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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...
    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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  • California Water Plan 2013: Mountain Counties Regional Report

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    California Water Plan 2013: Mountain Counties Regional Report

    Department of Water Resources | October 30, 2014...
    Summary

    As the State works to solve the water crisis in California, the potential for redirected impacts in the Mountain Counties Area is acute....

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  • California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

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    California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
    Summary

    Mountainous regions provide most of the state’s water supply. But major problems loom— from a growing risk of wildfires to a shrinking snowpack....

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  • Environmental Health Risks from Abandoned Mines in the Sierra Nevada

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    Environmental Health Risks from Abandoned Mines in the Sierra Nevada

    The Sierra Fund | June 9, 2014...
    Summary

    The widespread pollution from Gold Rush mining activities, including mercury, arsenic and lead, constitutes the oldest and longest neglected environmental justice problem in...

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  • Estimates of Natural and Unimpaired Flows for the Central Valley of California: Water Years 1922-2014 (draft)

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    Estimates of Natural and Unimpaired Flows for the Central Valley of California: Water Years 1922-2014 (draft)

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | March 1, 2016...
    Summary

    Estimating regional water supplies that would have occurred absent human activities is a common practice in water resources planning. In this report, such...

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  • Forest Management (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Forest Management (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
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    Forest lands in California, the majority of which are in the middle to high elevation foothills and mountains, produce a diverse array of...

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  • Independent Forensic Team Report: Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

    Independent Forensic Team Report: Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

    California Department of Water Resources | January 5, 2018...
    Summary

    The Oroville Dam spillway incident was caused by a long-term systemic failure of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), regulatory, and general...

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  • Mining’s Toxic Legacy: An Initiative to Address Mining Toxins in the Sierra Nevada

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    Mining’s Toxic Legacy: An Initiative to Address Mining Toxins in the Sierra Nevada

    The Sierra Fund | March 1, 2008...
    Summary

    The purpose of this report is to present current information on the nature and extent of mining toxins in the Sierra, the problems...

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  • The State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests

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    The State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests

    Sierra Nevada Conservancy | October 2, 2014...
    Summary

    There is a growing understanding that many Sierra Nevada forests are not healthy and that overgrown forests are susceptible to disease and intense...

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