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Governor’s Budget Seeks to Build Water Resilience

Jan 21, 2020 at 3:20pm

Public Policy Institute of California, by ELLEN HANAK, GOKCE SENCAN

Earlier this month the Newsom administration laid out its vision for addressing the linked issues of water and climate in two key policy documents: the much-anticipated draft of its Water Resilience Portfolio (WRP) and the governor’s budget proposal.

Small Farmers Wait for California’s Groundwater Hammer to Fall

Jan 22, 2020 at 3:15pm

Stanford University News, By Madison Pobis

Farmers, large and small, are beginning to grapple with what the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act means for them. One by one, local sustainability plans are starting to go public. Many farmers expect to see cutbacks on pumping once the program is fully implemented in 2040.

Controlled burns prevent California wildfires, study says. Why aren’t there more?

Jan 22, 2020 at 2:55pm

The Sacramento Bee, by JARED GILMOUR

Experts from Stanford University are calling for more prescribed burns to prevent devastating wildfires in California, pointing to new research that asks why the approach hasn’t been pursued more aggressively in the fire-plagued state.

To Conserve Marine Species, Make Protected Areas Mobile

Jan 17, 2020 at 2:50pm

Scientific American, E&E News, by Chelsea Harvey

Take a good look at the oceans today—there’s a strong chance they won’t look the same in a few decades, scientists say.

In an editorial in the journal Science, one group of experts makes the case for a new approach: movable marine sanctuaries whose boundaries would shift across the ocean as needed.

Disappointing Numbers for Annual Coho Salmon Run in Western Marin County

Jan 17, 2020 at 2:40pm

San Francisco Chronicle, by Peter Fimrite

The pouring rain this winter brought with it a buoyant optimism among fisheries experts about the celebrated run of coho salmon in western Marin County, but the expected swarm of leaping pink fish never showed up.

Beetles and Fire Kill Dozens of 'Indestructible' Giant Sequoia Trees

Jan 18, 2020 at 2:30pm

The Guardian, by Patrick Greenfield and Mette Lampcov

Deadly interaction between insects, drought and fire damage have forced California’s park officials to trigger climate crisis plans intended for the 2050s.

Time's Up on Groundwater Plans: One of the Most Important New California Water Laws in 50 Years Explained

Jan 20, 2020 at 2:25pm

KQED Science, by Molly Peterson

Much of California’s water supply is a hidden asset: Deep below the surface, rocks, gravel and sand store water like a sponge, in an underground zone called an aquifer. 

Here's How Much Better Last Fire Season Was Than the Previous Two

Jan 14, 2020 at 3:25pm

KQED Science, by Kevin Stark & Jon Brooks

The number of acres burned was the lowest since 2011, and the wildfire-related death toll dropped to three, down from the dozens of fatalities in both 2017 and 2018.

Winter Weather Update: Biggest winter storm in weeks expected to hit Northern California

Jan 15, 2020 at 3:20pm

ABC 10, by Monica Woods

The biggest winter storm in weeks will be moving through California on Thursday. Expect rain, snow, wind and thunderstorms.

Microplastics are Everywhere, But Their Health Effects on Humans are Still Unclear

Jan 11, 2020 at 10:00am

Discover Magazine, By Jillian Mock

Plastic pollution is getting under our skin. Literally. As plastics have become ubiquitous in modern society, so too has plastic pollution, including tiny plastic particles. These microplastics have been detected in the air, water and in foods, making their presence in our bodies inevitable. 


Jan 8, 2020 at 4:30pm


A new habitat restoration effort completed in fall to protect salmon and steelhead in the lower American River. Over three weeks in September, the project placed more than 14,000 cubic yards of cleaned and sorted gravel into the river and carved out a new side channel to help fish spawn and rear their young.


Jan 6, 2020 at 4:25pm

Maven's Notebook, prepared by Robert Shibatani

Despite what seems like a lot of rain since about the Thanksgiving week, accumulated totals really have not amounted to much. North State and central Sierra Nevada precipitation values to date are still below their long-term averages but have arisen considerably over the Holiday season.