The San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary provides water to more than 25 million California residents, farmlands, and key fish and wildlife habitats. Continuing to meet these demands requires science that informs decision-making for long-term solutions. Providing this science is the focus for the 10th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, being held September 10-12, 2018, in Sacramento, California. This year’s theme is: Our Estuary at an Intersection.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the release of new science and planning tools to support California’s continued leadership on actions to address climate change and safeguard the state’s people, economy and resources.
With the development of the Central Valley (CVP) and State Water (SWP) projects, the natural flow of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been reengineered to provide water for California’s growing population and agricultural needs. These changes have drastically reduced natural wetlands, affecting the habitat of native fish species, including the threatened Delta Smelt. To address the situation, joint operations of the CVP and SWP must balance human water demands on the Delta with protection of its fragile ecosystem and species of concern, especially those listed as threatened or endangered under state and federal laws.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum (CWEMF), presented a series of free webinars on mercury in reservoirs. Seven webinars were given from February 14 through May 2, 2018.
There's no denying that California's landscape is prone to drought and warmer climates. The recent drought lasted five years (2011 – early 2017), bringing with it many environmental issues including the increased prevalence, severity, and duration of wildfires. While there used to be a distinct "wildfire season" in California, the threat of wildfire is no longer restricted to a single season, and is now a year-round hazard.