Every year, 860 billion gallons of untreated sewage enter the United States’ waterways – enough to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania with waste one-inch deep. Investment in the nation’s stormwater and wastewater infrastructure has failed to keep up with demand, falling by one-third since its 1975 peak. This study asserts that building new water infrastructure is essential to the health of ecosystems and communities. The authors suggest that the United States is in a unique position to carry out water infrastructure solutions that address social equity issues as well as current and future environmental concerns through green infrastructure.
In January 2020, California state agencies released a draft document meant to signify a new chapter in California water: the Water Resilience Portfolio. The Portfolio was developed in response to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order (N-10-19), which called for a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system for the 21st century.
This comment letter conveys summary comments and suggestions on the draft Water Resilience Portfolio released by California state agencies, drawing on the considerable experience Pacific Institute has around themes of water efficiency, stormwater management, and the Salton Sea.
It’s almost biblical: Apocalyptic images of fires sweeping through communities. The worst droughts in recorded history, followed by floods overwhelming dams and levees. Homeless encampments. Power outages for millions of people.
The first fall storm is rolling through the San Francisco Bay Area this week, marking the beginning of the rainy season. While this may mean a reprieve from this season’s wildfires, it also means there’s a new risk: floods. In this post, I dig into the issue of urban flooding – what are the causes, what are the dangers and impacts, and how can we better manage it?
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