Downsides to Desalination

Throwing salt over your shoulder after you spill some, is a ritual that originated in ancient Rome. Back then, salt was a very precious and expensive commodity. To carelessly lose any was considered a bad omen. To rectify this terrible error, you needed to lose some of what you valued most. Times have changed and … Continue reading Downsides to Desalination

Aquifer Exemptions – the Legal Way to Pollute Groundwater

There is a little-known provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (SDWA) called an “Aquifer Exemption” that allows oil, gas and mining industries to legally impact groundwater – including some aquifers set aside for drinking water.  While these industries have purported to install wells and perform activities with no leakage and permanent protection, … Continue reading Aquifer Exemptions – the Legal Way to Pollute Groundwater

What to do with Fracking Wastewater?

Wastewater from hydraulic fracking has been in the news quite a bit lately and not for good reason.  Concerns over wastewater injections creating or inducing earthquakes and contamination from chemicals in fracking wastewater are growing. In mid-November, Uproxx.com released a story about wastewater from oil production being sold to drought-stricken California farmers in Kern County … Continue reading What to do with Fracking Wastewater?

Sushi, Seaweed, and Sewage

Ah, the delectable taste of sushi. Depending upon on the type of sushi you choose, those tidbits of tastiness embraced in a dark green “nori” wrap are actually encased in seaweed. “Seaweed?” you say. Yes. Seaweed. Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed species of the algae genus Porphyra. While this algae has been … Continue reading Sushi, Seaweed, and Sewage

“Eco-chic” Brewing

“Eco-chic”, which the Urban Dictionary defines as “anything new and trendy that causes a 'green frenzy'”, is certainly a new phrase for brewers from Bisbee to Oregon as they opt to find ways to reuse water in both processes and products. Some of these water saving techniques are quite practical while others are certainly turning … Continue reading “Eco-chic” Brewing