DR. GEETA PERSAD: Climate change and the future of California’s water

Climate change is already transforming California’s water cycle, putting stress on the state’s rigidly engineered water infrastructure as well as our unique ecosystems. Current water management strategies will need to be fundamentally rethought as climate change depletes the state’s natural snowpack storage, concentrates rainfall into increasingly extreme events, brings salty ocean water farther inland, and dries out vegetation and soils. […]

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DECISION SCALING: A risk management approach in Delta water supply vulnerability

Planning for future conditions has always involved uncertainty, but the additional uncertainty imposed by a changing climate means new approaches are needed for exploring system vulnerabilities and potential adaptation responses. At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Andrew Schwarz, Supervising Engineer for the Delta Stewardship Council, gave this presentation describing a relatively new approach to handling uncertainty in climate […]

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STATE OF THE ESTUARY CONFERENCE: Agency officials speak to resilience and water policy in keynote addresses

DWR Director Grant Davis, State Board member Steve Moore, and SFPUC’s Steven Ritchie address conference attendees Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership holds the State of the Estuary conference, focusing on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The 13th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference was held October 10-11, 2017 at the Scottish […]

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Building resilient landscapes into flood protection and infrastructure projects

Integrated approaches are the great challenge, but also the best hope In the Bay Area, preparing for climate change impacts is one of several drivers leading flood protection agencies to pursue nature-based flood management practices.  As agencies prepare to replace aging infrastructure, the next generation of flood protection can be designed to dampen the impacts of climate change, increase ecosystem […]

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The End of Wastewater: Sustainable infrastructure for an urban estuary

The end of the pipe solution means ending the pipe, says Dr. David Sedlak, but he warns newer wastewater treatment processes do present challenges Increasing demands for water in recent years have led to a greater appreciation of the value of municipal wastewater as a source of water, resources and energy. Coinciding with this change in attitude, much of the […]

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