Today they’re short of water. Tomorrow they’ll be short of cash. As water supplies dwindle in the face of the driest year in California’s history, most of the state’s urban water utilities face 2014 financially flatfooted. CalTrans Highway Sign...continued→
Ed Osann, Senior Policy Analyst, Santa Monica
I grew up in Northwest Indiana, with that region’s world-class environmental problems often taking over our family’s dinner table conversation. I enrolled at Georgetown BEFORE they had a nationally ranked basketball program, which permanently stunted my knowledge of sports. I drove a cab in DC for two years and started research and lobbying on environmental issues while in grad school at George Washington U. I married a Congressional staffer that I met on Capitol Hill, who shares two great sons with me and continues to teach me about the politics of life.
Prior to joining NRDC, I worked on water development projects and policy for the National Wildlife Federation, and served on the first board of the California Urban Water Conservation Council. I did a brief stint with the Clinton Administration as Policy Director for the Bureau of Reclamation and then left government to run a consulting practice on energy and water efficiency for 13 years.
In my off-hours, I’m a good gardener, a fair angler, and a mediocre (or worse) golfer. Hunting, tennis, and, water skiing are more memory than reality. But maybe next weekend I’ll get back into one of them.
Posted February 15, 2014 by Ed Osann
We've all seen the big water main breaks on the evening news or on YouTube. But only a small number of water main breaks actually make the news. And all the main breaks put together are only a fraction of...continued→
We all do it, nearly every day. We turn on the shower and wait. And wait. Maybe we brush our teeth while waiting, or go start the coffee, or take clothes out of the closet, or fold some laundry. 20...continued→
March 18 to 24 was Fix a Leak Week, a commendable effort by the US EPA’s WaterSense program to draw the attention of consumers and water suppliers to the simple steps that we can take to save water and money...continued→
There are lots of reasons why California and states throughout the West need to start using water more efficiently, and do so quickly. Climate change will cause water supplies to be more variable, and warmer temperatures will drive up the...continued→
This week, a final rule setting new efficiency standards for residential clothes washers was approved, finally. It’s been a long time coming, but these new water and energy efficiency requirements adopted by the Department of Energy will save US consumers...continued→
In the years ahead, new clothes washers and dishwashers sold throughout the US will be dramatically more energy- and water-efficient, and that’s great news for consumers. Today’s announcement of new efficiency standards by the Department of Energy (see here for...continued→
This week, a critical milestone that can eventually save a significant amount of water was passed when the California Water Commission gave its unanimous approval to a rule proposed by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) that requires large irrigation...continued→
How many alarms can you sleep through? Two or three, maybe? How about ten years’ worth, or twenty, or thirty? Over the last several decades, the weight of evidence has steadily grown that the Colorado River is over-allocated – there...continued→
In about 10 days, I’m going to be relaxing on a sandy Lake Michigan beach in Northwest Indiana, with the dunes to my back and the lake stretching in front of me to the horizon. And looking out at the...continued→
Ten years ago this month, the governors of the eight Great Lakes states and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec agreed to work together to more effectively protect the water resources of the Great Lakes. Their agreement eventually took the...continued→
To recap yesterday’s blog, in 2009, California’s Legislature enacted a major water efficiency law to better manage the state’s variable water supply and prepare for the future as the economy rebounds and millions more people choose to live and work...continued→
It was called “historic,” “comprehensive,” and “long overdue” when enacted in November 2009. But as California’s package of legislation to overhaul the state’s water system now moves toward implementation, the good vibrations from the signing ceremony are starting to ring...continued→
Ever biked to fight leukemia or walked for a cure for breast cancer? I hope so. But if not, even the most sedentary among us have an opportunity to make the world a better place, and to save money each...continued→
The US Energy Department is getting pelted by some industry groups that object to the way that DOE wants to define the word “showerhead.” Plumbing contractors and showroom operators are in a big sweat because DOE is finally cracking down...continued→
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