South Lahontan

The South Lahontan region spans 17 million acres of land in central to southeastern California, encompassing numerous mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada, the Techachapi Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the San Bernardino Mountains; the region also hosts Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous US at 14,495 feet above sea level, as well as Death Valley, the lowest point at 282 feet below sea level.

Advancing Strategic Land Repurposing and Groundwater Sustainability in California

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) | March 26th, 2021


For decades, California has been on a steady trajectory toward water scarcity, which is now exacerbated by climate change. More frequent and intense droughts and incre

Agricultural risks from changing snowmelt

Nature Climate Change | April 20th, 2020


Snowpack stores cold-season precipitation to meet warm-season water demand. Climate change threatens to disturb this balance by altering the fraction of precipita

An Evaluation of California’s Adjudicated Groundwater Basins

University of California, Santa Cruz | October 1st, 2016


Groundwater is a critical resource in California, providing on average 30 percent of the state’s total water supply and significantly more during dry years. Many commu

An Update of the Death Valley Regional Groundwater Flow System Transient Model, Nevada and California

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) | October 31st, 2016


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has revised the regional-scale Death Valley regional groundwater flow system (DVRFS) numerical model with new data and interpretations s

Analysis of Potential Water-Supply Management Options, 2010-60, and Documentation of Revisions to the Model of the Irwin Basin Aquifer System, Fort Irwin National Training Center, California

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Fort Irwin National Training Area | October 31st, 2014


The Fort Irwin National Training Center is considering several alternatives to manage their limited water-supply sources in the Irwin Basin. An existing three-dimensional

Anthropogenic warming impacts on California snowpack during drought

American Geophysical Union (AGU) | March 15th, 2017


Sierra Nevada climate and snowpack is simulated during the period of extreme drought from 2011 to 2015 and compared to an identical simulation except for the removal of t

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