Posted: 28 Jan 2010 12:10 AM PST
Dorian Roffe-Hammond, who has sent me many worthwhile items, just sent me this 10-minute video that he wrote and produced. Sean Boyd directed it.
A documentary about the growing amount of plastic water bottles in the world and why the problem is only getting worse. The point is exemplified in a piece of artwork using 836 bottles, formed to look like an archway. Why did I use 836 bottles to build the archway? Because, this is the average number of containers of bottled water that the typical American family of four consumes in a single year.
Here is the YouTube link.
It's definitely worth seeing.
"Friends don't let friends drink from plastic." -- Unknown
Posted: 27 Jan 2010 12:26 AM PST
I was going to title this 'My Take on the NAS Bay-Delta Committee Meeting,' but decided to avoid the word 'take.'
I have nothing 'exciting' to report from the first meeting of the NAS Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta [on which I serve] here in Davis on the UC campus. Compared to what transpired in Los Angeles on 25 January (from Emily Green's post) we had a quiet affair:
The easiest way to accomplish that when describing yesterday's Los Angeles field hearing of the US House Sub-Committee on Water and Power is to thank the chair, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, who proved a model of efficiency and civility.
From there, it gets difficult.
Sounds like they had quite an event down there.
By contrast, the meeting here was a model of decorum. No fireworks, no name-calling - just information, and LOTS of it. It was a meeting designed to provide the committee with information, although we had already received over 1,500 pages (electronically) over material to review. And plenty more was on its way.
I'm guesssing that we had no more than about 25o people each day. We had planned for about 500 each day. It was interesting to note that two NAS media relations officers were there, plus the Congressional liaison.
Rep. Costa was also part of the House Subcommittee meeting reported upon by Emily Green.
It's not a wise use of the National Academy of Sciences, in my opinion," said Mount, who served on a prior academy panel that examined Klamath River issues. "It will become a sideshow. We are setting a bad precedent that will stretch well beyond the Delta."
Despite the above, he welcomed the committee, and noted that we have a wonderful opportunity to have a lasting impact on water management in California. Here is his entire statement:
The last 90 minutes or so were devoted to an open microphone session, where anyone could speak for 3 minutes, with no more than three people from any one organization. Fifteen people spoke.
After the above we heard presentatons from invited outside experts: Christina Swanson (The Bay Institute); Peter B. Moyle (UCD); Rick Deriso (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission); Greg Gartrell (Contra Costa Water District); David Fullerton (MWD); B.J. Miller (consultant); Scott Hamilton and a biologist (Coalition for a Sustainable Delta).
The open microhone then followed, with 16 speakers.
We also heard from DeeDee D'Adamo, representing Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA).
I picked up some new abbreviations/acronyms: OCAP, CVPIA, HABS, POD, PEI, RFA, OMR, X2, VAMP, HOR, PTM, FTWM, HORB, NPB, CPUE, CCFB, DSM2, D-1641, D2. I am sure I left out a dozen or two.
And I now know how complicated the Bay-Delta system is, far more than I had imagined.
Now the fun part starts - for the next two days, the committee will meet in private and begin its work on preparing a report on the two BiOps, due about 15 March 2010.
I'm tired now, but feel good about what I've seen and heard. Thanks to all the participants and kudos to chair Bob Huggett, who kept things running on time.
Time to sleep.
"Fish think about two things: food and sex. They're like teenaged boys, only better." -- Jerry Johns, Deputy Director CA DWR
"The Bay-Delta situation is like an airplane being flown by three pilots in the cockpit, each with a set of controls. And the cabin is full of angry passengers who bought tickets to different destinations." -- Dr. Steve Lindley, NMFS
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