UCI OCEANS Initiative Aims for a Sea-Plus by Uniting University Disciplines and Community

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UCI OCEANS
There is much work to be done, students!
UC Irvine is crowing (albatrossing?) about "one of its boldest experiments yet: a brand-new research and education initiative called UCI OCEANS." No, the eggheads are not filling Aldrich Park with what those geeks in Chem 101 call "H2o." In this instance OCEANS stands for Oceans, Changing Environments, Arts and Nearshore Societies. Think of an interdisciplinary cooperative dedicated to the deep blue sea.

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Jerry Brown Proposes Emergency Drought Bills After UCI Professor's Dire Water Warning

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A week to the day after Jay Famiglietti declared that California has about a year's worth of water remaining in its reservoirs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders introduced emergency drought legislation Thursday aimed at expediting $1 billion in water-related projects. Coincidence?

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Water Quality Board Adopts Legal Reason for Rejection of Toll Road Extension Project Permit

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The Toll Roads
The road to somewhere?
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted legal findings Monday to support its unanimous June 2013 rejection of a water quality permit for the 241 Foothill/Eastern toll road Tesoro Extension project.

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And Here Come the Surf City Hail Memes!

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Hector "Hek" Valdez for Facebook/HBcommUNITYVoice
First came the rare sight of what looked like snow, but was actually hail, covering downtown Huntington Beach and nearby beach sand Monday morning. Then came the photos posted in texts and on social media of the freak weather phenomenon.

And then came Hector "Hek" Valdez.

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Is It Surfrider Foundation or Stinkraiser Foundation? Nonprofit Says Don't Shower

Categories: Environment

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What? ... No water!?!
The Surfrider Foundation, whose national office is in San Clemente, doesn't want you to shower. Don't worry, it's just for one day--March 22--so all of you who skip showering on even-number days won't have to do a thing. Or not not do a thing. Whatever.

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VIDEO: Irvine Co. Sprinklers Water its Parking Lot Even Though, You Know, Drought

Categories: Environment

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Kristine Hoang
Water remains hours after Irvine Company said it fixed its satellite sprinklers--hmm...

Concerned by Southern California's drought, a reader recently Tweeted us video and photos of veritable rivers of runoff in the Irvine Company's Executive Park parking lot caused by their sprinklers. Even though, you know, drought.

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Calvin Tillman, Texas Mayor Who Moved Family Due to Fracking, Speaks in Brea Tonight

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Calvin Tillman is shown from his California speaking tour in August 2014.
Calvin Tillman is famous for having been the mayor of DISH, Texas, which changed its name from Clark in 2005 as part of a commercial agreement with the satellite television company. But he won't be in Brea tonight to advocate a name change to DirecTV, California. No, Tillman's current California speaking tour is connected with something else he is famous for: moving his family out of DISH due to his two sons experiencing nosebleeds that he blamed on oil fracking operations in his hometown.

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Hot-Burning Forest Fires Can Cool Climate: UCI

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Burn, baby, burn
A UC Irvine study of fires concludes that blazes that burn the hottest actually cool the climate. And you wonder why high school science made my head hurt.

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Newport Beach City Council is the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Pyre of Wood-Burning Beach Bonfires

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Photo by flickr user lauren
Would I? Fire pit, fire pit ...
The Newport Beach City Council, which in March 2012 began what would be a long slog aimed at removing wood-burning fire rings from city beaches (and, as it would turn out, many places in the state), on Tuesday approved a plan that would again allow burning wood in city fire rings.

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Hasan Nouri to Unveil a New Plan to Clean Up Urban Runoff in Laguna Beach MONDAY

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Hasan Nouri stands in front of the watershed he first proposed cleaning up in 1982.
I once wrote about how Hasan Nouri pitched plans to stabilize Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach decades ago but no one listened. Hopefully Laguna Canyon Conservancy members will open their ears Monday evening when the San Clemente hydraulic engineer presents a new proposal to clean up urban runoff in town.

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