Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Bond goals

A closer look at the $4 billion water measure for voters

The Sacramento Weir directs water from the Sacramento river through the Sacramento Bypass Wildlife Area and into the Yolo Bypass. DWR


Water Deeply

Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved a new general obligation bond measure that will go before California voters during next year's primary vote June 5. Senate Bill 5, known as the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, would provide $4.1 billion for a wide variety of water and outdoor recreation needs.


Tracing water’s path in Santa Clara Valley aquifer & Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

In the early 1900s, scientists first observed land subsidence in the Santa Clara Valley due to groundwater withdrawal. A new study compares physical changes in the Santa Clara Valley aquifer system during California’s recent drought to previous studies of the area to pinpoint changes that may be related to the drought.


Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand desal

UC Irvine

By binding photosensitive dyes to common plastic membranes and adding water, chemists at the UC Irvine have made a new type of solar power generator. Instead of being produced via electrons, its electricity comes from the motion of ions. This innovation has the added potential capability of taking the salt out of seawater.