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May 25 - California and Israel to co-host forum on Water and Agriculture Policy

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will co-host a joint forum on shared issues related to water and agriculture. The forum will bring together Israeli and Californian government officials and researchers to address water/agriculture related issues while also exploring opportunities for future innovation.
 
The forum will be held on May 25, 2017 in Sacramento, registration and agenda are available here.

State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water

Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout (CalTrout) and University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of salmon, steelhead, and trout that are native to California. State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water offers concerning data about the declining health of these fish populations and opportunities for stabilizing and even recovering many species.

May 12 Capitol Speaker Series: California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program

Join Professor Nicholas Pinter from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kathleen Schaeffer a FEMA Engineer Emritus, and Dr. Rui Hui of the Center for Watershed Sciences for a discussion about California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program as they examine the question: could a state flood insurance program be right for California?

When: May 12th 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Where: California State Capitol Room 126

April 28: Register for the Science Communication Workshop with Amy Quinton and Kat Kerlin

Join us on Friday, April 28th from 2-4pm at Ghausi Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room for a Science Communication Workshop with Amy Quinton and Kat Kerlin. Registration is free and open for CWS Affiliates. 

Click this link to register. 

Amy Quinton, a science reporter for NPR affiliate Capital Public Radio, will share the do’s and don’ts of talking with the press, providing real-world examples. 

March 23 RSVP for EPA Watershed Academy Webcast Seminar

EPA is hosting a Watershed Academy Webcast on the latest news about the conditions in the nation’s lakes and flowing waters, based on the findings of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS). This webcast will take place on Thursday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. The NARS are collaborative surveys conducted by EPA, states, and tribes that use a probability-based statistical design to sample rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters across the U.S.

March 10, 2017: California Climate, Law & Policy Symposium RSVP Now!

Please join the Environmental Law Society for the 2017 UC Davis Environmental Law Symposium. This free event sponsored in partnership with the John Muir Institute of the Environment and the California Environmental Law & Policy Center will address the challenges and opportunities associated with California's climate legislation; JMIE director Benjamin Houlton and Center for Watershed Sciences director Jay Lund will participate:

"After drought, California urgently needs to focus on big picture of water management" by Jay Lund. Op Ed to Sacramento Bee

This article was originally published on the Sacramento Bee.

By Jay Lund
Special to The Bee

California has largely emerged from five years of drought. This good news becomes better news if we move forward with better water management, which will prepare the state for the next drought, as well as floods.

Jan 21 - California Water Law Symposium: The Bay-Delta: Understanding what’s at stake for the region’s future

The California Bay-Delta—made up of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers Delta and San Francisco Bay—has, for the past 150 years, been inundated with man-made alterations causing a steep decline in the region’s health. To date, certain species’ populations have dropped to the lowest numbers on record and natural flows have been diverted, leading to a decline in water quality and availability to communities and farms across California.

Peter B. Moyle Elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow

Seven University of California, Davis, faculty members are included in the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS Council recently voted in 391 fellows in all for 2016, in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications.

Call for Abstracts- Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency Conference (Deadline 1/31/17)

The Sierra Fund is inviting researchers from multiple disciplines to submit abstracts to our fourth biennial conference, Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency, May 8-9, 2017 at California State University, Sacramento. The deadline to submit an abstract is January 31, 2017.

Riparian Summit: Confluence to Influence Oct 17-19. 2017 Save the Date!

Preserving and enchancing the multiple functions and services of riparian zones in a Changing Climate

Share science, community values, methods, and techniques for advancing the management, protection, and restoration of riparian areas.

Meet world-class speakers, enjoy science discussions, field activities, and the art/science nexus. Embrace the latest research, lessons learned, and best parctices from CAlifornia and beyond. influence policymakers who recognize the importance of riparian conservation.

San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, October 2016 (Volume 14, Issue 3) now available

The October 2016 issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (Volume 14, Issue 3) is now available online. This issue features six articles including a contribution from UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences director Jay R. Lund.  The table of contents are below and the entire issue can be viewed here: http://escholarship.org/uc/jmie_sfews

NEW! Clarifications and Supplemental Information: Estimates of Irrigated Cropland Idled due to the 2016 Drought

In the aftermath of releasing the report "Estimates of Irrigated Cropland Idled due to the 2016 Drought" (http://droughtimpacts.ucdavis.edu), several commentaries have indicated that land fallowing in the summer of 2016 exceeds the 77,000 acres in the 2016 drought report. A short memo provides additional details and clarification on the difference between climate related and other cutbacks. (The same clarification applies to jobs and other economic aggregates).

Registration Open! 43rd Natural Areas Conference: Climate Change Adaptaton and Natural Areas Management

Register now to join us in California for the 2016 Natural Areas Conference October 18-21, 2016. Our theme is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. This event will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground.  View a detailed schedule of events here.