Category Archives: Science

Michael Anderson, State Climatologist: Climate, Drought, and Change

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The state climatologist discusses the current drought and the signs of climate change. Is the current drought a harbinger of the future? With the winter season once again seemingly passing California by, officials are bracing for a fourth year of drought.  Earlier this month, the Public Policy Institute of California held a half-day conference in Sacramento focusing on how the […]

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Science news and reports: Rivers in the sky, mystery substance killing East Bay seabirds, preserving ag and restoring a watershed, new EPA report on connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters, and more …

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In science news this week: Rivers in the sky; What is this mystery substance that killed East Bay seabirds?; Preserving Agriculture, Restoring a Watershed, and Getting Help from the Locals To Do It; Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide; Tree Tipping, Simple soil mixture reverses toxic stormwater effects; New report from the EPA: Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream […]

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Heather Cooley: The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Efficiency, Reuse, and Stormwater

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Recent study by the Pacific Institute and the NRDC show that there is potential water savings equivalent to 10.8 to 13.7 MAF per year At the Bay Delta Science Conference held last fall, Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute gave a presentation entitled, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” which draws on a series of reports jointly released by […]

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Science news and reports: California hatchery concerns, woody debris, Peter Gleick on the state of the drought, massive kelp forests, mass die-offs and more …

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In science news this week, California hatchery concerns, Research finds woody debris benefits fish, Water returns to Cullinan Ranch after 100 year absence, Peter Gleick on the state of the California drought: Still very bad, Finding Floating Forests: It Takes an Online Village to Map Massive Kelp, A rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish, and marine invertebrates, Mark […]

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Science news and reports: Diversity helps endangered tidewater goby hedge its bets, Pacific Coast sea bird die off puzzles scientists, New journal article on the status and management of CA’s freshwater fishes, and more …

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In science news this week, Diversity helps endangered tidewater goby hedge its bets, Pacific Coast sea bird die off puzzles scientists, New journal article on the status and management of California’s freshwater fishes, Sea level rise a two-way threat to intakes and outfalls, Endangered salmon population monitored with eDNA for the first time, A paper on characterizing the performance of […]

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Setting the agenda for science in the Delta

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee members agree to accept interim science action agenda and return in six months with a list of their science priorities (Note: This is part 2 of coverage from the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting.  For part 1, go here: California Water Action Plan implementation coordination and progress; Integrating flood and ecosystem planning in the […]

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Science news and reports: 15 amazing images of Earth from space, 14 eye-opening images from USGS, atmospheric rivers, saving salmon, AGU recap, dating groundwater and more …

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In science news this week:  Earth from space: 15 amazing things in 15 years, 14 Eye-Opening Images from USGS, FishBio blog looks at their top 5 stories for 2014, Atmospheric rivers to soak California as climate warms, A new twist on saving salmon – and keeping West Marin affordable, American Geophysical Union 2014 Recap: That Sinking, Drying, Sharing Feeling, USGS […]

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Dr. Tracy Collier with the Delta ISB review of the BDCP Draft EIR/S, particularly regarding reliance on habitat restoration

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The Delta Independent Science Board (DISB) completed its review of the draft EIR/EIS for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) in May, 2014.  While the ISB recognized the many strengths embedded within the BDCP and its associated environmental documents, the review also identified several substantive shortcomings in the technical underpinnings of project impacts and mitigation.  These are all summarized in […]

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Matt Nobriga: The utilization of tidal marshes by fishes of the Upper San Francisco Estuary

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At the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference,  Matt Nobriga, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gave this presentation on how fish utilize tidal marshes in the Delta.  He began by noting that the despite a lot of research over the past decades, there is still much uncertainty regarding tidal marsh restoration. The first issue of the […]

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Science news and reports: Endangered turtles, invasive loaches, water projects review, farm flood flows, visualizing data, water and the Roman Empire and more …

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In science news this week, Ecologists save endangered turtles weakened by drought, Invasive loach on the loose in the Central Valley, 2014 Annual Review of Implementation of Long-term Operations Biological Opinions’ Reasonable and Prudent Alternative Actions, Paper: ‘Implications of Using On-Farm Flood Flow Capture To Recharge Groundwater and Mitigate Flood Risks Along the Kings River, CA, Visualizing the stories data […]

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