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Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Dry Summer Looms


OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires.

But the mighty lake — a linchpin in a system of aqueducts and reservoirs in the arid U.S. West that makes California possible — is shrinking with surprising speed amid a severe drought, with state officials predicting it will reach a record low later this summer.

The Muir Institute Welcomes 2021 Graduate Student Scholars

The John Muir Institute of the Environment is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Muir Institute Scholars Program.  This is the third year of this competitive program which recognizes UC Davis graduate students doing outstanding policy relevant research in one of the core Muir Institute initiatives which include: One Climate, Big Environmental Data, Wild Energy, and World Water Initiative. Each student will be awarded $5000.00 for research, travel, and publication expenses. This year’s winners are: