Rising seas: A new look at resilient infrastructure
We know that our changing climate will bring rising sea levels to the Bay Area. But do we know how to handle it? Mark Stacey, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has assembled a cross-disciplinary team to find out.
Lead, chloramines and drinking water safety
In recent decades, Flint and many other cities have made the switch from chlorine to chloramine for water treatment; this can, without proper management, release toxic lead from old pipes directly into drinking water. But as civil and environmental engineering professor David Sedlak explains, some of that fear may be misplaced.
Bringing Clean Water to Kenya’s Largest Slum
Nairobi is a tough town, and there’s no place in Nairobi that’s tougher than Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. But Kibera does have one thing that isn’t hellish and misery-inducing: a water production and treatment facility that conjoins the latest information and sensor technology with sophisticated green construction techniques.
Spotlights
David Sedlak
Hazards and opportunities in the pipeline

In his 2014 book, Water 4.0, UC Berkeley environmental engineer David Sedlak identifies four “revolutions” in the development of urban water systems.

Berkeley Lab
Water-Energy Nexus New Research Focus

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. And huge amounts of energy are required to pump, treat, heat, and deliver water. This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of a major new research effort at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Sally Thompson, Gopal Penny
Thompson, Pennywin HESS Best Paper Award

Professor Sally Thompson and PhD candidate Gopal Penny, along with collaborators in India, received the 2015 Jim Dooge Award for the best paper in the European Geophysical Union's flagship journal "Hydrology and Earth System Science".