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Environment

How NASA, Lasers And New Technology Help Measure California’s Snowpack With Exceptional Accuracy

March 8, 2018 | Ezra David Romero

Using this new approach to calculate the snow’s water content also means improved forecasts for farms and cities, and even positive benefits for renewable-energy production. The program soon could go statewide — if it gets funded.

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Environment

Storm Leaves California With Half Of Usual Snow For Year

March 5, 2018

(AP) — Monday's snow survey found a "much rosier" picture than before last week's heavy winter storm, but still less than half the usual snow for this point in the season.

Photo courtesy Inyo County Sheriff Dept.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Using Fire To Fight Fire, The U.S. Forest Service Turns To New Methods To Control Flames

February 28, 2017

In an effort to reduce the widespread damage of forest fires, officials in El Dorado County are now using controlled burns and new collaborative tools. We hear from fire officials on new tools being used to control fires.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Sierra Nevada Donates $2 Million For UC Davis Brewing Program

January 5, 2017

Sierra Nevada recently announced it is donating $2 million for an endowed professorship in brewing. Charlie Bamforth, professor of Brewing and Malting Sciences joins us to discuss.

 Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California Counts

Calaveras County Copes With Change After Influx of New Marijuana Growers

November 3, 2016 | Julia Mitric

People have grown marijuana quietly in Calaveras County for decades. But after the Butte fire word got out that Calaveras was the place to grow. Now long-time residents say a “green rush" fueled by outsiders is hurting their county.

Photo / Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Environment

Meadow Restoration Aims To Improve Water Supply And Combat Climate Change

October 4, 2016 | Amy Quinton

Major construction is underway to restore a mountain meadow in the Sierra Nevada. Scientists say it will improve water quality, increase water supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Roland Knapp, UCSB Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory

Environment

Study Brings Hope For California's Yellow-Legged Frog

October 4, 2016 | Julia Mitric

A yellow-legged frog that was once the most abundant amphibian in the Sierra Nevada is now the most rare. But a new study finds the frog population in Yosemite National Park shows signs of slow recovery after decades of severe decline.

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