How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

Photo: Eric Thayer for The New York Times

California is one of America’s marvels. By moving vast quantities of water and suppressing wildfires for decades, the state has transformed its arid and mountainous landscape into the richest, most populous and bounteous place in the nation.

But now, those same feats have given California a new and unwelcome category of superlatives.

This year is the state’s worst wildfire season on record. … [more…]

The Time is Now to Invest in Western Water Infrastructure

The Time is Now to Invest in Western Water Infrastructure

Commentary: The coronavirus crisis reminds those of us in the water world of the importance of the systems which sustain us.

Our water systems are among the very most important. The need for effective planning, preparation and implementation of water policy and infrastructure is critical, as we manage the engines which drive our economy, our health and our safety. It is most certainly a primary focus of the Western water … [more…]

5 major trends impacting the Water industry in the next decade

5 major trends impacting the Water industry in the next decade

The Water Industry is set to embrace several changes in the coming years due to rapid urbanisation, severe climate changes, rising customer demands and emerging digital technologies. These changes will present businesses with a complex set of challenges that could be worth addressing in order to stay competitive within the industry.

Can such challenges be turned into opportunities that benefit businesses, customers and the environment? We think yes. We highlight … [more…]

SEI scientist receives prestigious award for water analysis

Photo: SEI scientist receives prestigious award for water analysis

Photo: SEI Senior Scientist Charles Young and Stantec Principal Engineer Andy Draper receive the Fisher Award at the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum. Photo: Stacy Tanaka

SEI’s Charles Young and Stantec’s Andy Draper won for their work on the Sacramento Water Allocation Model.

SEI Senior Scientist Charles Young and Stantec Principal Engineer Andy Draper received the prestigious Hugo B. Fisher Award this week for their work on an unprecedented … [more…]

Water Must Drive City Planning

Water Must Drive City Planning

Six of the ten largest US cities are located in the arid southwest region. Would that be the case if water availability had influenced land use planning a century ago? The predicted scale of future urban growth means that land use planning and regional growth plans simply must consider where people’s water will come from.

Urban planners must take water availability into account when considering new developments.

Keeping up with … [more…]