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Seminar will discuss climate change and California water supplies

RBenton@sacbee.com

The public has a unique opportunity Tuesday to learn about how climate change may alter the availability of water in California and to offer ideas on adapting to those changes.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is producing a detailed study on how climate change will affect water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins, the source of most of California’s fresh water. Called the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment, its purpose is to identify adaptation strategies to mitigate potential effects of climate change on water and associated resources.

The project encompasses the entire Central Valley of California with an area of more than 22,500 square miles from the Tehachapi Range in the south to the Klamath Mountains in the north. This includes three major basins: the Sacramento on the north, the San Joaquin in the central portion and the Tulare Lake Basin on the south. A portion of the Trinity River Basin in Northern California is also included.

The study is projected to be completed in the spring. It will use information from throughout the basins, including experiences of interested individuals and organizations.

Tuesday’s meeting will summarize results from the study so far and allow the public to suggest strategies to cope with future water supply challenges.

The meeting will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Bureau of Reclamation Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Room C1003, Sacramento. The meeting can also be joined via online webcast at http://ht.ly/FtOEt.

For more information, contact program manager Arlan Nickel at (916) 978-5016 or anickel@usbr.gov. To view available documents related to the study, visit: www.usbr.gov/mp/SSJBasinStudy.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.

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