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August 25 Brown Bag Seminar: Climate, Drought, and Change

Monday, August 25, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Michael Anderson - State Climatologist, Department of Water Resources

California possesses a uniquely variable Mediterranean climate that relies on a few big winter storms to build a snowpack that provides spring runoff to the Delta watershed. Over the past three water years, fewer storms than expected have hit the state leading to severe drought conditions with some record-setting characteristics.

This seminar will examine the meteorology and hydrology of the past three water years and place current conditions within the context of observed decadal variation and longer historical climate records.

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Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)