climate-water disconnects


Water Bond Blunders: It’s Time for California to Stop Looking to the Past and Start Planning for the Future

, climate scientist

For decades, California has been known as an economic and environmental leader. Now, in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record, California needs to start applying some of that innovation and leadership to our water challenges. Read more >

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High and Dry: Reservoir Levels Tell Only Half the Story, Leaving California Dry as Drought Continues

, climate scientist

You’ve probably heard about the California drought by now. If you live in California, it’s hard to hear about anything else. Unfortunately, the drought may be even worse than we realize, because the way we often measure water supply doesn’t consider future water availability. By relying on measurements of current reservoir levels, agencies in charge of water distribution are missing an important part of the water supply picture, leaving their customers vulnerable to longer and more severe droughts.

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A Dam Waste: Outdated Reservoir Rules Dump Water During Drought

, climate scientist

Last year, California’s drought task force toured the parched state, visiting sites impacted by the record dry conditions. At Lake Mendocino, a reservoir located in the northern part of the state, they saw bathtub rings and beached docks, evidence of drastically reduced water levels. Therefore, it should be surprising that billions of gallons of water were released from the reservoir during the drought to comply with outdated flood control rules. Read more >

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A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: How the Bay Bridge Was Rebuilt Without Considering Climate Change

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently released a report identifying infrastructure vulnerable to climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area. It should be surprising that topping the list was the brand new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ramp, which connects Oakland to the new span of the Bay Bridge. Read more >

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