A NEW SOURCEA worker tested Cold Spring’s new well, which allowed a brewery to expand. COLD SPRING, Minn. On a splendid Saturday afternoon, Chad Jungels sat outside Cold Spring Brewing Co. with his hands wrapped around a glass of his favorite beer. The brew is made right here, from the cold underground water that gives the town its name and the brewery the essence of its products. And the name of Jungels’ beer — Lost Trout Brown Ale — is a cheeky dig at the six-year battle over water use that nearly drove the homegrown company and its 445 jobs out of Minnesota. “This creek used to be flowing with trout,” said Jungels, waving at the tiny stream hidden by trees that stand next to the brewery. “But,” he added, “there is not so much water in it anymore.” Cold Spring’s quandary — protecting a trout stream while supplying water to a fast-growing employer — is just one of many challenges emerging across Minnesota … [Read more...] about In a small brewery town in Minnesota, options for water are running dry
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MIAMI — How do you measure a disaster like Florence? In sum, the storm is turning out to be every bit as devastating as forecasters expected, with trillions of gallons of rain still in the forecast, hundreds of people needing rescue, hundreds of thousands of power outages and a handful of deaths. The economic toll remains to be tallied. BY THE NUMBERS —Storm deaths: At least 4 people have died —Heavy rains: Up to 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) falling on seven states over seven days, as much water as there is the entire Chesapeake Bay —So far: roughly 15 inches (nearly 40 centimeters) of rain already have fallen in some parts of North Carolina, and it's only going to get worse —In the dark: more than 915,000 outages, mostly in North Carolina, as of Friday morning, with Duke Energy anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power —Protected: More than 19,000 people in shelters in North Carolina, 6,400 in South Carolina … [Read more...] about WHAT’S HAPPENING: Rain still in the forecast from Florence
By Brooke Staggs | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: September 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm | UPDATED: September 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm Even the most ardent marijuana lovers can’t deny it: The plant, at least to some noses, stinks. Marijuana odors have triggered lawsuits against cannabis companies. They’ve led residents to try to block commercial operations from coming to California and the other eight states where recreational cannabis is legal and, increasingly, big business. Odor even has sparked some neighborhood friction, too, as marijuana smoke drifts from one apartment or yard to the next. There are products on the market that claim to test for smells, block all odors from wafting out of indoor operations, and even help control the stench of outdoor marijuana farms. Long before legalization, the cannabis industry grew accustomed to working underground — making growers and processors and distributors pretty good at hiding the smells associated with … [Read more...] about Marijuana stinks. Here’s what cities, businesses and neighbors can do about it.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Energy & Environment Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByIvan Penn Aug. 30, 2018 ORLANDO, Fla. — This city has long been a leading tourist destination. Now, it is vying for another distinction: to be a pioneer in weaning itself from carbon-based energy. You can see its aspirations in the thousands of ponds all over the city that collect the runoff from Central Florida’s frequent downpours. Floating solar panels rise and fall in the water, sending power to the grid. There is also evidence along city streets, where solar panels sit atop streetlights to power them instead of using the electric grid. About 18,000 of the 25,000 in the city already have been converted to high-efficiency light-emitting diodes. Even algae pools may play a role. That’s where officials are testing a system to trap the carbon that the city … [Read more...] about From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy
Dayne Walling was mayor of Flint, Michigan, for six years, but he is best remembered for a single day. On April 25, 2014, as news cameras rolled, Walling pushed the button that shut off the city’s connection to Detroit’s water system and switched it to the Flint River. Although Walling had not made the decision to draw water from the Flint River—that was decided by an emergency manager appointed by the state to usurp his mayoral powers—he executed the physical act that initiated the Flint water crisis. Once the switch was complete, he hoisted a glass of river water, toasting “Here’s to Flint!” The water, of course, was found to be tainted with lead, as a result of engineers’ failure to treat it with corrosion controls. Hundreds of children have since been diagnosed with lead poisoning, and a dozen Flint residents died of Legionella from drinking river water. Walling never lived down that moment. Nor did he live down a morning TV … [Read more...] about Dayne Walling Flipped the Switch That Set Off the Flint Water Crisis. Now, He’s Trying to Make a Comeback.