Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zeroing out

Some agencies say 'no' to water cuts despite drought

Long Beach and the Coachella Valley Water District say they've "zeroed out" — in effect they have identified enough water to meet anticipated demand down to the last gallon. Many other water agencies across the state are expected to similarly zero out.

KPCC Pasadena

Municipal water agencies across California were required to report to state officials by midnight Wednesday on whether they have enough water to withstand three more years of drought. If they don't, a new state conservation plan requires them to calculate how much they need to start saving to meet anticipated demand. Officials with the State Water Resources Control Board are calling it a "stress test." But what if many of the state's 400-plus local water agencies don't find much stress?


U.S. water utilities not prepared for catastrophe

Circle of Blue

A "black sky" event — such as an earthquake, infrequent but debilitating — would be beyond the capacity of current emergency response, according to a National Infrastructure Advisory Council report on the U.S. water sector's resilience to natural disaster and cyberattack. The NIAC analyzed five scenarios in its 212-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, and will meet Friday in Los Angeles to finalize the recommendations.


Fire danger swells as tree die-off hits 66 million

San Francisco Chronicle

The California drought is carving an unprecedented path of ruin through Sierra forests. Using aerial surveys that revealed stark bands of browning trees amid once-healthy green forests, the U.S. Forest Service estimated Wednesday that at least 26 million trees died between October and May, bringing the total statewide die-off to 66 million trees since 2010.

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