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  • Preparation for El Niño and Future Drought

    by | Aug 14, 2015 | No Comments
    If all goes as predicted, El Niño may have the capacity to strongly impact California in the form of large storms and heavy flooding, it is important to be ready for a worst case scenario. Although this storm is projected to possibly end the current state-wide drought, it still doesn’t address how we need to prepare for future droughts.

    The City of Los Angeles’s Stormwater Program has some tips on how to prepare for El Niño: www.lastormwater.org/blog/2015/08/preparing-for-el-nino-and-el-monstruo/

    Setting El Niño aside, the Los Angeles area is prone to periods of drought, it is imperative to create landscapes that are able to capture and store as much rainwater and runoff as possible, whether it’s rain from a few small storms or a devastating El Niño.

    The best way to capture water is through passive rainwater harvesting in the form of swales and rain gardens. To see a great example of a passive rainwater system, check out the Crescent Farm at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

    Rain barrels and cisterns are an additional active rainwater harvesting option to capture and store even more rain in preparation for drier times.

    Even if El Niño brings as much rain as expected, preparation for our current and future droughts needs to start now.

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