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Getting to the Bottom of What Fuels Algal Blooms in Clear Lake

By: Nick Framsted Clear Lake is one of California’s oldest and most unique natural features. Nestled in Northern California’s coastal mountains, Clear Lake is the largest lake completely within California and is the oldest lake in North America with sediments … Continue reading

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Planning for a shorter rainy season and more frequent extreme storms in California

By Claire Kouba and J. Pablo Ortiz Partida California’s hydrologic future is muddled by a fundamental uncertainty: will the state get wetter or drier? Climate models disagree on this question, but provide insights on other important water management questions. The … Continue reading

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Small Dam, Big Deal: York Dam Removed in Napa Valley

By: Amber Manfree, Peter Moyle, Ted Grantham The recent removal of the sediment-filled York Dam in Napa County has reconnected two miles of steelhead trout habitat that has been blocked for over a century. While the dam itself was small … Continue reading

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The Freezer of Horrors

by Miranda Bell-Tilcock, Jamie Sweeney, and Malte Willmes Down the dark corridors of the Watershed Sciences building are freezers of dead fish. Frozen Chinook Salmon carcasses and their dissected eyes and muscles in neat vials are stacked next to White … Continue reading

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New insights into Putah Creek salmon

by Malte Willmes, Anna Steel, Levi Lewis, Peter B. Moyle, and Andrew L. Rypel It’s November 2016, and we’re out in canoes on Putah Creek as part of the annual salmon survey. Just as we navigate our watercraft through a … Continue reading

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Rockin’ with the Rockfish

By Andrew L. Rypel and Peter B. Moyle California is a spoil of natural resource riches. Most times, our California waterblog busies itself with important freshwater resources issues. Yet every now and again, it is refreshing and worth turning our … Continue reading

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Happy 2021! Here’s to a New Water Year!

by Jay Lund 2020 was terrible, and as a water year (WY), October 2019 – September 2020, it is over.  A dry winter (drier than 2014-2015 in Sac. Valley), COVID-19, deep recession and unemployment, wildfires, racial violence and unrest, extreme … Continue reading

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How will climate change affect the economic value of water in California?

by Lorie Srivastava Climate change is affecting natural resources in California, with water being one of the most important in the state. Water is critical for municipalities, agriculture, industry, and habitat/environmental purposes. Will future supply meet future demand? How will … Continue reading

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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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