NEWS WORTH NOTING: Report: Stormwater capture in California: Innovative policies and funding opportunities; New white paper on Arts & Culture in water communications; Weekly water and climate report: Wildfires increasing in the West

Stormwater Capture in California: Innovative Policies and Funding Opportunities

From the Pacific Institute:

Stormwater has traditionally been managed to mitigate flooding and protect water quality. However, its potential as a local water supply has gained recent attention in water-stressed areas. As climate change increases the risk of both floods and droughts in California, urban stormwater capture also offers a significant opportunity to enhance community resilience. Moreover, stormwater capture, especially when done with green infrastructure, can improve air quality, provide habitat, and reduce energy use, among other benefits.

State agencies have made major efforts to support stormwater capture, from adopting statewide stormwater use goals to clarifying the regulatory framework and dedicating funds for green infrastructure and multi-benefit stormwater projects. This report presents a summary of regulations, laws, and statewide initiatives that create the legal framework for stormwater capture in California. In addition, the report explores examples of successful stormwater programs, initiatives, and funding schemes from communities in California and beyond that directly and indirectly support stormwater capture and use. It concludes with a set of recommendations to overcome obstacles and expand stormwater capture in the state.

  • Read the Executive Summary here.
  • Read the full report here.

New white paper on Arts & Culture in water communications

The  US Water Alliance has just issued a new white paper on integrating arts and culture into sustainable water management.  As creative thinkers and doers, artists can be powerful partners to water leaders seeking to reimagine traditional approaches to water planning and management, and connect with communities in new ways.

The report highlights the opportunities for arts and culture strategies to advance sustainable, integrated, and inclusive water management. The blueprint presents a framework that can demonstrate the myriad ways in which arts and culture strategies can be effective, focused on seven strategies for how arts and culture can:

  1. Help people understand and connect to water;
  2. Inform water resource planning with new perspectives;
  3. Engage communities in participatory processes;
  4. Build bridges across different sectors and stakeholder groups;
  5. Mitigate the disruptive effect of construction projects;
  6. Integrate water infrastructure into the fabric of a community; and
  7. Support community activism.

A copy is here: http://uswateralliance.org/sites/uswateralliance.org/files/publications/uswa_artsculture_FINAL_PAGES_RGB_0.PDF

Weekly water and climate report: Wildfires increasing in the West

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center there are currently 51 active large fires burning over 450,000 acres involving 7,500 firefighting personnel in the U.S.

Alaska has the majority of the active wildfires, with 29 large fires burning more than 170,000 acres.  The Top of the World Fire in Alaska is pictured at left.

In most of the contiguous West, extreme temperatures and drought conditions have the fire danger placed at a High to Severe level.  The Pawnee Fire in northern California has had the largest impact this week, causing thousands to evacuate, burning 22 buildings, and prompting the Governor to declare a state of emergency for the area.

Click here to read the report.

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