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Creating a Place for Nature in the San Joaquin Valley April 13 2021 The quest for groundwater sustainability will result in large amounts of irrigated farmland being retired in the San Joaquin Valley. We talked to Scott Butterfield of The Nature Conservancy about how some of these lands could be restored to natural areas that bring multiple benefits.
Why Is It Taking So Long to Restore the Sediment-Choked Elk River? April 5 2021 The Elk River was damaged by landslides from logged land more than 20 years ago, which harmed fisheries and drinking water supplies. Darren Mierau of CalTrout talks about ongoing efforts to restore the river.
Commentary: As Drought Alarms Sound, Don’t Ignore the Environment March 29 2021 The last major drought caused unprecedented stress to California’s freshwater ecosystems and pushed many native species to the brink. Are we ready this time to better manage ecosystems through another drought?
Video: Water Use in California March 22 2021 With the possibility of another drought looming, knowing how water is allocated can make it easier to understand the difficult tradeoffs needed in times of scarcity.
Video: Improving the Health of California’s Freshwater Ecosystems March 1 2021 California’s freshwater ecosystems are in poor health, and the current approach for managing them is not working. Jeff Mount, senior fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center, describes a path for improving their condition to protect the benefits they bring.