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  • Availability of high-magnitude streamflow for groundwater banking in the Central Valley, California

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    Availability of high-magnitude streamflow for groundwater banking in the Central Valley, California

    Environmental Research Letters | July 31, 2017...
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    California’s climate is characterized by the largest precipitation and streamflow variability observed within the conterminous US This, combined with chronic groundwater overdraft of...

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  • Benefits and Economic Costs of Managed Aquifer Recharge in California

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    Benefits and Economic Costs of Managed Aquifer Recharge in California

    UC Davis San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science | July 14, 2016...
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    Groundwater management is important and challenging, and nowhere is this more evident than in California. Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) projects can play an...

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  • California’s Severe Drought Has Only Marginal Impacts on Food Prices

    California’s Severe Drought Has Only Marginal Impacts on Food Prices

    University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics | May 14, 2015...
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    The extreme drought that has gripped California over the past several years is causing onerous adjustments in the natural and human environments. Agriculture,...

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  • Changing ecosystems: a brief ecological history of the Delta

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    Changing ecosystems: a brief ecological history of the Delta

    U.C. Davis Center for Watershed Sciences | February 15, 2010...
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    The San Francisco Estuary is a young estuary, about 6-10,000 years old in its present location. It became established during periods of high...

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  • Economic and Water Supply Effects of Ending Groundwater Overdraft in California’s Central Valley

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    Economic and Water Supply Effects of Ending Groundwater Overdraft in California’s Central Valley

    San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science | March 1, 2016...
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    Surface water and groundwater management are often tightly linked, even when linkage is not intended or expected. This link is especially common in...

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  • Fish-Habitat Relationships Along the Estuarine Gradient of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California: Implications for Habitat Restoration

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    Fish-Habitat Relationships Along the Estuarine Gradient of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California: Implications for Habitat Restoration

    Estuaries and Coasts, Springer U.S. | June 6, 2018...
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    Estuaries are highly variable environments where fish are subjected to a diverse suite of habitat features (e.g., water quality gradients, physical structure) that...

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  • How are Western water districts managing groundwater basins?

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    How are Western water districts managing groundwater basins?

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
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    Making the transition from open-access groundwater rights to sustainable groundwater management is a formidable task for newly formed groundwater sustainability agencies in California....

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  • How can we support the development of robust groundwater sustainability plans?

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    How can we support the development of robust groundwater sustainability plans?

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
    Summary

    Three years after California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SMGA), groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) are now preparing to develop their groundwater sustainability...

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  • Human Use of Restored and Naturalized Delta Landscapes

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    Human Use of Restored and Naturalized Delta Landscapes

    University of California at Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences | October 31, 2016...
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    Current legislation and state plans for the California Delta call for large-scale restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, which will require significant changes...

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  • Integrating Storage in California’s Changing Water System

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    Integrating Storage in California’s Changing Water System

    University of California at Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences | November 13, 2014...
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    Surface water reservoirs provide water supply and flood management benefits by capturing water when available and storing it for use when needed. Surface...

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  • Managed winter flooding of alfalfa recharges groundwater with minimal crop damage

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    Managed winter flooding of alfalfa recharges groundwater with minimal crop damage

    California Agriculture | January 16, 2018...
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    It is well known that California experiences dramatic swings in precipitation that are difficult to predict and challenging to agriculture. In times of...

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  • Modeling guides groundwater management in a basin with river–aquifer interactions

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    Modeling guides groundwater management in a basin with river–aquifer interactions

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
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    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014 seeks to maintain groundwater discharge to streams to support environmental goals. In Scott Valley, in...

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  • Special Issue: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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    Special Issue: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
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    This special issue of California Agriculture focuses on the implications of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, the package of bills signed...

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  • The Effect of Declining Groundwater Levels on Supply Well Operations

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    The Effect of Declining Groundwater Levels on Supply Well Operations

    Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California at Davis (UC Davis) | August 15, 2016...
    Summary

    This report explores the impact of droughts on domestic and irrigation well operations. Well completion reports and groundwater depth data obtained from the...

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  • The estimated impact of California’s urban water conservation mandate on electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

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    The estimated impact of California’s urban water conservation mandate on electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

    Environmental Research Letters | January 12, 2018...
    Summary

    In April 2015, the Governor of California mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water consumption (relative to 2013 levels) by urban water suppliers....

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  • The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act challenges the diversity of California farms

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    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act challenges the diversity of California farms

    California Agriculture | November 16, 2016...
    Summary

    California’s agricultural sector, a major groundwater user, finds itself in the midst of the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The...

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  • The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Governance Conference: Research and Practice Synthesis Report 2018

    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Governance Conference: Research and Practice Synthesis Report 2018

    U.C. Davis Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior | June 8, 2018...
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    “The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Governance Conference: Research and Practice,” held at the UC Davis in February 2018, assembled 55 social science researchers...

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  • UC groundwater research: A survey

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    UC groundwater research: A survey

    California Agriculture | March 13, 2018...
    Summary

    As California implements the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), UC research is building knowledge and supporting innovation in groundwater recharge, groundwater accounting, groundwater...

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  • Updating the CALVIN Hydro-Economic Optimization Model of California: Central Valley Groundwater

    Updating the CALVIN Hydro-Economic Optimization Model of California: Central Valley Groundwater

    UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences | July 11, 2012...
    Summary

    Updates are being made to Central Valley groundwater in CALVIN, a hydro-economic model of California’s intertied water supply and delivery system. These updates...

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  • Water Budget Development for SGMA Compliance, Case Study: Ukiah Valley Groundwater Basin

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    Water Budget Development for SGMA Compliance, Case Study: Ukiah Valley Groundwater Basin

    Universities Council on Water Resources Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education | December 28, 2017...
    Summary

    The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is the first comprehensive legislative effort to reform groundwater management in the state of California after years...

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