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A sweet spot for farms and fish on a floodplain

By Richard Howitt and Josué Medellín-Azuara For decades, Sacramento area freeway commuters have been treated to a carousel of contrasting landscapes as they cross a vast floodplain known as the Yolo Bypass. The carousel rotates by the season. In wet … Continue reading

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Boldly approach the Delta’s future

By Jay R. Lund and Ellen Hanak Policy decisions on how to manage the lands and waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are unavoidably controversial.  The Delta Stewardship Council’s first Delta Plan, now under development, presents a rare opportunity to … Continue reading

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Adaptive management and experimental island flooding in the Delta

Robyn J. Suddeth, Hydrology Graduate Student, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences   Like many of the world’s deltas, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is in transition. A deteriorating native ecosystem, conflicting water quality objectives, and a fragile levee system are … 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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Woodman, spare that levee?

Jay Lund, the Ray B. Krone Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of California – Davis   Policy debates sometimes seem to tragically miss the big picture.  The current debate on levee vegetation in California is an example.  Both sides assert … Continue reading

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Water to the sea isn’t wasted

By Jeffrey Mount In December of 2010 we had a remarkable set of storms.  Relentless rain and snowfall hit both southern and northern California.  The news reports about these events followed a predictable pattern, including the inevitable articles that bemoan … Continue reading

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