Tag Archives: Ann Willis

California WaterBlog survey and recommended reads

by Ann Willis Editor’s note: The survey link is now closed. Thank you to all who participated! If you have feedback, feel free to comment directly on this post. A. Willis 9/22/2016 As the water year comes to an end, … Continue reading

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Instream flows: Five features of effective summer flow strategies

By Ann Willis As summer begins and stream flows drop throughout California, concerns resurface about whether there’s enough water to support critical ecosystems. Environmental flows have long been a contentious issue, often presented in conflict with existing water use. But … Continue reading

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Wanted: student scientists looking for inspiration and adventure

By Sarah Yarnell and Ann Willis Every spring for the past 12 years, a class of a dozen or so UC Davis undergraduates ride a river in the American West for a learning adventure like none other in their college … Continue reading

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Measuring the effectiveness of ‘environmental flows’

By Ann Willis and Andrew Nichols In the early fall of 2012, an unusually large number of Chinook salmon were returning to the Klamath River, straddling the California-Oregon border. Many of those fish were expected to swim upstream to the … Continue reading

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Creeks that cool down as summer heats up

By Ann Willis and Andrew Nichols Summer has just begun and conditions on many of California’s drought-stricken rivers and streams are already looking grim for cold-water fish. Endangered winter-run salmon may not survive a repeat of last summer’s nearly total … Continue reading

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A salmon success story during the California drought

Looking back on 2014, it’s hard not to feel despair for California salmon. With drought-stricken rivers running dangerously warm and slow for spring migration, the government was giving millions of young hatchery salmon a lift to the Pacific by truck … Continue reading

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Aquatic plants: unsung but prime salmon habitat

By Robert Lusardi and Ann Willis For decades, California’s management and restoration of salmon and trout populations have focused on principles rooted in coastal redwood streams, mostly fed by rainfall runoff. These concepts portray ideal salmonid habitat as deep pools, … Continue reading

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Can Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?

Jay R. Lund, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis Ann Willis, Watercourse Engineering, Davis, California    Much has been written on potential effects and adaptations for California’s water supply from climate warming, particularly from changes in snowpack accumulation … Continue reading

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