Missing the Boat on Freshwater Fish Conservation in California

Population growth and increasing water-use pressures threaten California's freshwater ecosystems and have led many native fishes to the brink of extinction. To guide fish conservation efforts, we provide the first systematic prioritization of river catchments and identify those that...

Hydrologic Monitoring and Modeling for Management and Restoration Analysis

The objective of this project is to better understand the interface of topography and hydrology on the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. Using a combination of empirical data and model development, our team seeks to better understand how water moves throughout the preserve.

Alison Whipple named Delta Science Fellow

UC Water and UC Davis Climate Change, Water, and Society IGERT PhD candidate Alison Whipple has worked in the California Delta for many years, producing the San Francisco Estuary Institute's important and beautiful book titled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Historical Ecology Study . In March 2016 that experience paid off. Whipple was awarded a prestigious Delta Science Fellowship to continue her research on achieving more functional landscapes through land-water interactions. Advised by Prof. Joshua Viers, Whipple's focus on spatio-temporal variation of floodplain habitat for restoration...

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Cosumnes Research Group

The Cosumnes River is the only free-flowing river on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and because of its natural flow regime it has become the centerpiece for decades-long research on the benefit of floodplain reconnection for the purposes of ecological restoration and preservation of ecosystem services, such as local groundwater recharge, flood wave attenuation, and temporal spawning habitat for native fishes, such as splittail, and rearing habitat for juvenile anadromous salmonids, such as chinook salmon.

Water for Wildlife Refuges: CALVIN

The historic wetlands of California’s Central Valley once supported millions of migratory bird species along the Pacific Flyway. With significant loss of these natural historic wetlands, the managed wetlands of California’s wildlife refuges now support some of the largest concentrations of wintering waterfowl.

Systematic Screening of Dams for Environmental Flow Assessment and Implementation

Environmental flow protections are crucial to the conservation of freshwater biodiversity in dam-regulated river systems. Nevertheless, the implementation of environmental flows has lagged far behind the pace of river ecosystem alteration. The vast number of dams now in operation and the...

Modeling Economic Impacts of Environmental Flows in California's Yuba River Watershed

Managing rivers is becoming more challenging with increasing demand for better environmental flow regimes, just as demand for water for hydropower and water supply are increasing and water supplies are changing due to climate change. Restoration of freshwater ecosystems, such as in the Yuba...

Using Topography to Meet Wildlife and Fuels Treatment Objectives in Fire-Suppressed Landscapes

Past forest management practices, fire suppression, and climate change are increasing the need to actively manage California Sierra Nevada forests for multiple environmental amenities. Here we present a relatively low-cost, repeatable method for spatially parsing the landscape to help the U.S....

Why Climate Change Makes Riparian Restoration More Important than Ever: Recommendations for Practice and Research

Over the next century, climate change will dramatically alter natural resource management. Specifically, historical reference conditions may no longer serve as benchmarks for restoration, which may foster a “why bother?” attitude toward ecological restoration. We review the potential role for...

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