Aqueduct water defended

first_imgThe same philosophy eases the minds of water officials who say that while patrols of the aqueducts have increased to guard against a terrorist poisoning the well, it would take a tremendous amount of chemicals to affect drinking water. So even if an entire big rig could be submerged undetected in these manmade rivers – as happened in Northern California, where it was discovered only when a leak prompted a section to be drained – it’s extremely tough to poison the public by dumping some poisonous concoction in the water supply as it heads to the nation’s largest urban mass. But that doesn’t solve the “ick factor” for the unsuspecting one who flips the tap for a cool drink. After all, an occasional body lands in the aqueduct. “People do die in that thing. People fishing fall in and they can’t get out. The sides are too steep and slippery,” Water Resources spokesman Don Strickland said. “They’ve found bodies in trunks of underwater cars. That’s happened, too.” Water in the aqueduct is not treated until it is piped to an agency that buys and distributes it, Strickland said. In the Santa Clarita Valley, that’s the Castaic Lake Water Agency, a wholesaler that distributes water to retailers who in turn pipe it to individual customers. CLWA General Manager Dan Masnada is confident the water his agency treats for a region of more than 200,000 comes out of the tap purer than trendy bottled waters. “The testing we do is very rigorous and it’s driven by a number of regulatory agencies,” Masnada said. Water earmarked for Santa Clarita flows from the aqueduct to Castaic Lake, then is piped to CLWA’s Rio Vista treatment plant in Saugus. The water, which Masnada said comes in looking pure, goes through filtration and disinfection processes “to address any and all contaminants that are in the water.” “There are federal and state standards we have to comply with,” he said. “They exceed that of the bottled-water industry.” Local tap water is treated with a combination of chlorine and ammonia. “State water goes to millions and millions of people and, yes, there are plenty of potential contaminants in the aqueducts, but it is without question clean when it gets to the retailer,” Masnada said. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the East, an examination of potential West Coast targets pointed to the California and the separate Los Angeles Department of Water and Power aqueducts as areas of vulnerability. Patrols have increased and the agencies have urged their employees to keep vigilant, but it’s impossible to keep an eye on the entire systems 24 hours a day, Laumbach said. “First of all, the aqueduct covers an amazing amount of area, mostly in sparsely populated areas,” he said. “We have security measures in place, we have patrols and surveillance, but there’s always holes in the net.” Construction began on the aqueduct 50 years ago, with completion in 1973. Voters have approved $1.75 billion for the work over the decades. [email protected] (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They found a large number of vehicles in there – 20 to 30 pickup trucks and sedans and cars,” said Blaine Laumbach, chief operator at the department’s Pearblossom hydroelectric plant. “They found parts of a motorcycle, a Jet Ski…” And they found some pipe bombs attached at bridges, explosives they figure weren’t meant to be destructive, but were likely planted by fishermen to shock their quarry to the surface, Laumbach said. Water Resources officials maintain that the rejected washing machines and firearms tossed in with enough cars to fill a parking lot amount to just a drop in the enormous bucket of water drawn from Northern California rivers to green the lawns at the southern end of the state. In other words, there is so much water flowing, the foreign bodies don’t make much of a difference. “The solution to pollution is dilution,” is their credo. “When you start to calculate whatever contaminants there are in a vehicle dumped in the aqueduct and compare that with the volume of water that moves through in a certain day, it’s parts per billion,” Laumbach said. “It’s not even at a level that our health standards would consider hazardous.” The tap water piped from the north to Southern California comes from pure snow drifts that melt and flow south in snaking canals – rushing over a hidden trove of stolen cars, lethal weapons and even human remains. The state’s engineering marvel, the 444-mile California Aqueduct stretching from Sacramento to Riverside County to bring water from the verdant north to the thirsty south, masks this linear dump, but raises the question of just how safe is this massive water supply. The state Department of Resources insists the water is perfectly fine to drink for two reasons: The volume of water is tremendous, diluting any contaminants, and the water is treated to meet tough standards when it reaches individual wholesalers. Early this year, the Water Resources crews drained a 98-mile stretch of the State Water Project aqueduct that flows largely across the northern edge of Los Angeles County from Gorman to Pearblossom and south toward Hesperia near Riverside. There was construction upstream, offering a good opportunity to clean out the lower end, a feat accomplished by closing some of the 66 water-tight gates that section off portions of the aqueduct. last_img read more

QPR linked with Boro star Friend

first_imgQPR are interested in Middlesbrough defender George Friend, as are Crystal Palace and Reading, according to Sky Sports.The 26-year-old’s contract is due to expire next year and his representatives are hoping to negotiate a new deal.Meanwhile, Fulham, Palace, Swansea and West Brom are interested in QPR defender Nedum Onuoha, as are clubs in Turkey, Goal.com say.It is claimed that Rangers boss Harry Redknapp wants to discuss a new contract for the 27-year-old but that Onuoha could look to move on amid ‘uncertainty’ over his role following the recent signings of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker.A source is quoted as saying: “Nedum is happy at QPR and figured prominently last season, but he won’t accept sitting on the bench this season, and he knows there is interest elsewhere.”Onuoha played an important role for QPR last seasonAnd the Evening Standard say Redknapp is considering a move for French striker Andy Delort.Brentford are also apparently interested in the 22-year-old, who plays for Tours in the French second division and scored 24 league goals last season.See also:QPR wanted Sanchez, report claimsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sonnenberg joins staff to head up Ohio Field Leader

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dusty Sonnenberg is excited to join the staff of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net with Field Leader, an Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff program. Sonnenberg will be providing Ohio Field Leader content about soybean agronomics, production research, and nutrient management, among other topics. The goal of Ohio Field Leader is to bring the most up-to-date agronomist, research, and best management practice information to Ohio soybean farmers.Sonnenberg will also be a regular contributor to Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net in his role. Ohio Field Leader content will be distributed to other state and national media outlets as well.“Dusty brings tremendous on-farm, agronomic and communications experience to this position and we are excited about moving this project forward,” said Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net. “Dusty will be a real asset to our team and Ohio agriculture.”Sonnenberg is a Certified Crop Advisor and Technical Service Provider writing nutrient management plans. Dusty received his Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University in Agriculture. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business from Defiance College.Sonnenberg and his wife Cheryl, with their sons Cody and Bailey, own and operate Sonnenberg Farms, which is a cash grain and freezer beef operation in Henry County. They raise soybeans, corn, wheat and hay. They also own and operate Jay Calf Ranch, where they start replacement heifer calves for a local dairy. Sonnenberg is a member of the Board Directors for Ag Credit, ACA. He is a part owner and Operations Manager of Tri-State RTK Network, LLC. He is a Trustee and currently vice president for Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative. He serves as Executive Director for the Henry County Community Foundation. Sonnenberg is a member of the Henry County Dairy Producers, Henry County Cattlemen’s Association, and Holgate FFA Alumni. He is a past trustee for the Henry County Farm Bureau Board.In 2002, Sonnenberg was the National Winner of the American Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet, and in 2005, the Sonnenbergs placed second nationally as runners-up in the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture contest.last_img read more

Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Nate Irish

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community” This is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of Geocaching HQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. 🙂What is your name? Nate IrishYeah, but what’s your Username?I have two: My lackey name is OpinioNate, and my player name is Nate the Great. In the old days most Lackeys had two usernames but I think now it’s more common to have one.Nate the Great on a mountain highHow did you come up with your username?Nate the Great was a nickname given to me by my grandfather when I was little. He used to make short little poems about me like, “Nate the Great is never late to eat the food that’s on his plate”. That is still mostly true, but I try to make the plate smaller and have more green things on it. Being a grown-up can be a drag sometimes. OpinioNate because I have a lot of opinions, obviously.What is your job title?Currently, I’m the Product Manager. I’ve had around five different titles in my twelve years at Geocaching HQ. In the past I have been a project manager, quality assurance tester, community manager, discussion forum moderator, merchandise distributor manager, and way back in the day I stuffed Trackables into little yellow envelopes and drove them to the post office. These days the postman comes to us. We’re in the big leagues now baby!We’re in the big leagues now, baby!What does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?I lead a team of six people whose mission is to identify product opportunities to support the game of geocaching. The product in this case is our website and mobile apps. When we do our job correctly, the output is new features that simultaneously serve the needs of our community, our company, and the game of geocaching itself. That’s a very tough thing to do, but we work hard to achieve that balance.Tell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?I’m definitely a less-is-more cacher. Usually when I travel, I sort by Favorite and look for a cache that is high terrain and is medium or large in size. I love to see the best and most extreme of what geocaching has to offer. Gadget caches are pretty high on my list, as well as anything inside a cave.Nate the Great PapaWhat’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?I love learning about some new local geocaching lingo or hiding style. For instance, in the Chicago area they used to have a lot of “Superman” caches. It’s when you tie a fishing line to a preform container and sling it over the branch of a tree. Then you reel in the line so the container is way overhead and secure the line against a tree knot or whatever. Everyone there knows what to look for when “Superman” is the hint.Nate the Great – Superman geocacherWhat’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?Let someone else stick their hand in there first. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Recycling Vinyl Siding

first_imgGBA Encyclopedia: Job-Site RecyclingJob-Site Recycling: PVCJob-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing ShinglesJob-Site Recycling: Gypsum WallboardVinyl Windows and Vinyl SidingDoes this make vinyl siding green?You will find no shortage of perspectives on this issue. A lot depends on how you weigh various environmental attributes — such as toxic constituents — and how you weigh a variety of very complex human health studies. A good start on this issue is the vinyl pro (“Vinyl is Green”) and con (“Vinyl is Lethal”) blogs here on GBA.What about that vinyl siding recycling project from 13 years ago?I am happy to report that Eikenhout Inc. — distributors of roofing, siding, doors and windows — still recycles vinyl siding in Grand Rapids, MI. Eikenhout now uses a 30-yard roll-off serviced by Waste Management, Inc to collect the vinyl siding waste. Curt Van Heuvelen, CGP, of Eikenhout, reports that the container is filled and emptied around once a month and Eikenhout accepts plenty of tear-off as well as cut-off waste vinyl siding. “Our vinyl siding recycling program is still going strong and is an important element of our company green building approach,” says Van Heuvelen.ResourcesThe American Chemistry Council has a pretty good Vinyl Siding Recycling: A How To Guide. The Guide provides a good overview on PVC recycling and then steps to follow to build a recycling program.The Vinyl Institute has a good collection of information resources: a Vinyl Recycling Directory and a Recycled Vinyl Products Manufacturer Directory. In 1998, while at the NAHB Reseach Center, I worked on a vinyl siding recycling project in Grand Rapids, MI. It was pretty simple: siding installers stuffed their cut-off waste into the long cardboard boxes the new siding came in, and back-hauled both to the same place they bought their vinyl siding stock. There, the vinyl cut-offs were placed in one container and the cardboard in another. The vinyl cut-offs were baled and when a 40,000-pound load was accumulated, a plastics broker would negotiate a price for the tractor-trailer load.Recycling vinyl sidingSince polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a thermoplastic material, it is pretty straightforward to recycle: it is simply ground up and re-melted and formed or extruded into new products. Having said that, PVC faces the same major recycling obstacles as many other materials: efficiently collecting enough waste material and managing contamination. The former is an important problem for new construction cut-off waste: getting together 40,000 pounds of cut-offs is a heck of a lot of cut-offs. The latter is a particular problem with tear-off vinyl siding, where dirt, nails, and mixed-in aluminum flashing all pose different separation challenges.So where does vinyl siding recycling stand today?Many plastic recyclers will take PVC material, even though their focus may be other more consumer-based plastics, such No. 1 polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET) or No. 2 high density polyethylene (HDPE). While there are plastics recyclers nation-wide who will recycle PVC, you may need to work with them on construction and demolition PVC recycling, dealing with the two main issues listed above: quantities and contamination. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

[Infographic] Where Malware Comes From

first_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Open Source#security#web Malware is a worldwide problem. If there is electricity, an Internet connection and a computer, there will be viruses, worms, Trojans and other sneaky programs trying to gain access to your computer. Where do these nasty creatures come from?A large percentage of the world’s malware comes from China. According to AlienVault’sOpen Threat Exchange platform, China is the capital of malicious Internet addresses, based on 95,249 addresses analyzed. The United States comes in second with 60,346, well ahead of the third, fourth and fifth malware vectors: South Korea (16,115), Russia (13,367) and Taiwan (12,504). How is this malware being delivered? The average virus wants to find its way into computers. Direct injection (where a virus is not hidden in a different type of file) is fairly rare. Far more commonly, malware hitches a ride on an otherwise benign file. This is the reason why security programs scan all files downloaded to a computer. The top malware-infested file type is .exe, the most common file type for a Windows program.The second most common carrier is HTML content, which can be found on almost any Web site as well as in emails. Zip and RAR files, which bundle together other file types, are the third most common, while Adobe PDF and Flash files are also prevalent malware delivery vehicles. The top types of viruses are all associated with Windows. While Mac malware exists and is becoming more prevalent, the amount of Windows malware on the Internet is nothing short of stunning. The top five malware content types found by the AlienVault community are all derivations of Windows viruses. Since February, the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange has analyzed over 5 million suspicious URLs. That is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the billions of sites on the Internet, but a large enough sample to provide a sense of how much malware is present on the Web. The company received nearly 30 million entries from its users and found a little more than a million malicious addresses. See the infographic below for more details.The data was aggregated from AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange from Feb. 20 to July 20, 2012. The data comes from the company’s customers as well as its Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM), an open-source security information event-management platform.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more