With Day Zero Looming, Cape Town Searches for Solutions

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re well aware that Cape Town is facing an absolute national disaster. The metro area, which is home to about four million people, is facing a drought so severe that “Day Zero” is looming: a day when there will be no fresh water left. Several weeks ago, Day Zero was going to occur in April, but now with strict water-saving measures, it’s been pushed back to June 4th, 2018. As ...

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The Clean Water Rule: Repeal or Revise

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In February, the Trump administration issued an executive order to review the Clean Water Rule of 2015. The Clean Water Rule, also called “Waters of the United States,” regulates which bodies of water are Federally protected. These protected bodies of water are used for any variety of reasons: drinking, farming, industry, and recreation.

The initial purpose of the Clean Water Rule

The aim of the Clean Water Rule was to save time and reduce costs and confusion in regards to projects, ...

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Hydrological year – Average Precipitation across the Country

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A hydrological year, or water year, runs from October 1st of one year, to September 30th of the following. It’s how precipitation is measured when a climate says they receive X amount of precipitation annually. As an example, Seattle receives an average of 37.49 inches of precipitation annually. However, that’s obviously an average.

With the West coast of the US getting massive rain storms these past few months, and the snowstorms that have pounded the East coast, I thought ...

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Oroville Dam: Aging Infrastructure. Where’s the Preventative Maintenance?

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Maintaining old, aging infrastructure is difficult. This was shown to be true recently in the Oroville dam incident this past week.

The Dam Emergency

The dam, located near Sacramento, California is the tallest in the nation. With the influx of heavy rains, dam operators decided to use the concrete main spillway to avoid an overflow of the dam on February 7th. However, while the water was rushing over the spillway, a crater suddenly developed below the spillway. The ...

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Is California in a wetter place?

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It’s not news that California has been in a drought for the past several years.

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. In the last 30 days San Francsico has gotten 8.65 inches of precipitation – 4 inches over the “average” month total for January. January 2015 was shocking with literally no precipitation at all. The previous two years before that wasn’t much better.

San Diego? It’s gotten 3 inches this past month, a full inch more ...

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