BLOG ROUND-UP: What Central Valley farmers wish to tell their city counterparts; Sports guy in water war; Yesterday’s dams face tomorrow’s hydrology; and more …

What Central Valley farmers wish to tell their city counterparts:  Christine Su writes, “I’m a San Francisco resident who works with farmers and ranchers all over the country. In urban and rural communities alike, I meet mostly warm, hardworking, thoughtful, lovable individuals. I often wonder how to bridge the cultural distance between rural and urban Americans that feels so much […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP, the dam special edition: Why Trump should not fund an Oroville Dam fix; Mother Nature, Oroville Dam, and lessons for California; What the Oroville Dam crisis tells us about natural infrastructure; and more …

A harrowing week in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “The events surrounding Oroville Dam this week have been a powerful reminder that the Sacramento Valley is a major floodplain and the water system is foremost a flood protection system, with public safety the first order of business. With nearly 200,000 people on the east side […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Reconciling conservation and human use in the Delta; Extended man-made drought; The hidden truth about Valley water; and more …

Reconciling conservation and human use in the Delta: John Durand, Peter Moyle, and Amber Manfree write, ” …The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been extensively altered over the past 150 years. Major changes include manipulation of river flows, alien species invasions, conversion of wetlands to agriculture and, most recently, climate change. Changes have been incremental and slow enough that successive generations of […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: California’s wettest drought, Board ignores concerns, inequities of water pricing, water tower nostalgia, adaptive management in the Trump administration; and more …

California’s wettest drought: 2017:  Jay Lund writes, “Wet.  After five years of drought, most of California finally has become wet.  The mountains are exceptionally wet and covered with snow.  The state’s reservoirs are fuller than their long term average (with a few exceptions).  Flood control structures are being employed, some for the first time since 2006.  We can now better […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Climate change and California’s water supply; Responses to Governor’s State of the State address; The drought emergency; Ag water conservation; and more …

Droughts and floods: How climate change is affecting California’s water supply:  Juliet Christian Smith writes, “The beginning of the new year brought massive amounts of precipitation to the northern half of the Golden State. So much rain, in fact, that some rivers have flooded over their banks, damaging property and endangering lives. And today, the U.S. Drought Monitor estimates that […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on the new federal water law, the new administration, water movement in the Delta, Delta science, restoration, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and more …

Understanding the new federal water law:  Jeff Mount, Brian Gray, and Caitrin Chapelle write, “A new law signed by President Obama in December alters federal water policy in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. These changes are complicated, and their likely effects on both future water supply and environmental stewardship are largely unknown.  The legislation is part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: From drought to deluge; Indicators of a drought ending in Northern California; Why fish need water: Now we have sewage science; Winter-run chinook salmon status, end of 2016; and more …

From drought to deluge:  Jeffrey Mount writes, “The recent change in the weather is prompting many Californians to shift their worry over drought to fretting about floods. That’s an understandable response to California’s volatile climate, which is the most variable in North America. Most notable this year is the return of atmospheric rivers—river-like bands of moisture that periodically stream into […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A state of water independence; Fish still lack the calendars they need to migrate on our schedule; Is California’s approach to water really ‘insane’?; and more …

A state of water independence:  Brian Gray writes, “The presidential election has raised questions about how changes in federal environmental policy could affect California’s water resources management. Concerns include the potential loosening of endangered species protections and changes to federal regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. These questions are especially pronounced in California, where the United States is both […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Out with the old drought, in with the new, Water Fix EIR/EIS, Tunnel construction in 2018?, Mainstream media, ‘Robust’ San Joaquin salmon runs; and more …

Out with the old drought, in with the new:  Jay Lund writes, “We are just a few months into this year’s wet season, and progress has been great.  Statewide, California is about 800,000 acre ft below average surface water storage for this time of year.  California’s water year began with surface storage about 3 million acre ft (3 full Folsom […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on San Joaquin flow objectives, Delta smelt and salmon, water quality and the Trump administration, ag water savings, a water sector energy hog, eminent domain, and more …

Agriculture’s clear response to California: ‘Stop taking our water’:  Todd Fitchette writes, “Watching the live, online feed of the public hearing related to California’s proposal to take two major rivers by forcing water from them to flow unimpeded to the ocean says one thing to me: this is going to be a different fight for government officials who enjoy the […]

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