Category Archives: Science

Delta challenges workshop, part 4: Fish, birds, and habitat

Northern Pintails and Green-winged Teal ducks at Cosumnes River Preserve in Galt, CA. (December 19th, 2014)

Panel of experts looks at historical ecology and critical ecological functions of the Delta, the complexities of fish management, and terrestrial species and habitat Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the […]

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Science news and reports: ISB Draft Report on Fishes and Flows in the Delta, Big Chico Creek: Summer Survey 2.0, Early drought years may be linked to lingering effects of La Nina, and more …

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In science news this week: ISB Draft Report on Fishes and Flows in the Delta, Big Chico Creek: Summer Survey 2.0, Early years of California’s drought may be linked to lingering effects of La Nina, Amid California’s historic drought, a scientists digs for answers, Extending climate predictability beyond El Nino; Analysis, forecast, reanalysis – what’s the difference? and more … […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 3: The Delta ecosystem: Hydrodynamics, water quality, salinity, nutrients, and the food web

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Panel of experts discuss the Delta’s complex hydrodynamics and how flow interacts with salinity, nutrients, contaminants, and the food web Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 2: Water supply reliability and its challenges

View of the Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant.

Panelists discuss water operations and supply, climate change, the regulatory environment, water conservation, and water supply economics Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges Workshop, held in […]

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Delta Challenges Workshop, part 1: Delta land use, levees, and agricultural economics

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Four former Delta lead scientists take on a challenge: Describe the Delta’s challenges, complexities, and controversies in just 20 pages The mission, should you choose to accept it, is this, they said: “Prepare a report in which they will describe concisely why the Delta is such a complex system, what is known with confidence about the major stressors and stressor […]

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Science news and reports: The uncertain future of the Delta smelt, floodplain management, CalNeva AFS Conference, Coyote Valley preserve, groundwater, weird warm blobs and more …

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In science news this week: The uncertain future of the Delta smelt, Floodplain Management Can Increase Groundwater Supply, Exploring linkages at CalNeva AFS, How green is my valley!  New preserve in Coyote Valley curbs tech sprawl; April showers may bring May flowers, but winter snow is water in the bank, Researcher creates software that locates real-time leaks in water, oil […]

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Latest issue of San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science looks at the status of salmon in the Central Valley in 2100 and modeling in the Delta

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In this issue:  Forecasting the Status of Wild Salmon in the Central Valley in 2100, Three-Dimensional Modeling of Hydrodynamics and Salinity in the San Francisco Estuary, and Modeling Tidal Freshwater Marsh Sustainability in the Delta POLICY AND PROGRAM ANALYSIS Forecasting the Most Likely Status of Wild Salmon in the California Central Valley in 2100; Sierra E. Franks and Robert T. […]

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Science news and reports: Keeping Delta smelt alive in captivity, copper and salmon, filtering ag runoff with wetlands, big data helps scientists dig deeper, manipulative pond scom, El Nino take 2, and more …

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In science news this week: Keeping tiny Delta smelt alive in captivity is no easy task, Reducing entrainment risk for juvenile green sturgeon, Copper effects on salmon influenced by salinity, Filtering agricultural runoff with constructed and restored wetlands, Rangelands, ranching, and conservation in the Bay Area, Cullinan finally in the fold, Delta Science Program to brief the public on draft […]

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Droughts, climate change, and dams: Reconciling a future for California’s native fishes

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Dr. Peter Moyle lays out a statewide aquatic conservation strategy for saving California’s native fishes in the face of climate change Dr. Peter Moyle is a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been working with freshwater fishes of California since 1969, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, […]

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Science news and reports: New research paper on impacts of pot grows on watersheds, Climate change and Central Valley grasslands, wetland restoration, pine beetles, shrinking habitats and more …

Kelp greenling (male) under metridium anemones and vase sponge.

In science news this week, New research paper on the impact of surface water diversions for marijuana cultivation on aquatic habitat in four Northwestern California watersheds, Central Valley, 2100: Land Use and Climate Change Could Impact Wildlife & Water Supplies, FishBio blog on the disappearing salmon carcass, 18 months after the fire on Mt. Diablo, Rethinking wetland restoration, and more […]

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