Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

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Farmland with best potential for groundwater recharge

SAGBI: Soil Agricultural Groundwater Banking Index. UC DAVIS

UC Davis

UC Davis

Growers, researchers, policymakers and others can pinpoint California's most promising parcels of farmland to help replenish dwindling groundwater supplies, thanks to a new interactive map developed by the California Soil Resource Lab at UC Davis. The Soil Agricultural Groundwater Banking Index provides site-specific information on millions of acres of California farmland based on previous research.

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State's next worry: Mudslides from El Niño rains

San Francisco Chronicle

Rainstorms forecast to rage during this winter's "Godzilla" El Niño could release damaging mudslides on drought-dried and fire-scarred landscapes through much of California, geologists and meteorologists warn. Swaths of land near homes and roadways where fires rolled through this summer are particularly vulnerable.

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San Diego drought lessons, straight from Israel

San Diego Union-Tribune

The list of practices that make Israel a conservation role model for a parched world is long, impressive and, frankly, a little guilt-inducing. For all of Israel's water-related triumphs, however, one of the country's most powerful tools isn't rooted in its innovative technology or forward-looking public policy. It is in the hearts and minds of its people, and it permeates everything.

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