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MWDC Proposes Overarching Delta Solution

by Nestle J. Frobish Today the Megalopolitan Water District of California (a consortium of southern California and Bay Area urban water suppliers) proposed building a new aqueduct to take water from the Sacramento River to Bay Area and southern California … Continue reading

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Is California’s dry 2020 water year a drought? Prepare anyway

by Jay Lund Not again! There was not a “Miracle March” to follow California’s precipitation “Flat-line February.”  Instead, we’ve had a “Meh March.” With the near-end of its wet season, California’s 2020 water year is and will be dry.  The … Continue reading

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Environmental Flows in California

By Alyssa Obester, Sarah Yarnell, and Ted Grantham The California Environmental Flow Framework was recently highlighted in the 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio to address the seemingly impossible task of establishing of how much water our rivers and streams need to … Continue reading

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New science or just spin: science charade in the Delta

By Karrigan Bork, Andrew L. Rypel, and Peter Moyle Science-based decision making is key to improved conservation management and a legal mandate in the US Endangered Species Act.  Thus supporters of federal efforts to increase water exports from the Central … Continue reading

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Contemplating the Carp

By Kim Luke and Brian Williamson The UC Davis Arboretum is a defining feature of the campus. Students, faculty, and ducks alike all enjoy the waterway that was once a part of Putah Creek. Many organisms call the Arboretum “home”, … Continue reading

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Is the Sacramento Splittail an Endangered Species?

by Peter Moyle, Dylan Stompe, and John Durand The Sacramento splittail is a lovely, silvery-white fish that lives primarily in Suisun Marsh, the north Delta and other parts of the San Francisco Estuary (SFE; Moyle et al. 2004). The name … Continue reading

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California’s Driest February and Coming Drought?

    By Jay Lund February has been amazingly dry in California, if anyone hasn’t noticed.  No precipitation at all in February, a dry forecast, about 51% of seasonal Sacramento Valley precipitation (a bit less for the San Joaquin and … Continue reading

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Field courses help young people see the real world

by Andrew L. Rypel It was perhaps unsurprising I wound up a field ecologist. Raised in Wisconsin, I spent almost all my childhood free time roaming largely unchaperoned in nature, pre-internet. It was there that I developed a deep love … Continue reading

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Episode 1: “Unraveling the Knot” Water movement in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – reprise

By Bill Fleenor, Amber Manfree, and Megan Nguyen This is a re-posting from January 22, 2017.  Reminders on how things work are sometimes useful. (The whole series, with links below, is thought-provoking.) In 2010, John DeGeorge of RMA, Inc used … Continue reading

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Realty Meets Climate Reality

by Kat Kerlin My husband and I fell in love a couple of months ago. It was with a house by a river. (See what I did there?) This is the river that was a stone’s throw away when we … Continue reading

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