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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 (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service | November 1, 2008...
    Summary

    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 (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service | September 1, 2010...
    Summary

    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...
    Summary

    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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  • Agricultural Irrigation in This Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

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    Agricultural Irrigation in This Drought: Where is the Water and Where Is It Going?

    University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics | May 14, 2015...
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    In the midst of its fourth year of drought, California now faces an estimated reduction in surface-water availability of 8.8 million acre-feet (maf)...

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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 (PPIC) | 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

    Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) | 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 (PPIC) | June 1, 2017...
    Summary

    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...
    Summary

    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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