Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Game of drones

Aerial sensors will play a key role in assessing impact of highly variable water resources around California

CHI-Freshwater will employ drones, multispectral cameras, microclimate stations, and other next-generation sensors to reveal how state ecosystems respond to water. GREG CRUTSINGER / University of California Natural Reserve System

UCNRS.org

UC Berkeley News

A $2.2 million grant to the UC Natural Reserve System will enable scientists at UC Berkeley and the UC system to use a high-tech toolkit of drones, sensors and specialized cameras to look at the impact of heat waves, rainstorms and drought on vegetation over large regions. The CHI-Freshwater study will focus primarily on 39 wildland sites, ranging from northern conifer forests to southern deserts.

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Project backers seek investment from water bond

California Farm Bureau Federation

Moving closer to final decisions about which projects will receive funding from a water bond passed by voters in 2014, the California Water Commission heard presentations last week about a dozen storage projects that have applied for bond funding. Potential projects include large-scale surface storage, reservoir expansions, groundwater projects and recycled-water projects.

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Thumbs up for Soquel Creek's recycled water plan

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek Water District’s proposal to purify wastewater and inject it underground to replenish overtaxed aquifers is “plausible, feasible and protective of public health,” according to a third-party review. The water district is weighing several supplementary water supply options to bolster its depleted groundwater supply.

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