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California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

By Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount, Van Butsic, Joshua Viers ...

But major problems loom— from a growing risk of wildfires to a shrinking snowpack. This brief outlines ways California and the federal government—the ...

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Make California’s Water Grid Climate-Ready

By Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak

Sep 6, 2018 ... ... warming temperatures, shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, more volatile precipitation patterns, and rising seas.

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A Balancing Act for the Colorado River

By Lori Pottinger

Jun 20, 2018 ... There's more understanding about the importance of changes in snowpack patterns, long-term water scarcity, and other key issues.

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3 Things to Know about California Droughts

By Alvar Escriva-Bou

Apr 10, 2018 ... California's mountain snowpack has historically provided “free” seasonal storage for meeting summer irrigation needs. About a third of the ...

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Storing Water for Dry Days

By Lori Pottinger

Sep 21, 2017 ... The state's natural storage system of groundwater and snowpack is now augmented with reservoirs, pipelines, and groundwater pumping.



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Yesterday’s Dams Face Tomorrow’s Floods

By Jeffrey Mount

Feb 15, 2017 ... ... that the warm temperatures have meant there's more water to manage right now than usual because less of it is staying in the snowpack.

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From Drought to Deluge

By Jeffrey Mount

Jan 10, 2017 ... We rely on melting snowpack to top up reservoirs in the spring and to provide roughly a third of the state's water supply in an average year ...

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There’s Always Drought Somewhere in the West

By Jeffrey Mount, Jelena Jezdimirovic

Feb 4, 2016 ... California's above-average snowpack in is encouraging, and it seems that the outlook for 2016 is improving. But these graphics remind us ...