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Center ecologists spotlight north Delta, Suisun Marsh

Several Center for Watershed Sciences researchers are presenting at this week's Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento.

On Wednesday, ecologist John Durand, fish biology professor Peter Moyle and others are scheduled to present their latest findings on ecosystems in the north Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh.

UC Davis tapped for groundwater expertise

UC Davis water scientists are helping to shape a comprehensive groundwater management system for California, designed to halt the pump-as-you-please approach that’s sucking wells dry during the drought. Thomas Harter is helping to coordinate teams from the Center for Watershed Sciences and the UC Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrology Program.

Center's virtual mega-drought draws mega-media

The Los Angeles Times on Sunday led a page-one story with the Center's 2010 study of a synthesized 72-year California drought.  

Scientists used their CALVIN model to see how the state could respond to such an extreme drought using water trading and best-case estimates of costs and effects on water operations and demands.

The results were surprising. As the Times' Bettina Boxall reported, "The California economy would not collapse. The state would not shrivel into a giant, abandoned dustbowl. Agriculture would shrink but by no means disappear."

Center exhibits Tuolumne photos through Oct. 10

Students rafting through the Clavey Falls rapids on Tuolumne River

The Center is blessed with several researchers and instructors who double as photographers. Come see their work on display through Oct. 15 at the UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center art gallery. Directions

Titled Lessons from the Tuolumne, the exhibition shows students and researchers at work and play in the central Sierra's Tuolumne River watershed.

Five myths about California's drought

Shasta Lake on 8/25/2014

The Washington Post invited the Center's Richard Howitt and Jay Lund to bust some popular misperceptions about California's drought. See if your beliefs hold water under their scrutiny:

Photo: Shasta Lake on Aug. 25, 2014 looking west from Pit River Bridge. Source: Kelly M. Grow/California Department of Water Resources


Center study: State grossly over-allocated water

Ted Grantham and Joshua Viers

In a study published today, Center for Watershed Sciences colleagues Ted Grantham (left) and Joshua Viers report that California has given away five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought.

The scientists said California’s water-rights regulator, the State Water Resources Control Board, needs a systematic overhaul of policies and procedures to bridge the gaping disparity, but lacks the legislative authority and funding to do so.

New Center report details drought impact

The 2014 drought is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture — about one third less than normal — according to a new UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences study released today (July 15). See above video clip of lead author Richard Howitt speaking at a press briefing in Washington, D.C.

The economic analysis of the drought's impact on farming also found: 

Center scientist slams secrecy of state aquifer data

sample well completion report

The Center's Graham Fogg says scientists' understanding of California's vital groundwater resources is significantly limited by a 63-year-old California law that bars disclosure of well drillers' logs filed with the state.

Drought's impact, from Sierra to Pacific

Center researchers Sarah Yarnell and Andy Bell taking ultra-high resolution photos of Tuolumne Meadows panorama. Yosemite's Mount Dana in background, 2013

The Center's Theodore Grantham and Joshua Viers lead a Mercury News special on the drought with their new research findings on the state's water demands. The analysis shows California's water heavily oversubscribed, with five times more water committed than flows through all the state's rivers and streams combined.

Center study: Drought impacts loom large for Valley farms

California’s drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, costing the industry $1.7 billion and causing more than 14,500 workers to lose their jobs, according to preliminary results of a new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. Click here to read more.

UC drought summit: Target 'more pop per drop'

California needs to start making smart choices now about how to get the most out of every drop of rainfall, University of California experts said during a state Capitol summit on the impacts and implications of the current drought — one the most severe dry spells on record. “We need to do a much better job of getting more ecological pop per drop,” said Joshua Viers of UC Merced. The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences organized the public conference in the state Capitol, attended by about 250.

Nigiri Project: 'Ray of hope' in fish-vs.-farms dispute

San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2014

Our ongoing Nigiri Project, a collaborative salmon-rearing experiment on Yolo Bypass rice fields, made for a drought-related cover story in today's San Francisco Chronicle. 

The Center associate director Peter Moyle said growing salmon on an agriculturally reclaimed floodplain like the bypass floodway could actually work better than on natural floodplains during a drought. 

Center profiled in UC Davis Magazine

The Center's Carson Jeffres snorkeling Big Springs Creek near Mount Shasta

A UC Davis Magazine profile of the Center for Watershed Sciences spotlights its field and laboratory director, Carson Jeffres, shown snorkeling on Big Springs Creek near Mount Shasta. The six-page feature also highlights the research group's leadership in the current California drought. The Center is organizing students, faculty and staff from across UC campuses for and April 25 state Capitol summit, to discuss with other experts and policymakers how best to manage immediate and long-term water shortages.