California WaterBlog: 2022 In Review

By Christine Parisek

The California WaterBlog is completing its 11th year. As we enter 2023, we take a moment to to thank our many readers, partners, authors, and friends. The California WaterBlog’s central mission is to provide stimulating ideas and commentary on critical challenges of water issues, resource management, and ecosystem restoration, in a digestible form. 

Figure 1. Word Cloud displaying frequent
      themes in 2022 WaterBlog titles.

In 2022, California WaterBlog published 49 blogs. This year, 64 unique authors contributed to California WaterBlog (an increase from last year), and on July 10th we surpassed our 500th blog post! The blog currently reaches readers in 74 countries worldwide with almost 14,000 subscribers and over 103,000 visitors this year. As usual, blog posts covered a breadth of themes, including Watershed outreach, the recent mass local die-off of white sturgeon, effect of drought on California’s intermittent streams, thiamine deficiency in salmon, native fishes and reservoirs, and being patient and persistent with nature.

Especially popular topics included California’s drought status and drinking water systems, environmental water rights, what to do when shift happens, a conservation bill you’ve never heard of [that] may be the most important in a generation (the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act), an exposé on the silent extinction of freshwater mussels, and farmer-researcher team science initiatives. We hope you continue enjoying CaliforniaWaterBlog and that the list below helps if you missed any blogposts.

Christine Parisek is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis and a science communications fellow at the Center for Watershed Sciences.

Table 1 (Further Reading). Top 17 blog posts in 2022, as ranked by “View” statistics.

6,128California’s 2022 Water Year – Both Wet and DryJay Lund
5,674Saving Clear Lake’s Endangered ChiPeter Moyle and Thomas Taylor
2,879Considerations for Developing An Environmental Water Right in CaliforniaKarrigan Börk, Andrew Rypel, Sarah Yarnell, Ann Willis, Peter Moyle, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Jay Lund, and Robert Lusardi
2,820Drought Year Three in California, 2022Jay Lund
2,746Who governs California’s drinking water systems?Kristin Dobbin and Amanda Fencl
2,580Continued drought early in a possibly wet yearJay Lund
2,283The Failed Recovery Plan for the Delta and Delta SmeltPeter Moyle
2,232Shift happensMiranda Bell-Tilcock, Rachel Alsheikh, and Malte Willmes
2,147A conservation bill you’ve never heard of may be the most important in a generationAndrew Rypel
1,957Follow the Water!Jay Lund
1,936Nature has solutions…What are they? And why do they matter?Andrew Rypel
1,758The Putah Creek Fish Kill: Learning from a Local DisasterAlex Rabidoux, Max Stevenson, Peter Moyle, Mackenzie Miner, Lauren Hitt, Dennis Cocherell, Nann Fangue, and Andrew Rypel
1,697Approaches to Water PlanningJay Lund
1,589Losing mussel mass – the silent extinction of freshwater musselsAndrew Rypel
1,483Five “F”unctions of the Central Valley FloodplainFrancheska Torres, Miranda Tilcock, Alexandra Chu, and Sarah Yarnell
1,434Unlocking how juvenile Chinook salmon swim in California riversRusty Holleman, Nann Fangue, Edward Gross, Michael Thomas, and Andrew Rypel
1,434Rice & salmon, what a match!Andrew Rypel, Derrick Alcott, Paul Buttner, Alex Wampler, Jordan Colby, Parsa Saffarinia, Nann Fangue, and Carson Jeffres

About Andrew Rypel

Andrew L. Rypel is a Professor and the Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Chair of coldwater fish ecology at the University of California, Davis. He is a faculty member in the Department of Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology and Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences.
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