California’s Key Step Toward Sustainable Groundwater Management

California Department of Water Resources

Image: logo of California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR)

Critically overdrafted groundwater basins are required to submit groundwater sustainability plans to the state by January 31, 2020 that outline how the basins will reach sustainability over the next 20 years

Local agencies representing 19 of the state’s most stressed groundwater basins are required to submit plans to the state by midnight tonight on how they will manage their basins to … [more…]

How Is the Netherlands Preparing for Sea Level Rise?

How Is the Netherlands Preparing for Sea Level Rise?

Illustration: a “floodable park” helps drain rising waters, such as stormwater, from surrounding areas.

Floodable parks, salty lettuce, and other tools for a soggy planet

As sea levels rise, people with expertise in keeping water at bay are going to become very popular. Many of them will likely be Dutch. The Netherlands has been constructing flood barriers for centuries and added a massive network of dams and levees after a … [more…]

Here Comes the Sea: The Struggle to Keep the Ocean out of California’s Coastal Aquifers

Here Comes the Sea: The Struggle to Keep the Ocean out of California’s Coastal Aquifers

photo: The Watsonville, California, recycled water facility, completed in 2009, purifies wastewater from the city of Watsonville for use by farmers in the Pajaro Valley. Using recycled water instead of groundwater prevents the Pacific Ocean from spoiling coastal aquifers with salt. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue

Farm districts preserve fresh groundwater with recycled wastewater

Driving on the world-famous Route 1, just south of town, a traveler looking … [more…]