Thursday, May 28, 2009

Patt Morrison for Fri, May 29


Friday, May 29, 2009 



1:00 - 1:40

Stop That Drip!
They're here, and if you get your water from the Department of Water and Power, you'd better pay attention!  New mandatory water conservation measures aiming to cut LA water use by 15% become effective on Monday, as southern California faces a water supply shortage for the third year in a row, If households cut consumption, their water bills may actually reduce, but if they don't, bills will increase, depending on usage. Sounds simple, but questions still abound: How can you avoid a rate increase? Do the rules cover drip irrigation? How will the DWP monitor your usage? Can your neighbors rat on you? David Nahai, DWP's CEO and head water cop, answers them all.



David Nahai, CEO & general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power



1:40 -  2:00 

Green-friendly Green Thumbs

Don’t worry folks, just because we are in a drought doesn’t mean that we can’t have beautiful gardens! California is in a drought and Los Angeles has water rationing starting June 1, but we're fighting it with green-friendly green-thumbs. The state has produced website after website that not only provide lists of “water-friendly” plants but has also set up a system of rebates for business and home owners that retrofit their landscapes to be water-wise. Will this trend catch on? Or are Californians too concerned with cinematically green gardens to make the switch?



Lili Singer, Special Projects Coordinator

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, Inc.


 2:00  – 2:40 




2:40  –  3:00

Science Like the back of Your Hand

Bacteria have colonized us inside and out and, a new study shows, that might not be such a bad thing. In fact, it may be what keeps our bodies functioning properly. The journal Science publishes a new study today that illuminates this understudied area and lays some groundwork for a $115 million NIH venture, the Human Microbiome Project, aimed at cataloging the bacteria and organisms on our skin. What’s on you and why should you be happy?





Julia Segre, senior author of the Science study and a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute

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