Since late December, California has faced historic levels of rain and snow that have flooded roads and homes and cut out power to millions. In a recent Bloomberg article, “Storms Show California’s Outdated Plumbing Puts Economy at Risk,” authors Karen Breslau, Mark Chediak and Kim Chipman examine how the state’s “systems of dams and aqueducts, heralded as engineering marvels in the last century, are contributing to current problems.”
“The atmospheric rivers that have swept over the state — claiming at least 19 lives and dumping 24 trillion gallons of rain since December… [have] shown one of California’s key infrastructure shortcomings as climate change intensifies weather extremes,” they write. “The state’s outdated water system, designed and built between the 1930s and 1970s, makes it difficult in the current era to capture, store and convey water California needs to remain the dominant U.S. agricultural and economic power.”
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