The first four chapters of California's $23 billion plan that includes construction of two tunnels to distribute water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to cities and farmlands have been released by the California Resources Agency. The documents include a description of the proposed 35-mile twin-tunnel project that would cost $14 billion. "This plan isn't about waging war," said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. "It's about resolving some of the most critical resource conflicts in California."
Job opportunities in engineering are increasing in industries across the economic sector. New construction and the need to upgrade aging infrastructure in the U.S. are fueling the demand for more civil engineers. "They're looking at gas pipelines, water, waste water, buildings -- making sure they all stay safe during [catastrophic weather] events," said Dan Wittliff, president of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Facebook, Google, Samsung Electronics and Nvidia are following in Apple's footsteps with plans for ultra-green sustainable campuses in California's Silicon Valley. Apple's Cupertino headquarters is expected to be self-sufficient through solar panels and fuel cells, while Facebook wants its Menlo Park campus extension to have a park-like roof dotted with mature oak trees. All the plans "share an eco-consciousness that could become the most distinctive feature of this new West Coast aesthetic," writes Peter Burrows.
A request for a $5.5 billion federal loan for the XpressWest high-speed rail project between Victorville, Calif., and Las Vegas is facing scrutiny from Republican lawmakers in Congress. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say that the Transportation Department should reject the loan due to the project's "costly, wasteful and risky" nature. However, the two overlook the project's benefits as it would relieve road congestion and create 80,000 direct and indirect jobs, said XpressWest CEO Anthony Marnell.