SCIENCE NEWS: Remotely Operated Vehicle Gives Scientists an Underwater View into California’s MPAs; Woolly star plants need catastrophes to live; Western droughts caused permanent loss to major California groundwater source; Pave paradise and put up a … desert?; and more …

In science news this week: Science Spotlight: Remotely Operated Vehicle Gives Scientists an Underwater View into California’s MPAs:  “Marine scientists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) recently completed an unprecedented three-year survey of deep-water habitats off the California coast using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Beginning in 2014, MARE’s ROV […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Water rights during drought; winter pulsed flows for salmon; Valley water supplies; Community participation in SGMA; Markets for clean water; and more …

Water Rights Administration and Oversight During Past California Droughts:  Nell Green Nylen writes, “In the first post in this series, I talked about why it’s important for the state of California to spend time preparing for future droughts even in wet years like this one.  This post examines some of the lessons from past droughts that can inform these preparations.  […]

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RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for March 18

Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions, curated from the Department of Water Resources website, the Desert Research Institute, and others: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: New research on sea level rise along California coast; A long view of California’s climate, Delta Social Science Task Force meeting; Pi me a river; Wetlands and carbon storage; and more …

In science news this week: New US Geological Survey-led Research Helps California Coastal Managers Prioritize Planning and Mitigation Efforts Due to Rising Seas and Storms: “New U.S. Geological Survey-led coastal modeling research presents state, federal, and commercial entities with varying storm and sea level-rise scenarios to assist with planning for future infrastructure and mitigation needs along the California coast.   The […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Biops, WaterFix, managing groundwater, water supply portfolios, drought preparation, Longfin smelt, multi-benefit water management, and more …

The BiOps! They have been used to take water from farms and people for the benefit of fish:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The Biological Opinions, or BiOps, are the rules intended to protect the salmon and smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The rules have been in place for the past ten years and it’s no secret they haven’t […]

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RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for March 11

Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions, curated from the Department of Water Resources website, the Desert Research Institute, and others: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s […]

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CALENDAR EVENTS: Webinar on Fox Canyon Groundwater Market; American Water Works Assn Confluence 2019; Bruce Babbitt & Ellen Hanak: Parting the Waters; California Water Policy Conference

WEBCAST: “Groundwater Conservation Through Well Extraction Management – A Case Study into the Fox Canyon Groundwater Market” March 20 The Fox Canyon groundwater market is the result of a grower-led initiative authorized by the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, in Ventura County, California. In 2017 a centralized market for individual landowners to buy and sell groundwater was launched on the […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Socializing subsidence, Delta residents and the single tunnel plan, Economic policy approaches to water allocation, little action on 2014 salmon recovery plan, and more …

Subsidence?  Socialize it:  Eric Caine writes, “Subsidence and socialism are two “S” words that wouldn’t seem to have much in common, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. Nevertheless, for insiders in the Valley’s intricate water game, the words are inextricably linked.  Subsidence is caused by overpumping groundwater. Pump too much groundwater and the land sinks. Pump too much water […]

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