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Ecological Drought National Webinar Series

Jan 19, 2021 at 8:00am


The series is co-hosted by NIDIS and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center, with expert speakers from the research community, tribal nations, and government agencies.

As Storm Sets Up to Pummel Tahoe, Meteorologists Forecast a Future without Snow

Jan 26, 2021 at 10:45am

Julie Brown, San Francisco Gate

One week, it’s fires; the next, it’s feet upon feet of snow.

Something was Killing Baby Salmon. Scientists Traced it to a Food-Web Mystery

Jan 26, 2021 at 5:00am

Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times

The biologists working in a fish hatchery near Shasta Dam grew increasingly concerned last year when newly hatched salmon fry began to act strangely — swimming around and around, in tight, corkscrewing motions, before spiraling to their deaths at the bottom of the tanks.

Foundation Resources Help You Understand Groundwater's Vital Role in California

Jan 21, 2021 at 8:00am

Water Education Foundation

Special Project on SGMA Publishing Soon in Western Water; Groundwater Map and Layperson's Guide Among Array of Educational Materials

Low Lake Levels Give Reason for Concern

Jan 19, 2021 at 5:45pm

Bryan Ramsey

Lake levels are well below average as we near the end of January. This can have adverse effects on those using the lakes, as well as the habitat.

Pattern Change to Bring Rain, Snow to West and Could Unlock Active Storm Track For Central and Eastern U.S.

Jan 20, 2021 at 2:15am

Chris Dolce

A jet stream pattern change will take shape on the West Coast later this week bringing rain and mountain snow to California and other parts of the West.

New - A One-stop NOAA Resource for All Things Drought

Jan 20, 2021 at 8:00am

Adam Lang

NIDIS, NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, has launched a redesigned U.S. Drought Portal to better serve stakeholders, decision makers, the media, and the public. 

Annual Report Details Accomplishments by California Resource Conservation Districts

Jan 20, 2021 at 8:00am

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) has released its annual report of district accomplishments throughout the state. The list includes increasing water efficiency, managing stormwater, and reforesting landscape damaged by wildfires. There are 96 resource conservation districts in California.

CA Fish & Wildlife Applications are Being Accepted for Ecosystem Restoration Project Grants

Jan 20, 2021 at 8:00am

The CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration & protection projects under its Propositions 1 Grant Program. The deadline is Feb. 19 & CDFW will host an online application workshop, Jan. 26.

2020 Was Earth’s 2nd-Hottest Year, Just Behind 2016

Jan 14, 2021 at 8:00am

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

It’s official: 2020 ranks as the second-hottest year on record for the planet, knocking 2019 down to third hottest, according to an analysis by NOAA scientists.

Restoring Health and Reducing Wildfire Threat to California's Forests

Jan 8, 2021 at 8:00am

Governor’s Task Force Outlines Actions to Reduce Wildfire Risk, Improve Health of Forests and Wildlands.


Wildfires Produced Up to Half of Pollution in the US West

Jan 11, 2021 at 4:40pm

Associated Press

Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday.