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Crawdads: Naturalized Californians

By Peter Moyle Crayfish, crawdads, crawfish: whatever you call them, they are everywhere in California’s waters and are as tasty as their lobster relatives. They are especially familiar to anglers who peer into the maw of a bass or pikeminnow … Continue reading

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Seven conservation lessons I learned in government work

By Andrew L. Rypel Before joining the faculty at UC Davis, I spent the previous five years as a research scientist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison, Wisconsin. Apparently this experience is somewhat rare among academics. A … Continue reading

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Losing mussel mass – the silent extinction of freshwater mussels

by Andrew L. Rypel Throughout my career I’ve spent some time studying the fascinating ecology and conservation issues of freshwater mussels (Fig. 1). For me, learning about mussels has fortified a recurring theme of the natural world – that everything … Continue reading

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Old Readings on California Water

by Jay Lund Today’s water struggles have deep roots. In our shared summer confinement, we hopefully have some time for some deeper reading on California water.  Here is a small collection of older writings on California water, the youngest of … Continue reading

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Fish surveys in the estuary: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

by Dylan K. Stompe, Peter Moyle, Avery Kruger, John Durand The San Francisco Estuary is a dynamic and altered estuary that supports a high diversity of fishes, both native and non-native. These species have substantial recreational, commercial, and intrinsic value … Continue reading

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SGMA and the Human Right to Water: How do submitted Groundwater Sustainability Plans address drinking water?

by Kristin Dobbin, Darcy Bostic, Michael Kuo and Jessica Mendoza In 2012 California passed the Human Right to Water (AB 685) which declares all Californians have the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible drinking water. Two years later during … Continue reading

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Drought and the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, 2012–2016: Environmental Review and Lessons

by John R. Durand, Fabian Bombardelli, William E. Fleenor, Yumiko Henneberry, Jon Herman, Carson Jeffres, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, Jay R. Lund, Robert Lusardi, Amber D. Manfree, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Brett Milligan, and Peter Moyle Droughts are common in California. The drought of … Continue reading

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106 Years of Water Supply Reliability

by Jay Lund Water supply reliability is a major policy and management goal in California, and in the rest of the world, today and since the beginning of time.  The goals of reliable water supplies have grown from supporting human … Continue reading

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Summer Reading in the Time of Covid 19

by Peter B. Moyle Tired of reading about the constant haggling over California water? Or of binge-watching old TV shows? Or, worse, watching the news as the Covid 19 virus spreads in our free country? For relief, I recommend two … Continue reading

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Can we talk? New nationwide flood maps provide opportunities for dialogue

by Kathleen Schaefer and Brett F. Sanders Why Dialogue Matters For fifty years, Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have unintentionally stifled conversations of flood risk. They have encouraged property-owners and governments at all levels to dwell on map details for … Continue reading

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