California's Getting Creative on Adapting to Drought

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By Whitney Reynier

California cities are typically “designed…on the promise of nearly endless water,” but with much of the state facing recurrent and severe drought conditions, it may be time to start thinking adaptation.

KQED Science, a program of National Public Radio (NPR), recently covered different methods of creating drought-adapted Californian cities. Some ideas are well-known and have already been implemented with high success, including investing in drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water use, and installing green infrastructure and water entrapment features (e.g., bioswales and rain barrels) to capture what little precipitation does fall. Other ideas trend to the futuristic, including multi-function buildings that harvest water from fog and are adapted to survive inundation from sea level rise.

Check out the article to learn more about the hot (no pun intended) topics of water efficiency and protecting and enhancing local water provisioning sources!