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    Category Archive: Science

    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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    Aug 27 2014

    The importance of upper watershed management to California’s water supply

    With much of the state’s water supply originating in the mountains as precipitation on the forested landscape, the health and management of the upper watersheds are critically important to California’s water quality and water supply. At the August meeting of the California Water Commission, George Gentry with the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, …

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    Aug 21 2014

    Science news and reports: how dust could solve California’s drought, native ecosystems being blitzed by drought as the search for Sierra fish goes from bad to worse, the trouble with minijacks, and more …

    Novel ecosystems arise when human activities transform biological communities through species invasions and environmental change. They are seemingly ubiquitous, and thus many policymakers and ecologists argue for them to be accepted as the “new normal”—an idea the researchers say is a bad one.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-scientific-team-criticizes-ecosystems-policymakers.html#jCp In science news this week, how dust could solve …

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    Aug 20 2014

    Drought: An insidious stress on wildlife

    The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  In this webinar, Greg Giusti, a Cooperative Extension Advisor in Forest and Wildland Ecology in Mendocino County discusses …

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    Aug 14 2014

    Science news and reports: Drought dowsing goes high-tech, the value of clams and mussels in cleaning dirty water, interior Delta flows report and more, plus El Nino: fizzle or sizzle?

    In science news this week, Drought dowsing goes high-tech, Stanford research shows value of clams and mussels in cleaning dirty water, the Delta Stewardship Council releases interior Delta flows and stressors report, fish data written in the scales, love a shark – save a wetland, Fishbio surveys Big Chico Creek, El Nino: fizzle or sizzle, …

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    Aug 13 2014

    Salinity management in the Delta during times of drought

    At the July 25th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard a presentation on the challenges of managing the Delta’s salinity during times of drought. Salinity in the Delta is largely a tug of war between the daily and seasonal tides pushing in from San Francisco Bay and the flow of fresh water …

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    Aug 07 2014

    Science news and reports: New technology to measure snowpack, how fire and drought shape California’s ecology, new desal technologies, a Tahoe tsunami, and more …

    New technology measures snowpack amid California drought:  “Tom Painter strapped $85,000 worth of scientific equipment to his back and scrambled up the steep, smooth face of Pothole Dome in California’s Yosemite National Park. Ravens squawked overhead, and the muffled voices of tourists murmured from the easier route up the 250-foot-high (76 meters) granite dome.  “We’re …

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    Aug 06 2014

    Independent science panels present findings to the Delta Stewardship Council from Delta flows workshops

    At the July 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members heard an informational update on two independent science panel reviews on Delta flows and related stressors intended to help inform the State Water Resources Control Board’s update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan (Bay-Delta Plan) that is currently underway. The update …

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    Jul 31 2014

    Science news and reports: A link between tropical deforestation and drought, new system for detecting mercury, El Nino still undecided, fish hackathons and more …

    California Regulators See Potential Link between Tropical Deforestation and Drought:  ” … Severe drought conditions in the US state of California have led state officials to impose criminal penalties for water wasters. The drought could also help make the case that California should allow projects aimed at curbing tropical deforestation into the state’s carbon trading …

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    Jul 30 2014

    Metropolitan Bay-Delta Committee hears a science update on the longfin smelt

    At the July 22 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal Resource Manager, discussed the cooperative studies that are underway with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis to develop more understanding of some basic questions about the longfin smelt. The longfin smelt in the Bay-Delta are …

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    Jul 24 2014

    Science news and reports: Putting a price tag on nature, big data to guide conservation efforts, water governance and the sustainability wheel, and more …

    Putting a Price Tag on Nature: Part 2: “In our last Fish Report, we discussed a new approach to conservation that highlights the benefits of natural resources by calculating their economic value. Millions of dollars are spent each year on fisheries monitoring programs along the West Coast of the U.S. It is critical to monitor …

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    Jul 17 2014

    Science news and reports: El Nino and other climate patterns that affect winter, 3D technology helping endangered species, putting a price tag on nature and more …

    EN … SO?  Forecasters haven’t declared El Nino conditions yet, so what gives? “Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center haven’t declared El Niño conditions, even though the Niño3.4 index is currently around 0.5°C above normal, and has been for the past two months. What’s the hold up? In short, we’re waiting for the atmosphere to …

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