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    Oct 21 2014

    Daily Digest: Gov says state needs long-term vision on water; a bruising battle for cheap water during drought; 14 California communities now on verge of waterless-ness; to dam or not to dam? and more …

    In California water news today, Governor says state needs long-term vision on water; Amid California’s drought, a bruising battle for cheap water; 14 California communities now on verge of waterless-ness; Mass migration out of California seems imminent, Environmental group uncovers “secret” deal that forgives $400 Million in Central Valley Project debt; Prop 1 controversy: To …

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    Oct 21 2014

    In his own words … Governor Brown talks water at Stanford conference: “This is not something for a flash in the pan; this is not for a one term Governor; this is really the work of a four-term governor”

    Yesterday,the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment held a conference at Stanford titled, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy which brought together officials and experts from California and across the west to discuss water markets, technological innovations, climate change and other water policy issues.  Governor Jerry Brown was the keynote speaker. …

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    Oct 21 2014

    Blog round-up: Groundwater, climate change, drought, desal, water markets, the water bond, the anti-commons and more …

    Groundwater experts, water law experts, and conservation groups tell the Forest Service to do more to protect groundwater: Marcus Griswold writes: “Responding to a proposed agency-wide U.S. Forest Service groundwater policy, more than 125 groundwater scientists, legal experts, and conservation groups call on the Forest Service’s Chief Tidwell and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Vilsack …

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    Oct 20 2014

    Daily Digest, early edition: As their wells run dry, California residents blame thirsty farms; drought-stressed crops may be better for you, a drought-themed corn maze, and more news …

    In California water news today: As their wells run dry, California residents blame thirsty farms; California farmers: ‘We are getting much less water'; drought-stressed crops may be better for you; Patterson farm features drought-themed corn maze; California farmers unite to adapt to climate change; Jerry Brown’s team releases a slew of new ads for Props …

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    Oct 20 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for October 20

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: 435 total views, 68 views today

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    Oct 19 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Desalination, drought, sequoias, the water bond and more news and commentary, plus Peter Gleick on when our responses to drought make things worse

    In California water news this weekend, could desalination solve California’s water woes?, giant sequoias may surprise us in a warmer future, State Water Board tinkering with rations idea, trees vs humans, duck hunters worried multimillion dollar business could dry up in the drought, mixed conclusions on cause of the drought, The big question:  Will it …

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    Oct 17 2014

    Daily Digest: Winter rains not likely to ease drought, Feds sued over dead steelhead, modernizing drought water allocations, and more news and commentary …

    In California water news today, Winter rains not likely to ease drought, Temperance Flat Dam plan is flawed, say critics at Fresno forum, Feds sued over dead steelhead,  Native American communities most at risk in California drought, Drought creates an unexpected casualty: sports, Is California heading towards another Dust Bowl?, New website explains water bond …

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    Oct 17 2014

    Website notes: Maven on the road, what to expect in the upcoming weeks …

    I’m off on the road today, headed to the environmental lawyer’s conference in Yosemite.  I’m scheduled to be on a media panel on Sunday where I get to give advice to lawyers on how to deal with the crazies on the internet – seems I have some experience with that   From there, I’ll be …

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    Oct 17 2014

    News Worth Noting: C-WIN says Obama selling out to Westlands Water District; California Water Foundation Launches Proposition 1 Public Education Campaign, Water bond funding summary, Metropolitan increases local incentives program

    C-WIN press release: Obama selling out to Westlands Water District: “Obama administration officials have reached a settlement with the largest irrigation district in the United States that forgives nearly $400 million in debt, provides massive quantities of subsidized water to corporate agriculture without acreage limitations, and allows continued pollution of state waterways. The agreement is …

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    Oct 17 2014

    Friday Flashback: California water and the Delta through the eyes of Melinda Terry, Kate Poole, and Chuck Bonham

    Friday Flashbacks are a new weekly feature where I’ll dig into the archives and bring out some older posts that still have relevance today.  In the fall of 2013, Emily DeMarco wrote a series of posts which examined Delta and California water issues through the eyes of North Delta Water Agency’s Melinda Terry, the NRDC’s …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Join the club and help support Maven’s Notebook!

    Dear Readers, When I started this blog two and a half years ago, I have to admit, I didn’t have any expectation of what it would become; I only knew that I wanted to create an outlet that would comprehensively cover the world of California water, and do so in a way that hadn’t been …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Daily Digest: Prop 1 sparks heated debate, DWR must reopen environmental review on Kern Water Bank, An El Niño double dip?, 2014-2015 winter outlook and more …

    In California water news today, Prop 1 sparks heated debate over water resources, DWR must reopen environmental review on Kern Water Bank, the West is bone dry – here’s how to help, time for a serious policy on water pricing, hydroelectric power cut in half during drought – State using more natural gas, EPA announces …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Science news and reports: It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium and more …

    In science news this week, It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium, Drought: Questions of survival, Fish moving poleward at a rate of 26 kilometers per decade, The mystery of Alaska’s Chinook salmon decline, Researchers assess risks to …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Delta Conservancy September Board Meeting: Wildlife Friendly Agricultural Practices in the Delta, preparing for the water bond, and more …

    On September 24th, the Board of Directors of the Delta Conservancy held their quarterly meeting.  On the agenda, a presentation on a new program for bird-friendly agricultural practices being rolled out in the Delta later this year, and a discussion on initial preparations for potential water bond funds. Applying bird-friendly agricultural practices in the Delta …

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    Oct 15 2014

    Daily Digest: For the wealthy, drought is a problem money can’t fix; high temperatures intensified drought; big debut for Hetch Hetchy water tunnel; water bond splits environmentalists and more news and commentary …

    In California water news today, for the wealthy, drought is a problem money can’t fix; High temperatures intensified California drought; Water bond splits environmentalists; Proposition 1 “Cheat Sheet”; Water board will ease curtailments during storms; agritourism operations deal with lack of water; Santa Cruz enforces California’s toughest drought restrictions; Supervisors vote to move ahead with …

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