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Jay Lund on Restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley

The Bay Area does not need Hetch Hetchy reservoir to continue delivery of high-quality water from the Tuolumne River.

Several independent and peer-reviewed studies have shown that modifying the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct to take water from Cherry Reservoir or the much larger Don Pedro Reservoir downstream (built in 1971) would allow the Bay Area to receive full deliveries of its current supplies in almost all years, with only small shortages in remaining years.

Director Jay Lund Appointed to Delta Science Board

Jay Lund, Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, has been named to the influential Delta Independent Science Board, which guides state officials on management of the West Coast's largest estuary. Delta Stewardship Council Chairman Phil Isenberg announced the appointment Sept. 7, noting Lund's internationally renown expertise in managing California's water and his deep understanding of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Matthew Young named Delta Science Fellow

The state's Delta Stewardship Council and the California Sea Grant has awarded a $96,472 fellowship to Matthew Young, a doctoral student with the Center for Watershed Sciences.

As a Delta Science Fellow, Young plans to investigate whether the Sacramento blackfish, the tule perch and other native fish in the Delta's shallows are in fact dwindling and, if confirmed, the causes of the decline.

Reports from Center for Watershed Sciences Researchers Included in "Our Changing Climate 2012"

California Energy Commission: Dam

Our Changing Climate 2012, the third assessment of climate change in California, has been released by the California Energy Commission and includes five reports from 11 current and former Center for Watershed Sciences researchers. The reports include the latest research into impacts on fisheries and the opportunities for management in the energy and water sector to prepare the state for changes in availability of critical resources.

Watershed researchers engage international community at Cosumnes River Preserve

Researchers from the Center for Watershed Sciences recently hosted over 30 scientists attending the USDA sponsored International Seminar on Climate Change and Natural Resources Management at the Cosumnes River Preserve. While much of the three-week USDA International Programs seminar focused on aspects of climate change and resource management in the Sierra Nevada, attention turned to lessons learned as part of interdisciplinary science conducted by the Center for Watershed Sciences over the last decade.

Energy Commission Hearing Focuses on Climate Change

Hydropower and climate change was the focus of a recent California Energy Commission hearing. Associate Director Dr. Joshua Viers was recently interviewed by Capital Public Radio about recent research conducted by the Center for Watershed Sciences and presented to the Energy Commission.

Jacob Katz to chair a symposium on genetic effects of hatcheries on the Central Valley

The Salmonid Restoration Federation will host its 30th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference in Davis this week, April 4-7. Jacob Katz, Ph.D. Candidate at the Center for Watershed Sciences, will chair a symposium on April 7 entitled "Genetic Effects of Hatcheries on Chinook Salmon Population Dynamics in the Central Valley." For more information, please go to

CWS research featured in NY Times

Doctoral candidate Jacob Katz discusses his research.

The doctoral research of Jacob Katz, a Center for Watershed Sciences affiliate and student of Professor Peter Moyle, was featured in the national edition of the New York Times. Mr. Katz discussed his innovative approach to win-win ecology, where rice fields are used as rearing habitat for juvenile salmon in the nearby Yolo Bypass.

Jay Lund, Director of Center for Watershed Sciences, honored for work in water resources and planning

Jay Lund, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, and the current Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, received the 2011 Julian Hinds Award. The American Society of Civil Engineers has presented this most prestigious award in the field of water resources planning, development and management since 1975.

Lund will accept the award during the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Palm Springs, CA, May 22-26, 2011.