Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

The big drop

As drought-desperate state sinks, the risk of flood rises

Participants secure a tarp to an incline with the use of sandbags and stakes during an annual flood-fighting training course in preparation for possible winter flooding in the Duck Slough area off West Sandy Mush Road in Merced. ANDREW KUHN / Merced Sun-Star

Merced Sun-Star

PBS Newshour & Merced Sun-Star

The state is sinking — and sinking fast. Some parts of California are settling lower at a rate of about 2 inches a month, according to a report NASA released last month. This sinking is increasing the flood risk in the Central Valley, which is desperate for water. Meanwhile, keeping skills fresh for a potential flood was the goal of a training event Wednesday for several Valley agencies. Filling a sandbag is not as easy as it may seem.


Scientists question report on Delta twin tunnels

Stockton Record

An independent team of scientists renewed its criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan this week, saying that the massive documents justifying the project are "incomplete and opaque." The scientists questioned a previous version of the plan. The latest version is better, they said, but many of the same problems remain.


Using tech to reshape our relationship with water

KPCC Los Angeles

Researchers tell us Californians need to get used to drought. Add to that as many as 9 million more people by 2040, and California's traditional water supplies will become increasingly taxed and unreliable. Technology will save us … right? Learn more at an Oct. 20 forum that will explore the potential and possible limitations of technological innovation.

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