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    Potentially dangerous chemicals have been detected in Pleasanton’s drinking water, and the City Council is looking at ways to solve the problem. In 2019, long-lasting chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or  PFAS, were found in the city’s groundwater supply facilities, leading the city to shut down one of its three wells. Exposure to certain levels of PFAS may lead to serious health issues such as kidney and testicular cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Water from the other two of the city’s wells, which supply 20% of Pleasanton’s drinking water, is considered safe, according to federal standards. However, they have PFAS levels that sit right below the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended safety threshold. The other 80% of Pleasanton’s water is purchased from the Zone 7 Water Agency. To tackle the PFAS problem, the City Council originally set up a treatment and well rehabilitation project. However, council members paused the project in September to evaluate other options because of the project’s $46 million price tag. In a meeting on Tuesday night, council members agreed that the city would...
    The Deep Dive Dubai pool has been verified by Guinness World Records as the world's deepest swimming poolDeep Dive Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Aside from the year-round sun and a mammoth well-serviced international airport, Dubai keeps drawing in hordes of overseas visitors due to an unmatched flair for publicity bolstered by a "let's have a go" approach to new construction. Blatant one-upmanship and theatrical displays are part of the city's DNA — and in an era of depressing international news, who can blame holidaymakers for wanting some out-of-this-world escapism? And there are two new record-breaking destinations in Dubai offering just that. Those who love free-falling into mysterious watery terrains can now put their skills to the test at Deep Dive Dubai — the only facility in the world where you can dive to depths of 60 meters, which is 15 meters deeper than any other space, not to mention four times bigger. Located in Dubai's Nad Al Sheba neighborhood, the Deep Dive Dubai pool has been verified by Guinness World Records as the world's deepest swimming pool and...
    (CNN)Two people died Tuesday afternoon after a boat capsized off New York City's Midtown Manhattan, spilling relatives and friends onboard into the Hudson River, officials said. A 7-year-old boy was among those killed, said New York Police Department Assistant Chief of the Patrol Bureau Manhattan South James McCarthy.The boat, which is not closed cabin, had been chartered by a group of family and friends, McCarthy said. The boat's captain was in critical condition Tuesday, he added. Its owner had been on a Jet Ski following the vessel when it overturned.647 people drown each day. Heres how to avoid being one of them"There's a lot of commercial and recreational traffic during the day here," said Inspector Anthony Russo, the commanding officer of the NYPD Harbor Unit. "You could have waves approaching from different directions. It takes some skill to operate in the Hudson River, so it could have been a contributing factor."Read MoreThe NYPD got a report around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday about a boat in distress, and officials pulled 12 people from the water, most with minor injuries. One person had...
    California’s water issues may be complicated. But the rainfall shortage driving the state’s current drought is basic math. Over the three-year period that ended June 30, most Northern California cities received only about half to two-thirds of their historical average rainfall. And each passing year without soaking winter rains has been steadily drying the state out a little more — further dropping reservoirs, further parching soils and forests, and further depleting groundwater. “In most places we are missing an entire year of rain over the past three years,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Half Moon Bay. “It’s like if you worked three years, but only got paid for two. You are going to be hurting. “We’re going to need an exceptional year coming up to dig us to of the hole we are in right now,” he added. From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022, San Jose received 19.67 inches of rain. That’s just 49% of the 40.44 inches the city should have received in three average years. San Francisco received 56% of...
    The price of a foot of water pipe in Tucson, Arizona: up 19%. The cost of a ton of asphalt in a small Massachusetts town: up 37%. The estimate to build a new airport terminal in Des Moines, Iowa: 69% higher, with a several year delay. Inflation is taking a toll on infrastructure projects across the U.S., driving up costs so much that state and local officials are postponing projects, scaling back others and reprioritizing their needs. The price hikes already are diminishing the value of a $1 trillion infrastructure plan President Joe Biden signed into law just seven months ago. That law had included, among other things, a roughly 25% increase in regular highway program funding for states. “Those dollars are essentially evaporating,” said Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. “The cost of those projects is going up by 20%, by 30%, and just wiping out that increase from the federal government that they were so excited about earlier in the year.” In Casper, Wyoming, the low bid...
    Chilling video footage shows a teenage boy rescuing a woman struggling to get out of her car after accidentally driving it into Patchogue Bay on Long Island on June 14. Anthony Zhongor, 17, watched as 18-year-old Mia Samolinski drove her Subaru Outback into the water around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.  Samolinski was in a parking lot at the bay when she accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the break, Suffolk Police reported in a press release.   Bystanders quickly ran to the scene after the SUV plunged into the bay Zhongor didn't hesitate to jump into the bay and save the woman after realizing no one else was going to intervene 'I just hear this huge splash and everyone running towards the dock... she was banging on the door trying to break it... so I just jumped in,' Zhongor told CBS New York.    Zhongor, an almost high school graduate and future U.S. Marine, didn't hesitate to dive into the water after realizing the crowd watching the incident wasn't going to intervene. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Highlighting a growing trend as California’s severe drought extends into a third summer, 1.4 million East Bay residents will see new crackdowns on water use — the first since 2016 — under rules expected to be approved late Tuesday. The board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, a government agency based in Oakland, is scheduled to vote to declare a drought emergency, to seek a 15% reduction in water use from 2020 levels, and to limit landscape watering to no more than three days a week in its service area, which extends from Hayward to Crockett and includes Oakland, Walnut Creek and Richmond. The district also is expected to impose a drought surcharge of 2% to 8% on customer bills, along with a penalty for excessive water use, and rules that direct the agency to make public the names of the largest residential water users later this summer. The proposed rules also require restaurants to serve tap water only upon request, and mandate that hotels and motels offer guests the option of not washing towels and linens every day....
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s urban water users and farmers who rely on supplies from state reservoirs will get less than planned this year as fears of a third consecutive dry year become reality, state officials announced Friday. Water agencies that serve 27 million people and 750,000 acres (303,514 hectares) of farmland, will get just 5% of what they’ve requested this year from state supplies beyond what’s needed for critical activities such as drinking and bathing. READ MORE: Two Arrested For Armed Robbery In West SacramentoThat’s down from the 15% allocation state officials had announced in January, after a wet December fueled hopes of a lessening drought. But a wet winter didn’t materialize and unless several more inches of rain fall this month, the January-March period will be the driest start to a California year at least a century. That’s when most of the state’s rain and snow typically falls. Mandatory restrictions on using water for outdoor activities like landscaping and other purposes may come from local water agencies as they continue to grapple with limited supplies, said Karla Nemeth,...
    Homemade dumplings are the physical embodiment of the love Asian moms have for their kids, says Michelle Tam, recipe developer behind the wildly-popular Nom Nom Paleo blog, meal-planning app and cookbooks. The Palo Alto blogger and mother uses a combination of cassava flour and arrowroot powder to make these gluten-free potstickers for her family during Chinese New Year, when dumplings are traditionally eaten to symbolize wealth in the new year. Paleo Potstickers Makes 48 FILLING: 3 large dried shiitake mushrooms 1 small (1-pound) head Napa cabbage 1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt, divided 1 pound ground pork ¼ cup chicken broth ½ cup minced scallions 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground white pepper 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (a sauce similar to soy sauce) 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil WRAPPERS: 3 cups cassava flour ¾ cup arrowroot powder 1½ teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt 2¼ cups boiling water FOR COOKING: ¼ cup avocado oil for pan-frying, divided 2 cups boiling water for pan-steaming, divided DIRECTIONS Start by making the filling: In a bowl, soak the...
    If you are a tea enthusiast, then I am sure you have a certain method for preparing the perfect cup of tea. I like to leave my tea bag in the hot water beyond the recommended time in order to extract the most flavor and color while I go about other tasks. Others like to casually dip their bags in and out of the hot water as they talk, read, watch tv or just daydream. It’s funny how a simple cup of tea is something we can become so persnickety about. The cup of hot water where the tea bag remains is transformed, while the cup of hot water where the tea bag is dipped results in very little change. We see Christians who approach their faith in similar manners; some are steeped in their faith, while others dip in and out to their liking. 1 John chapter two answers the question, “How do we know if someone really knows Jesus?”. Verse six says, “The one who says he remains in him...
    BRAVE Brits have plunged into icy waters to wash away their hangovers after celebrating the start of the New Year. Hundreds of hardy swimmers braved the slowly warming temperatures to enjoy the first refreshing dip of 2022. 8Brave swimmers dived into the icy waters early this morningCredit: PA 8Some even took selfies to savour the moment of stepping into 2022Credit: PA Hundreds of people poured onto beaches across the UK for their annual traditions. Some donned full wetsuits to try to avoid the bracing cold, while others went all out and turned red in the freezing waters.  Many put their best foot forward in red Santa hats or dressed like an elf for the fancy dress event. Most read in The US SunGOLDEN ERA OVER Iconic actress Betty White dies at home only weeks before 100th birthdayBRAND NEW START NYE 2021 celebrations across the US as 15K revellers fill Times SquareTOO YOUNG? Kourtney slammed for letting daughter Penelope, 9, wear strapless dress & heelsON THE SCENE Police seen leaving Betty White's home hours after she died on New Year's Eve...
    SAN MATEO (KPIX) — Just a few weeks ago many Americans imagined ringing in the new year with friends and family, maybe even gathering in public. But the highly-transmissible omicron variant caused COVID-19 cases to surge worldwide and spoiled New Year’s Eve for millions, forcing them to scale back or cancel their plans. “I had some plans to get together with some friends,” said Olivia Subijano. “We changed our plans, said, ‘You know we’re staying home, let’s just get together as a family, no friends.’ We don’t want to take the chances.” Lucia Ngyuen said she made plans to go out to a bar or club in San Francisco as she does every year. But, when the omicron variant began shutting down businesses including restaurants, Nguyen and a small group of friends decided to stay in instead. “2021 was going great, it was looking good,” Nguyen said. “This year everyone got tested a couple days in advance. Everyone’s vaccinated and we’re just going to all get together at a friend’s house.” Restaurants in downtown San Mateo were busy pushing out...
    A BLIND mystic who is believed to have predicted 9/11 has reportedly prophesied a new lethal virus and an alien invasion for 2022. Baba Vanga - known as the "Nostradamus of the Balkans" - died 25 years ago but was believed to possess an uncanny knack for predicting events in the future. 5Baba Vanga has predicted many events in the past say her believersCredit: Wikipedia The psychic grew up on a farm in what is now Macedonia and was blinded after being sucked up into a tornado. This is what gave her "second sight," according to those who follow and interpret her predictions. It is claimed she predicted the Covid-19 pandemic, the September 11 attack in 2001, the death of Princess Diana and the Chernobyl disaster. But for others, many of the viral predictions are misattributed to her and appear to be baseless. Despite this however - every year people flock to see what Baba has to "say", with Google searches spiking every December and January. And so far many of her "predictions" for 2021 have...
    Rockaway PR Boulon Brasserie, the latest concept from Next Level Brands, announced its plan to open summer 2022 at Water Street’s Thousand & One building in downtown Tampa. The French bistro-style restaurant, located at 1001 Water St., will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a three-in-one space: restaurant, bar, and cafe. The Brasserie joins 15 other recently announced projects that are currently in the works—at various stages of development—for the new work-live-play waterfront neighborhood including Ohio-style pizza spot called Small Giant Bar & Restaurant and wine and liquor store called Wine on Water . ICYM, last year, Jeff Gigante—formerly of Ciccio Restaurant Group and co-founder of Hyde Park Village’s Forbici Modern Italian restaurant—created Next Level Brands with real estate exec Andrew Wright and Gigante Hospitality co-CEO Joseph Guggino. The company’s first project announced this year, Union New American, is set to open any day now in the Westshore district. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team works tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Tampa Bay and surrounding areas all while giving...
    Two and a half years after signing a deal aimed at averting a damaging crisis along the Colorado River, water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada are discussing plans to take even less water from the shrinking river and leave it in Lake Mead in an effort to prevent the reservoir from falling to dangerously low levels. Representatives of water agencies from the three states said they are firming up the details of a deal that would leave an additional 500,000 acre-feet of water in the reservoir next year, and the same amount again in 2023 — about double the quantity of water used annually by Las Vegas and the rest of southern Nevada. For California, the deal would mean participating in water reductions prior to Lake Mead reaching levels that would otherwise trigger mandatory cuts. The talks took on urgency this summer after federal projections showed growing risks of Lake Mead falling to critically low levels, despite plans for mandatory cutbacks throughout the Southwest that the states agreed to in 2019. With the reservoir in a...
    ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities in the search for 14-year-old Jashyah Moore said Saturday crews turned their attention to a body of water at a park in Orange, New Jersey. Teams from multiple municipalities spent part of Saturday utilizing sonar technology at a pond inside Monte Irvin Park. READ MORE: New York City Marathon Returns: Street Closures & Getting Around This WeekendThe Essex County prosecutor and sheriff told CBS2’s Lisa Rozner they’re leaving no stone unturned in the search for Jashyah, who was last seen on Oct. 14 at Poppie’s Deli on Central Avenue in East Orange. “We don’t even know if she actually entered the park or not. We know she used to come here once in a while, and the deli that she went to was only about three blocks away from here,” Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said. The sheriff says another reason they searched the body of water is because people have been found there in the past. Saturday’s search yielded no sign of Jashyah or any of her belongings. SEARCH FOR JASHYAH: Some clearer photos...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A second year architecture student at Florida International University won this year’s “Walk on Water” race. The competition, in its 32nd year, requires students to design and construct “shoes” that will allow them to walk across the 175-foot lake behind the Steven J. and Dorothea Green Library at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. READ MORE: Broward School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood To Resign, Gov. DeSantis To Pick Her ReplacementThe annual tradition for architecture students in Jaime Canaves’ materials class is not just for fun, but to earn an A if they make it all the way to the finish. READ MORE: North Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Rand Submits ResignationThis year’s event included 27 FIU teams and a team from Palm Beach State College. Students, friends, family, faculty, staff, and alumni cheered on the students from the shoreline. MORE NEWS: Jobless Claims Down in Florida, CountryThe winner, Jack Pearce, competed alone with the team name the “Down Under Kangaroos” in a nod to his native Australia. He not only won $1,000 for crossing the finish line...
    Far from being rescued from drought by recent storms, the state needs to prepare for a “new normal” of restricted water supplies, California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot said Tuesday, Oct. 26. To do that, Crowfoot said California must accelerate conservation efforts to deal with current drought conditions and continue to build on long-term water-management strategies, such as the $5.2 billion Water and Drought Resilience Package announced in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Crowfoot made his case to the executive committee of the Metropolitan Water District, which manages Southern California’s water imports from the Colorado River and Northern California. “We’re all put in a very good mood by the large storms that came over parts of California over the weekend,” Crowfoot said at the virtual meeting. But he added that the heavy rains were hardly enough to emerge from current drought: “We would need several more record-breaking storms like this over the winter.” While Southern California’s recent rain was modest, communities from Sacramento to the Oregon border saw between 4 inches and 10 inches during a 24-hour period that began...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The newly built water vault at McKinley Park was filled by Sunday’s storm, causing flooding of some streets nearby. With Sacramento having a combined sewer system, big storms can often cause storm and wastewater to overflow into the street. However, the 6 million gallon vault built under McKinley Park is supposed to help prevent such events. READ MORE: Sacramento Sets Storm Record With Its Highest All-Time Rainfall Total Since 1880However, city officials say the vault was built for a ten-year storm event. Sunday’s storm was at a 200-year level – with Sacramento getting more than 5 inches of rain over 24-hours. READ MORE: 'Never Been So Excited': Nonprofit Gets Unexpected Help As Storm Threatens ShelterCity officials stress that there have been no issues found on the levees in the city, and there has also been no impact to Sacramento’s drinking water. MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Atmospheric River: I-880 Shutdown, Flooded Roadways, Damaged Homes, Massive Rockslides In Storm's WakeSome localized flooding is still expected, officials say, with flows going beyond capacity in many locations.
    BGT Public Relations Just in time for spring break, Adventure Island announced two new attractions coming to the Tampa water park next year. Tampa Bay’s theme parks continue to have a major comeback after the pandemic upended the industry in 2020. Just as sister park Busch Gardens is set to finally open the historic Iron Gwazi coaster in 2022, neighboring Adventure Island is planning new ride debuts of its own. First is the new Rapids Racer, which pits two-person rafts against one another in a race through nearly 600 feet of slide. The high-speed slide also features several openings to check out your opponent and two “dueling saucers” to spin through. The other new attraction is an update to the popular Wahoo Run raft ride. Instead of just the sights and sounds of the rushing water, Wahoo Remix riders will get synchronized lights and sounds for the “ultimate party vibes.” The ride’s enclosed tunnels will also get a facelift to glow instead of plunging riders through the dark. Both rides are planned to open in March. BGT Public Relations...
    Happy New Water Year. For those of us who work on California water challenges, the start of the new year isn’t Jan. 1; it’s Oct. 1, the official beginning of the state’s wet season. This is the time of year we start to look out over the Pacific for the storms we hope will bring life-giving precipitation, replenishing our rivers and streams, coating our mountains with snow, refilling our reservoirs and recharging our soils, forests, wetlands and groundwater. And while we hope for a good water year, we also hope for moderation in the face of ever-worsening climate change, for storms that don’t overwhelm our levees, flood our cities and towns, or wash away our farms and homes. We’re looking ahead with no small amount of worry. The past two years have been bad: years of drought, heat, fire and ecological collapse. A repeat of the past two years would be catastrophic. Every drought is different, but with climate change upping the ante, the current drought has been one for the record books. We’ve seen rapidly disappearing snow that simply...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday voted to spend more than $2 billion to prevent wildfires and address a severe drought, closing the book — for now — on a $262.5 billion operating budget that began the year with a record deficit because of the pandemic and ended with a record surplus in spite of it. Wildfire spending in California has more than tripled since 2005, surpassing $3 billion last year. But most of that money is spent on putting out fires, not preventing them. READ MORE: Sac City Unified Independent Study Families Frustrated By Lack Of Communication That strategy hasn’t been working in an era of climate change that is making fires larger than ever and more difficult to put out. Fifteen of the state’s most destructive wildfires have occurred in the last 10 years. Five of the largest wildfires in state history happened just last year, and a fire that’s still burning this year is the second-largest ever. New spending approved Thursday brings California’s wildfire prevention budget to more than $1.5 billion. The money will pay for...
    Filming on the second series of Bridgerton resumed yesterday after halting for a third time due to Covid. Production of the hit Netflix drama paused on Sunday after some of the crew tested positive. The cast looked happy and relaxed in pictures from the set in Buckinghamshire, obtained by the Daily Mail before the cameras stopped rolling. Romance ahoy: Simone Ashley plays Kate with Sam Frenchum as Mr Dorset as filming for Bridgerton resumed Production of the hit Netflix drama paused on Sunday after some of the crew tested positive The cast looked happy and relaxed in pictures from the set in Buckinghamshire, obtained by the Daily Mail They suggest eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony faces a turbulent time in his quest for romance. Potential love interest Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley, is seen enjoying a rowing trip opposite a character called Mister Dorset.  Kate's younger half-sister Edwina enters the fray, causing tension and a lot more.  Kate and Anthony spar as he tries to secure Edwina's hand but end up falling in love in the drama...
    ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The mayor of Elizabeth said Thursday that four people died in floodwaters caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Cars were all under water on Wednesday night at a complex on Willow Court and were marked with an “X.” READ MORE: Ida In NYC: Trains Coming Back Online After Flood Waters Fill Subways And Buses When the Elizabeth River crested it sent water about eight to 10 feet high, trapping some people in their ground-floor apartments with nowhere to go. “I heard her screaming and she was like, ‘Help me! Help me!’ I said, ‘Are you okay?'” one person told CBS2’s Alice Gainer on Thursday. Several people said they saw their neighbor, a woman in her 30s, go outside with her dog. “She was on top of the truck,” one said. Photos show the water so high, you can’t see the tops of cars. But neighbors said the woman went back into her apartment, became trapped and died. “It hurt me because I know that girl was in there,” one neighbor said. Three other people in...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The severe weather turned deadly, killing at least eight people in New York City.Water quickly filled basement apartments resulting in tragedy.An 86-year-old woman was just found dead in her Queens apartment early Thursday morning due to flooding.At 10 p.m. Wednesday, police discovered a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman, and a 2-year-old little boy dead inside the home on 64th Street in Flushing, Queens.Two other people were killed when flooding collapsed the wall of their home in Jamaica, Queens, sending water rushing in.It happened just after 11 p.m. Wednesday on 183rd Street.A 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were killed. A neighbor says the street floods often and there was work underway that was supposed to fix the flooding problem."The purpose of the construction was to make sure this doesn't happen," a neighbor said. "They took the whole block apart, but obviously city planning didn't make it work."At least two other people were killed in flooded apartments, including a woman and her 20's in Forrest Hills and a man in his 60's in Cypress Hills,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The severe weather turned deadly, killing at least seven people in New York City.Water quickly filled basement apartments resulting in tragedy.At 10 p.m., police discovered a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old woman, and a 2-year-old little boy dead inside the home on 64th Street in Flushing, Queens.Two other people were killed when flooding collapsed the wall of their home in Jamaica, Queens, sending water rushing in.It happened just after 11 p.m. Wednesday on 183rd Street.A 43-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were killed.A neighbor says the street floods often and there was work underway that was supposed to fix the flooding problem."The purpose of the construction was to make sure this doesn't happen," a neighbor said. "They took the whole block apart, but obviously city planning didn't make it work."At least two other people were killed in flooded apartments, including a woman and her 20's in Forrest Hills and a man in his 60's in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn.The NYPD reported that they had been rescuing people from flooded streets and apartments all night long. Officers throughout the...
    BOSTON (CBS) — On a hot summer day, there is no place kids would rather be than a swimming pool. “It’s fun when you get to dive in the water,” one child said. One group was in the middle of a swim class at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex on Thursday in Roxbury. And after what’s already been a tragic year of drownings within the state, the class is ever more important. “We remember and honor the memory of [Worcester Police] Officer Manny Familia, who made the ultimate sacrifice, trying to save a teenage boy in a Worcester Pond,” said Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an EOPSS undersecretary. There have also been plenty of near drownings, like one on Wednesday in Hyde Park, where a lifeguard had to clear water from the airway of an eight-year-old child who was struggling to breathe. “We had a very heroic save last night as well at a pool. These individuals do such important work every day,” said Katherine Theoharides, Secretary of the Executive Office Of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The Department of Conservation and...
    After the two driest consecutive years in much of California in nearly half a century, reservoir levels are dropping. Lawns are brown. Water restrictions are increasing. And Californians are getting worried. Asked to name the environmental issue they are most concerned about, more California residents cited water shortages and drought than any other, according to a new poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan research organization in San Francisco. Overall, 25% of California adults named water shortages and drought as the most important environmental issue currently facing the state. Not far behind, 17% named wildfires, followed by 13% who cited climate change and 6% who named air pollution. A year ago, just 10% named water and drought as the state’s top environmental challenge. “The drought has come back with great force in California,” said Mark Baldassare, director of the PPIC Statewide Survey. “We’ve seen a big change in just one year in terms of how many people say it’s a big problem. There’s no escaping it wherever you live in California.” A year ago in...
    A MAN has eerily been found dead in water in New York City in the exact same place a body was discovered floating just last year. The body of a man, believed to be in his 40s, was spotted in Central Park's Harlem Meer on Saturday night by a passerby. 3A woman spotted a body floating in the lake shortly before 7pm on Saturday 3He was pronounced dead at the scene She frantically dialled 911 shortly before 7pm to report the grim discovery. Cops pulled the man from the lake and brought him to shore, where he was pronounced dead at about 7.15pm. The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy to determine his cause of death. It is not known how long the man had been in the water. A body was found in the same location only last year, which was discovered when a local accidentally hooked the corpse while fishing. On September 24, Luis Castoire cast his line into the lake - in the northeast portion of the park - when he...
    Climate change has dramatically altered the Swiss Alps by transforming glaciers into nearly 1,200 new lakes since 1850 – and 1,000 of them still exist today.  A team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) combined aerial photo data of the massive mountain range and years of data on glaciers in Switzerland to determine the inventory of lakes. The analysis also revealed 180 of the existing lakes had only been created from 2006 through 2016, when 18 new bodies of water appeared each year.  This, Eawag said, is 'visible evidence of climate change in the Alps.'  'On the one hand, we were surprised by the sheer numbers and on the other by the marked acceleration in formation,' Daniel Odermatt, Head of the Remote Sensing Group at the aquatic research institute Eawag, said in a statement: 'At the beginning of the project, we expected a few hundred glacial lakes. Now there are over a thousand, and 180 have been added in the last decade alone.' Scroll down for video  Climate change has dramatically altered the...
    David R. Baker, Brian K. Sullivan and Mark Chediak | Bloomberg Californians once greeted hot summers by blasting the air conditioners and filling the pool. No longer. Battered by drought and heat waves that are straining the power grid, the Golden State is asking residents to make do with less water and electricity, just when they really want to use both. It’s an uncomfortable new normal for a state that used to celebrate summer. Power grid managers have sent urgent pleas on three of the past four days, begging residents to cut their electricity use to stave off blackouts. And these calls are becoming a standard part of the summer, as residents are forced to adapt their lifestyles to the changing climate. “Customer conservation, honestly, is going to be the single biggest variable this summer between whether or not we’re able to avoid rotating outages,” said Elliot Mainzer, chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the state’s grid. He warned the situation could last for several years. Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom is asking the...
    Open-water swimming has been banned at Massachusetts’ famed Walden Pond, prompting an outcry from swimming enthusiasts. The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation late last week handed down the new regulations in the wake of a series of drownings across the state — none of them at Walden Pond. Now swimmers are limited to a roped-in area at the beach. The pond, a half-mile across, is a mecca for distance swimmers. In the town of Concord, west of the Boston metro area, it was made famous by “Walden,” the 1854 book that philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote about his two years living in a tiny cottage there. Swimmers seeking to reverse the ban sent a letter to the state. “Restricting open water swimming at Walden Pond is passive and negative, and it infringes on our reasonable right to access the natural assets of our state,” it said. About 8,000 people have also signed an online petition opposing the ban. The swimmers are proposing that the new rule be amended to allow open-water swimming by people using swim buoys —...
    (CNN)Thousands of people will celebrate Memorial Day this weekend on the water of Lake Mead, just 24 miles east of Las Vegas on the border of Arizona and Nevada.What they may not realize is that the oasis they're enjoying in the desert is entering uncharted territory, with significant ramifications for millions across the Southwest in the years to come.As a megadrought persists, new projections show a key Colorado River reservoir could sink to a record low later this yearOn Tuesday, the water level in Lake Mead -- the largest US reservoir, and fed by the Colorado River -- fell below the elevation of 1,075 feet. It has hit that mark only a handful of times since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s, but it always recovered shortly after. It may not this time, at least not any time soon.The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) forecasts the lake's levels to continue to decline, without any sign of recovery through at least the end of 2022. If the next major study in August from the USBR projects water levels in...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing unusually high turnover in her administration in recent months, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has named a new chief of staff, a new chief operating officer, and two new department commissioners in the past two days. According to published reports, Lightfoot has had at least a dozen top aides, department heads, and other top staff leave since late last year. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Storms Overnight, Damaging Winds Possible Lightfoot’s first chief of staff, Maurice Classen, is stepping down and will be replaced by Sybil Madison, who most recently served as deputy mayor for education and human services. “Over the years, it has been an absolute pleasure to watch Sybil’s passion for equity, inclusion and public service deepen—values that are essential to have as the Chief of Staff of such a diverse team,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “Beyond these passions, Sybil also brings an impressive set of leadership and educational skills and experiences into this role which will help to ensure that our team builds on the work of these past 2 years and strengthens our ability...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Officials with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) announced Monday that the agency is seeking to raise water and wastewater rates starting in July in its proposed two-year budget. The agency, which provides water to 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is proposing a 4% rate increase in the next fiscal year starting on July 1. An additional 4% increase would go into effect on July 1, 2022. READ MORE: Hearing The Constant Gunfire; 2 Dead, Nearly A Dozen Shootings In Oakland Over 36-Hour Span “Over the next two years, we will invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve our aging water and wastewater infrastructure, such as pipeline replacements, water treatment plant and seismic upgrades, structural rehabilitation, and to replace aging equipment,” the agency said. For wastewater rates, the average single family customer would see monthly sewer charges increase by 89 cents in the first year and an additional 98 cents in the following year. Meanwhile, increases on the annual Wet Weather Facilities Charge for customers in the SD-1 service area are...
    Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents deployed new watercraft on the Rio Grande to help with the rescue of the increasing number of migrants crossing from Mexico. Del Rio Sector agents are now patrolling with Shallow Water Rescue Craft to cut into the increasing number of migrant drownings this year, according to a tweet from Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero. “This vessel can be quickly deployed in any water depth, improving our agents’ abilities to conduct rescues or aid agents working from land,” Skero tweeted. “Greater versatility saves both lives and time.” The watercraft is a jet ski-type vessel that tows a rescue flotation device. CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller told reporters during a press conference this week that Transnational Criminal Organizations conducting human smuggling operations show great disregard for human life. “CBP routinely rescues migrants who have been abandoned by these smugglers in harsh terrain, leaving them for dead with no food or water,” Miller said. “In Fiscal Year 2021, CBP has already rescued 4,766 migrants along the southwest border. In Fiscal Year...
    by Aparna Zalani NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The north Texas municipal water district is filling up a new lake in Fannin County– with the help of mother nature and nearby creeks. READ MORE: Dallas Area Meals On Wheels Clients Get COVID-19 Vaccine Home-Delivered Jeff McKito public relations specialist at North Texas water municipal district says it will take a year or two to fill it all up. It is the first major reservoir to be built in Texas in nearly 30 years. After 15 years of planning, construction began in May of 2018. The lake, located northeast of Bonham in Fannin County. 26 square miles of the Bois d’Arc lake is about the size of the city of Allen… The water district serves nearly 1.8 million people in north Texas… McKito says water is one resource we cannot go without. READ MORE: Dallas Police Chief Limiting Time Off As Jurors Deliberate Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvins Fate “We expect that population to double by the year 2050 as more people move here, we need to be able to provide water...
    (CNN)Wracked by drought, climate change and overuse, a key reservoir on the Colorado River could sink to historically low levels later this year, new US government projections show, potentially triggering significant water cutbacks in some states as early as next year. The projections released by the US Bureau of Reclamation show that Lake Mead -- the largest reservoir in the country and a vital water supply to millions across the Southwest -- could fall later this year to its lowest levels since it was filled in the 1930s. The USBR will release its next major study in August. If that study projects water levels in the lake will be below the critical threshold of 1,075 feet on January 1, 2022, some users would begin to see their water deliveries cut significantly next year.The cutbacks would be triggered based on the terms of drought contingency plans signed by the seven Colorado River Basin states in 2019 in an effort to stabilize the river system. Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir and a key water source for millions across the western US,...
    FREMONT — The Alameda County Water District board has promoted Ed Stevenson to serve as the district’s new general manager. The district, which provides water to roughly 350,000 homes in Fremont, Newark and Union City, announced Wednesday that  Stevenson, a 24-year district employee, will take over after current general manager Robert Shaver retires on July 1 following 30 years of service. Stevenson started at the district as an environmental engineer and is currently manager of engineering and technology services, the district said. Ed Stevenson (Photo courtesy Alameda County Water District)  “Stevenson’s professional experience spans water utility engineering, operations and management, including water production, capital projects, new development, water quality, water supply, information technology, rates and charges, and customer service,” the district statement said. “I am proud to have been selected to work with the board and all of ACWD’s dedicated employees in service to our customers,” Stevenson said in a written statement. Stevenson will become the 10th general manager in the district’s 107-year history, the district said. Stevenson’s salary last year was $250,416 and his annual compensation package including benefits...
    New York : Last march 19 a terrible murder occurred in Pasadena, Texas. The victim, a 6-year-old girl, who lost her life at the hands of one of her relatives. According to the local station KPRC-TV, around 11 a.m. (local time), the 911 emergency services received a call from a neighbor who lives in an apartment complex in the city, who reported that he had heard a series of shots inside one of the houses. Upon arriving at the scene of the emergency, police and paramedics encountered a heartbreaking scene: a small one that had been shot several times for an unusual reason. The girl, identified as Laurionne Walker, was allegedly attacked by a 35-year-old man named Raymeon Means, with whom he had a certain kinship, after accidentally, the minor spilled water from the bathroom of the apartment. According to the version of one of the neighbors named Mauricio Álvarez, Means would have knocked on his door to ask him if he had discovered a water stain in his apartment, since inadvertently, Laurionne would have clogged the...
    Highlighting the second dry winter in a row, the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday was just 61% of its historical average for this date, the latest signal that California appears headed toward summer drought conditions, with water restrictions possible in some areas for the first time in five years. The last major storm system in the state was more than a month ago, when an atmospheric river drenched the Bay Area and Central Coast in late January. Weeks of unusually sunny, dry weather came before it, and have come since. As a result, this winter is shaping up to be similar to 2014, state water officials said Wednesday, a year when California was firmly in the middle of its historic 2012-2016 drought. “Absent a series of strong storms in March or April we are going to end with a critically dry year on the heels of last year’s dry conditions,” said Karla Nemeth, director of the state Department of Water Resources. “With back-to-back dry years, water efficiency and drought preparedness are more important than ever.” Water officials across California have...
    The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey pond after her six-year-old boy was discovered screaming out for help nearby.  Police were called to Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening.  There they found the bodies of the mom and her son, 11, in the pond 'with footprints going into the water', acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll told NBC.  The woman's younger boy was unharmed.  It is not clear why the mother and her two sons, who have not been named, were at the park and why two of them entered the water.  DailyMail.com has contacted the Morris County Prosecutor for comment.  The bodies of a mother and her young son have been found in a New Jersey river with her six-year-old boy left screaming out for help nearby Police discovered the youngster alone in Grace Lord Park in Boonton on Tuesday evening. He was unharmed. They then found the bodies of his mom and brother in the pond 'with footprints, pictured, going into the water', acting Morris...
    New York : State Police, NJ Photo: NJ STATE POLICE WWW.NJSP.ORG / Courtesy A mother and her 11-year-old son were found dead yesterday in a New Jersey river, near another boy who was screaming for help, also the woman’s son. Police were called shortly after 5:30 p.m. after a child was seen wandering alone in the upper section of the Grace Lord Park pond in Boonton, NJ, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said. The 6-year-old boy was yelling for his mother, alerting others to call 911, a police source told NBC News. The police arrived at the scene along the Rockaway River and shortly after he did the heartbreaking discovery: the bodies of a 35-year-old woman and a boy believed to be about 11 years old they were found in the water. Morris County Acting Attorney Robert Carroll said first responders “They found footprints walking towards the water” and the bodies at the top of the waterfall into which the river flows. The other boy left alone along the riverbank was unharmed, according to authorities....
    An adult woman and an 11-year-old boy were reportedly found dead in a New Jersey pond on Tuesday night. The two were discovered by police in the water at Grace Lord Park in the town of Boonton, authorities told WABC. The woman, 35, and the boy were declared dead on scene. Police were first called to the area after receiving word that a 6-year-old child at the park was looking for his mother. Authorities then found footprints leading into the water. The victims were not immediately identified. It’s unclear if they are related.
    BOONTON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police are investigating after a woman and an 11-year-old child were found dead in a pond.The situation was reported just before 6 p.m. Tuesday near the Upper Pond section of Grace Lord Park.Authorities say they were notified that a 6-year-old child was calling for his mother and when police searched the area, they found footprints going into the water.That is where they found a 35-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy dead in the water.Authorities say there is not cause for concern and it appears to be an isolated incident.It was not clear if the 11-year-old boy was also the woman's son.The identifies of the victims have not yet been released.ALSO READ | School district's entire board resigns after hot mic captures offensive commentsEMBED More News Videos The president of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees has resigned and she and other members were caught on video making disparaging comments about parents. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking...
    TipRanks Billionaire Ray Dalio Places Bet on 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks When billionaire financier Ray Dalio makes a move, Wall Street pays attention. Dalio, who got his start working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange trading commodity futures, founded the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, in 1975. With the firm managing about $140 billion in global investments and Dalio’s own net worth coming at $17 billion, he has earned legendary status on Wall Street. Summing up his success, Dalio has three pieces of advice for investors. First, diversify. Keeping a wide range of stocks in the portfolio, from multiple sectors, is the surest way to invest well. Second, don’t think that rising markets will rise forever. This is Dalio’s variation on an old saw that past performance does not guarantee future returns. Dalio will tell you that all strong past returns really guarantee are current high prices. And finally, Dalio tells investors, “Do the opposite of what your instincts are.” Or put another way, don’t follow the herd, as such thinking frequently leads to suboptimal results....
    MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (CNS) -- A mat made of nylon mesh will be unrolled next week at Manhattan Beach to help provide better access to the water.The semi-permanent mat, which will be installed Wednesday, will extend 60 feet from the concrete "Pathway to the Sea'' walkway at 42nd Street to allow beachgoers the opportunity to "get even closer to the water without touching the sand,'' according to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors."Our beaches belong to everyone, and we are working to make them accessible to everyone -- including people with mobility challenges,'' Supervisor Janice Hahn said."The Mobi-Mat we are installing at Manhattan Beach is designed to make it easier for people with wheelchairs or parents with strollers to get across the sand and enjoy the beach.''The mat, which will be the first installed this year, will end near the edge of the water in a T'' shape. Another semi-permanent mat is installed seasonally at Zuma Beach in Malibu.RELATED | 2-year-old stares in awe at Target ad featuring boy like himEMBED More News Videos Target advertisement featuring...
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