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Monday, August 16, 2010

San Diego's Efforts To Provide Its Citizens With Water

Supply Diversification
The Water Authority is executing a long-term strategy to enhance the reliability of our region’s water supply.This strategy includes diversification of the region’s water supply sources and major investments in regional infrastructure.This plan is already enhancing regional supply reliability.In 1991, the San Diego region was 95 percent reliant on supplies from MWD. Through developing new local and imported supplies and boosting conservation, in fiscal year2010 the San Diego region will have reduced its reliance on MWD supplies to 53 percent. The Water Authority is executing a $3.8 billion Capital Improvement Program to further improve regional water delivery and storage capacity. Major projects include raising San Vicente Dam in East County by 117 feet to provide up to 152,100 acre-feet of additional storage, and connecting Lake
Hodges to the region’s imported water distribution system. The Water Authority is working with local agencies to develop local supplies such as groundwater, recycled water, seawater desalination, and conservation. By 2020, local water supplies are projected to meet 40 percent of the region’s water demands. The Water Authority also has a long-term (45 to 75 years) water conservation and transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District. The deal, reached in 2003, will provide San Diego County with 70,000 acre-feet of highly reliable water in 2010 and increases to 200,000 acre-feet annually by 2021. The Water Authority also has a separate, 110-year agreement to receive water conserved by lining parts of the Coachella
and All-American canals. These projects provide 80,000 acre feet of water to the region annually.
Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California
Imperial Irrigation District
Water Transfer
Canal Lining
Water Supply Diversification by 2020
Metropolitan Water District
of Southern California 53%
Conservation 10%
Groundwater 2%
Imperial Irrigation District
Water Transfer 10%
Local Surface Water 3%
Canal Lining Transfer 16%
Recycled Water 4%
Water Supply Diversification in 2010*
Dry Year Transfer 2%
*Projected available supply.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Do you hate plastic bags or love reusable bags?

Right now is the time to act if you would like to help reduce plastic pollution in California and the ocean.
AB 1998 is groundbreaking legislation for the State of California and your localState Senator needs to hear that YOU support it. AB 1998 has stalled in theState Senate but is not dead so please contact your Senator today or next week. 

The most effective way to register your support is by calling your State Senator's local office to simply say "Please ask Seantor _____ to support AB 1998 to ban mostplastic bags in California." 

They will likely ask for your name and where you live, the call only takes 15-20 seconds but is very effective. Here is a list of local State Senators and their office phone numbers to call: 

District 38: Mark Wyland (760) 931-2455. North San Diego County - stretches alongInterstate 5 from the horse track of Del Mar to the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton. Additional San Diego County cities include Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, San MarcosSolana Beach, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, Hidden Meadows, Bonsall and Vista. 

District 39: Christine Kehoe (619) 645-3133. Senate District 39 is a beautiful area stretching east-west from Spring Valley to the Pacific Ocean, and north-south from Del Mar to Downtown San Diego. It encompasses 847,000 residents from Del Mar and Lemon Grove, and parts of San Diego, Casa de Oro-Mo, La Mesa, and Spring Valley. 

District 40: Denise Moreno Ducheny. (619) 409-7690. Southern SD County fromImperial Beach east towards Chula Vista. Extreme Southern/ Southeast part of SD County and all of Imperial County. 

District 36: Dennis Hollingsworth(619) 596-3136. Most of East County. (District 37 is in Riverside County). 

Click Here for a map if you are not sure. 

You can also register your support online, this is a great link to add to your social networks/email to share with family and friends: 

Finally, more business support is needed so if you happen to know a local business owner that may be interested please let us know by emailing AB1998@surfriderSD.organd we can follow up with all of the necessary info. 

Would you like to help us get postcard signatures in Imperial Beach this weekend? or maybe join us and Environment California for the giant turtle tour next Tuesday afternoon in Encinitas? If so, please email rap@surfriderSD.org for details. 

Click Here for more info and facts on the issue and Assembly Bill 1998. Thanks for your support and remembering your reusable bags
Surfrider volunteers at Rise Above Plastics day

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Flywheel Power Storage

This technology is what is needed to make wind and solar power viable as reliable energy alternatives.

First Flywheel Power Storage Plant Gets a $43 Million Cash Injection From the DOE


Beacon Flywheel Technology
With the rise in renewable energy sources comes a corresponding need for reliable power storage devices--all that solar power gathered during the day needs to still be available at night, after all. Enter Beacon Power's $69 million flywheel storage plant. The facility harnesses 200 flywheels that store power from natural gas plants as kinetic energy and release it in short bursts as needed.
The plant, currently under construction in Stephentown, New York, will be the first ever large-scale storage facility to replace batteries with flywheels. And it has just been given the seal of approval by the Department of Energy, which this week offered up a $43 million loan guarantee to Beacon.
Flywheel technology has been used before, albeit on a much smaller scale. Past installations have harnessed up to one megawatt of power, but Beacon's plant will be able to store 20 megawatts, or enough to supply 10% of New York's frequency-regulation needs on any given day.
The technology has a number of advantages over conventional energy storage devices, according to Green Car Congress. It can ramp up and down ten times faster than conventional fossil fuel generators, all while cutting CO2 emissions by up to 82% compared to gas, pumped hydroelectric, and coal plants. And flywheel storage is both cheaper over the long term and more reliable than battery storage.
This is the third clean energy loan guarantee finalized by the DOE. The other two--$535 million in financing for solar panel manufacturer Solyndra and a $117 million loan guarantee for Hawaii's 30 megawatt Kahuku Wind Power project--are far more conventional. If the Beacon project succeeds, we hope to see even more large scale investments from the DOE in proven but underutilized technologies.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Water or Coke?

Thanks for the forward!
Water or Coke?

Glass of Water.jpg
Glass of Coke.jpg


#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half the world population)


#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.


#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.

#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.


#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8.. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?



#1. In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
toilet bowl
and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.

#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.

#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your


#1 the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use Hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean the
engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?

or Coke?


Quick! send this helpful info on to your friends.... health conscious or not!!!!

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