NEWS WORTH NOTING: New report: “An Evaluation of California’s Special Act Groundwater Districts”; New tool helps urban communities build resilience to climate change; Weekly Water and Climate Update: Winter Outlook

New report: “An Evaluation of California’s Special Act Groundwater Districts”

SWRCB logo water boardsThe State Water Board is pleased to announce the release of a new report, titled: “An Evaluation of California’s Special Act Groundwater Districts,” prepared by Ruth Langridge with the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with assistance from Stephen Sepaniak and Esther Conrad.  Prepared under contract with the State Water Board, the report is a follow-up to the previously released report: “An Evaluation of California’s Adjudicated Groundwater Basins,” which was also prepared by Ruth Langridge.

The report is available online at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/resources.shtml.

New tool helps urban communities build resilience to climate change

From the NOAA:

noaa logoOur nation’s city planners, and business and community leaders have been grappling with weather- and climate-related impacts for decades. Now they have a set of tools to help them plan and prepare: The new Built Environment section of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is designed to help address a wide range of risks facing cities and towns.
About 325 million people live in the United States today, and about eight out of ten live in or near a city or town. Extreme events that hit these urban areas — heat waves, heavy downpours, floods, and storm surges — often come with devastating and lasting impacts to  property, lives, and livelihoods. Economic inequality, environmental degradation, and deteriorating public infrastructure can make some communities more vulnerable to weather and climate extremes than others.
“We worked with experts in the field and communities that would use the tool to ensure it meets the needs of urban and suburban planners,” said Nancy Beller-Simms, Ph.D, who led the project with experts from the U.S. Forest Service and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.”

Click here to read more from the NOAA.

Weekly water and climate update: Winter outlook

From the USDA:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.winter-outlook

As the 2016 water year comes to a close, we look forward to what the coming winter will bring. The NOAA National Weather Service three-month outlook for November through January maps show higher probabilities for warm and dry conditions across the southern U.S., with warm temperatures also a greater possibility in the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, and much of coastal Alaska.

The precipitation map on the right shows higher probabilities of below normal precipitation in the southern states, especially in southern Texas across the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast. The smaller areas of higher than normal chances of above normal precipitation occur in the northern Rocky Mountains, the northern Plains, and along the northern coast of Alaska.

Click here to read the report.

 

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