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Putah Creek Accord, Now 20, Remains Key to Habitat Restoration, Water Flows

May 21, 2020 at 9:00am

Daily Republic, By Todd R. Hansen

The Putah Creek Accord was signed May 23, 2000, during a ceremony at the Putah Diversion Dam.

An Introduction to State Water Project Deliveries

May 24, 2020 at 3:55pm

CA Waterblog, By Nicole Osorio

Most people in California receive some of their drinking water supply from the State Water Project (SWP). The SWP also supplies water to over 10% of California’s irrigated agriculture.

Unusually Intense and Prolonged Early-Season Heatwave Developing Across California

May 22, 2020 at 2:50pm

Weather West, by Daniel Swain

Following recent NorCal rains, a dramatic shift to hot/dry conditions

Less Water Could Sustain More Californians If We Make Every Drop Count

May 20, 2020 at 5:45pm, by by Edmund L. Andrews

California isn't running out of water," says Richard Luthy. "It's running out of cheap water. But the state can't keep doing what it's been doing for the past 100 years."

Drawing Boundaries with DNA to Improve Conservation

May 17, 2020 at 3:20pm

CA Waterblog, by Ryan Peek

Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs have begun to spawn, as with many amphibians, they have precipitously declined in many parts of their range due to river regulation, habitat loss, and disease.

What Does Drought Mean for Endangered California Salmon?

May 18, 2020 at 9:05pm

Sea Grant CA, by Katherine Leitzell

Increased frequency and severity of droughts threatens California’s endangered salmon population—but pools that serve as drought refuges could make the difference between life and death for these vulnerable fish, according to a study by researchers from UC Berkeley and California Sea Grant. The research could help resource managers strategically protect and restore salmon habitat.

In California, A Push Grows to Turn Dead Trees into Biomass Energy

May 19, 2020 at 4:55pm

YaleEnvironment 360, by BY JANE BRAXTON LITTLE

As forests in California and the Western U.S. are hit by rising numbers of fires and disease outbreaks related to climate change, some experts argue that using dead and diseased trees to produce biomass energy will help to restore forests and reduce CO2 emissions.

Coronavirus Lockdowns Have Caused a Whopping 17% Drop in Global Carbon Emissions

May 19, 2020 at 5:40pm

USA Today, by Doyle Rice

This is the first analysis to measure the pandemic-driven global drop in carbon dioxide emissions. 2020 is still on track to be one of the five hottest years on record. In the U.S., California and Washington saw the biggest decline in emissions.

DWR Completes Juvenile Salmon Habitat Study Amid COVID-19 Emergency

May 19, 2020 at 2:40pm


A study by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) investigating the growth rate of juvenile Chinook salmon raised in the Suisun Marsh area of Solano County was forced to conclude early due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency.

Napa River Fish Report

May 7, 2020 at 12:10pm

Napa RCD, by Jonathan Koehler, Napa RCD Senior Biologist

The March through May steelhead and salmon monitoring season is quickly coming to an end. This winter was exceptionally dry, and low flow conditions made it difficult (often impossible) to catch fish using our rotary screw trap, as we have for the past 12 years.

Beneficiaries of Headwater Forests Can Be Key Partners in Developing More Resilient California

May 6, 2020 at 11:45pm

CAFWD, by Deb Kollars

The gifts of headwater forests – trees in abundance, water supplies, wildlife habitat, recreational assets and more – benefit not only those who live nearby but people throughout California. As a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) explains, the state urgently needs to accelerate forest management practices that can protect those benefits in the face of increasing wildfires and other threats.

Water Resource Management: Developing a Water Budget

May 13, 2020 at 11:35pm

Maven's Notebook

A water budget is an accounting of the rates of the inflows, outflows, and changes in water storage in a specific area; however, as simple as that might sound, developing an accurate water budget can be a difficult and challenging endeavor.