Man behind the snow pack survey set to retire
Year in and year out, Californians have become accustomed to the man in the snow. Frank Gehrke has walked through a Sierra meadow during the past 30 years to educate the public about the snow pack. Now, he is retiring. Click here to read more.
UCLA Scientist honored by DWR for Large Storm Forecasting Efforts in Conjunction with NASA
UCLA Scientist Dr. Bin Guan is the Department of Water Resources (DWR) 2018 Climate Science Service Award honoree for his tool that identifies atmospheric rivers in weather models. Click on here to read more.
CRS Report: Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act: Bureau of Reclamation and California Water Provisions
From mavensnotebook.com – This report discusses selected provisions enacted under Subtitle J of the WIIN Act. It provides background and context related to selected drought- and water-related provisions, summarizes the changes authorized in the WIIN Act, and discusses issues and questions that Congress may consider. (more)
From CALmatters – At the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers, a winter of heavy rains could inundate about 1,200 acres of riverside woodland for the first time in 60 years. That’s by design: Here, a few miles west of Modesto, work crews removed or broke several miles of levee last spring and replanted the land with tens of thousands of native sapling trees and shrubs. “We are very eager to see what happens when there is some overbank flooding here,” said Julie Rentner, executive vice president of River Partners, a habitat restoration group that is directing the project, known as the Dos Rios Ranch Preserve. The work, much of it conducted by the California Conservation Corps, comes as the state overhauls its approach toward flood control, with a growing emphasis on reconnecting floodplains to rivers so they can absorb floodwaters. This shift in methodology marks a U-turn from past reliance on levees to protect cities and towns. (more)