Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

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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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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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

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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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Trade Bullet Trains For Desalinization Plants

Our California water deficit has been growing like the National Debt—as the State apparently keeps withdrawing water while ignoring future needs. Each year's deficit adds to our cumulative water debt over time. A different and subtle type of State budget over-run. Arguably, in the past our governors and legislators have been kicking our water issues down the road—all the while praying for rain. As a remedy to our ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

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?

Submitted by (@terrylydon)

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Pipeline from ocean to San Gabrial Valley

With 80% of the water used in California used by farming we can relieve the home owners burden by assisting the farmers.The groundwater farmers need has been depleted. Rainfall for 100 years will not refill the needed water. Water from the Pacific ocean could be used to replenish the depleted supply. California shares the same ocean as Australia, so why not do what they did in their drought. In Australia they built a ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Water Pipeline

California's drought affects the availability of drinking water, the welfare of humans and animals alike, the risk of wildfires, and the yields of agriculture. The absence of water also contributes to increased desertification as more of the land around California’s deserts - the Mojave, the Colorado, and the Great Basin Desert - spoils and becomes unable to support plant or animal life.  Droughts place increased demand ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Purple pipes

Finance the installation of reclaimed water purple pipes throughout CALTRANS rights of ways to connect reclaimed water plants to myriad customers. This is a self supporting idea.

Submitted by (@thestirlings)

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Global Water Innovation Challenge

Every day, 2300 people die of water-related issues. We can put an end to that if we all stand together, so we propose to run a Global Water Challenge for startups with $1 million total in cash prizes. The inspiration for this project is the severe drought facing California but we recognize this is not just a local issue; this is an issue that affects the entire world. With this challenge we want to bring together the ...more »

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Move excess ice melt water from east coast to californa

I am just wondering, since east cost has had far more snow/iced in the past year than needed, could that ice melt water be pipe lined or transported to California to relieve drought? Just a thought.

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Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

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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Toilet to Farm - add millions of gallons of water

Much easier for public to stomach than Toilet to Tap. Dedicate one of the Aqueducts to directly use the Water treatment plant output water mixed with Delta water for Farming only. This would involve Pipelines for carrying the water from the treatment plants to the Aqueduct plus water towers at plants for pressurize the water to be used and some pipelines to make sure that the reuse water is not used for anything other ...more »

Submitted by (@josephrizzi)

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