CWS News

California closes commercial & recreational salmon fishing season – again

Salmon in California are struggling – facing drought, river heatwaves, polluted runoff, poor spawning habitat, and barriers to fish passage – is it a wonder that the salmon fishing season in California is canceled, again. Robert Lusardi, Associate Director at the Center for Watershed Sciences and faculty member in the Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Department at UC Davis, says almost half of California's native trout and salmon species could disappear in the next 50 years.

Environmental Law Symposium 2024

UC Davis' School of Law will host the 2024 Environmental Law Symposium on March 8, 2024 from 9:00am - 3:00pm in King Hall, Room 1001. Of special interest will be the topic of rewilding, the role of habitat restoration and species reintroduction in achieving climate resiliency. The symposium will feature three panels exploring the multiple benefits of habitat restoration, species reintroduction and how to address the potential legal, policy, and social challenges of rewilding. 

Karrigan Börk awarded ASU Law's Morrison Prize for water rights research

Karrigan Börk, Associate Director at the Center for Watershed Sciences and acting professor of law at UC Davis' School of Law, has been awarded the Morrison Prize for his 2023 legal paper on water extraction rights. The $10,000 Morrison Prize is a distinguished honor; it is awarded annually to the author of the most influential academic legal article on environmental sustainability pu

CWS Seminar Series Schedule Winter 2024

Winter 2024 Who – Anyone is welcome to attend.
What – CWS Winter 2024 Seminar Series
When – Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm & social afterward
Where – Center for Watershed Sciences Conference Room, UC Davis, CA


Date Topic + Speaker(s) 1/8

Welcome + 3-4 X 10-minute short talks + discussion

Salmon in Oregon's Willamette River Valley

Salmon are trapped behind dams in Oregon's Willamette River Valley, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to address the issue by constructing a novel $450 million trap-and-haul style "vacuum" to suck up juvenile salmon and relocate them to large holding tanks, where they will be subsequently transported downstream via trucks and re-released. UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences researchers Robert Lusardi and Peter Moyle, who published a research article on trap-and-haul programs earlier in 2017, warn that the Corps "should proceed with extreme caution" on the current proposed plan.

Jay Lund receives 2023 Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Jay Lund, distinguished professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, and Vice Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, has been awarded the Academic Senate's 2023 Distinguished Research Award. Congratulations Dr. Lund! 

What has the recent wet season done for salmon?

The recent rains in California have brought about a positive outcome for young salmon – the Yolo and Sutter bypasses have become a rich source of food for young salmon. Listen to CapRadio's lastest piece to learn from Carson Jeffres, a fisheries scientist at CWS, on how the increased water flow resulting from recent downpours has created ideal conditions for juvenile salmon populations to thrive and grow.

Blue Dot Podcast: Stream restoration on the Klamath River and Big Chico Creek

The latest episode of the Blue Dot podcast on NSPR news is out! This episode centers on the removal of Klamath Dams and the restoration of fish habitat in Big Chico Creek. The show covers a range of topics, including the science behind restoration, the world's largest restoration project on the Klamath River, the role of indigenous ecological principles in the Klamath restoration effort, and the restoration of Big Chico Creek with the help of the Mechoopda tribe.

New Lund Endowment will support next generation of water management leaders

Jay Lund, Vice Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, and his wife Jean Lund have made a historic donation of $800,000 to the Center for Watershed Sciences. This large and generous gift will support graduate students to engage in interdisciplinary water research, pursue their own interests, and think creatively about how to tackle major water problems.

Upcoming Workshop: Revisiting the Freshwater Imperative

Are you concerned about aquatic resources? You can shape the research agenda for freshwaters! As described in this recent ASLO Bulletin article, survey is now open and a workshop is planned to evaluate the ‘grand challenges’ in aquatic ecology and help set a future research agenda. Concern about freshwater resources twenty-five years ago led to The Freshwater Imperative (FWI), a research agenda designed to improve our understanding and management of freshwaters.