Thursday, March 17, 2016

Basin study

Climate change spells trouble for California's water

Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers Basin Study. U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

USBR

Courthouse News Service

Rising seas and soaring temperatures caused by climate change could exacerbate California's water shortage and increase stress on its most important natural resources, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The report studied the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins and concluded that increased temperatures will melt the state's snowpack earlier and diminish the state's capacity to store water in its network of reservoirs due to excess runoff.

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Although rare, lead does show up in state's water

Palm Springs Desert Sun & USA Today

California drinking water regulators don't keep track of the number of lead service lines in the state, but they are believed to be rare. Still, 98 public water systems in California recorded high lead readings from 2012–15. An analysis of federal EPA data showed about 350 schools and day-care centers nationwide failed lead tests.

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Grad students to state: Why our research matters

University of California

Throughout the halls of the Capitol, graduate students met with lawmakers Wednesday to share their expertise — such as how to conserve water in California aqueducts or engineer bacteria to produce biofuels. Their aim was not to make elected officials armchair experts in civil engineering and cell biology. Rather, it was to educate them about the value of graduate research, and why that work matters to the lives and livelihoods of Californians.

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