Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

It adds up

Could recurring problems compromise safety of dams?

Inspection reports for all 93 dams. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

When it comes to inspecting dams, California is second to none. Getting dam owners to fix those flaws quickly is another matter. Cracked concrete. Plugged drains. Unchecked tree and brush growth. Broken outlet valves. These are some of the problems that have gone uncorrected for years at California dams in spite of being flagged repeatedly by inspectors from the state Department of Water Resources. The Bee analyzed 93 dam inspection reports.

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Southland ‘like a war zone’ amid raging wildfires

Washington Post

Wildfires continued to ravage Southern California for a fifth day today, with growing blazes and new fires sending rivers of flames through communities and injuring several people. The largest of the fires spread across more than 200 square miles and crept toward Santa Barbara, while a new blaze in San Diego County grew quickly and dangerously, forcing a new round of evacuations.

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Santa Cruz innovators track stormwater for cities

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Taxpayers may not realize it, but they foot the bill as their city or county complies with new state regulations to improve the health of local streams and waterways. Nicole Beck, a UC Santa Cruz alum with a doctorate in aquatic chemistry, is marrying science and software to help city and county staff get information to make better decisions on where to focus their limited resources.

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