Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

On-farm recharge

UC scientists test new method to capture El Niño rains

Jim Morris stands in a flooded field at Bryant-Morris Ranch in the Scott Valley, Siskiyou County in March. STEVE ORLOFF / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

During California's rainy months, rivers often run high and excess water flows out into the ocean. With an El Niño event expected to bring heavy rains this winter, isn't there an easy way to collect and store it? UC researchers are testing a new method for capturing some of that underutilized water by diverting it from rivers into the network of canals running through Central Valley farmland.

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6 places where melting snow = less drinking water

National Geographic

Climate scientists have a pretty good idea what is going to happen to much of the Earth’s snow as the planet warms over the next century: It’s going to melt. But the melting will occur at different rates in different places, which has major implications for the 2 billion people who rely on snowmelt for water.

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Landmark Klamath accord on verge of collapse

Circle of Blue

Signed in 2010 and expanded in 2014, three Klamath River Basin agreements were hailed as a model for watersheds that must realign water supply and demand. But if Congress does not pass a bill by Dec. 31, three Indian tribes that are party to the agreements have indicated that they will pull out because of inaction.

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