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WATER! Drink and Enjoy


Water is one of our dearest resources. We may be surrounded by water, but it is not fresh, clean or drinkable.

The United Healthcare Newsletter focuses on WATER this month. Here is a great article: Stay hydrated: Which tasty foods can help?

I loved this infographic… it will help you make a variety of thirst quenching choices.


Enjoy a thirst-quenching menu

When the temperature rises, make a splash in your daily diet with these ideas:

Super salads. Watermelon, oranges, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, berries, celery and cucumbers are all flush with fluid. These water-rich foods make great low-calorie snacks too!

Berry-delicious smoothies. Add berries — fresh or frozen — to low-fat or fat-free yogurt or milk. Puree in a blender.

Summer salsas. These can be made from vegetables, fruits or a combination of both. Enjoy your favorite variety as a snack — dip into it with cut-up veggies or whole-grain pita chips. Or top grilled fish or chicken with it. Have a sweet tooth? Give orange or pineapple salsa a try.

Chilled soups. You can serve these as a light meal — or as an appetizer or dessert. Here are three cool and soothing options:



Prepare for Hurricane Season with LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lights!

With hurricane season upon us, it’s time to get prepared. We hear story after story of people without power, in the dark with dead flashlights and no candles, with nowhere to turn. So this year, prepare your house and family before a serious storm or hurricane strikes.


YOU TUBE – See how it works

   It looks like a glowing pillow, it can be deflated, and its easy to pack.



Listed below are 5 tips to keep you and your family safe:

1. Check your food and water supply — Bottled water and packaged/canned food are the best in case your power goes out.

2. Check your source of lighting — Often people think they have enough batteries or candles to outlast the hurricane, but an easier and more sustainable source of light is the LuminAID solar-powered inflatable light. The LuminAID comes fully charged, so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.  You won’t have to hold it like a flashlight, and it will last for over 16 hours! Its lightweight and compact design makes it easy for re-charging for hundreds of uses.

3. Reinforce your entryways — High gusts of wind and floating debris can easily break windows. Make sure you reinforce doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, and fireplace flues.

4. Have your things ready to go — If you need to leave in a hurry, make sure you’re prepared. Place all your important items in or around one bag. Wallet, cash, cell phone, car keys, first aid kit, a road map to your destination, etc. Keep these sealed in a leak-proof bag or at least a ziplock.

5. Prepare your family — Make sure each family member is aware of how dangerous a hurricane can be.  In the event your family needs to evacuate, you do not want anyone left behind or uninformed.


AND … this amazing company has a Get Light, Give light program for disaster areas. You can use this light in MANY different ways, Camping, Illuminating a pool or hazard, on a car trip…. it is very versatile.   — the editor

About The LuminAID:
The LuminAID is a solar-powered light that packs flat, charges on the go, and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern. Originally designed by two architecture students to provide comfort and safety for victims of an emergency, the LuminAID provides up to sixteen hours of LED light and is rechargeable. weighing just under 3 ounces, it is an ideal light source for recreational use outdoors, emergency aid, or in the home or garden. LuminAID lights have been used all over the world in emergency situations and after disasters.

The LuminAID can be purchased at www.luminaid.com for $19.95.  “Give Light, Get Light” packages are also available.

Stomach Ache- won’t go away?

I love to hike, I’ve drinker water from streams.

I love to eat, I’ve eaten food in sidewalk cafes and from street vendors all over the world…

I bet you may have too.

After 2weeksof mind-bending pain … A blood test reveals I have been exposed to H. Pylori. Good News! Not an ulcer; and Treatments are available.

Read more from Web MD:

What Is H. pylori?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. These germs can enter your body and live in your digestive tract. After many years, they can cause sores, called ulcers, in the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine. For some people, an infection can lead to stomach cancer.

Infection with H. pylori is common. About two-thirds of the world’s population has it in their bodies. For most people, it doesn’t cause ulcers or any other symptoms. If you do have problems, there are medicines that can kill the germs and help sores heal.

As more of the world gets access to clean water and sanitation, fewer people than before are getting the bacteria. With good health habits, you can protect yourself and your children from H. pylori.

The Basics of Peptic Ulcers
How H. pylori Makes You Sick
For decades, doctors thought people got ulcers from stress, spicy foods, smoking, or other lifestyle habits. But when scientists discovered H. pylori in 1982, they found that the germs were the cause of most stomach ulcers.

After H. pylori enters your body, it attacks the lining of your stomach, which usually protects you from the acid your body uses to digest food. Once the bacteria have done enough damage, acid can get through the lining, which leads to ulcers. These may bleed, cause infections, or keep food from moving through your digestive tract.

You can get H. pylori from food, water, or utensils. It’s more common in countries or communities that lack clean water or good sewage systems. You can also pick up the bacteria through contact with the saliva or other body fluids of infected people.

Many people get H. pylori during childhood, but adults can get it, too. The germs live in the body for years before symptoms start, but most people who have it will never get ulcers. Doctors aren’t sure why only some people get ulcers after an infection.

Nonprescription Medicines and Products-Antacids and Acid Reducers

If you have an ulcer, you may feel a dull or burning pain in your belly. It may come and go, but you’ll probably feel it most when your stomach is empty, such as between meals or in the middle of the night. It can last for a few minutes or for hours. You may feel better after you eat, drink milk, or take an antacid.

Other signs of an ulcer include:

Not feeling hungry
Weight loss for no clear reason
Ulcers can bleed into your stomach or intestines, which can be dangerous to your health. Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms:

Stool that is bloody, dark red, or black
Trouble breathing
Dizziness or fainting
Feeling very tired for no reason
Pale skin color
Vomit that has blood or looks like coffee grounds
Severe, sharp stomach pain
It’s not common, but H. pylori infection can cause stomach cancer. The disease has few symptoms at first, such as heartburn. Over time, you may notice:

Belly pain or swelling
Not feeling hungry
Feeling full after you eat just a small amount
Weight loss for no reason
Getting a Diagnosis
If you don’t have symptoms of an ulcer, your doctor probably won’t test you for H. pylori. But if you have them now or have in the past, it’s best to get tested. Medicines like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also damage your stomach lining, so it’s important to find out what’s causing your symptoms so you can get the right treatment.

Drought drives greater household use of gray water

LA TIMES — tells you…. what I hope you are already doing! My trees and bushes and herbs all like my slightly soapy wash water.  You can do it too.


You can capture water in your tub from your shower (don’t trip on the bucket), collect buckets of wash water, reroute your sink dishwasher water…. there are many ways to get your plants watered.

Thanks Marcie for sharing.

Grass – oh I miss it! Synthetic Grass Info

GRASS!! With the  new trend in landscaping – synthetic grass – there are also several claims going around about the health/environmental aspects of this method of landscaping. Synthetic Grass Warehouse (SGW), distribution center and industry experts, is a transparent company that strives to educate the public on the industry since it’s a growing trend and many people have questions.

All I can say is…… have you ever played TAG on a brown, dead lawn? No? Once is quite enough! In California, the golden hills have turned brown, and while this drought cannot last forever….. it’s been a really long time. Our friends have a lovely synthetic lawn, nice to touch, great for kids. A perfect picnic spot. It’s a wonderful choice – when you get a well made non-toxic one – for a busy family. Please read on!   — the editor

Here are some environmental benefits of synthetic grass, as also listed in the infographic below:

  • SGW personally doesn’t use crumb rubber as landscape infill. Instead, they use temperature-regulated coated sand called “Durafill” instead, that causes no harm to the environment or to the body.
  • There is no water required to maintain the turf, which is ideal for drought-stricken states (figures provided in infographic below).
  • No chemicals are required to maintain the turf, which means nothing seeps into the water supply (look at the figures provided in infographic below).
  • There is no mowing or trimming required, which means there is no gas needed to power those tools and no exhaust is emitted (figures provided in infographic below).

Feel free to give me a call with any questions. We just want to educate the public as best as we can since there are so many claims going around. Also, check out “50 Things You Need to Know About Artificial Grass” – an all-inclusive guidebook to all things synthetic grass for more info.

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The Delta and Water

In case you missed it…

Valley Voices June 13, 2015

Esperanza Vielma: Gov. Brown, abandon delta tunnels plan

By Esperanza Vielma in the Fresno Bee

Growers are paying farmworkers to ride buses to serve as props for their pro-delta tunnels campaign

“Pro-tunnels growers decry pollution of rural drinking water — which their pesticides polluted

“We who live and work in the delta need water, fish and farms …

“…My personal perspective leads me to strongly oppose the governor’s massive underground water export tunnels. It saddens me to see huge growers and water exporters using farmworkers’ unemployment to push for even more exports that will doom the delta and our salmon fisheries. These growers don’t care about farmworkers. They exploit chronic unemployment they built into their industrial agriculture to justify ruining delta communities. …

“…It’s not farmers against fish. It’s south Valley corporate agribusiness versus the rest of us. These mega-growers have the political clout to move delta water to their farms. Part of their game is to hide behind farmworkers like my family. It’s time to pull back the mask.

“Esperanza Vielma is a Stockton resident, and executive director for Café Coop, a nonprofit assisting young entrepreneurs in San Joaquin County.”

Read the complete article here:


Restore the Delta is a 20,000-member grassroots organization committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta works to improve water quality so that fisheries and farming can thrive together again in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  www.restorethedelta.org

SOMA and sustainable water filters

Since its launch in September 2013, Soma’s incredible success story and meaningful giveback mission has created an indelible legacy for the brand. By incorporating cause, design, convenience and sustainability, the world’s first 100% sustainable water filter has brought attention to the importance of having a proper water filter at home while simultaneously raising awareness about the need for clean water abroad in developing countries.

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Through Soma’s partnership with charity: water, they have helped launch water projects in 5 different countries and within their first year of business, Soma was able to provide clean drinking water for over 3K people. They hope to meet their goal of donating clean drinking water to one million people in need around the world including countries such as Ethiopia, India and Cambodia.
The “Made to Matter” program is an exciting step in Soma’s brand story and signifies the company’s commitment to making the world a better place. It’s important to Soma to not only provide clean drinking solutions but also to educate consumers and companies alike to live consciously and become more socially responsible. Much like its colleagues in the “Made to Matter” program, Soma is proof that dedication to sustainability and charitable initiatives goes a long way, leading to a better tomorrow.
“We designed Soma to be not just a product, but an experience and one that is unlike that of any other water filter. Soma is truly made to matter. I am very proud of our accomplishments thus far, and we are honored to be a “Made to Matter” brand and equally looking forward to taking this next step with Target.”  –CEO and founder of Soma, Mike Del Ponte
Soma will be available at Target stores on March 22, 2015. For more information about Soma visit Drinksoma.com.
About Made To Matter: The important new platform shines a light on brand leaders of the future and innovators that deliver a positive influence to society as a core part of their business model.
About Soma: Soma is on a mission to improve life for everyone who drinks water, with sustainable, plant-based filters that make water healthy and delicious, beautiful carafes and pitchers, and a convenient filter subscription service. Soma believes everyone deserves clean drinking water, and actively supports organizations dedicated to solving the global water crisis. Soma was founded in 2012 by Mike Del Ponte, it’s Chief Hydration Officer, and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit drinksoma.com.

SPLASSH Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign – Promoting Water Conservation

SPLASSH will use funds to develop an engaging, real-time outreach tool designed for students, citizen scientists, and researchers to share their water projects

Atlanta, GA, June 30, 2014 – SPLASSH (http://splasshdata.meteor.com), an organization that captures and shares information about water collected by students, citizen scientists, and researchers in an effort to better understand the condition of our waterways, today announced the official company launch and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on http://experiment.com.

The raised funds from this campaign will support the development of a gamification feature for SPLASSH that is designed to attract users to share their water projects and recognize them for their contributions.

“Leveraging social networks to connect people and their efforts to work on water sustainability projects together is important to shaping our water future. After all, we’re all connected by water and downstream from one another. I’m excited that Lisa Adams and SPLASSH are engaging youth on this,” said, Alexandra Cousteau, Founder and President, Blue Legacy International, Washington, DC.
“Some of the biggest global challenges that we face involve the sustainable use of water, and the key to water conservation is better understanding the condition of our water, which affects our public health, environment, and economy,” said Lisa G. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University and Director of SPLASSH. “The funds we raise will be used to help harness the untapped workforce that collects vast amounts of information about our waterways. SPLASSH will be the platform that captures and shares valuable information about water that is collected by students, citizen scientists, and researchers. With their help, we can learn more about our blue planet.”
“Valuable water information is often hidden in nooks and crannies in the web or beyond reach in a file cabinet. SPLASSH provides a simple yet powerful tool that frees up that water information so it can be shared, discussed, and leveraged, empowering us to create a more sustainable water future.” – Don McEnhill, Executive Director, Russian Riverkeeper, Healdsburg, CA.
SPLASSH hopes to change the way we think about water and will use part of the funds to attend and present SPLASSH at the American Geophysical Union’s 47th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco this December.

SPLASSH is a socially driven network that crowdsources the condition of our waterways. The mission of SPLASSH is to inspire water conservation through awareness by engaging students, citizen scientists, and researchers to share, discuss, connect, and visually consume information about water. SPLASSH’s goal is to serve as a platform where students, citizen scientists, and researchers can post their water projects, be recognized for their contributions, and connect with other water investigators. SPLASSH is an education and dissemination tool for anyone that wants to share water projects or learn more about the most important resource we have: water.
For more information about SPLASSH, please visit http://experiment.com, look for the SPLASSH campaign, and help SPLASSH tap into the power of the people.

Ban the Bottle – That’s Right SF!

We have given up on soda, we have switched to water…. but we cannot seem to recycle the mountain of bottles and 3/4 of our plastic water bottles end up in landfill. If you look at how many water bottles ARE recycled, it can be quite alarming to  KNOW that it is only a drop in the bucket (so to speak)!

“Given that San Franciscans can access clean and inexpensive water out of our taps, we need to wean ourselves out of our addiction to plastic water bottles,” said David Chiu, the county supervisor who introduced the ordinance. “The bottled water industry spends millions of dollars to undermine the public’s faith in tap water,” said Lauren DeRusha, an organizer with Corporate Accountability International, whose organization worked with San Francisco on the legislation as part of a national campaign to protect public water systems.

water bottles on cart water bottles piles of trash water bottles stacked recycledThe legislation in SF—which applies to bottles 21 ounces or smaller—will become official if signed by Mayor Ed Lee later this month and will be applied only to new leases and permits granted by the city. Exceptions will be made for events in areas with restricted access to public water until October 2016. Footraces and public sporting events will always be exempt, as will special circumstances where public health and safety are of concern.

The development in San Francisco is part of a growing movement to ban the bottle. Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Vermont have prohibited use of public money to buy single-use plastic bottled water. In January 2013, the town of Concord, Mass., stopped sales of any plastic bottled water 34 ounces or smaller within city limits. Dozens of colleges and universities have rid themselves of the bottles in their stores and vending machines. And U.S. national parks, such as Mount Rainier in Washington state, are getting in on the cause as well. Fourteen have already enacted a ban, says DeRusha, who is working on a national effort with Corporate Accountability International.

Related and Interesting! : Water Filtration Book cleans Water to prevent water diseases

A great use of the pesky plastic water bottle: Look at the Plastiki boat! 

Stop Waste’s Business Efficiency Awards 2014

Jim Foley, Greater Bay Area region president at Wells Fargo and vice chair at the East Bay Economic Development Alliance addressed an audience of local leaders at Stop Waste’s Business Efficiency Awards 2014 held at Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif.

The event, which was sponsored by Wells Fargo, recognized local businesses for their efforts to reduce waste and lead local environmental change. Each awardee had the chance to accept their award and briefly explain the reason behind the change.
Congratulations to the 2014 award winners!
Company City Award
America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company Oakland Waste Reduction Excellence in Food Processing
traX Berkeley Excellence in Eco Social Media Innovation
The Sacred Wheel Oakland Waste Reduction Excellence by a Restaurant
The Home Depot Several Waste Reduction Excellence by a Building Material Supplier
Kaiser Permanente  Livermore Waste Reduction Excellence in Commercial Property Management
South Shore Center Alameda Waste Reduction Excellence in Commercial Property Management
Carriage House Apartments Fremont Waste Reduction Excellence at a Multi-family Property
Reliance Metalcenter Union City Waste Reduction Excellence in Manufacturing
Recology Grover Environmental Products Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
Republic Services Newby Island Compost Facility  Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
WM EarthCare Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
Zero Net Energy Center, IBEW and NECA Electrical Training San Leandro Energy Efficiency Excellence in Commercial Construction and Operations
About StopWaste
StopWaste is a public agency responsible for reducing the waste stream in Alameda County. They help cities, businesses, schools, and residents reduce waste through source reduction and recycling, market development, technical assistance and public education. Stop Waste’s vision is that by 2020, less than 10% of Alameda County’s trash will be readily recyclable or compostable. Check out their website, there are guides, info and events! – editor
Our commitment to our environment 
At Wells Fargo, we believe those of us who can, should lead positive environmental change and we embrace that responsibility. We foster and fund entrepreneurial ideas for new and emerging clean technologies with leading universities and incubator programs. We are investing in nonprofits focused on sustainable agriculture and forestry, land conservation and water resources, habitat and urban ecosystem restoration, green infrastructure, and environmental education.