Friday Flashback: Endangered species and drought: Can we break out of the Endangered Species Act death spiral?

2pm "Endangered species and drought" panel, left to right: Ellen Hanak, PPIC, panel moderator; Peter Moyle, UC Davis; Joshua Viers, UC Merced; David Sedlak, UC Berkeley; Richard Frank, UC Davis; David Hasyes, Stanford University

From the archives of Maven’s Notebook:

Original publish date:  May 20, 2014

Professor Peter Moyle, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, Professor Richard Frank and others discuss the impact of the drought on the state’s endangered species

drought summitIn April of 2014, the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit drew upon the extensive brain trust throughout the University of California system, bringing together speakers from eight UC campuses to the state capital to explore ways to mitigate the effects of the current drought while preparing for future water shortages.  During the summit, panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities that the drought presents to agriculture, rural communities and cities, as well as the consequences and impacts of the drought on the economy, the environment and endangered species.

A theme throughout the day was that drought is part of life in California, and what we’re experiencing is not uncommon.  “We will not be able to drought-proof California,” Professor Jay Lund told the crowd of about 300.  “We’re not exactly sure what those droughts will be in the future, but we know they will happen.  We should be prepared to have these fairly regularly.”

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