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Incorporating social equity into California water management

Environmental justice and water agency leaders work together to address water needs for California’s disadvantaged communities. Photo by Mike Antos.

The California drought has shined a spotlight on stories of people and communities living without water. Unfortunately, lack of access to clean and affordable water is not a new issue. Water security has been an enduring challenge across the state in...

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:48 AM

From surviving to thriving: trees in street-side stormwater facilities

Street-side stormwater facilities are now common in many urban areas. Photo by Igor Lacan.

Street-side stormwater facilities are turning runoff once seen as a nuisance into a resource. Also known as bioretention areas, rain gardens, and bioswales, these small stormwater facilities provide a decentralized approach to alleviating peak...

Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:31 AM
Tags: drought (5)

All the water we can get – managed groundwater recharge in California

UC Santa Cruz Hydrogeology team members collect fluid samples during experiments at a managed aquifer recharge site. From left to right: Professor Andrew Fisher, graduate students Galen Gorski and Sarah Beganskas, and undergraduate student Dominique van den Dries. Photo courtesy of UCSC Hydrogeology and The Recharge Initiative.

How best to capture and store water for many different uses is a big question in California. After years of drought and now the looming possibility of a wet, El Niño-driven winter, safe-keeping any precipitation that does fall is a big priority...

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:53 AM
Tags: drought (5), Water (3)

Climate matters: California drought and landscape water use

Before and after image of a low-water-use landscape. Photos by Environs Landscape Architecture.

A recent paper from Pittenger and Hodel suggested that, at 9 percent, landscape water was not a large part of the overall California water picture. While I understand the desire to defend urban landscapes and justify the amount of water currently used...

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:17 AM
  • Author: Vincent Lazaneo
Tags: drought (5)

How will we know when the California drought is over?

Dry dock at the Trinity Reservoir in northern California. photo by Faith Kearns

The excitement about a potentially rain-bearing El Niño is building, and hopes for a swift end to California's ongoing drought are multiplying. At the same time, many of us who have worked extensively on water issues in the state fear the...

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Small but mighty: researchers find periodically flowing streams in California are surprisingly diverse

Beetle larvae, caddisflies, and mayflies at John West Fork in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California. Photo by Michael Bogan.

When we think water in California, we tend to think big: the Sacramento River, the American, the Delta. But, the state is also filled with small headwater streams that can be particularly easy to overlook when, during the state's dry summers, they...

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:17 AM
Tags: drought (5), Water (3)
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