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Increasing groundwater salinity changes water and crop management over long timescales

by Yiqing “Gracie” Yao and Jay Lund Salinity has often become a major limit for irrigated agriculture in semi-arid regions, from ancient Mesopotamia to parts of California today. A previous blog post showed that conjunctive use with more saline groundwater … Continue reading

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Looking for a new challenge? – Retrain as a Delta Smelt

Help restore one of California’s most endangered species while supporting California’s water supplies in a time of drought. The Federal government is beginning a program for the unemployed to retrain as much-needed Delta Smelt.  Following a two-day course, candidates will … 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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That Time Warren Buffett Got Involved in California Water

by Andrew L. Rypel As if 2020, wasn’t completely strange enough, it wound up also being a time when Warren Buffett was plunged headlong into California water. Buffett of course is an American business tycoon – primarily an investor, and … Continue reading

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California’s New Drought

By Jay Lund, Andrew L. Rypel, and Josue Medellin-Azuara As March begins to drag on with little precipitation in the forecast and few weeks left in California’s traditional wet season, we are in another dry year. This is California’s second … Continue reading

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Managing Water and Crops with Groundwater Salinity – A growing menace

by Yiqing “Gracie” Yao and Jay Lund Salinity is an eventual threat to agriculture and groundwater sustainability in parts of California, and other irrigated parts of the world. Irrigation, lower groundwater levels, and natural conditions have dramatically increased groundwater salinity … Continue reading

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Celebrating Black Scientists in Fisheries & Biology

By Kim Luke, Christine Parisek, Rachelle Tallman, Marissa Levinson, Sarah Yarnell, Miranda Bell Tilcock, Andrew Rypel, and Jay Lund In honor of Black History Month, the Center for Watershed Sciences would like to highlight the contributions of Black scientists in … Continue reading

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Groundwater Salinization in California’s Tulare Lake Basin, the ABCSAL model

By Rich Pauloo and Graham Fogg Lower groundwater levels can prevent drainage of water and salts from a basin and increase aquifer salinity that eventually renders the groundwater unsuitable for use as drinking water or irrigation without expensive desalination. Pauloo … Continue reading

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Eat Prey Loon: lessons from juvenile loons in Wisconsin

by Brian A. Hoover, Andrew L. Rypel and Walter H. Piper Do you remember when you first moved from home, and were completely on your own in new surroundings? How did you decide where to live, or which restaurants to … Continue reading

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Can Japanese Smelt Replace Delta Smelt?

by Peter Moyle A question I get asked on occasion is: Why all this fuss about endangered delta smelt when there is another smelt that looks just the same that can takes its place? The smelt being referenced is the wakasagi … Continue reading

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