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Central Valley Project Operations: Background and Legislation

Description: This report provides an abbreviated background on the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP). It also provides a summary of recent hydrologic conditions in California and their effect on water deliveries.
Date: April 26, 2017
Creator: Stern, Charles V. & Sheikh, Pervaze A.
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Good Neighbor Environmental Board Annual Report: 2016

Description: Report discussing climate change and resilient communities in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Part of a series of annual reports prepared by the Good Neighbor Environmental Board for the President and Congress of the United States.
Date: December 2016
Creator: United States. Good Neighbor Environmental Board.
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OSHA State Plans: In Brief, with Examples from California and Arizona

Description: This report examines various state plans under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), which authorizes states to establish their own occupational safety and health plans and preempt standards established and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA must approve state plans if they are "at least as effective" as OSHA's standards and enforcement. The report provides specific examples from California and Arizona
Date: June 3, 2016
Creator: Szymendera, Scott D.
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Pay Secrecy

Description: This issue brief discusses pay secrecy policies that nearly half of workers nationally reported that they were either contractually forbidden or strongly discouraged from discussing their pay with their colleagues. Includes a listing of state laws that protect employees in discussing pay and compensation.
Date: June 2016
Creator: United States. Department of Labor.
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Proceedings of the 2014 NOAA Economics of Protected Resources Workshop, September 9-11, 2014, La Jolla, California

Description: The following document provides the results of a three-day workshop held in September of 2014 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This workshop was the first NMFS workshop focused exclusively on the economics of PR. The primary goal was to initiate the process of identifying national PR social science research needs and best practices.
Date: September 2015
Creator: Bisack, Kathryn D.; Squires, Dale E.; Lipton, Douglas W.; Hilger, James R.; Holland, Daniel S.; Johnson, Denise H. et al.
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Good Neighbor Environmental Board Annual Report: 2014

Description: Report discussing the ecology restoration activities in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Part of a series of annual reports prepared by the Good Neighbor Environmental Board for the President and Congress of the United States.
Date: December 2014
Creator: United States. Good Neighbor Environmental Board.
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Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Use in California

Description: This report provides a brief overview of hydraulic fracturing and water use in California.
Date: July 2, 2014
Creator: Carter, Nicole T.; Tiemann, Mary; Folger, Peter & Andrews, Anthony
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U.S. Pacific Marine Mammal Stock Assessment: 2012

Description: This is an assessment report based on the population of marine mammals along the Pacific coastline in the year 2012. It is a working document that will continue to be updated as data changes.
Date: January 2013
Creator: Carretta, James V.; Oleson, Erin; Weller, David W.; Lang, Aimee R.; Forney, Karin A.; Baker, Jason et al.
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U.S. Pacific Marine Mammal Stock Assessments: 2011

Description: This is an assessment report on the population of marine mammals along the U.S. Pacific coastline. These reports are ever-growing and subject to change annually.
Date: December 15, 2011
Creator: Caretta, James V.; Forney, Karin A.; Oleson, Erin; Martien, Karen; Muto, Marcia M.; Lowry, Mark S. et al.
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Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan for the Calico Solar (formerly SES Solar One) Project

Description: This Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) addresses the possible Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan to allow solar energy development on a proposed project site, up to 8,230 acres in size, 37 miles east of Barstow, California.
Date: August 2010
Creator: United States. Bureau of Land Management.
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California Desert Conservation Area Plan: Amendment / Final Environmental Impact Statement for Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation System

Description: Report for the proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) project. The proposed plan amendment adds the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System project site to those identified in the current California Desert Conservation Area Plan, as amended, for solar energy production.
Date: July 2010
Creator: United States. Bureau of Land Management.
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Leave Benefits in the United States

Description: This report begins by reviewing the federal statutes that pertain directly or indirectly to employer provision of leave benefits for any purpose, including a discussion of the California and New Jersey family leave insurance programs. The report than examines the incidence of different types of paid leave that U.S. employers voluntarily provide as part of an employee's total compensation (wages and benefits). The report closes with results from a federal government survey of the average direct cost to business of different types of leave.
Date: June 5, 2009
Creator: Levine, Linda
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California's Waiver Request to Control Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act

Description: This report reviews the nature of Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) authority, as well as that of California and other states, to regulate emissions from mobile sources. It includes a discussion fo the applicability of that authority to greenhouse gases (GHGs) and issues related to the California waiver request.
Date: March 4, 2008
Creator: McCarthy, James E. & Meltz, Robert
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California’s Waiver Request to Control Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act

Description: This report reviews the nature of California's, EPA's, and other states' authority to regulate emissions from mobile sources, discusses the applicability of that authority to GHGs, and provides analysis of issues related to the California waiver request.
Date: October 1, 2007
Creator: McCarthy, James E. & Meltz, Robert
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Conservation assessment for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander and Scott Bar salamander in northern California.

Description: The purpose of this conservation assessment is to summarize existing knowledge regarding the biology and ecology of the Siskiyou Mountains salamander and Scott Bar salamander, identify threats to the two species, and identify conservation considerations to aid federal management for persistence of the species. The conservation assessment will serve as the basis for a conservation strategy for the species.
Date: October 20, 2006
Creator: Vinikour, W. S.; LaGory, K. E.; Adduci, J. J. & Division, Environmental Science
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Development of Bypassed Oil Reserves Using Behind Casing Resistivity Measurements

Description: Tubing and rods of the S.P. Pedro-Nepple No.1 well were pulled and the well was prepared for running of Schlumberger's Cased Hole Formation Resistivity Tool (CHFR) in selected intervals. The CHFR tool was successfully run and data was captured. The CHFR formation resistivity readings were compared to original open hole resistivity measurements. Separation between the original and CHFR resistivity curves indicate both swept and un-swept sand intervals. Both watered out sand intervals and those with higher remaining oil saturation have been identified. Due to the nature of these turbidite sands being stratigraphically continuous, both the swept and unswept layers have been correlated across to one of the four nearby offset shallow wells. As a result of the cased hole logging, one well was selected for a workover to recomplete and test suspected oil saturated shallow sand intervals. Well S.P. Pedro-Nepple No.2 was plugged back with cement excluding the previously existing production interval, squeeze cemented behind casing, selectively perforated in the shallower ''Bell'' zone and placed on production to develop potential new oil reserves and increase overall well productivity. Prior workover production averaged 3.0 BOPD for the previous six-months from the original ''Meyer'' completion interval. Post workover well production was increased to 5.3 BOPD on average for the following fifteen months. In December 2005, a bridge plug was installed above the ''Bell'' zone to test the ''Foix'' zone. Another cement squeeze was performed behind casing, selectively perforated in the shallower ''Foix'' zone and placed on production. The ''Foix'' test has produced water and a trace of oil for two months.
Date: April 2, 2006
Creator: Conner, Michael G. & Blesener, Jeffrey A.
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Public Health-Related Impacts of Climate Change in California

Description: In June 2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order S-3-05 that set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for California, and directed the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency to report to the governor and the State legislature by January 2006 and biannually thereafter on the impacts to California of global warming, including impacts to water supply, public health, agriculture, the coastline, and forestry, and to prepare and report on mitigation and adaptation plans to combat these impacts. This report is a part of the report to the governor and legislature, and focuses on public health impacts that have been associated with climate change. Considerable evidence suggests that average ambient temperature is increasing worldwide, that temperatures will continue to increase into the future, and that global warming will result in changes to many aspects of climate, including temperature, humidity, and precipitation (McMichael and Githeko, 2001). It is expected that California will experience changes in both temperature and precipitation under current trends. Many of the changes in climate projected for California could have ramifications for public health (McMichael and Githeko, 2001), and this document summarizes the impacts judged most likely to occur in California, based on a review of available peer-reviewed scientific literature and new modeling and statistical analyses. The impacts identified as most significant to public health in California include mortality and morbidity related to temperature, air pollution, vector and water-borne diseases, and wildfires. There is considerable complexity underlying the health of a population with many contributing factors including biological, ecological, social, political, and geographical. In addition, the relationship between climate change and changes in public health is difficult to predict for the most part, although more detailed information is available on temperature-related mortality and air pollution effects than the other endpoints discussed in this document. Consequently, these two topics …
Date: March 2006
Creator: Drechsler, Deborah M.; Motallebi, Nehzat; Kleeman, Michael; Cayan, Dan; Hayhoe, Katherine; Kalkstein, Laurence S. et al.
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Geology and Stratigraphy of the Building 812 Area, Site 300, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Description: The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of the stratigraphy and geologic structure of the Building 812 Area, Site 300 (Figure 1). This analysis is designed to help better delineate hydrostratigraphic units (HSUs) in order to enhance the understanding of the fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface. The results of this investigation will assist Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) hydrogeologists to conduct work in a more focused and cost effective manner. This document is submitted to fulfill contract obligations for subcontract B530530.
Date: July 13, 2005
Creator: Ehman, Kenneth D.
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