Category Archives: Science

Science news and reports: Raising groundwater levels keep Santa Clara Valley from sinking, The challenges of EDNA detection, Land use changes greater threat to biodiversity than climate change, and more …

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In science news this week: Raising groundwater keeps valleys from sinking: Santa Clara Valley, The challenges of EDNA detection, The Mission blue butterfly flies again on Twin Peaks, thanks to a dedicated six year relocation project, Nesting season begins for threatened and endangered shorebirds along the California coast, Changes in land use pose greater threat to biodiversity than climate change, […]

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Science news and reports: Forest thinning may increase water yield from the Sierra Nevada, Pink nudibranch is ‘canary in the tidepool’ for climate change, Road to salmon collapse is paved with good intentions, Flood Control 2.0, and more …

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In science news this week, Forest thinning may increase water yield from the Sierra Nevada, Pink nudibranch is ‘canary in the tidepool’ for climate change, Road to salmon collapse is paved with good intentions, Flood Control 2.0, Nanomaterials in sunscreens and boats leave marine life vulnerable, Wetlands continue to reduce nitrate, Devils’ Hole pupfish headcount, Earthquakes expose limits of scientific […]

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Science news and reports: How satellites can help monitor California’s groundwater, How do salmon change from freshwater fish to saltwater fish?, sudden oak death, rare dune plants, stranded sea lions and more …

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In science news this week, How satellites can help monitor California’s groundwater, Going with the flow: Measuring water flow through soil, How do salmon change from freshwater fish to saltwater fish?, Citizen science helps predict spread of sudden oak death, Rare dune plants thrive on disturbance, Sea lion stranding: The view from the rookery, Dam removal study reveals river resiliency, […]

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Science news and reports: Merced NWR provides habitat for salmon and tricolored blackbirds; Introducing the smolt spy; Nitrogen fingerprints point to warmer world, Grant funds research of treated wastewater on crops, and more …

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In science news this week, Merced National Wildlife Refuge providing habitat for salmon and tricolored blackbirds, too; Introducing the smolt spy; Nitrogen fingerprints point to warmer world; Grant funds research of treated wastewater on crops; Handbook for management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems in river and lake basins; High mountains warming faster than expected; Study advances new tool in the […]

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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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