Category Archives: Blog Round-Up

Blog round-up: Mist as a water supply source, Alex Breitler ‘fesses up, flood protection shortfall, grand plans, water from the sky and more …

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Demystifying mist as a source of water supply: Jay Lund writes: “In some of the world’s driest places, atmospheric moisture is a major source of water for native ecosystems. Some algae, plants and insects in the Israeli and Namibian deserts get much of their water from fog, dew and humidity. The spines of some cacti species have evolved to collect fog droplets. California’s redwood […]

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Blog round-up: A salmon success story, planning for another year of drought, Costa’s disappointment, Federal-CA funding clash, Sunday trumpets and more …

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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 dangerously warm and slow for spring migration, the government was giving millions of young hatchery salmon a lift to the Pacific by truck and barge. Come August, several streams in the Central Valley were drying up. […]

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Blog round-up: Housing prices will only ever go up and wells will never go dry, To what extent does water conservation reduce resilience, Managing – and learning – from scarcity, and more …

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Housing prices will only ever go up and wells will never go dry: On the Public Record responds to yesterday’s story about hedge funds and almonds: “Did you guys read The Big Short, by Michael Lewis? The book is mostly about three characters who foresaw the housing market collapse and shorted it. But he also spends some time discussing why […]

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Blog round-up: The 2015 drought so far, steelhead numbers alarmingly low, fake fish and Delta smelt arguments, waiting for a hole in the dam and more …

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The 2015 drought so far …  Jay Lund wraps it up:  “The California Department of Water Resources does a great job assembling data that can give insights on water conditions during the ongoing drought. They update the information daily (which can be addictive for some of us) on the California Data Exchange Center website.  Here are highlights of water conditions […]

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Bloggers on the public benefits of Prop 1, regional storage projects, groundwater, new environmentalism, the storm, drought, BDCP, and more …

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Untangling the public benefits of Prop 1:  Dr. Christine Boyle writes:  “Public benefits are related to the economic definition of public goods. A good is considered public if the “consumption of it by one individual does not actually or potentially reduce the amount available to be consumed by another individual.” Examples are recreational water use, clean air, military defense, and […]

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Blog round-up: Sacramento Valley flows, amorous amphibians, hyacinth smoothies, tweeting drought lessons, and more, plus only 12 to 20 more of these storms and the drought is over!

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Re-managing flows in the Sacramento Valley:  “In the Sacramento Valley, water has been re-managed over the past several decades to provide essential pathways for spawning salmon and steelhead. Nearly every major watercourse in the Sacramento Valley has flow agreements that are designed to benefit salmon and steelhead, while balancing other uses of water for various beneficial purposes. Many of these […]

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Blog round-up: Bloggers on the drought, BDCP, water storage, Salton Sea restoration and more …

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Drought Watch: It’s the Heat and the Humidity: Jeff Mount writes:”The severity of the current drought is sparking keen interest in seeing how this past water year (October 2013–September 2014)—and more importantly, the past combination of years—ranks in comparison to other droughts. As noted in a PPIC fact sheet, this drought is one of the driest.  What’s more, this drought […]

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Blog round-up: How engineers see the the water glass in California, the ESA and the Commerce Clause, Feinstein drought bill, San Joaquin River restoration, water storage, and more …


How engineers see the the water glass in California:  Jay Lund writes: “Depending on your outlook, the proverbial glass of water is either half full or half empty. Not so for engineers in California. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  How engineers see the the water glass in California  And be sure to check out this […]

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Bloggers on the drought, 60 minutes omission, groundwater, the water bond, clean water rule, and more …

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Competing water futures for California:  “California is at a crossroads.  One path offers green cities, sustainable farms, flowing rivers, and thriving fish and wildlife.  The other promises desiccated rivers, waterless taps, bird-free skies, and the parched remnants of fields abandoned after the wells run dry.  The better path is clear.  Whether policymakers choose to follow it is anything but. Door […]

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