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  • Los Angeles River

    Unintended Consequence: The Los Angeles River

    ...orps of Engineers. The river, once a riparian paradise, became an arterial blemish on the face of the city with unintended consequences. Unintended Consequence: Can you imagine wasting 76,000,000,000 gallons of water? (By the way that is what a BILLION looks like with all the zeros). That is a lot of water and the amount of water flushed out to the Pacific Ocean every time Los Angeles gets 1” of rainfall! There is enough water in the river to sup... MORE >

  • water rights of Lake Lanier

    Unintended Water Consequences: Lake Sidney Lanier

    ...don’t care who you are, that’s funny…if you are a water geek! I had not planned for the second in the series of Unintended Water Consequences to be another dam and lake, but with the recent court ruling about water rights, this one jumped to the front of the line. Located in northeast Georgia, Buford Dam and Lake Sidney Lanier were built in the early 1950’s for the benefit of the public. In the words of the Army Corp of Engineers, “The Lake provi... MORE >

  • 05.12.11

    Unintended Water Consequences: Hoover Dam

    ...eliefs. So what is actually “good”? Is it good when man conquers nature?  How far should we go and what are the unintended consequences when we tame Mother Nature? Take Hoover Dam as an example.  Hoover Dam generates about 4 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power each year for use in Nevada, Arizona, and California – enough to serve 1.3 million people.  Hydroelectricity is a clean, renewable source of energy that does not result in a... MORE >

  • Drought tolerant garden

    3 Reasons To Use Drought Tolerant or Native Plants

    ...etimes unintentionally.  Unfortunately we know sometimes people bring them by mistake and don’t think about the unintended consequences.  A drought tolerant plant does not have to been a native plant.  Drought tolerant plants are plants having adapted to tolerate drought better than most.  A drought tolerant plant will survive in your landscape with less than normal amounts of rainfall.  Not all drought tolerant plants are native and not all nati... MORE >

  • The Value of Clean Water

    Are We Making a Difference?

    ...he technical, hands-on approach to irrigation, as well as the more controversial and human interest blogs like “Unintended Parenting Advice” and “How Green Is Your Yule Tree.”  It’s been amazing to watch the “Yule Tree” post take off in particular.  It’s been less than a month since Alan Harris wrote that post and the article has already rocketed into the top 10. So after careful review and consideration of the data, I say. “Yes, we (all of us) a... MORE >

  • The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman

    10 Reasons Why I Loved, and You Should Read: “The Big Thirst” Vegas does not impact the drought in Texas. 9. Las Vegas Rocks – while the Hoover Dam may have created Unintended Consequences, the amount of innovation generated as a result of necessity and creative planning in the last 20 years is amazing. 10. Blog Fodder – if you clicked on any of the above links you know the book has provided a substantial amount of content for my writing. My opinions on water were formed before I read the boo... MORE >

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