California Ecology HOME - Subjects

Department of Conservation Geological Survey: Links to geological sites prepared by the California Division of Mines and Geology. This site includes the geology of major metropolitan areas in California including digital images of earthquake faults and maps of seismic hazard zones.


Ecological Research Centers: A list of Centers, Facilties, Seminars and Funding for Ecological Research at UC Berkeley.


Energy Policy: Information on Energy Policies from the California Energy Commission. Links in the left-hand column will take you to previous Inegrated Energy Policy Reports (IEPRs). Refer to the latest-adopted IEPR listed in the left-hand column for full information and materials on energy policies. The calendar links in the right-hand column will take you activities under the current IEPR proceeding.


Sierra Nevada Aspen: The USDA Forest Service has provided these free, full-text documents on the published in 2006.


Sierra Nevada Ecology: Links to geological sites prepared by the California Division of Mines and Geology. This site includes the geology of major metropolitan areas in California including digital images of earthquake faults and maps of seismic hazard zones.


Watershed Portal: Provides the search tools to locate local information on watershed planning, restoration, monitoring, and education via the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System.


Forest Protection Portal: This site works to end deforestation, preserve primary and old-growth forests, conserve and sustainably manage other forests, and to commence the age of ecological restoration.

American River Conservancy: "Headquartered at the historic Kane House in Marshall Gold Discovery Park, in Coloma, California, the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land for over 20 years. As a non-profit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, we work to preserve natural areas and cultural resources and build an enduring ethic of care, building a sustainable future for humans in harmony with nature. The Nature Center is conveniently located next to the South Fork of the American River and a brief stroll away from where the Gold Rush began and where over 400,000 visitors and more than 70,000 school children visit annually."


American River Flood Control District: "The American River Flood Control District has been providing flood protection to the citizens of the Sacramento community for over 75 years. Formed by an act of the State Legislature in 1927 our mission is to protect the citizens in our District by maintaining the 40 miles of levees along the American River and portions of Steelhead, Arcade, Dry and Magpie Creeks."


Cal/EPA: "The California Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing the state's environmental protection laws that ensure clean air, clean water, clean soil, safe pesticides and waste recycling and reduction.


California Environmental Resources Evaluation System: "CERES is an information system developed by the California Natural Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments. The goal of CERES is to improve environmental analysis and planning by integrating natural and cultural resource information from multiple contributors and by making it available and useful to a wide variety of users."


Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations: "CalCOFI are a unique partnership of the California Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Fisheries Service and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The organization was formed in 1949 to study the ecological aspects of the sardine population collapse off California. Current focus has shifted to the study of the marine environment off the coast of California, the management of its living resources, and monitoring the indicators of El Nino and climate change."


Department of Water Resources: The official State of California website for finding important information on the State's water resources including documents on water supplies, water quality, groundwater, dam levels, electric power and energy supplies, climate change and land use planning. This site also provides information on the State Water Project, and the Water Plan Update.


Ecology Center: The Ecology Center's mission is to promote environmentally and socially responsible practices through programs that educate, demonstrate, and provide direct services; and to facilitate urban lifestyles consistent with the goals of ecological sustainability, social equity, and economic development.


Environmental Quality Act: PDF version of the CEQA, which requires state and local agencies within California to follow a protocol of analysis and public disclosure of environmental impacts of proposed projects and adopt all feasible measures to mitigate those impacts.


Environment California: A statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, Environment California researches the challenges confronting California’s environment and educates and raises awareness of environmental issues.


Environment Maps: Maps of Air Quality, Forests, Parks, ecology and other information about California's Enviroment provided by


Monterey Shale and California's Economic Future: A research study examining the economic impact of Monterey shale-oil development on the California economy, conducted by the Price School of Public Policy Global Energy Network at the University of Southern California in association with the Communications Institute.


Natural Resources: The California Department of Parks and Recreation has developed extensive programs to acquire, monitor, and administer natural resources in the Golden State.


Northern California Water Association: "NCWA was formed in 1992 and seeks to protect the region’s water rights and supplies by implementing sustainable initiatives and an integrated regional water management plan across Northern California."


Research and Policy Center: Dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces the Environment California Researcha nd Policy Center investigates problems, crafts solutions, educates the public and decision-makers, and helps the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of the environment.


Naturl Resources Agency: The goal of the California Natural Resources Agency is "to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved."


Rivers: Information about California rivers provided by Friends of the River. Use the drop-down boxes to search by river or region.


Sacramento Regional Flood Control Agency: "The SAFCA was formed in 1989 to address the Sacramento area's vulnerability to catastrophic flooding. This vulnerability was exposed during the record flood of 1986 when Folsom Dam exceeded its normal flood control storage capacity and several area levees nearly collapsed under the strain of the storm."


Tahoe Environmental Research Center: "The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is dedicated to research, education and public outreach on lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds. Lake ecosystems include the physical, biogeochemical and human environments, and the interactions among them. The Center is committed to providing objective scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin."


Water Resources and Policy Initiatives: "WRPI is designed to help achieve a long-tem, sustainable water supply for California through education, research and policy development while balancing the needs of urban, agricultural and environmental concerns."


Water Science Center: "California Water Science Center is one of 48 Water Science Centers in the Water Resources Discipline of the US Geological Survey. The Center's mission is to collect, analyze and disseminate the impartial hydrologic data and information needed to wisely manage water resources for the people of the United States and the State of California."


Western Water Assessment: The WWA utilizes multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, water, law, and economics to pr`ovide information about natural climate variability and human-caused climate change. The Assessment was created in 1999 and is a joint effort between the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory.