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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 enhancing 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 practices 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:

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" (, 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.

Congratulations Ryan Peek! Awarded Best Oral Presentation from the Society for Freshwater Science

Watershed researcher Ryan Peek has recently won the award for the 2016 Best Oral Presentation in Basic Research from the Society for Freshwater Science.

His talk titled, "Linking water source signatures with native anphibian breeding timing in a northern Sierra Nevada watershed," received very high scores from the judges.

Congratulations again to Ryan Peek for receiving this distinguished honor!

For Science! - High School Teachers Raft the South Fork American

This week 12 California High school Science teachers will embark on a 2 day rafting externship on the South Fork of the American River. They will work with UC Davis Scientists to study the biology, ecology, hydrology, and geology of the river while using a variety of tools and techniques to collect and analyze field data.

While rafting the river, participants will explore the connections between water resource management and river ecology and how they impact our lives in California.