Officials take action in Squaw Valley water contamination

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Environment, Water, Weather | Posted on 16-12-2016

 

What has happened since Squaw Valley was shown to have E coli and coliform bacteria in its water that residents were drinking? Was contaminated water given out to the public?

 

The Nov. 8 report said that the Squaw Valley drinking water had become a potential health issue. The water around Squaw Valley has been getting consistently treated. Tests have currently confirmed that three fourths of the well system are showing low levels of coliform and no E. coli at all. That is the most current report.

 

So here is what originally happened. Back in October, heavy rains adversely affected some parts of the water systems in Pacer County, California in an area known as Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley is a resort that also includes High Camp and Gold Coast. This unfortunate rain storm required upgraded water systems to be installed at both High Camp and Gold Coast. These were safety measures taken by leading water experts and public service experts from Pacer County. One water system had become contaminated, while none of the other water systems were affected, according to reports. Reports also confirm that no contaminated water was given out to the public.

 

How was the issue detected? It was detected through routine water testing. Leading water safety experts were consulted. Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service offices were also notified. The necessary steps have been take to address the contamination issue and it will continue to be monitored until reaching normal healthy water levels.

 

So when will regular usage of water return to High Camp or Gold Coast? Regular water usage will not return to either Squaw Valley location until health officials have confirmed that the water is safe.

 

Customer safety is the most important to the Squaw Valley resort. Once the issue is completely resolved, tourists and visitors at both High Camp and Gold Coast locations will be able to fully access all the facilities. Currently, the resorts are offering free bottled water for visitors and confirm that they will update tourists once the issue is resolved.

 

Safety officials in Pacer County have been made aware of the contamination. They have also moved quickly to treat the contaminated water and get the regular water levels back up to a normal state.Even though bottled water is a society norm, Squaw Valley still strives to provide the healthiest drinking water to its visitors and residents alike.

 

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Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, El Nino and the California Ski Prognosis According Andy Wirth’s Interview On KCRW

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in California Drought, Environment, Public Radio | Posted on 31-08-2015

 

Recently Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in Olympic Valley, CA, near Lake Tahoe, discussed the effects of the drought on Skiing in California on KCRW “Press Play with Madeline Band”, How will the Drought Affect California Ski Resorts? The ski season for 2014 ended early due to lack of snow and warmer weather. Wirth explained that the resort faced a weather pattern described by the National Weather Service as a “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge”, which simply stated prevented moisture to enter the area. As a result Wirth said his ski visitors were down 20%. However he quickly reported that his resort still did well in 2014 and he anticipates continued financial success.

Andy Wirth explained that it is key to take advantage of the weather conditions as they occur and to make accommodations as needed. Weather patterns continue to fluctuate. As the “2014 Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” leaves El Nino in 2015 will be a factor. Wirth stated he must be prepared. They will continue to use science to best make and manage snow. The resort currently has the potential for 6000 acres of skiing. Last year however, only 4000 were utilized due to lack of snow fall. Also year round use of his resort are increasing: summer sports, conferences, reunions and weddings. Wirth reports Squaw Valley was sold out this past summer.

Andy Wirth is not just a businessman looking to make a profit off his resort. Rather he is an environmentally conscience, keeper of the mountain. He strives to protect and preserve the natural wonders of the area. He has reduced the carbon foot print of the resort in hopes of reducing the negative impact on the environment. In his KCRW interview he stated he cares deeply for the mountains and takes the managing of its resources seriously.

Andy Wirth is the President of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Board of Directors. He graduated from Colorado State and attended Edinburgh University in Scotland. He is training for the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. His training helped him recover from a ski diving accident in 2013 in which his arm was nearly severed during a failed landing. Surgeons were able to repair the damage and after many ups and downs he has nearly recovered. Navy Seals who train at the Squaw Valley Resort became his good friends and supporters. As a result he is currently raising money for the Navy Seals Foundation through his 2015 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe team, Special Warfare Warriors.

Goodbye Styrofoam Cups

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Environment, Styrofoam is Bad | Posted on 01-07-2015

Those who frequent the bar scene in the Big Apple have probably noticed a few things. One is that drinks are of course expensive. That’s no surprise though. It comes with the territory of living in one of the most expensive states. The other staple of certain New York city bars seems to be those cheap and ugly, yet practical styrofoam cups! Beer is served in them. After all, with everything else being so expensive, these are relatively cheap to aquire for bar owners. It seems now however, that those cups are leaving.

According to GrubStreet, they may soon be going away. Bans have already happened to get rid of those cheap styrofoam containers that are made out of the same material as those cups. They have been hailed a huge environmental success. People at Amen Clinic agree that the styrofoam is bad for the environment, and it’s hard to break down and recycle.

So, bars in New York will have to look for something new to serve their beer in. Perhaps a glass? That might not be practical when it comes to summer festivals and things such as that. They will have to look for new ways to bring about beer in a cheap fashion. Is any throw away cup though practical for the environment? I haven’t saw one yet.

At the end of the day, the beer will still taste the same for all New Yorkers. It’s what it will be served in that will change.

The World Is Running Out Of Oil

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Environment, Oil Spill | Posted on 28-05-2015

Industry analysts are beginning to see the long view on oil and the prospects are not good. While the past year has seen a decline in oil prices, many analysts embedded in the industry have noted that major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia are designing their current oil production and sale policy based on their expectation that the World is running out of oil. While this is not an event that will happen in the next two or three years, many expect that oil retrieval will start a significant decline in the next two to three decades. Many have already projected that the world has exceed the halfway point with regard to oil extraction and that anticipated increased consumption will only increase the rate of oil consumption. For this reason, analyst see a counter balance to higher oil prices exceeding $100 a barrel for crude and in the next decade or two prices in the range of $200 a barrel. Even with increased oil production by the United States, the World’s supply of oil is limited and as a fixed commodity prices are due to rise. Many see the view towards solar, gas and battery powered vehicles as the new fuel for transportation going into the next century. Development of these new forms of energy are ongoing now but not at the production levels needed to make a difference in the needs of consumers today. Sam Tabar (lab.lawyerist.com) has found that many experts feel that it would take a major collapse in the oil industry before alternative fuel sources are viewed in a much more serious light. Limited Oil Will Push Prices Up

Solar Power Companies Help With Relief Efforts In Nepal

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Environment, Solar Energy | Posted on 27-05-2015

Local solar companies in Nepal are helping with the recovery efforts after the earthquakes that have devastated the country. They have teamed up with the Global Nepali Professional Network to raise money for a project called Rebuild With Sun, which aims to distribute as many solar power systems as possible.

In their fund-raising campaign on Indigogo.com, the companies explained how far a single donation could go. $50.00 can provide lights and charging for one family, while $100.00 gets enough power for three families. A contribution of $500.00 can buy a 100-watt solar system which can provide power for 15 families and 100 people charging cell phones. The Network hopes to raise $50,000.00 for a start.

Other companies are helping as well. Conergy has pledged to match donations, while SolarCity has pledged to install solar power arrays in 200 Nepalese schools. Other groups and companies are donating money and/or distributing solar kits to areas severely hit by the earthquakes.

Nepal needs all the help it can get. One businessman estimated that the country would need 650,000 mobile solar power kits for basic charging and lighting services, and those would cost around $18 million. Relief workers need power to run medical equipment, water pumps and other gear, and their solar kits would probably cost another $5 million.

Concerned folks at The Aspire New Brunswick know that, even before the earthquakes, nearly a quarter of Nepal’s population did not have electricity. Other people endured blackouts because of fuel shortages. Sandeep Giri, the CEO of Gham Power, hopes that solar power will provide a more reliable source of power. He points out that the solar kits and solar arrays would be easier and safer to transport over a mountainous country like Nepal than would traditional fossil fuels.

Unsurprising Dolphin Study Results

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Dolphins, Environment | Posted on 21-05-2015

On Wednesday, May 20, David Biello for Scientific American examined results of a recent study that seems to have proven that the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the cause of mass dolphin deaths between 2010 and 2012.

As Biello noted, researchers for the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego started from an unbiased viewpoint by checking every other potential cause. When they were able to rule out all other causes, they then turned to the side effects of petroleum exposure in mammals and found that the dolphins had lung and adrenal conditions, such as weak lungs, small adrenal glands and/or poor immune systems, that are easily a side effect of oil absorption and inhalation.

For many people, especially those who live along the Gulf, this news isn’t surprising. A lot of people who haven’t even entered the waters since the spill have reported health problems connected to eating fish from the Gulf and coming in contact with rain water containing Gulf water and oil.

Environmentally conscious folks at The Aspire New Brunswick have learned that BP has used the lack of health data about the dolphins from prior to the spill as support of the company’s belief that scientists can’t prove to 100 percent accuracy that the oil was responsible. The researchers argue that BP is picking and choosing facts, as they were able to replicate the same health problems in laboratory animal experiments.

California Celebrities Aren’t Taking The Water Shortage Seriously

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in California, Environment, Water | Posted on 12-05-2015

Aerial Photos Prove That Hollywood Stars Continue To Water Their Gardens And Lawns In Spite Of The Drought And Water Restrictions

It had to happen sooner or later. The elite celebrities in Southern California have no plans to let their lawns and gardens suffer during the worst drought in 1,000 years. The Post released aerial photos of Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Julia Roberts, Cher, Barbra Streisand and Kim Kardashian’s exterior landscapes, and they are as green as the Amazon rainforest. Those stars and over hundred other celebrities continue to ignore the fact that California has than a year’s worth of drinking water left in their reservoirs.

The estates north of Los Angeles are using as much water as the estates in Beverly Hills, according to the Post. One official said that 70 percent of the district’s water is being used to keep the shrubs, lawns and trees green in over 100 estates. From what folks at Amen Clinics (washingtonpost.com) have found, the issue is those people can afford to pay for the extra water. The fine for using too much water is pocket change for them.

The Celebrities try to defend their excessiveness by saying they have cut their water usage, but most people know they won’t stop unless they are hit with fines that make a sizable dent in their bank accounts.

Drain Game

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Energy, Environment | Posted on 11-05-2015

There isn’t a day that goes by where most Americans, and even people in other countries, don’t use some form of electricity. America’s Markets just did a survey where they took data from 70,000 northern California residents to see what citizens used the most of. The data collected would be used to find out how much idle electricity is being wasted by devices while people aren’t even using them. Of the 70,000 people, they were asked to record how much time they spent using the following devices: washers, refrigerators, gaming devices, internet routers, hot water circulation pumps, cable set top boxes, televisions, desktop and laptop computers, cellphone/tablet/laptop chargers, audio receiver/stereo speakers, printers, furnaces, coffee makers, driers, and GFCI outlets which are standard electricity outlets. Of those items, the most commonly used devices were: water recirculation pumps, desktop and laptop computers, televisions, cable set top boxes, audio receivers/stereo speakers, printers, furnaces, coffee makers, driers, and ground fault circuit interrupter outlets. Data says that if Americans can unplug all of their idle devices, more money could go back into their pockets instead of out to the electric bill every month. Mark Ahn has read that consumers waste $8 billion dollars every year by not unplugging their devices. That means $165-$440 dollars could be saved by the average household and 44 million metric tons of carbon dioxide can be saved from the atmosphere annually. Unplugging idle devices creates environmentally friendly and thrifty possibilities.

Man Pulled from Rubble after Earthquake in Nepal after Trapped for 80 Hours

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Earthquakes, Environment | Posted on 29-04-2015

Over the past weekend, the Asian country of Nepal suffered from a devastating earthquake that rocked the country. Buildings collapsed, historical monuments were destroyed, and many people lost their lives. As rescuers work through the debris and rubble, the death toll is rising.

It is estimated that those trapped will not survive past 72 hours, however, one man defied those odds. According to the story on CNN.com, rescuers found a man, alive, who had been trapped for an estimated 80 hours. A French rescue team found Rishi Khanal trapped in some rubble just outside of the capital city of Kathmandu. People at STX Entertainment (stxentertainment.com) know that the French team worked diligently to pull the man to safety, which took them a staggering 10 hours. Teams had to drill a hole through the concrete in order to pull him out. It is reported that the 28-year-old survivor was suffering from a broken leg.

Rishi Khanal’s story is not the only one of a miraculous rescue. A 4-month-old baby boy named Sonit Awal was found alive and uninjured among the rubble of a building in downtown Kathmandu. A 40-year-old mother of four, Tanka Maya Sitoula, survived being trapped for 36 hours after her five-story apartment building collapsed around her. Luckily a beam that fell protected her from other debris and she was uninjured. Another man, Jon Keisi, managed to survive 60 hours under the rubble of a seven-story building that fell around him.

Nepal Ratted By Earthquake

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Earthquakes, Environment | Posted on 29-04-2015

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck the nation of Nepal last Saturday on April 25, 2015. The quake was said to have occurred at around noon on Saturday according to locals who experienced the quake. Nepal is a small country that lies between India and China. It is very mountainous and is home to the tallest mountains, the Himalayas and the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest.

The earthquake triggered landslides and caused avalanches in many parts of the country. 17 people who were camped on Mt. Everest attempting to climb to the summit were killed as a result of the earthquake. Out of those 17 who perished on Mt. Everest on Saturday 3 were American citizens. Christian Broda (wsj.com) knows that, in Nepal, where the earthquake has caused the most damage, it is estimated that over 4,000 people have perished due to the quake. Many of the fatalities are due to people being crushed by collapsed buildings. Many more people are estimated to have been injured as a result of the quake.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located between two major cities, Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu and one it’s most populous cities Pokhara. This is a major reason why the earthquake has been so damaging and has killed so many people. Not only has this quake killed thousands and injured many more, it has also destroyed homes, and many historic temples and monuments, some thousands of years old have been leveled. Additionally, another aftershock measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck Nepal Sunday, and many more aftershocks have been reported since then.