Friday, June 13, 2008

SCE Plans to Replenish the Ocean

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*Picture* Los Angeles Times

Southern California Edison has financed a new project to help re-grow kelp forests off the San Clemente shoreline. The cooling system from the San Onofre power plant has been drifting south into the ocean devastating the reefs. The drifting currents demolished 180 acres of habitat and the utility company plans to invest $40 million to rebuild it.
The San Onofre plant is the regions largest power source. As referenced on the SCE SONGS fact sheet, it's nuclear reactors 2 and 3 can supply enough power to support 2.75 million households. This reef project is celebrated as a huge effort to rebuild what the San Onofre nuclear power plant has inadvertently destroyed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Time to Get Busy Conserving California

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Yes it's that time again California. The drought is back and we're feeling the pinch already. Lack of rain in April, May and June have made this year a dry one and already, the 2nd week in June, a drought has been declared in California and water agencies are asking you to conserve.

How can you conserve? It's easy.

1. Get any leaky faucets, toilets or hoses fixed. These 3 are the biggest wasters.
2. Wash only full loads of laundry and do them after 9pm at night when the energy crunch is down.
3. Take shorter showers and don't take baths. That's a no-brainer.
4. DON'T pour anything like motor oil or antifreeze in the gutter. Treatment plants work hard during to summer to reclaim as much water as possible. Petroleum based contaminants are extremely hard to remove.

And 5, my personal pet peeve...

This one goes out to the lady that lives across the street from me - don't water your lawn in the middle of the day and only water on set days a week. Check with your water agency and they can give you a schedule when to water.

Photo by pack_daniel75 via Flickr