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A “Peak” into California’s Alpine Lakes and their Food Webs

By Christine A. Parisek “The Sierra Nevada is five hundred miles of rock put right. Granite freed by glaciers and lifted through clouds where water, frozen and fine, has scraped and washed it into a high country so brilliant it … Continue reading

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Life springs in Sierra rivers as springtime flows recede

By Sarah Yarnell and Ryan Peek In case you hadn’t heard, the annual Sierra “spring snowmelt recession” has begun. The foothill yellow-legged frog certainly knew. Adapted to the seasonal patterns of California’s climate, this rare frog and other native amphibians, … Continue reading

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Sierra frogs breed insights on river management

By Sarah Yarnell, hydrologist, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences When dam operators schedule outflows to satisfy their downstream environmental obligations, they typically want to know, “How much?” How much cold mountain water must Shasta Dam release to preserve the … Continue reading

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An uncertain future for whitewater boating under climate change

Scott Ligare, Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Davis Joshua Viers, Associate Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, UC Davis Summer arrived belatedly in northern California and high snowmelt runoff is attracting adrenaline junkies seeking … Continue reading

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