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  • A Measure of Snow: A Report Based on Case Studies of The Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    A Measure of Snow: A Report Based on Case Studies of The Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service | November 1, 2008...
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    Snow depth and snow water content data have been collected and disseminated throughout the Western United States for over 100 years. Early snow survey and...

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  • A Measure of Snow: Case Studies of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    A Measure of Snow: Case Studies of the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service | September 1, 2010...
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    Snow depth and snow water content data have been collected and disseminated throughout the W estern United States for over 100 years. Early...

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  • A Perspective on the Drought in California

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    A Perspective on the Drought in California

    Legislative Analyst's Office | November 21, 1991...
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    Despite heavy rains in March 1991, California continues to face a serious near-term water problem resulting from five years of drought. In fact,...

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  • Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

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    Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform

    Public Policy Institute of California | November 11, 2015...
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    California’s water allocation system hampers its ability to meet the state’s needs, especially in times of drought. At its heart is an unusually...

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  • Atmospheric Rivers as Drought Busters on the U.S. West Coast

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    Atmospheric Rivers as Drought Busters on the U.S. West Coast

    USGS | April 25, 2013...
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    Atmospheric rivers (ARs) have, in recent years, been recognized as the cause of the large majority of major floods in rivers all along...

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  • Atmospheric Rivers, Floods and the Water Resources of California

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    Atmospheric Rivers, Floods and the Water Resources of California

    | April 5, 2011...
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    California’s highly variable climate and growing water demands combine to pose both water-supply and flood-hazard challenges to resource managers. Recently important efforts to...

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  • Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs

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    Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs

    Public Policy Institute of California | June 1, 2017...
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    Droughts are a recurring feature of California’s climate. Major droughts provide an opportunity to review management responses and derive policy lessons that can...

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  • California’s most significant droughts: Comparing historical and recent conditions

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    California’s most significant droughts: Comparing historical and recent conditions

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | March 23, 2015...
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    The water years of 2012-14 stand as California’s driest three consecutive years in terms of statewide precipitation, and as of this writing in...

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  • California’s Most Significant Droughts: Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions

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    California’s Most Significant Droughts: Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | February 2, 2015...
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    This report was prepared in response to the dry conditions of 2012-14 (Figure 1.1) and particularly in response to the very dry hydrology...

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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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  • California’s Water: Managing Droughts

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    California’s Water: Managing Droughts

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
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    California is prone to multi-year droughts. Diverse, coordinated approaches are needed to stretch our water supply, ensure safe drinking water for at-risk communities,...

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  • Development and Interpretation of Daily Seasonal Water Supply Forecasts

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    Development and Interpretation of Daily Seasonal Water Supply Forecasts

    USDA/NRCS | February 26, 2009...
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    This Technical Note documents the process used to develop the Daily Water Supply Forecast procedures and serves as a guide for helping users...

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  • Dry Year Program (1978)

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    Dry Year Program (1978)

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 1978...
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    The importance of water was emphasized to all Californians during the 1975-76 water year. A high pressure system persisted off the West Coast...

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  • Electrical Resistivity Investigation of Fluvial Geomorphology to Evaluate Potential Seepage Conduits to Agricultural Lands along the San Joaquin River, Merced County, California, 2012–13

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    Electrical Resistivity Investigation of Fluvial Geomorphology to Evaluate Potential Seepage Conduits to Agricultural Lands along the San Joaquin River, Merced County, California, 2012–13

    USGS | January 1, 1970...
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    Increased flows in the San Joaquin River, part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, are designed to help restore fish populations. However,...

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  • Emerging trends in global freshwater availability

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    Emerging trends in global freshwater availability

    Nature | May 17, 2018...
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    Freshwater availability is changing worldwide. Here we quantify 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)...

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  • Estimating Historical California Precipitation Phase Trends Using Gridded Precipitation, Precipitation Phase, and Elevation Data

    Estimating Historical California Precipitation Phase Trends Using Gridded Precipitation, Precipitation Phase, and Elevation Data

    Department of Water Resources | July 18, 2014...
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    Climate change projections for California indicate reduction in the percentage of precipitation that falls as snow, and increase in the percentage that falls...

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  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Alteration of streamflow magnitudes and potential ecological consequences: a multiregional assessment

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    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Alteration of streamflow magnitudes and potential ecological consequences: a multiregional assessment

    Ecological Society of America | October 19, 2010...
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    Human impacts on watershed hydrology are widespread in the US, but the prevalence and severity of streamflow alteration and its potential ecological consequences...

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  • Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2015

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    Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2015

    Department of Water Resources | December 23, 2016...
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    Water year 2015 added a fourth year to the ongoing drought in California, with observations indicative of a changing climate, including record warmth....

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  • Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2016

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    Hydroclimate Report Water Year 2016

    Department of Water Resources | September 5, 2017...
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    Water year 2016 ended up being different than expected, from a climate standpoint. Water year 2015 marked the 4th year of drought in...

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  • Impact of extreme drought and incentive programs on flooded agriculture and wetlands in California’s Central Valley

    Impact of extreme drought and incentive programs on flooded agriculture and wetlands in California’s Central Valley

    PeerJ | June 29, 2018...
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    Between 2013 and 2015, a large part of the western United States, including the Central Valley of California, sustained an extreme drought. The...

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