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    Category Archive: Science

    Oct 30 2014

    Science news and reports: Scary Halloween invasives, Effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption evaluated, Fish and Fukushima, and more…

    Scary Halloween invasives: Don’t open your door to these trick or treaters: “Many of the alien species invading California’s lakes and streams would make for wickedly good Halloween costumes.  Take the Shokihaze goby, Tridentiger barbatus (above and right), now common in Suisun Bay and the lower Sacramento River. Its spiky stubble of whisker-like barbels about the mouth …

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    Oct 23 2014

    Science news and reports: New tool identifies high-priority dams for fish survival, rivers flow differently over gravel beds, Mediterranean and semi-arid ecosystems prove resistant to climate change, some scientists don’t like to share, and more …

    In science news this week: New tool identifies high-priority dams in California for fish survival, rivers flow differently over gravel beds, Mediterranean and semi-arid ecosystems prove resistant to climate change, some scientists don’t like to share, NASA soil moisture mapper arrives at launch site, September is fourth month this year to set record for warmth, …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Science news and reports: It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium and more …

    In science news this week, It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium, Drought: Questions of survival, Fish moving poleward at a rate of 26 kilometers per decade, The mystery of Alaska’s Chinook salmon decline, Researchers assess risks to …

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    Oct 09 2014

    Science news and reports: Building resilient landscapes, habitat restoration, chinook salmon, Bay-Delta Science Conference preview, tsunami debris and invasive species and more …

    In science news this week, Futures past, Council Field Trip of the Antioch Dunes and Dutch Slough, Council Endorses Issue Paper on Habitat Restoration, Deer Creek: One of many, one of a kind, Former science fellow continues chinook salmon studies,  New Delta Nutrient Research Plan website, Bay Delta Science Conference Preview, Designing rivers: Environmental flows …

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    Oct 09 2014

    USGS Science in the Delta, plus other notes from the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council

    At the September 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members unanimously approved the addition of the USGS to the core membership of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, the committee that the Council has formed to coordinate implementation of the Delta Plan. After the vote was taken, USGS Deputy Regional Director Jeff …

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    Oct 08 2014

    In the Bay Area, Alameda Creek work trickles on

    From Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto at Estuary News: Throughout Alameda Creek’s 640-square-mile watershed dozens
 of wet spots have been drained, dams built, creeks buried, and channels reshaped. “The watershed is huge and complex, and all these changes, compounded over time, have left us with a long and arduous path to getting it to function more naturally again. …

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    Oct 02 2014

    Science news and reports: Ringing in a new water year, California drought and climate change, Alameda Creek, Antioch dunes, habitat issue paper, communicating research results through comics and more …

    In science news this week, Ringing in a new water year, Causes of California drought linked to climate change, New report finds human-caused climate change increased severity of 2013 heat waves in Asia, Europe and Australia,  Alameda work trickles on, Delta Stewardship Council posts Issue Paper: Restoring Habitat with Science and Society in Mind, Public …

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    Sep 25 2014

    Estuary News: Defter Delta Restoration

    From Estuary News: “An issue paper endorsed by the Delta Stewardship Council this August seeks to spark progress throughout the myriad stages of habitat restoration. As public and private interests gear up to help endangered fish and migrating birds by restoring habitats in six priority zones of the Delta and Suisun Marsh, this paper lays …

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    Sep 25 2014

    Delta smelt, Alameda song sparrows, and the climate change vulnerability of Bay Area’s freshwater fish species in the latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science journal

    In this issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science: Diet, Prey Selection, and Body Condition of Age-0 Delta Smelt, Hypomesus transpacificus, in the Upper San Francisco Estuary Slater, Steven B.; Baxter, Randall D. Alameda Song Sparrow Abundance Related to Salt Marsh Vegetation Patch Size and Shape Metrics Quantified from Remote Sensing Imagery Moffett, …

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    Sep 25 2014

    Science news and reports: High temperatures threaten Sacramento River’s fall-run King salmon, North Pacific warmth jostles marine food chain, the fickle El Nino of 2014, Peter Gleick on climate change and water resources, and more …

    In science news this week, high temperatures threaten Sacramento River’s fall-run King salmon, the salmon mega-model, Salmon Cam 2014, Unusual North Pacific warmth jostles marine food chain, Changes in coastal upwelling linked to temporary declines in marine ecosystem, Revealing plankton pigments, the fickle El Nino of 2014, No El Niño yet, but temperatures in tropical …

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    Sep 24 2014

    Groundwater pumping and subsidence in the Central Valley

    It’s been called the largest alteration of the earth’s surface.  In the San Joaquin Valley,  since the 1920s, farmers have relied on groundwater to varying degrees, and over time, overpumping of groundwater basin has caused the land to subside – over 30 feet in some locations.  In this presentation, USGS hydrologist Michelle Sneed discusses subsidence …

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    Sep 18 2014

    Science news and reports: Streamgages measure drought and earthquake impacts on water; Ocean Beach’s sand supply, gravel replenishment program in Nimbus Basin, CDFW seeking research projects on predation, and more science news …

    In science news this week, USGS streamgages measure drought and earthquake impacts on water; Ocean Beach’s sand supply dries up, leaving plovers squeezed; Gravel replenishment program in Nimbus Basin continues successful run; CDFW seeking research projects on watershed predation of threatened and endangered species; CDFW seeks public comment on wetland restoration program; native vegetation makes …

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    Sep 11 2014

    Science news and reports: Draft Interim Science Action Agenda released for public comment; One fish kill to prevent another; managing salinity in the Delta in times of drought; Brown Bag seminars focus on habitat restoration, and more …

    In science news this week, the Delta Science Program releases the draft Interim Science Action Agenda for public comment; from Peter to Paul: One fish kill to prevent another; managing salinity in the Delta in times of drought;  Brown Bag seminars focus on habitat restoration; research shows declining levels of acidity in Sierra Nevada lakes; …

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    Sep 04 2014

    Science news and reports: How might El Nino affect wildfires in California?, how rising vegetation could hit California’s water supply, what makes a wetland, adaptive management white paper

    In science news this week, how might El Nino affect wildfires in California?, How rising vegetation could hit California’s water supply, what makes a wetland, wetland revival 2014, eelgrass restoration along the Central Coast, new DFW white paper on incorporating adaptive management into conservation planning and resource management, how data helps solve the drought, researchers …

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    Aug 28 2014

    Science news and reports: Drying Sierra meadows could worsen California drought, winners and losers and warm and dry times, replanting the San Francisco Bay’s underwater meadows, and more …

    In science news this week, drying Sierra meadows could worsen California drought, winners and losers and warm and dry times, replanting the San Francisco Bay’s underwater meadows, severe drought causing the western US to rise like a spring uncoiling, Southwest may face a megadrought this century, ‘just right’ plant growth may make river delta’s resilient, …

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