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Brown Bag - Atmospheric Rivers, Floods, and the Water and Living Resources of California
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Cal EPA Building 1st Floor, Training Room 1, East and West
1001 “I” Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series presents Mike Dettinger from the U.S. Geological Survey, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who will give a presentation on atmospheric rivers (ARs) which are narrow corridors of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere that play important roles in flooding and flood management around the world.
AR corridors contribute 33-50 percent of the total average amount of rainfall for California, and have been the source of many floods in the Pacific Coast states. The average number of ARs reaching California is expected to increase in the future, in response to increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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)