18 December 2012

Question of the week

I talk all the time about failed water management (often referencing Las Vegas :)

Can you give names or examples of good water managers delivering economically and environmentally sustainable water services?

4 comments:

  1. A flowing side channel was constructed in the water basin Maas, the Netherlands. The implementation of cyclic water management should -according to the project plan- minimize human intervention in the area (saving money in maintenance costs) and the use of ecological sustainable material + a closed ground balance leaves room for several natural processes among them vegetation and safe erosion.

    service: water quality
    economically sustainable: saving costs in maintenance costs
    environmentally sustainable: ecological instruments

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  2. Hi David,

    For Southern California, you may want to check out the Long Beach Water Department (at http://www.lbwater.org ). Pretty good conservation programs, took a hard look at desal, including lots of research, and then said "no", etc., etc.

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  3. I really like, Kim Thorner, General Manager of Olivenhain Water District. She seems to have her system running well. I also like their facebook postings, see on their website. They are looking into desalting and also working with a neighboring water district etc. They also had none of their board members opposed (pretty sure) in this last election which is unheard of here in San Diego.

    http://www.olivenhain.com/



    Personally Kim is very easy going to talk to also and gives advice freely. She is very involved with California Special Districts as a certified trainer and they are a District of Distinction, where as all of the board members are trained in good governance etc. http://www.sdlf.org/images/DODapp.pdf

    http://www.sdlf.org/DODprog.htm

    You should talk to her!

    By the way - she has a legal and political background.

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  4. Keevin Hunt MODOC
    Rich Nagel West Basin MWD
    Robb Whitaker WRD

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