New PPIC Fact Sheet focuses on Water Quality: “Ensuring adequate and safe water supplies for homes, businesses, and the environment requires managing a variety of water quality challenges across the state. Local challenges vary and are caused by both human actions and naturally occurring processes. Some contaminants come from past activities, such as mercury from mining, but many sources of pollution are ongoing.This fact sheet describes key issues and efforts underway to address them.” Click here to read the fact sheet.
Delta Protection Commission seeks nominations for the 2016 Delta Leadership Program: “The Delta Protection Commission, in partnership with the Delta Regional Foundation, is launching the Delta Leadership Program, a pilot effort for sustained leadership development within the Delta community. With the challenges facing the Delta today, it is clearly in the Delta’s interest to cultivate the best in our existing leadership and to assist in creating a pipeline of informed and energetic leaders for the Delta’s future. The goals of the Delta Leadership Program are to identify and promote regional leaders in the Delta community; develop skills and awareness to increase the pool of effective Delta leaders; expand leaders’ knowledge regarding the key issues, opportunities and challenges that face the Delta region; identify emerging leaders and deliver skills and tools to enhance their contributions to the Delta community; build relationships of trust and cooperation between businesses, government, non-profit, civic, religious and cultural groups; and to foster a shared sense of community throughout the Delta region. … ” For more information and to nominate an individual, click here.
NOAA winter outlook: What conditions to expect this year across the US: ” … Probabilities are quite high this year across parts of the country—particularly in the Southeast, where the chance of a wetter-than-normal winter exceeds 70% for much of Florida (3). And while this is not something that CPC specifically forecasts at this time, this area also has the potential to see severe weather, since during El Niño winters, organized tornado activity is often restricted to the area immediately adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. The chance of a wetter-than-normal winter exceeds 50% from the Southeast coast, along the Gulf Coast, across most of Texas, and through the Southwest to southern California. This is certainly positive news for California, although even a wet winter would be very unlikely to eradicate 4 years of drought. But you’ve got to start somewhere. On the flip side, the largest probabilities for below-average precipitation exceed 50% in the Northern Rockies, a region where drought has recently developed and is likely to persist or intensity through the winter. … ” Read more here: NOAA winter outlook: What conditions to expect this year across the US
Studying the 2015 El Niño event as never before: “This winter, the 2015-16 El Niño event will be better observed from space than any previous El Niño. This year’s El Niño is already strong and appears likely to equal the event of 1997-98, the strongest El Niño on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. All 19 of NASA’s current orbiting Earth-observing missions were launched after 1997. In the past two decades, NASA has made tremendous progress in gathering and analyzing data that help researchers understand more about the mechanics and global impacts of El Niño. “El Niño is a fascinating phenomenon because it has such far-reaching and diverse impacts. The fact that fires in Indonesia are linked with circulation patterns that influence rainfall over the United States shows how complex and interconnected the Earth system is,” said Lesley Ott, research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. … ” Read more from NASA here: Studying 2015 El Niño event as never before
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