Archive Tag: Water

California needs is a water infrastructure vulnerability assessment that includes dams, aqueducts and coastal aquifers. This assessment must be used to develop a priority list for retrofits and construction.
Hector Amezcua

California has seen an unusual winter with increased storm activity in both its Northern and Southern regions. This has raised an alarm for the state’s dated-infrastructure as is the case with the unfolding situation of Oroville Dam. In an Op-Ed for the Sacramento Bee, Alex Hall, UCLA atmospheric and oceanic professor, and Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and Read more

The California Department of Water Resources stopped the spillway flow on Thursday morning to allow engineers to evaluate the integrity of the structure after water had been released at 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) through the night. There is no imminent or expected treat to public safety or the integrity of Oroville Dam at the Butte County site. After conferring with State and federal dam safety entitles, DWR decided to increase the release volume to 35,000 cfs to help operators absorb the inflow of the storm waters expected today and Friday. More erosion is also expected.
Photo taken February 9, 2017. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources KELLY M. GROW/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

Mark Gold, UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, sat down with KPCC’s Take Two to discuss the Oroville Dam and the role of climate change in the future of infrastructure. Gold leads the university’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which aims to achieve 100% renewable energy and 100% locally sourced water, while enhancing ecosystem  Read more

The San Gabriel River leads into the Pacific Ocean at Alamitos Bay in Long Beach.

A week of persistent storm weather throughout California has prompted celebration amongst environmentalists and concerned citizens alike, who hope that the rain will mark an end to California’s drought. However, in a recent interview with KPCC, Mark Gold—the Associate Vice Read more

In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. More than 40 percent of California has emerged from a punishing drought that covered the whole state a year ago, federal drought-watchers said Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 a stunning transformation caused by an unrelenting series of storms in the North that filled lakes, overflowed rivers and buried mountains in snow. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

After a week of heavy rain in California, government and academic water experts including UCLA’s Daniel Swain—a graduate fellow whose weather blog has been a closely watched chronicle of the drought—are showing 42 percent of the state free from drought. This represents a Read more