Maybe California and NY need some of the Dutch Water Expertise?

 

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA's campus

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA’s campus

 – Associate Professor, CSU Channel Islands – just returned to the states to find a raft of stories from the past few days/weeks about the challenges California is facing. Some of these are drought-driven, but all are at least partly related to poor management of California’s water infrastructure and the general failure to make larger society-wide investments in their water management systems.

  1. A Northern California dam is under repair after it cracked Sunday and prompted nearby residents to panic as officials issued a flash-flood warning.
    California’s hydrological infrastructure and poor drought planning/management is showing its age and lack of foresight. On top of the drought and flash flood warnings over the past few days, we are seeing dams crack (as in this story), major pipelines bust (freeing ~1 days worth of water for the City of Los Angeles flowing through UCLA’s North Campus over the course of a few hours), and the state freeing local water districts to fine residents up to $500 per event for wasteful outdoor water use.
  2. August 13, 2014 – Record Rainfall flood New York’s RoadsA huge amount of rain fell in Islip, on Long Island, flooding the Southern State Parkway and forcing motorists to abandon their cars.

A huge amount of rain fell in Islip, on Long Island, flooding the Southern State Parkway and forcing motorists to abandon their cars.

The massive rains that hit the New York area Wednesday caused significant flooding in Suffolk County, east of New York City. The rainfall was record-setting. In less than 24 hours, 13.27 inches of rain had fallen at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, in Suffolk County, shattering a daily rainfall record in the state of New York. The previous record during a 24-hour period — 11.6 inches — was measured near Tarrytown in Westchester County during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

So much rain fell during such a short time that the region’s roadways were inundated. Numerous drivers had to abandon their cars or wait for rescue workers to lend an assist. The flooding completely shut down whole swaths of the road system and made the morning commute a mess for lots of motorists.

 

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