Groundwater pumping and subsidence in the Central Valley

It’s been called the largest alteration of the earth’s surface.  In the San Joaquin Valley,  since the 1920s, farmers have relied on groundwater to varying degrees, and over time, overpumping of groundwater basin has caused the land to subside – over 30 feet in some locations.  In this presentation, USGS hydrologist Michelle Sneed discusses subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley, […]

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Groundwater and surface water interactions under water shortage

The exceptionally dry conditions along with the recent passage of groundwater legislation has focused the state’s attention on its groundwater resources.  In this presentation, Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions Under Water Shortage, Thomas Harter, faculty and cooperative extension specialist with UC Davis, gives an overview of groundwater and how groundwater works, where groundwater is in California, and how groundwater is […]

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Wildfire and droughts in Sierra Nevada forests

With much of the state’s water supply originating in the mountains as precipitation on the forested landscape, the health of the forests are paramount to California’s water supply.  In this presentation, Wildfire and droughts in the Sierra Nevada forests, Susie Kocher, Natural Resources Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension Service discusses drought and wildfire in the Sierra Nevada, […]

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Brown Bag Seminar: Climate, drought, and change

California is one of a handful of Mediterranean climates in the world, characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.  The state depends on a few big winter storms to provide the runoff needed to satisfy water demands in the summer and fall.  However, the last three years, fewer storms have traveled through, leading to severe drought, and some […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Money, Water and Fish: Prospects for Reconciliation

The California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center in the spring of 2014, focused on the idea of reconciliation ecology, an emerging discipline based on the idea that the traditional idea of setting aside reserves of pristine habitat for nature will not protect species enough […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: A regulator perspective on balancing environmental and economic interests

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center,brought together speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how California’s water systems could work to meet both ecosystem and economic objectives.  In this presentation, two environmental law professors and the chief attorney for California’s water […]

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

  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 In April, 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 […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Farms, floods, fowl and fish on the Yolo Bypass: Can we all get along here?

The California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center in the spring of 2014, brought together environmental leaders, scientists, agency officials, and others to discuss how water systems can be reconciled to achieve both ecosystem and economic objectives.  The series of talks focused on reconciliation ecology, an […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Professor Hap Dunning and Justice Ronald B. Robie discuss groundwater regulation and more

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center, is bringing together distinguished speakers to discuss how water systems for both ecosystem and economic objectives. In this set of speeches, environmental law professor Harrison “Hap” Dunning and California Court of Appeal Justice Ronald B. Robie […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Reconciling Ecosystem Goals for San Francisco Bay

Although the concept of ‘reconciliation ecology’ was articulated by Michael Rosenzweig in the early 2000s, the idea of coming together to resolve the challenges of human development and ecosystem health at the edges of the San Francisco Bay has been in play since the 1990s. The Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals project created a regional vision for the restoration of 100,000 […]

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