RIO VISTA, CALIFORNIA, USA – NOVEMBER 1, 2009: Dennis Baldocchi, a biogeochemist at the University of California walks along some of the seepage from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta on Sherman Island pasture near Rio Vista, California. The land that his family farmed for three generations is sinking—further below sea level each year. Image Source: Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images
What’s Keeping California’s Engineers And Economists Up At Night? It’s Not The Drought
In spite of California’s historic drought, it is water that keeps engineers, economists and state planners awake at night, says Wired. Indeed, California’s plumbing is in a state of disrepair, with its network of levees essentially amounting to “mounds of dirt,” even when compared to those which failed New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Experts note that if enough water were to breach the levees, sea water from the Bay area would rush in and damage the water supply that serves two-thirds of California, translating to three years of further water restrictions in the Golden State. Learn more about the levees and how their failure can affect you—yes, you—at Wired.