This is great news for an area suffering a prolonged drought, however accessing this water in a financially sensible way and safeguarding it from possible contamination from oil and gas activities will be challenging
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Napa Valley region on Sunday and injured at least 172 people. The earthquake left many cracked roads, damaged buildings, and broken wine bottles. The earthquake was the largest to hit the California Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Safety inspectors have been working around the clock to check on the health of the area’s infrastructure.
According to a recent state report, California's levee system appears to be vulnerable to earthquakes or other natural disasters. Despite recent remediation efforts, about $40 billion would be required to make the aging levee network comply with current standards.
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was completed in 2013, took 12 years to build and cost $6.4 billion. It is the largest and most ambitious public works project in California history, in large part because it is designed to withstand a massive earthquake. Since shortly before its completion, however, the bridge has been plagued with questions about its sturdiness.
Last week Caltrans revealed that 120 of the 400 galvanized steel rods that anchor the bridges tower to its foundation are in leaky sleeves flooded with saltwater. This presents a key vulnerability in the event of a large earthquake.