The Highs and Lows of Growing Weed

Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized forms of marijuana and more states are likely to follow. Marijuana sales have been on fire. In 2017, sales were expected to reach $9.7 billion, and analysts are predicting sales of $24.5 billion by 2021, as new states enter the market. Yet, behind the “green … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Growing Weed

Water Flows Uphill to Money

“Life is not fair” is a lesson many people learn in early childhood. Whether it stems from watching popular students get picked first during elementary gym class or being forced to turn over lunch money to schoolyard bullies, some events in life just seem blatantly unfair.  For many people in California, this theme may still … Continue reading Water Flows Uphill to Money

What’s a Wildlife Guzzler?

Wildlife guzzlers….have you heard of them? They sound like a two-can party hat worn by the frat boys in “Animal House” but they are not. They are simple devices that collect rainwater for use by animals in rural or remote areas. Guzzlers can range from homemade designs using 30 or 55-gallon plastic barrels to in-ground, networked … Continue reading What’s a Wildlife Guzzler?

“Honey, go check the pump”

As you head to the kitchen to make your first pot of morning brew, imagine turning on the faucet and no water comes out.  How would you feel? What thoughts would go through your head? If you’re a rural homeowner, you may wonder if the circuit breaker got tripped for your water pump or worse, … Continue reading “Honey, go check the pump”

Paving the Way with Porous Pavement

Here’s an engineering riddle:  What has the texture of a Rice Krispie treat but is strong enough to support a fire truck? No, it’s not a snack for Superman. It’s permeable pavement. Permeable pavement, also commonly referred to as pervious or porous pavement, is often created using either asphalt or concrete.  It can also include … Continue reading Paving the Way with Porous Pavement

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

East Meets West

Living in the arid west, most of us are keenly aware of how precious water is.  Just being outdoors in the sun for a bit is subtle incentive to drink water to quench our thirst. Most of us don’t leave home without a bottle of water in our car, purse or backpack. It’s just natural … Continue reading East Meets West