Thirsty Thursday

DSC00364All water is connected.  Even if fracking and the California drought seem far away from us, both have an impact on all of us!

Fracking, a process that uses large amounts of water, uses 700 chemicals in its process,, and causes earthquakes. This just can’t be good for us, for wildlife, or our earth. This should cause all of us to question the amount of gasoline and energy we consume.  Watch this short video of a farmer making a very good point about fracking:

Watch Viral Video: Nebraska Man Asks Oil and Gas Commission One Simple Question: ‘Would You Drink It?’

http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/31/nebraska-oil-and-gas-commission-fracking-fluid/

Each day, the oil and gas industry uses more than 2 million gallons of water on average in California on dangerous extraction techniques such as fracking, acidizing, and cyclic steam injection. At a time when California is facing the worst drought on record, when farmers and cities are both struggling to find ways to conserve water, the oil and gas industry continues to use, contaminate, and dispose of staggering amounts of precious water resources each day.

http://californiansagainstfracking.org/californians-against-fracking-releases-new-data-analysis-oil-industry-in-california-wastes-2-million-gallons-of-water-each-day/?utm_content=bufferf603e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Second, California is in a crucial drought stage and new procedures have just been announced by Governor Brown.  Because we are so connected to California agriculture this affects everyone, no matter where we live.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/us/california-imposes-first-ever-water-restrictions-to-deal-with-drought.html?_r=0

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/gov-jerry-brown-california-change-whats-comfortable-address-drought/SAMSUNG

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/01/396780035/scary-times-for-california-farmers-as-snowpack-hits-record-lows?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

http://ecowatch.com/2015/04/02/kansas-fracking-earthquakes/

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on Friday that found there are nearly 700 chemicals used in the fracking process.

Please Keep Leaves Out of the Street

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Please Keep our Water Healthy

It has been a marvelous fall for both colors and weather, and now the clean up of falling leaves begins. Please DO NOT put your leaves in the street.  It is hard work bagging up leaves, but leaves washing down the into the storm drains pollute the lakes and streams. Help keep the water we have as clean as we can.  Many would give a lot to have our colorful leaves, lakes, and clean water!  Also, leaves and trash can plug the drainage systems so the water will not drain from our streets.

Below is the City of Minneapolis Code on leaves:

 

Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 17:

 

  • 427.270. – Leaves, grass on streets.

No person shall leave, or cause to be placed, any leaves, grass clippings or other organic debris on or along any public street or alley. (Code 1960, As Amend., § 583.380; Ord. of 6-14-74, § 1)

 

https://www.municode.com/library/mn/minneapolis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_TIT17STSI_CH427INGE_427.270LEGRST

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My New Lawn Sign

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  • Rain and wind carry leaves and other pollutants into the storm drain.
  • Most of our storm drains empty directly into Minnehaha Creek or Lake Harriet; a few drain directly to the Mississippi River.
  • Leaves and grass clippings contain phosphorus.
  • Phosphorus is the main pollutant stimulating the growth of algae in the lakes and creek.
  • It is a violation of City ordinances to rake leaves into the street.
  • We are all part of the solution to preserving water quality.

Do We Want Clean Air and Clean Water?

 Lake Superior
Lake Superior

I am on my way to Climate Reality  Leadership Training in Chicago, and hope to learn to communicate what we need to do if clean air and clean water are important to us!

Below is from Steve Hogseth of Utah:

When our industrial age began, few could have projected today’s predicament. For decades, the wake-up call has been ringing. We need to utilize fossil fuels in the foreseeable future, as we must maintain our economy.  We need to taper off on fossil fuels and embrace gentler energies. Through man’s innovation, greener energies will gain efficiency, mitigating fossil consumption. We need to stop blindly “believing the words” of self-interest lobbyists, greed mongers, oil/coal advocates, and political pundits. We must personally become scientifically attuned.

A question for naysayers: “Even if you do not believe in global warming, why would you not want to address the source of dirty air and water?”   Steve Hogseth, Utah

http://www.leadertelegram.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/article_5e9ce4cb-878c-512d-927a-34095ef07bb6.html   Steve Hogseth on climate change

https://realitydrop.org/