Author Archives: Esther Nigenda

Make Your Voice Heard

As an emergency services volunteer, I joined Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater because we’re in a drought and I saw all that groundwater pouring into our storm drains.   Yes, this water is non-potable but is usable as-is for irrigation, and could … Continue reading

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Waste Not, Want Not

Did you know that in times of drought, groundwater provides up to 46% of California’s water?  With California’s extended drought going into its fifth year, groundwater has become a very hot topic.  The latest study from Stanford’s Woods Institute for … Continue reading

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Stormwater Ballot Measure Update

The City Council accepted all the Stormwater Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations regarding a stormwater management fee before it recessed for the summer.  This includes a recommendation, based on our input, to evaluate charging a fee for “point source discharges” (the … Continue reading

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Storm Water Management Fund – Action Needed!

The Palo Alto City Council will look into approving the recommendations  from its Blue Ribbon Storm Drain Committee regarding a ballot measure for the extension of Palo Alto’s storm drain fee assessment this coming Monday, June 27, 2016, 5:35 pm, … Continue reading

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Working with the Construction Industry to Find Better Ways for Basement Construction

Few, if any of us, realized that groundwater depletion contributes to sea level rise.  In fact, together with melting ice caps and glaciers and water’s thermal expansion due to global warming, groundwater depletion is considered a significant and growing contributor. Now that … Continue reading

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