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Updates on agriculture and natural resource topics from the Sierra Foothills
by Charles A Raguse
on August 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM
It's good to see ANR posts from the Sierra Field Station again. And posts of the quality that (can't think of his name)from Hopland was putting forth until he retired.  
Dan, you are an accomplished "free lance" writer, and an article such as this would suffice for inclusion in any major airlines on-board magazine. Why? Because its story, backed up by photos (photo credits?)that are actually relevant to that story.  
Especially now, this would be of interest to almost anyone.  
I would be interested in knowing which springs have ceased flow. They are all named or numbered, and I have a Station map that Dustin Flavell (bid Dustin "Hello" for me, please) helped me put together.  
Over the years, I have promoted the reality that one of the most outstanding attributes of the SFREC is in its number and spatial diversity of natural springs, as their behavior would be of un-questioned value in documenting future climate changes worth taking note of.  
(I mentioned that to UCD Chancellor P. B. Ketehi once, just after a talk she had given, and just got a (brief) blank stare in return; I guess there actually are a few folks who don't know what a Field Station is!)  
There is quite recent, and rapidly growing, interest in documenting the structure and diversity of underground aquifers in the San Joaquin Valley. The investigative technology that develops could also be adapted to characterize sub-surface water "pools" and flows at SFREC.  
THAT would be fascinating.  
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