WEBINAR: Water Quality Concerns in Western Forests and Rangelands

Webinar looks at what is being done to reduce impacts the impacts of wildfires on water quality and ecosystem health Water quality is a concern for Western states because with the arid climate, there isn’t a lot of water and so the little bit of water there is needs to be protected.  Water quality – or the lack thereof – […]

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THE DELTA AND THE TRIBUTARIES, part 3: Moving the Delta and the tributaries towards a sustainable future

The Sierra Nevada plays a critical role in California’s water supply:  Snowpack in the mountain provides a natural form of water storage, and the forests and meadows play a role in ensuring water quality and reliability.  More than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply and more than 75% of the fresh water that flows into the Delta comes from […]

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THE DELTA AND THE TRIBUTARIES, part 2: California’s salmon face challenges, but there are success stories, too

In the fall of every year, an incredible phenomenon takes place in the Central Valley: the fall salmon run.  Adult salmon travel many miles from the Pacific Ocean upstream to their spawning grounds, returning to the river where they were born, sometimes even to the same riffle, where they will spawn, laying their eggs in the gravels of the rivers […]

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THE DELTA AND THE TRIBUTARIES, part 1: How the health of the headwaters affects California’s water system

The Mountain Counties Area spans over 15,700 square miles, encompassing most of the Sierra Nevada.   Much of the state’s precipitation falls here in the winter as snow, slowly and steadily melting in the spring to support the forest vegetation; then flowing downhill, filling the state’s rivers and providing water for cities and farms, eventually flowing into the Delta, where some […]

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Headwaters Health: Obstacles and opportunities to advance forest management

Panel at ACWA’s Spring Conference discusses forest restoration, biomass power plants, wildfires, and other upper watershed management issues Experts agree there is an urgent need to accelerate the pace and scale of forest management activities.  From development of biomass energy and facilities to on-the-ground projects and watershed-based partnerships, this panel discussion at the ACWA Spring Conference explored the barriers and […]

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Managing our headwaters: What are the challenges and recommendations?

A panel at the ACWA conference discusses the importance of healthy forests to water supply reliability California’s mountain watersheds are the source of most of the state’s developed water supply, but today’s headwaters landscapes are overgrown and underfunded. While most is federal land, there are state, local government and private lands that are also in need of active land management […]

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Managing Forest Health for Water Resources

Successful forest management plans and a study that found that forest thinning can increase runoff by 20% demonstrate the benefits of upper watershed management The Western Governors Association (WGA), established in 1984, represents the governors of 19 western states and the U.S. flag islands.  The WGA works to develop and promote consensus-based policy solutions, to exchange information and identify best […]

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As Drought Deepens, Groups Call for Heightened Focus on Healthy Headwaters

From the Association of California Water Agencies, The Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy: As the drought tightens its grip, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), The Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy today issued a joint call for renewed attention on California’s headwaters and the role they play in the state’s water supply and ecological health. […]

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Amid Drought’s Grip, ACWA Releases Policy Framework to Improve Resiliency and Management of Headwaters

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA): As the state looks to preserve every drop of water amid record drought, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today released a new policy framework aimed at effectively managing headwaters areas such as the Sierra Nevada, source of much of the state’s water supply. The formal release of the document, “Improving […]

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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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