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…]

Lame Duck Fallout in Michigan

Lame Duck Fallout

What a group of last-minute laws mean for Michigan’s environment

Four bills state legislators passed during its lame duck session have transformed Michigan’s environmental policy.

One sweeping new law prevents the state from enacting environmental standards that are stricter than federal standards, except in certain cases. Another rolled back wetlands regulations. A third made it harder for state regulators to react to scientific developments when measuring hazardous contamination. A fourth … [more…]

PARCHED: Climate change and growth are pushing Colorado toward a water crisis

photo: Russian thistle (AKA tumbleweed) where there was a water reservoir. PARCHED: Climate change and growth are pushing Colorado toward a water crisis

Russian thistle in a former reservoir along the Colorado River in Hite, October 2018. (Photo by John Herrick)

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s water plan has been big on collaboration, but short on action. He’ll leave the toughest decisions to his successor.

Colorado had plenty of reasons to worry about water by the time it elected John Hickenlooper in 2010.

The state was in its 11th year of drought. The health of … [more…]

Water World: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods and Storm Surges

Water World: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods and Storm Surges

Photo: The salt marshes of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi are very vulnerable to sea level rise. Using an integrated “system of systems” approach represents a paradigm shift in modeling and understanding the dynamics of the coastal land margin. Credit: Matthew V. Bilskie, Louisiana State University

The coastal land margin of the United States has seen numerous extreme events of historical proportions in just the first two … [more…]