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California isn’t running out of water; it’s running out of cheap water

by Wyatt Arnold A California water myth which becomes especially pernicious in droughts is that California is “running out of water” (Hanak et al. 2009). Viewing California’s supply and demand pressures in terms of fixed water requirements perpetuates this myth … Continue reading

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Home is where the habitat is

 by Dylan Stompe, Teejay O’Rear, John Durand, and Peter Moyle             The San Francisco Estuary (estuary) is sometimes called the most invaded estuary in the world, and for good reason. Through many avenues, hundreds, if not thousands, of species have … Continue reading

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Drought Makes Conditions Worse for California’s Declining Native Fishes

by Peter Moyle and Andrew Rypel California is home to 131 kinds of native fishes that require freshwater for some or all of their life-cycle. Most of these fishes are found only in California and most (81%) are in decline … Continue reading

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Mitigating Domestic Well Failure for SGMA and Drought in the San Joaquin Valley

by Rob Gailey and Jay Lund Domestic wells serve sizable potable water demands in California and much of the world. These wells tend to degrade and fail with declining regional groundwater levels. In areas of irrigated agriculture, impacts to shallower … Continue reading

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Ecosystem Restoration and Water Management

– Curated by Jennifer Cribbs (jecribbs@ucdavis.edu) Note from the Curator: Restoration implies returning to a prior state. A broken cup carefully glued, might appear nearly as whole as the original, but will always differ from the original.  Ecosystem restoration attempts … Continue reading

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Jobs and Irrigation during Drought in California

Jobs and Irrigation during Drought in California Farmworkers harvesting cauliflower in Monterey County. Photo by John Chacon/California Department of Water Resources by Josué Medellín-Azuara and Jay Lund During droughts organizations and stakeholders look for ways of getting the most from every water … Continue reading

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Assessing portfolios of actions for winter-run salmon in the Sacramento Valley

by Francisco Bellido Leiva, Robert Lusardi and Jay Lund  We may be entering a time when more mechanistic understanding can be used to estimate effects of habitats and flows on fish populations and health, and help design ecosystem restoration efforts. … Continue reading

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Dollars and Drought – Windfalls for innovation or entrenchment?

by Jay Lund California’s Governor Newsom recently declared a drought emergency throughout much of California and announced over $5 billion in new water program investments.  These twin emergency and funding announcements are a classic “bad-news creates good news story” (and … Continue reading

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A few Lessons for California’s New Drought

We asked some colleagues for lessons that might be useful in managing the California’s new drought. Here is a first sampling of thoughts. 1: Market-based approaches to water management will lessen the costs of drought. Katrina Jessoe. Agricultural and Resource … Continue reading

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Art and Water Management – Randomness and Patterns

curated by Abbey Hill Much of water management draws on patterns involving randomness. This is typically done in building models based on organizing equations, but has some relevance to art. The following is a collection of art that relates randomness … Continue reading

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