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Friday, May 19, 2017

Greywater and the Red Planet

Star Date -  47634.44.

Mars Desert Research Station (Utah).

Mission - Aerospace Medicine.

Captain's Log:

  • The MDRS was built by the Mars Society in Utah in 2002.
  • The society is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting human exploration of Mars.
  • It is the second of four planned Mars surface simulation exploration habitats.
  • The site includes living quarters, a GreenHab to grow plants and process grey water, an observatory and an engineering area.
  • Crews of six volunteers at a time live at the facility for two weeks doing experiments and simulating life on Mars.
  • Mars 160 Mission - Underway Now! Follow the latest on the Mars 160 Mission by visiting the Mars 160 Website.
  • Visitors please note: From September 24, 2016 to May 31, 2017, the Mars Desert Research Station is closed to visitors
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It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid. 
~Ray Bradbury

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hollywood Gets It with Greywater

Prepare yourself to be afraid of everything else...
including "grey water" (referenced in linked clip)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Oregon Graywater Permit Watch

Even though the new Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Richard Whitman, was apparently not the first pick for the directorship by Governor Brown according to this article in the Oregonian, the new leadership seems to be paying off in terms of sharing greywater love, and associated permits, across Oregon.

The new Oregon Graywater program coordinator, Pat Heins, shared an updated listing of the permits - 28 total and depicted on the map prepared using Google Maps. Nearly all are a Tier 1 variety, with one Tier 2 permit as described here. Pat reports "We have had a sharp increase in inquiries for this permit this last year.  Based on these calls it seems the biggest problem currently, is obtaining approval from the local building codes."

It is good to see the geography of greywater expanding in Oregon, especially on the east side of the Cascades. I wish I was part of the *hydroherd* (not to be confused with Hydro Herd), but was culled a few years back for reusing too little graywater with my Hughie Sink.

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You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. 
You lead by going to that place and making a case. 
~Oregon novelist Ken Kesey 
(author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Museum of Water

What would a museum of water look like? What artists would be on display? Would the museum be a moveable feast?

Currently on a global tour, this article on the Museum of Water outlines the celebration of the universal solvent by artist Amy Sharrocks where past stops include the UK, Holland, and Western Australia.

Sharrocks has received water contributions in all different forms and vessels: from bottles, shells and pots to frozen snowballs and Arctic ice cores....Sharrocks not only collects the water samples, but also the stories and histories of the people who contribute, and their varying relationships to this universally common substance.

“I’ve spent the best part of 15 years looking at water, and making artworks about it, and people’s relationship to it, and it just goes on,” she said.

“I’ve spoken to so many farmers and ordinary people hand-harvesting grey water from their house, it was the only way to manage a garden, so this sense of carrying buckets, from sinks to gardens, as a daily ritual.”

It’s the chorus of voices around the world, each noticing a different detail, some soft impact of water on their days.”

My contribution would be *clearwater* - water from a deep well I worked on almost 20 years ago.

What would you bring to the museum of water?
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Give me a museum and I'll fill it. 
~Pablo Picasso