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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.
Finding a Balance between Supply and Demand to Get to Groundwater Sustainability March 15 2021 The San Joaquin Valley is facing difficult tradeoffs in getting to sustainable groundwater management. We talked with Emmy Cattani, a fifth-generation farmer from Kern County, about how to minimize economic harm resulting from efforts to reduce groundwater use.
Operating Dams to Better Manage Big Storms Can Build Resiliency to Climate Extremes March 8 2021 California’s reservoirs are operated using outdated assumptions about climate. Advances in weather forecasting can improve how they manage big storms. We talked to Martin Ralph of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about this approach.
Video: Building Resilience for Cities and Farms with Water Partnerships February 5 2021 Moving from competition to cooperation can help solve water problems facing farms in the San Joaquin Valley and cities in Southern California. A panel of experts discussed how water partnerships can help address both regions’ needs.
Commentary: Water Markets Can Reduce the Costs of Drought February 1 2021 California’s warming climate is making droughts more intense, complicating water management. A new water futures market provides a tool to insure against price shocks arising from drought-fueled shortages.