North Coast

The North Coast region spans over 19,000 square miles and is quite diverse, from coastal areas and redwood forests to inland mountain valleys and the semi-arid Modoc Plateau. Land use is similarly diverse including aquaculture, ranching, farming, timber harvesting, vineyards, marijuana cultivation, US Forest Service lands, and parklands. The climate varies from high precipitation along the coastal areas to desert conditions in the Modoc Plateau. Several tribes live in the region, including the Yurok Tribe, the state’s largest.

2019 Annual Compliance Report California Drinking Water Program

California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) | May 1st, 2020


The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Division of Drinking Water (DDW) is the primacy agency responsible for the administration and enforc

2020 Water Resilience Portfolio (draft)

California Natural Resources Agency | January 2nd, 2020


2021 Drinking Water Needs Assessment

California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) | April 9th, 2021


In 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted a Human Right to Water Resolution making the Human Right to Water (HR2W), as defin

21st century California drought risk linked to model fidelity of the El Niño teleconnection

Nature Climate and Atmospheric Science | September 3rd, 2018


Greenhouse gas-induced climate change is expected to lead to negative hydrological impacts for southwestern North America, including California (CA). This includes a decr

A 450-year record of environmental change from Castle Lake, California (USA), inferred from diatoms and organic geochemistry

Journal of Paleolimnology | November 11th, 2020


A 39-cm sediment core from Castle Lake, California (USA) spans the last ~ 450 years and was analyzed for diatoms and organic geochemistry (δ15N, δ13C, and C:N), wi

A freshwater conservation blueprint for California: prioritizing watersheds for freshwater biodiversity

Freshwater Science, University of Chicago Press Journals | April 18th, 2018


Conservation scientists have adapted conservation planning principles designed for protection of habi- tats ranging from terrestrial to freshwater ecosystems. We

A global spatial analysis reveals where marine aquaculture can benefit nature and people

PloS ONE | October 9th, 2019


Aquaculture of bivalve shellfish and seaweed represents a global opportunity to simultaneously advance coastal ecosystem recovery and provide substantive benefits to hum

A Path Forward for California’s Freshwater Ecosystems

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | December 2nd, 2019


Californians rely on freshwater ecosystems for many things: water supply, hydropower, recreation, fisheries, flood risk reduction, biodiversity, and more. These ecosystem

Advancing Ecosystem Restoration with Smarter Permitting

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | August 16th, 2021


California’s ecosystems form the bedrock of the state’s well being and prosperity. Yet many of these ecosystems—which are vitally important to the state’s water s

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