Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Double whammy

Hurricane Harvey shows how we underestimate flooding risks in coastal cities, UC Irvine scientists say

People walk through floodwater Sunday in Houston. (THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images

Washington Post

Washington Post

In a new study, scientists from UC Irvine have pointed out the importance of addressing both terrestrial flooding and surging ocean waters at once — and they've come up with a method. They evaluated flood risks for three coastal cities — San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. — because coastal monitoring data suggested a particularly strong relationship between ocean and river flooding.

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Coalition forms to protect threatened salmon runs

San Francisco Chronicle

A coalition of government agencies and advocates for sustainable fisheries came together Tuesday to launch a long-term effort to save California's beleaguered salmon populations in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems. The Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership will include 21 members seeking to study, develop and fund projects to restore and protect vital habitats.

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Planting rice will help sinking Delta, scientists say

Water Deeply

The Central Valley is no stranger to subsidence. But unlike other areas that are sinking due to overpumping of groundwater, the Delta's subsidence is a force of nature. Medium-grain rice was planted here in 2009 as a research project to see if rice could help the Delta survive the impacts of subsidence. The results have yielded both good and bad news.

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