Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Future of water

Technology to help California farms stretch every drop

Dan and Tom Rogers' farm has three weather stations throughout their 175-acre almond farm. This temperature sensor sends back information to a centralized computer that Tom Rogers can then access from his personal computer. MAYA SUGARMAN / KPCC

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PART TWO: California farms produce half of all fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States. To do that, farmers here typically use 80 percent of the water stored in the state's reservoirs and aqueducts. Will that still be the case in the year 2040? Believe it or not, the answer to that question is probably yes. This series looks at how California's relationship to water is likely to change in the hotter, drier, more populous state of the year 2040. #CAwater2040

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USGS hydrologists fish for coping strategies

Christian Science Monitor

Western mountains are seeing record low snowpack this year and it could have broad reaching implications. So, what can be done? The U.S. Geological Survey is gathering data for a report on stream flow to determine just that. Using data gathered in almost 500 streams in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, the report will help officials make decisions managing water usage.

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Endangered species return to restored salt pond

San Jose Mercury News

Two endangered species have returned to a nearly lifeless former salt pond in the southern San Francisco Bay, the first proof that the ambitious 30-year South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is helping nature heal. Clapper Rails and Salt Marsh Harvest Mice have been discovered in a rehabilitated pond on the edge of Fremont, buoying hopes that the creatures are returning a century after they vanished due to salt harvesting.

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