One of the first things that should be done by the city of Sacramento to prepare for climate change, as this article in the Sacramento Bee calls for, is to build Auburn Dam as the predictions of extreme weather include much more rainfall in the American River Watershed—as we noted in an earlier post—threatening Sacramento with massive flooding.
An excerpt from today’s Bee article.
“In my 12 years as a professional basketball player in the NBA, I learned a lot about resilience. You lose a tough game one night, and find a way to come back strong and win the next. Resilience is a quality you have to develop with your team, and as mayor of Sacramento, it’s now a key priority for my city.
“There is a new movement emerging in cities, towns, and counties to become more resilient and able to bounce back from serious disruptions and disasters. If you look at the past two years, it’s not hard to see why.
“Virtually no community in America has been untouched by a major storm, hurricane or flood, a major power outage, a scorching heat wave or a withering drought.
“More frequent extreme weather, fueled by a changing climate, has cost us untold lives and a staggering $188 billion in 2011-12. And it has arrived on top of devastating job losses and economic recession.
“Local governments were on the front lines in these challenges, and we can’t afford to ignore them. That’s why one of the most important questions for any mayor in 2013 is: How resilient is my community?
“With extreme weather on the rise, how do we protect the elderly and other vulnerable populations, as well as our businesses and infrastructure? When the inevitable swings in energy prices return, how can we lessen the impact? With our economic recovery still uncertain, how can we strengthen and diversify our local economy?”