LA Water Supply in Danger From the Station Fire?
I've been monitoring the LA Station Fire from afar these past days (week or so), its amazing what one can "see" from the Internet with a little GoogleEarth and Weather Underground (www.WunderGround.com ). Those of us with a bent toward earth science in the modern times watch these things. Year over year drought, watershed over-taxing, and coupled to mass urban sprawl, and all...
Once the threat to the sub-divisions just east and over the mountains from Burbank subsided, its amazing how fast The Today Show and company pulled up camp and moved on to better ratings generating subject material. The human tragedy stories from the Middle East sure pull on the American heart strings, especially the ones about women's rights. Yes, it does make one feel good to know the heart warming stories covered by our US media from half way around the globe ratings trump anything going on locally. Well. Unless its the once in a life time (each) ratings opportunity of a Michael Jackson or Ted Kennedy funeral.
The threat to Mt Wilson science and communication facilities did garner some mention.
As I watched the fire progress on the southern-eastern flanks, it became apparent to me the lack of access and rugged terrain made for a kind of perfect storm as the fire progressed with not too much to stop it, short of Mother Nature helping soon. Gotta love the rains, if they come. Or maybe not.
As the fire approached the Cogswell Reservoir, it also became apparent to me the potential mud slides that could follow later might very well endanger the reservoir. Then, with a little closer research I learned that Cogswell is but one of three resevoirs in the system, followed by many other flood control and water supply "constructions by man" that all together make up a big part of the greater LA social safety and civil foundation infrastructure.
And then the fire hopped right past Cogswell, and is now heading toward the San Gabriel Reservoir.
The www.Inciweb.org site finally came out and acknowledged the Angeles Forest watershed accounts for a full 35% of the LA water supply, and yes, there is and are real threats to mud slides from unstable burnt forest areas once this is all over.
(That mountainous rugged and scenic ground is thin topsoil on top of rock. The water doesn't soak in so well to start with, after removing the vegetation by fire it can be a bit of a water supply / flood control problem if all that soil moves down hill and into the reservoirs)
That sounds like news worth covering, but it isn't on the TV or the web. Not being covered at all from what I can tell.
Let me see, 35% of the LA water supply may became threatened, and flood control may be threatened, and the news isn't on to it yet.
Is Homeland Security?
The Green Jobs guy did resign and the President will be speaking on healthcare. Again. Is he "on top of it" ? Are his people?
How about the folks in LA, will any one mention it to them any time soon?
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