Drought-Inspired Farmers & Greywater Guerillas

We caught an interesting story this morning on the California Report about how farmers are adapting to drought conditions. Turns out water-stressed plants make delicious apples.

Another piece on NPR’s Morning Edition mentioned a group in Oakland, the Greywater Guerillas. Due to years of drought there’s a movement afoot in government to make it easier to use greywater; apparently it’s a difficult process to do legally now, hence “guerrillas” in the name of the group.

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Further Reading:
Managing Water: Avoiding Crisis in California, by Dorothy Green
Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West, by James Lawrence Powell

Introduction to Water in California, by David Carle

The Great Thirst: Californians and Water—A History, Revised Edition, by Norris Hundley, jr.

A River No More: The Colorado River and the West, Expanded and Updated edition, by Philip Fradkin

Photo courtesy flickr/RichardMasoner

One thought on “Drought-Inspired Farmers & Greywater Guerillas

  1. Managing greywater? In the west we flush our toilets with water that is fit to drink – as a first plan of action this is dam crazy!

    The use of water butts to collect water from roofs is common practise in many gardens so maybe we could move to grey water for sanitation.

    As far as the decreasing rainfall in California is going to demand new solutions – maye copying from thethird world

    Here’s a great article about the use of water in Sudan

    Pumping up desert agriculture from MIT maye the could turn their attention closer to home?

    Dave.

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