Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Nature's wrath

Sudden, unstoppable and deadly: Southern California mudslides bring destruction — with nowhere to hide

BEFORE AND AFTER: Highway 101 in SoCal flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek. KGO San Francisco

KGO San Francisco

Los Angeles Times

In a place so dry for so much of the year, it’s difficult to imagine how a sudden downpour can drown entire communities in a sea of mud, water and debris. But that’s what happened early Tuesday. Just weeks after the largest wildlife on record in California burned to the edge of Montecito, an intense downpour turned the charred ground to liquid and raced downhill, destroying everything in its path and killing at least 15 people.


New PPIC issue briefs for water, climate change

Public Policy Institute of California

Major change at the federal level and increasing pressure from demographic and economic forces are pushing California into uncharted territory. Wide-ranging critical issues, including water and climate change, are prompting state leaders to rethink California’s role in national and global communities. Here's a look at the state’s most pressing long-term policy challenges.


7 big ideas for sustainable management of water

U.S. Water Alliance

Insights from the U.S. Water Alliance Listening Sessions have been synthesized into seven big ideas for the sustainable management of water in the United States. These ideas are not a comprehensive set of solutions to all our water challenges. They are practical solutions, focused on policy and decision-making, to positively change how we manage our water resources and infrastructure.