SCIENCE NEWS: Growth and temperature tradeoffs for juvenile chinook salmon; Project designed to simulate beavers; Maximizing use of water stored in soil could result in savings for farmers; Microplastics are diverse and those differences matter; and more …

In science news this week: Stay Cool, Babies – Growth and Temperature Tradeoffs for Juvenile Chinook salmon:  “Although they spend their lives hidden beneath the surface, fish are directly affected by the weather happening outside their aquatic world. This is particularly true of species that rely on watersheds in regions like California, where the availability of water changes dramatically with […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US; Things are looking up: the 2018 salmon season; Using genetics to inform conservation of spring-run chinook salmon; and more …

In science news this week: Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US:  “Forest fires are causing snow to melt earlier in the season, a trend occurring across the western U.S. that may affect water supplies and trigger even more fires, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Portland State University (PSU) , the Desert Research Institute […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Trucking is mucking up chinook salmon diversity; USFWS joins partnership to restore native habitat after Thomas fire; Natural landscapes? Scientists call for a paradigm shift in restoration projects; The secret sauce of environmental problem solving; and more …

In science news this week: Trucking is Mucking Up Chinook Salmon Diversity:  “We’ve all heard that “variety is the spice of life,” but a conservation biologist might suggest “variety is essential for life.” It’s understood that the more genetic diversity a population has, the more likely it will be to be able to adapt to future changes. A loss of […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Reclaiming the lost salmon population, Conserving wetlands, On the flyway highway, Survive the sound, Microplastics take flight; and more …

In science news this week: Reclaiming the lost population: Recent release part of plan to repopulate winter Chinook salmon in upper Battle Creek after the loss of nearly the entire in-river juvenile population during the drought of 2014 and 2015:  “Winter-run Chinook salmon are unique in that they spawn during the summer months, from mid-April to mid-August, when California is […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Tropical storms connected to Central Valley heat waves; Sinking salmon populations hidden by hatcheries; Salinity cycles in Lower Colorado River; Cover crops: Good for water quality?; and more …

In science news this week: Predicting heat waves? Look half a world away: When thunderstorms brew over the tropics, California heat wave soon to follow:  “When heavy rain falls over the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean, it is a good indicator that temperatures in central California will reach 100°Fin four to 16 days, according to […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Clams and water pumping explain phytoplankton decline in the Delta; Falling levels of air pollution drove decline in California’s tule fog; One river remains; Mountain glaciers are major contributors to rising seas; and more …

In science news this week: Clams and Water Pumping Explain Phytoplankton Decline in San Francisco Estuary:  “A combination of invasive clams and water pumping explains the drastic suppression of phytoplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.  Previous studies linked fish declines in the estuary in part to a limited supply of […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Rebuilt wetlands can protect shorelines better than walls; NOAA seeks to improve fish passage through 2018 program review; How tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to plan for climate change; and more …

In science news this week: Rebuilt Wetlands Can Protect Shorelines Better Than Walls:  “On August 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene crashed into North Carolina, eviscerating the Outer Banks. The storm dumped rain shin-high and hurled three-meter storm surges against the barrier island shores that faced the mainland, destroying roads and 1,100 homes.  After the storm, a young ecologist then at the […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: A honking, fluttering spectacle; Climate change, drought threatens small Sierra streams; Counting juvenile salmon and lizards; and more …

In science news this week: A Honking, Fluttering Spectacle:  “The honking, fluttering spectacle of tens of thousands of snow geese in flight is a breathtaking sight—like watching “snowflakes drifting lazily across the azure sky,” in the words of naturalist and historian George Bird Grinnell. It is also a sight that would be far less common in the Sacramento Valley if […]

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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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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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