wells. Yet when it comes to managing this precious resource, the state of California relies on a mixed bag of more than 2,000 local water agencies with varying degrees of authority. Critics say that this decentralized system leaves the state vulnerable to overdraft, which occurs when water is pumped out faster than replacement water is absorbed. But according to a new report published by Stanford University's...

2011-06-30 19:52:00

Continuing Education Units Credited by the State Department of Public Health LAKEWOOD, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Water Replenishment District (WRD) today hosted its 7th Annual Groundwater Quality Workshop, featuring water quality experts from WRD and other agencies speaking on various topics of interest to engineers, water system operators and others who manage or operate public water systems. With about 100 participants from throughout WRD's service area, the...

2011-06-22 16:11:21

A quick and easy way to detect groundwater in semi-arid hard rock areas that is also economical could improve the siting of borewells to improve clean water supply in the developing world. Details of the approach are outlined in the International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology this month. P.D. Sreedevi, Dewashish Kumar and Shakeel Ahmed National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad, India, explain how electrical conductivity (EC) logs of hard rock terrain recorded before...

2011-06-14 10:51:00

WESTMONT, Ill., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hydro Green Energy, LLC (HGE), a renewable energy company with proprietary hydropower technology, today announced that it has moved its corporate headquarters from Houston, TX to Westmont, IL. The company also announced that it has officially begun the process to obtain federal approval to install and operate seven hydropower projects on the Mississippi River. "Hydro Green Energy is excited to move its headquarters to the Chicago area," said...

2011-06-13 13:04:01

A new study of how storms are generated could improve rainfall prediction in dry regions of Africa, where drought and short growing seasons are common. A team of scientists from the UK, France and Australia used satellite observations of the Sahel region of West Africa to demonstrate that brief changes in soil moisture over areas of just tens of kilometres can affect storm generation. The results are published online in Nature Geoscience on 12 June 2011. The monsoon can arrive abruptly in the...

2011-06-06 15:39:59

Observations major step in improving forecasts of weather extremes such as floods and droughts Moisture and heat fluctuations from the land surface to the atmosphere form a critical nexus between surface hydrology and atmospheric processes, especially those relevant to rainfall. While current theory has suggested that soil moisture has had a positive impact on precipitation, there have been very few large-scale observations of this. A team of researchers from Columbia Engineering, Geophysical...

2011-05-20 18:58:00

Assembly Member Ricardo Lara & Assembly Member Roger Hernandez LAKEWOOD, Calif., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Water Replenishment District hosted two of the state's rising stars in the Assembly, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) and Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-Baldwin Park). Both legislators had the opportunity to view key District projects throughout WRD's 420-square mile service area. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110121/DC34153LOGO)...

2011-04-04 20:01:00

WRD Endorses ACWA's Groundwater Management Objectives LAKEWOOD, Calif., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, ACWA released a new policy framework that calls on local water agencies throughout the state to implement groundwater management plans and strategies to meet sustainability objectives. The policy reasserted the importance of local agencies in managing groundwater and recommends 4 specific goals: 1) Local water agencies should implement groundwater management plans to...

2011-03-21 13:27:00

LAKEWOOD, Calif., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robb Whitaker, General Manager for the Water Replenishment District (WRD), has been tapped as this year's recipient of the 'Recycled Water Advocate of the Year' award from the California Section of the WateReuse Association. The award recognizes an individual who has made "significant contributions to the advancement of water reuse through active support and promotion of recycled water." (Logo:...

2011-03-15 17:18:00

More than 4,000 participants learned about WRD's Mission to Protect, Preserve and Replenish Local Central Groundwater Basin & West Coast Groundwater Basin LAKEWOOD, Calif., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What do star fish and geckos have in common? They were all special guests at the Water Replenishment District's (WRD) 4th Annual Groundwater Festival "Treasure Beneath Our Feet." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110121/DC34153LOGO) With more than 4,300 guests...