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Tale of Two Raindrops: A Pace Odyssey

[Any resemblance to Aesop’s Tortoise and the Hare is purely intentional. Apologies to the classic film 2001]   Zoot and Zimm coalesced into raindrops after enjoying a picturesque aerial excursion from the Pacific Ocean, over the coastline, low hills, then tree-covered...

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Unlock Us Up

In recent months there’s been outraged wailing about the injustice of California’s water limitations. Insufficient public funding for expensive new dams. Most recently, higher percentages of unimpeded flows destined for the Delta. In both cases, questions...

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Ball and Chain & Other Links

For many in my general age group the term “Ball and Chain” immediately conjures images of the late, great Janis Joplin belting out the Big Mama Thornton tune of that title in 1967, commemorated in D. A. Pennebaker's documentary film, Monterey Pop. Who knew...

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DWR, Great Job on WAFR! Now Add R2G

Before getting into the “meat” of this post, I want to alert the reader to the Rainfall to Groundwater Executive Summary report now available for free download. California Department of Water Resources (DWR) deserves major complements on their final Water...

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Think Outside the Basin

This is a longish post, but then I’m trying to encapsulate at least several millennia of human prehistory and history in California.  The point is to characterize factors that cumulatively degraded detention storage functions in the nonnative annual...

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How Watersheds Relate to Groundwater

Excerpt from 1908 statement by H. A. Jastro, President of the American National Live Stock Association: Residing in Kern county, in the State of California, where the entire flowage of the Kern river is applied to agricultural lands on what is known as the...

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