Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Bone dry, again

Time to start worrying about another drought? Not yet

Two new studies from The University of Texas at Austin have significantly improved scientists’ ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Niña. UNIVERSITY of TEXAS

Sacramento Bee

December has been bone dry in California, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much wetter by the time 2018 rolls around. With no rain or snow in the immediate forecast, it looks like December will be “kind of a bust." Still, climate experts and hydrologists say it’s way too early to sound the alarm about a new drought. Thanks to a wetter-than-usual November, total precipitation in Northern California is actually close to average for this time of year.


Santa Monica prepares to eliminate water imports

Water Deeply

The worst drought in California’s history ended in April, but one city isn’t backing down on water conservation. Santa Monica is proceeding as if the drought were still underway, and the city still requires residents to meet water conservation targets. Dean Kubani, Santa Monica’s chief sustainability officer, talks about the goal of becoming completely self-sufficient in water by 2020.


Sea level rise could swamp coastal sewage plants

According to a new assessment of U.S. sewage treatment plants, the next 1 foot of sea level rise would affect more than 1.5 million people in California, New York and Virginia. Using a national database of wastewater treatment facilities, researchers from UC Berkeley flagged those whose locations and elevations made them vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding.