Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Freshwater-starved

Study: S.F. Bay ecosystem collapsing as rivers diverted

The findings by scientists at the Bay Institute, an environmental group, underline conclusions already reached by state regulators. BAY INSTITUTE

Bay Institute

San Francisco Chronicle

Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet's Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study. So little water is flowing from the rivers that feed the estuary, which includes the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Suisun Marsh and the bay, that its ecosystem is collapsing.

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More water in reservoirs, but drought persists

Sacramento Bee

California's major reservoirs are holding 69 percent more water than a year ago, the U.S. government announced Friday, but regulators warned that drought conditions continue to plague the state. Six key reservoirs owned by the federal government's Central Valley Project held a combined 4.9 million acre-feet of water as of Oct. 1, the beginning of the "water year" that runs through next September.

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Scholarship fund to honor UC Davis researcher

Davis Enterprise & Sacramento Bee

A scholarship fund has been established in memory of Sharon Gray, 31, a UC Davis plant biology researcher who was killed last week during protests in Ethiopia. A GoFundMe page has been set up, and nearly $30,000 has been donated so far toward a goal of $200,000. The fund will be dedicated to supporting women in science.

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