On El Niño, Grazing, and Landscapes
February 5, 2016
To follow up with our Rainy Season Gathering, we have included quite a few stories today especially about El Niño and the drought in California.
Drought and El Niño:
- Learn about how drought and heat as a result from global climate change threaten global electricity supply (especially related to hydropower and thermoelectric energy) here.
- Silicon Valley leaders express skepticism of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan.
- Due to El Niño fueled storms, leaders in Pacifica are forced to address crumbling cliffs, yellow-tagged structures, and the inevitable evacuations that must occur as a result.
- Click here to learn about how wildfires affect the water quality in California and how El Niño is leading to heightened debris flow and mudslides.
- … and finally, what does this all mean? Well, to put it in perspective, San Francisco had more rain this January than the past 5 combined. Wow!
- Just like we learned about last week at #OSCGrazing, balanced grazing helps Sonoma County’s beauty grow. Learn more here.
- Our Rainy Season Gathering happened last week. See photos and learn more here.
On Landscapes and Trails
- The Bay, the Delta, and the watershed make up one of the world’s largest estuary systems in Napa. See how its future restoration will reflect its fertile past.
- A new six-mile canyon trail through Niles Canyon may be built connecting Sunol and Niles with other trails in the area.
- “How Can 6 Million Acres at Denali Still Not Be Enough?” Interesting read and beautiful photos from National Geographic here.
- Check out this book on Ecosystems of California, available through the University of California press.
- Lessons learned from East Bay Regional District.
- The California State Coastal Conservancy has released the Proposal Solicitation for the next round Prop 1 grants. These grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Grant applications are due to the Coastal Conservancy on March 31, 2016. More information here.