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Native Fishes Seek Cool Pools

Native Fishes Seek Cool Pools

Given that steelhead were the impetus for the interdisciplinary investigation that led to Rainfall to Groundwater, I haven’t written a lot about them on this site to date. There’s the Ecohydrological Economics page, What’s in it for steelhead & salmon? They were...

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How Does Groundwater Get There?  Some Basics

How Does Groundwater Get There? Some Basics

In the Introduction to his text, Groundwater Hydrology, the late David Keith Todd offers a brief history of groundwater development from ancient times and groundwater theories dating back to Greek and Roman philosophers, whose theories ranged “from fantasy to nearly...

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Rational Way to Recharge & Cold Flows for Fish

Rational Way to Recharge & Cold Flows for Fish

Lest anyone perceive the Rainfall to Groundwater approach to recharge as coming out of “left field”, without precedent, it seems appropriate to share the academic background that initially shaped my own perception/ paradigm. Landscape architecture (my masters field)...

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Tale of Two Raindrops: A Pace Odyssey

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...

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Unlock Us Up

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 have been...

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Ball and Chain & Other Links

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 that in the...

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DWR, Great Job on WAFR! Now Add R2G

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 compliments on their final Water Available...

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Think Outside the Basin

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 rangelands...

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How Watersheds Relate to Groundwater

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 Kern River...

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Expand existing reservoir capacity non-structurally

Expand existing reservoir capacity non-structurally

As some water agencies scramble to shore up their funding proposals for water storage, it seems timely to point out opportunities to expand existing reservoir capacities non-structurally, especially where watersheds encompassing reservoirs are dominated by nonnative...

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