Category Archives: Blog Round-Up

Bloggers on reconciling the desired Delta with the possible, the State Water Board, Sites Reservoir, SWP allocation, groundwater rules, and more …

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21st century Delta: Reconciling the desired with the possible:  Steven Culberson writes, “Estuaries are hard places to understand and even harder to explain. Estuarine scientists, myself included, have struggled to learn how changes in the San Francisco Estuary led to declining fish populations and waning productivity, particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  We keep searching for what is broken or […]

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Blog round-up: Outdated reservoir rules, Shipping Boston’s snow to CA, Managing in dry years, State Water Board TUCP decision, suction dredge mining, and spiky weather, plus 8 water tricks that will melt your mind …

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A dam waste: Outdated reservoir rules dump water during drought: Juliet Christian-Smith writes, “Last year, California’s drought task force toured the parched state, visiting sites impacted by the record dry conditions. At Lake Mendocino, a reservoir located in the northern part of the state, they saw bathtub rings and beached docks, evidence of drastically reduced water levels. Therefore, it should be […]

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Bloggers on the oil waste in drinking water, State Water Board decisions, BDCP affordability report, rain barrels, Bay Bridge and climate change, water games, and more …


Who is to blame for oil waste in California’s drinking water?  Briana Mordick writes: “New information from the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) reveals that decades of poor record-keeping, lax oversight, and – in some cases – outright defiance of the law has allowed oil and gas operators to inject potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater […]

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Bloggers on dams, fish eating fish, hyacinth, drought, fracking and more …

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How dam operators can breathe more life into rivers: Sarah Yarnell writes: “Dams are no friend to biodiversity. Once impounded, a river answers first and foremost to human needs, be it water supply, energy production or flood protection. Releases are measured and timed to satisfy these demands.  As a result, the river downstream loses much of its natural variability in timing, […]

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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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