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California’s Agriculture Chief: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

California’s Agriculture Chief: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Among Nebraska’s best farm exports may be one of the country’s most important agriculture officials, California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross. Raised on a Nebraska farm, Ross knows her way around fields and barns, but has spent much of her adult life focused on farm policy, including stints working for a US Senator […]

Fixing California’s Water: Felicia Marcus at the Helm

Fixing California’s Water: Felicia Marcus at the Helm

Felicia Marcus has a knack for accepting jobs just before crises occur. Just before the California drought hit, Marcus agreed to serve as Chair of the California Water Resources Control Board. A philosophical person in a potentially bureaucratic position, Marcus has a lot of ideas about water governance and management. She is a believer in […]

Desalination: Expensive and Worth It

Desalination: Expensive and Worth It

By Seth M. Siegel It has been so long in the making that it feels almost anti-climactic. But finally, the Carlsbad desalination plant has opened! The construction time itself was a short few years. The permitting process took nearly a decade – and ran up the cost of the project significantly. Consider this: The Carlsbad […]

Saving Water in Your Shower With a Gentle Mist

Saving Water in Your Shower With a Gentle Mist

By Seth M. Siegel I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Winter on the Let There Be Water Podcast. Philip is the co-founder and CEO of Nebia, a San Francisco start-up that believes we can save lots of water by changing our showers, but without giving up on the pleasure or length of the […]

Can Urinals provide a Model for a Better Water Future?

Can Urinals provide a Model for a Better Water Future?

By Seth M. Siegel The government’s focus on water for the past 45 years has been more on water quality than on quantity. Despite dwindling supplies and growing demand, the government’s record on addressing quantity concerns has been disappointing. But there is hope: companies and citizens are taking on a role once assumed by government. […]

Praising Congress

Praising Congress

A Reason to Praise – Yes, Praise – Congress By Seth M. Siegel In recent years, commercial and population centers in the U.S. have experienced record and sustained droughts. Such water scarcity imperils the health of Americans and the economic and environmental security of our country. California, with its unprecedented water restrictions and raging wildfires, […]