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Monday, February 1, 2016

Goleta Valley Absolves Greywater Agnst

Newsflash - Santa Barbara Independent breaks story ‘Very Significant’ Step May Be a First for California. Greywater gurus Laura Allen of Greywater Action opine "Santa Barbara County has made the most advances in inter-agency collaboration to make it easier for residents to use graywater legally" and Art Ludwig, author of the 1991 classic Create An Oasis With Greywater, said “This is very significant”.

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The nannyism is partly to distract from the corruption — and partly just another opportunity to leverage it. A good general rule is that the more a government wants to run its citizens’ lives, the worse job it will do at the most basic tasks of government. 
~ Instapundit Glenn Reynolds

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Next Great Greywater User - Nike

Nike is to Oregon what Microsoft is to Washington. Big ideas, big employer, big philanthropist (think University of Oregon), and now the next big innovative greywater reuser? This article announced Nike's 3.2 million sq.-ft. expansion to its Beaverton, Ore., campus, due for completion in 2018. Nike said "its buildings will have several environmentally friendly, sustainable features, including “natural daylighting, passive chilled beams — a radiant convection system designed to heat or cool large buildings — and a closed-looped greywater treatment center." Given the "closed-looped" system, it is likely that Nike won't have to test whether or not they will feel good after working through the Oregon graywater permit system.
With Nike getting onboard with the greywater revival in Oregon, what's next, a graywater-based microbrew to feel even better about greywater? While Oregonians love to boast that Portland currently has the most breweries of any city in the world, Mavericks Brewing, based in California beat Oregon to become the "land of reused greywaters" with their award winning Tunnel Vision IPA. Mavericks "hopes to do for recycled water what the “Fair Trade” movement did for ethically sourced goods — that is, make consuming them appealing on multiple levels".

Here's hoping Maverick can come up with a catchy advertising campaign like another beer that relied on the colors of water to make their sales pitch.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Greywater & the National Academies of Science

Greywater makes a big splash through this new study by the Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies of The National Academies of Sciences. The prepublication copy of the report Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies: An Assessment of Risks, Costs, and Benefits was released December, 16, 2015. It is an excellent companion study to Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater that was released in 2012.

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Science is the great antidote to the 
poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~Adam Smith

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Co-opting Greywater

Aquadoc is on a well-deserved sabbatical from Oregon State University, so his courses have been *reassigned* to other faculty. An undergraduate course - Introduction to Water Science & Policy - is one of the courses that the various deans have bestowed upon me. Big shoes to fill.

I like teaching this class through eCampus, but I have not taught it on campus. The delivery of the courses is not the same. Online teaching is much like a TV sit-com - no audience, canned laughter, time to rehearse, *do-overs*, etc. *Live* performances are like stand-up comedy - timing of punch lines is important, responding to audience *feedback*, hecklers, student drama, etc. And the field assignments have to be developed for a mass of about 100 students as opposed to singular visits to the field by participants scattered across the world.

Corvallis, Oregon is a very *water aware* community. It is not just because it rains all the time. The campus hosts a vibrant Water Resources Graduate Program that typically fields about 200 applicants per year for less than 50 slots. Benton County hosts a small stormwater treatment laboratory profiled in this video made by one of my undergraduate employees - Stormwater Solutions - a 20 minute video posted on the OSU mediaSpace.

Community volunteers, such as the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, have partnered with local businesses and the City of Corvallis to develop demonstration sites. Perhaps the most easily accessible in terms of visiting the activities is the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op where, as outlined in the video, the OSU *Team Graywater* was assigned the design and installation of the first permitted greywater system in Corvallis.

For the spring 2016 Introduction to Water Science & Policy course (recalling rehearsal and timing is everything in a live performance so the reason for the early start on preparation for the course), I developed *Tour de Agua Urbano* where the participants will trace Corvallis water from *cradle to grave*.

No *Tour* would be complete without a steep climb to *visit* one of the most protected watersheds in the US that serves as one of the sources of the Corvallis water supply (Rock Creek watershed tributary to the Marys River, tributary to the mighty Willamette River). The *finish line* is at the City wastewater treatment plant that also serves as a laboratory to detect *performance* enhancing drugs in wastewater.

One of the *stops* on the *Tour* will be the South Co-Op greywater reuse facility, worthy of a yellow jersey in the Tour de Agua Urbano.

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A man who never lies must have green blood in his veins, or blue or yellow, but definitely not red!
~ Turkish Playwright Mehmet Murat ildan