Tag: the drought

A drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, resulting in prolonged shortages in its waters supply, whether atmospheric, surface or ground water. A drought can last for months or years, or may be declared after as few as 15 days. It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region. Although droughts can persist for several years, even a short, intense drought can cause significant damage and harm to the local economy.

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

We wanted rain, and we’ve got rain. Along with flooding in some parts of California, though, the rain has brought other unexpected consequences. Our trees are falling over.

As reported here, the drought has killed more than a hundred million trees throughout the state and has weakened many more; officials estimate

A Renewed Battle Cry Over Water

A Renewed Battle Cry Over Water

President Obama recently signed a $10 billion bill that authorizes various water projects across the country. Two that have gotten the most attention are helping Flint, MI, recover from the lead-tainted drinking water debacle earlier this year ($170 million authorized), and providing relief to some of the people affected by the

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

The rolling landscape of Scott County, MN, is rural but not particularly remote. “That area is farm country, and the Minnesota River goes through the entire area. On the top of the bluffs it’s farmland, but at the river, the elevation drops about 200 feet in 800 feet,” says Paul

Power Security

Power Security

As described by the US Department of Energy (DOE), microgrids are localized grids that can disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously, help mitigate grid disturbances for faster system response and recovery, and strengthen grid resilience.

Fighting Fire With (Prescribed) Fire

Fighting Fire With (Prescribed) Fire

We write a lot in Erosion Control about the effects of wildfires on soil and about how to prevent erosion after a fire removes vegetation. It’s the cover story of our June issue, in fact. An article from our November/December 2015 issue discusses how the policy—common in the US since the early

A State of Conservation: Making Drought Measures Permanent

A State of Conservation: Making Drought Measures Permanent

The drought is far from over. Nearly 90% of the state of California “remains in moderate drought or worse,” despite extra precipitation in northern California this winter, says the Associated Press. And according to California’s policymakers, it’s time for the state to transition from short-term emergency measures to a permanent

Governor Brown Issues Order to Continue Water Savings as Drought Persists

Governor Brown Issues Order to Continue Water Savings as Drought Persists

Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities, and bans on clearly wasteful

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