California Water Blog

Scientists, faculty, students and researchers at UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences collaborate across the UC Davis campus and with experts from other universities, research institutes, government agencies and NGOs. Together they address critical issues affecting streams, rivers, lakes and estuarine ecosystems within California’s Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada and San Francisco Estuary. By working across disciplines, they are at the forefront of providing up-to-date scientific approaches to watershed science and policy to best meet the diverse demands placed on these resources.

Local Government

By James E. Cloern, Jane Kay, Wim Kimmerer, Jeffrey Mount, Peter B. Moyle, and Anke Mueller-Solger If we farmed the Central Valley or managed water supplies for San Francisco, San Jose or Los Angeles, we might think that fresh water flowing ...

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Local Government

By Jay Lund. In 1987, when Mark Reisner published his book Cadillac Desert, I had just begun professing on water management. The book went “viral,” before the word viral had its present-day internet-intoxicated meaning.  The book offered a compelling revisionist history ...

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Local Government

By Jay Lund What a wild water month!  Floods, spillway damage, and levee failures!  Mass evacuations! And Donald Trump and Barack Obama are not even remotely to blame! Flood control and preparation are vitally important for California.  Now we remember. ...

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Local Government

By Jay Lund. Wet.  After five years of drought, most of California finally has become wet.  The mountains are exceptionally wet and covered with snow.  The state’s reservoirs are fuller than their long term average (with a few exceptions).  Flood ...

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Local Government

By Jay Lund. Storms are filling reservoirs, building snowpack, and flooding in ways not seen since the most recent California drought began in 2012.  The state’s reservoirs today contain 1.2 million acre-ft more water than the long-term average for this ...

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