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  • California Water Plan 2013: Mountain Counties Regional Report

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    California Water Plan 2013: Mountain Counties Regional Report

    Department of Water Resources | October 30, 2014...
    Summary

    As the State works to solve the water crisis in California, the potential for redirected impacts in the Mountain Counties Area is acute....

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  • California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

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    California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
    Summary

    Mountainous regions provide most of the state’s water supply. But major problems loom— from a growing risk of wildfires to a shrinking snowpack....

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  • Climate Change Effects on the High-Elevation Hydropower System with Consideration of Warming Impacts on Electricity Demand and Pricing

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    Climate Change Effects on the High-Elevation Hydropower System with Consideration of Warming Impacts on Electricity Demand and Pricing

    California Energy Commission | July 31, 2012...
    Summary

    While only about 30 percent of California’s usable water storage capacity lies at higher elevations, high?elevation hydropower units generate, on average, 74 percent...

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  • Environmental Health Risks from Abandoned Mines in the Sierra Nevada

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    Environmental Health Risks from Abandoned Mines in the Sierra Nevada

    The Sierra Fund | June 9, 2014...
    Summary

    The widespread pollution from Gold Rush mining activities, including mercury, arsenic and lead, constitutes the oldest and longest neglected environmental justice problem in...

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  • Forest Management (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Forest Management (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
    Summary

    Forest lands in California, the majority of which are in the middle to high elevation foothills and mountains, produce a diverse array of...

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  • Groundwater Quality in the Sierra Nevada, California

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    Groundwater Quality in the Sierra Nevada, California

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California State Water Resources Control Board | December 23, 2014...
    Summary

    Groundwater provides more than 40 percent of California’s drinking water. To protect this vital resource, the State of California created the Groundwater Ambient...

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  • Groundwater Quality in the Yuba River and Bear River Watersheds, Sierra Nevada, California

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    Groundwater Quality in the Yuba River and Bear River Watersheds, Sierra Nevada, California

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California State Water Resources Control Board | September 27, 2017...
    Summary

    The Yuba River and Bear River Watersheds study unit (Yuba-Bear Watersheds) covers approximately 4,400 square kilometers on the western slope of the Sierra...

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  • Improving the Health of California’s Headwater Forests

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    Improving the Health of California’s Headwater Forests

    Public Policy Institute of California | September 18, 2017...
    Summary

    California’s headwater forests are not thriving under current management practices, and changes are needed to make them more resilient to periodic drought and...

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  • Mercury losses and recovery during a suction dredge test in the South Fork of the American River

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    Mercury losses and recovery during a suction dredge test in the South Fork of the American River

    State Water Resources Control Board | July 29, 2005...
    Summary

    Mercury has been used widely since the dawn of recorded history for gold mining. During California’s gold rush, gold miners used about 6...

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  • Quantifying the Eroded Volume of Mercury-Contaminated Sediment Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning at Stocking Flat, Deer Creek, Nevada County, California, 2010–13

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    Quantifying the Eroded Volume of Mercury-Contaminated Sediment Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning at Stocking Flat, Deer Creek, Nevada County, California, 2010–13

    USGS | July 7, 2016...
    Summary

    High-resolution ground-based light detection and ranging (lidar), also known as terrestrial laser scanning, was used to quantify the volume of mercury-contaminated sediment eroded...

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  • Status and Understanding of Groundwater Quality in the Sierra Nevada Regional Study Unit, 2008: California GAMA Priority Basin Project

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    Status and Understanding of Groundwater Quality in the Sierra Nevada Regional Study Unit, 2008: California GAMA Priority Basin Project

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), California State Water Resources Control Board | December 23, 2014...
    Summary

    Groundwater quality in the Sierra Nevada Regional (SNR) study unit was investigated as part of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Groundwater...

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  • The Role of Snowpack, Rainfall, and Reservoirs in Buffering California Against Drought Effects

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    The Role of Snowpack, Rainfall, and Reservoirs in Buffering California Against Drought Effects

    USGS | August 1, 2016...
    Summary

    California’s vast reservoir system, fed by annual snow and rainfall, plays an important part in providing water to the State’s human and wildlife...

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  • The State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests

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    The State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests

    Sierra Nevada Conservancy | October 2, 2014...
    Summary

    There is a growing understanding that many Sierra Nevada forests are not healthy and that overgrown forests are susceptible to disease and intense...

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  • Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Simulating the Regulated Rivers of California’s West Slope Sierra Nevada

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    Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Simulating the Regulated Rivers of California’s West Slope Sierra Nevada

    California Energy Commission | August 7, 2012...
    Summary

    Climate warming is expected to affect the beneficial uses of water in the Sierra Nevada, impacting nearly every resident of California. This paper...

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  • Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Water Year Classification in Non?Stationary Climates

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    Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Water Year Classification in Non?Stationary Climates

    California Energy Commission | July 31, 2012...
    Summary

    This paper explores the sensitivity of water indexing methods to climate change scenarios to better understand how water management decisions and allocations will...

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