California drought

California drought

California is facing one of the most severe droughts in decades this year, due to three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall. Governor Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, but efforts so far have fallen short of expectations. Our Fellows work on every aspect of water and climate change adaptation in California and beyond.

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Strengthening Resiliency in Sierra Nevada Meadows

Doug Johnson sees the increasingly severe drought in California as a chance to educate people about the importance of invasive plant management at the landscape level in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Sierras are an important source of water for all of California, with snowpack formed in winter melting over the spring and summer months and running down to the dry parts of the state. Invasives, some of which are known to be water hungry compared to competing vegetation, can reduce the capacity of Sierra meadows to perform this valuable function. For the state’s residents and agricultural industry, this could make a bad problem worse.Read more >

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