Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

End Drought With New Beachfront Property

Using a similar methodology of what the Dutch did about 60 years ago, we can help to sustainably decrease the drought while creating a new beachfront area. Here's how: By pumping huge amounts of ocean water captured into inlets from newly constructed dams into the desert area of California, the water will vaporize and increase the amount of rainfall in the region. In addition, in these newly dammed delta areas we can ...more »

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Fix water leaks with higher tech

There are proven technologies to detect water leaks in metropolitan areas. They claim "for every $1 spent on reducing leaks $5 worth of water can be saved." Now that's a good return on investment ratio. Please see an example at http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2015-01-08/takadu-helps-israel-be-a-most-efficient-water-manager Maybe a VC firm can front the money for the equipment and reap the water savings as the ...more »

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Environmental Studies Balance

Too many important State development projects, from water infrastructure, to road widening, to new Freeways, are held hostage by "environmental" anti-development groups through the use of environmental studies and reviews. We need to change the laws to a more streamlined process, similar to what is already allowed for sports stadiums, and make results of environmental studies and reviews "advisory" only, allowing decision ...more »

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Fill the resevoirs

Have all state food grade tanker carriers procede to the southeast to load water to fill the states resevoirs.Have the fish and game build water containers and place where wildlife can get to them.The southeast has an abundance of water.

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Micro Gardens- Doing away with old wasteful farming practices

With California in its current situation, we will not be sustaining much longer. My proposal is to implement community and single household farming and gardening methods, utilizing Hydroponics And Aquaponics, in a more sustainable way. We can minimize water usage by more than 80% over traditional field flooding methods, while producing healthier, more nutrient rich fruits, vegetables, fish, and more which is grown ...more »

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Delta becomes National Park - Fed's provide the water.

Turn the Delta into a National Park and have the Fed's pipe in water from the northwest to keep it wet. The Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta is the only inverted river delta in the world -- the apex points inland and the big, wide base faces the sea. Such geographic uniqueness is characteristic of most National Parks. The Delta also hosts a broad range of wildlife, recreational facilities, and natural beauty and being ...more »

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Benicia Salinity Control Gates - Add 7 million Acre feet in 2015

Government can end water shortage today with simple - Gates at the base of the New eastern Benicia Bridge which would add up to 7 million Acre Feet (MAF) in dry years and 38 MAF in wet years for people, Delta and faming. Not a dam, barrier or locks stopping all flow of water. Always an open section to allow boats and aquatic life to FREELY travel in and out of each zone. It would keep the Fresh Delta water separated from ...more »

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Rethink water delivery responsibilities of state vs federation

Water and drought management is a cross state topic which needs efficient instruments for state and federation. Reviewing and improving the currently existing instruments might lead to a significant improvement of the situation of water consumption, shortage and distribution system. This idea got entered on behalf of work group 2 of the IdeaHack

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Uniform water rules for drought

Make regulations Uniform & penalize for abuse. IF NOT watering lawns then NO punishments IF over watering, set Fines. Uniform code statewide. Make up your minds. NO special treatment for rich either. IF so charge rich more IF abusing water Charge by Locale of abuse. IE citizens of Bev Hills pay more since resident/s abuse water. any city, town can sign onto this Uniform compact. Flexible by area, locale, zip code alone. ...more »

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Realistic Workable Long-term State Master Water Plan

Droughts occur relatively frequently in California, and should not be surprises. There have been nine major droughts since 1900. Our elected officials need to develop a long-term reality-based Water Master Plan for California now. The current conflicts and confusion about meeting California's water needs demand that our elected officials work together now to solve our serious water problems for the long-term. With ...more »

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Drought management demands data science

The broader issue: Last year, the Delta Stewardship Council convened a wide range of California’s water data best and brightest and articulated a key barrier: “Spreadsheets are circulated with calculations performed manually, producing unnecessary cost, opaque processes, and additional risk of error.” Translation: using Excel for everything. (It’s a useful tool but not a database folks!) droughtThe drought demands more ...more »

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Desalination plants

I know similar ideas have been submitted. I beleive the pros for a plant are obvious, the Cons are expensive, big energy impact and the resulting brine. My suggestion would be to leverage the power of the ocean waves to supplement the energy need. It is expensive, but much more important than some of the transportation projects. The brine, can it be processed for useful material? Can it be put back in the ocean?

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