Category Archives: Blog Round-Up

Blog round-up: The banality of California’s ‘1200 year’ drought; How Australia actually managed their drought, Pricing water, optimism in water politics, and more …

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The banality of California’s ‘1200 year’ drought:  Jay Lund writes, “California’s ongoing drought will continue to break records and grab headlines, but it is unlikely to be especially rare from a water policy and management perspective.  Estimates of the current drought’s rarity range from once in 15 years to once in 1,200 years (Griffin and Anchukaitis 2014), depending on the […]

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Blog round-up: Shades of Owens Valley in the Delta?, The project that could have saved the US from drought, A bad water deal, A special session on drought, and more …

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Shades of Owens Valley: Metropolitan Water District and Westlands Water District Moving to Purchase Delta Property Parcels in Path of Proposed Delta Tunnels Project:  Restore the Delta writes, “On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM, behind closed doors, MWD’s executive committee has scheduled what appears to be the purchase of parcels for the proposed massive Delta Tunnels project.  The Agenda for the […]

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Bloggers on the Westlands Water District deal, extinction risk for native fish, sustainable groundwater management, Delta tunnels, the success of urban water conservation, big data, microbeads, and more …

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Sweetheart deal for Westlands Water District expected today:  Restore the Delta writes, “The Obama Administration is expected to sign a binding agreement on Tuesday (9/15/15) with the powerful Westlands Water District in the Western San Joaquin Valley that would guarantee the district vast amounts of California’s water to sustain the irrigation of toxic soils filled with selenium. The agreement would […]

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Blog round-up: California by 2080: Will the state be crippled by drought?; Don’t seize farmers water: Let them trade it; California is Flooding with Water … Issues, Lawsuits, Rules and Legislation; and more …

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California by 2080: Will the state be crippled by drought? Jeremy Proville writes, “California is now well into its fourth consecutive year of drought, and we already know that climate change has likely played a pivotal role in exacerbating the situation.  This is not without consequences. Tensions in the state have mounted as urban and agricultural water users become increasingly stressed […]

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Blog round-up: Delta smelt’s unsung relative seems verging on extinction, too; Want to see the wells causing more than a foot of subsidence at Check 20 of the California Aqueduct?; plus bloggers on critically overdrafted basins, Delta tunnels, drought, water rights and more …

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Delta smelt’s unsung relative seems verging on extinction, too: James Hobbs and Peter Moyle write, “Another native fish of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta appears to be rivaling the cliffhanger status of the delta smelt.  In the past two years, the lesser-known longfin smelt has slipped down to the single digits in trawl surveys of Delta fish populations.  The dramatic downturn is […]

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Blog round-up: Eminent domain and the BDCP, Troglodytes defend the Governor’s tunnels, Optimism and the hazards of technology; Why groundwater regulation fails; and more …

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Questions over acquiring land for twin tunnels: Alex Breitler writes, “Delta advocates want more details about the mysterious “property acquisition plan” (part 1, part 2) that received quite a bit of attention last week.  In a letter to state and federal officials on Thursday, the Local Agencies of the North Delta asked loads of questions about the origin of the […]

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Blog round-up: Does real-time water data really cause people to use less? plus bloggers on the drought, Delta tunnels documents, groundwater management, urban water management plans, and more …

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Real time water data causes people to use more water, not less:  John Fleck writes, “The idea of installing smart water meters is in vogue these days, with the idea that water users, if made more aware of how much water they’re using all the time (rather than just when they get their monthly bills), will use less:  “In the […]

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Blog round-up: Infrastructure ballot initiative; tunnels vs. Bay Bridge; CA Land use decisions and Stalin; Counties role in SGMA; and more …

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Deceptive Initiative Would Disrupt Vital Infrastructure Projects: Allan Zaremburg writes, “At a time when California is running far behind making even the basic investments in maintaining our vital infrastructure, a proposed 2016 ballot measure would seriously disrupt our ability to fix crumbling roads, improve water supplies, and build new schools and other public works. It could also prevent timely fixes […]

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Bloggers on water rights, the clean water rule, poll supporting farm water, getting more crops per drop, using agroecology to survive droughts, is Gov. Brown and enviro saint or sinner? and more …

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Water rights: What’s next?  On the Public Record writes, “This week we get a lengthy article on the problems of our water rights system and an op-ed pointing out that the Reasonable Use Doctrine is just sitting there, waiting for the State Board to ask it to come out and play.  I thought Wilson’s op-ed on the Reasonable Use Doctrine was about […]

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Blog round-up: Ten realities for managing the Delta, Tunnel economics and seismic risks, paying for subsidence impacts, water markets, pot, alfalfa, El Nino, and more …

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Ten realities for managing the Delta: Peter Moyle writes, “I have been working on Delta fishes for nearly 40 years. Increasingly, I have curmudgeonly thoughts about what is needed to make the ecosystem work better. Here I present these thoughts as “Ten Realities” – statements of the obvious that are often overlooked in public debates about the system.  Reality No. […]

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