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    Category Archive: Blog Round-Up

    Jul 22 2014

    Blog round-up: Groundwater and the public trust doctrine, California style; why the response to drought has been so weak, our thirsty lawns, and more …

    Groundwater and the public trust doctrine, California style: Holly Doremus writes:”If you follow California water law or environmental law, you probably have been aware that the Environmental Law Foundation has been pursuing a public trust claim based on groundwater pumping that affects the Scott River. Last week they gained a victory at the trial court …

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    Jul 15 2014

    Blog round-up: Bloggers on drought, the San Joaquin River, Delta smelt ruling, groundwater, the BDCP, the Colorado River and more …

    California drought proves laws of nature are absolute:  Author Tim Palmer writes:  “One peril of being human is that we often respond poorly to crises. I’m sure we all have examples—personal to global—where the heat of the moment pushed us in the wrong direction. Because we now face one of the worst droughts in California history, …

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    Jul 08 2014

    Blog round-up: The water bond, water mismanagement, groundwater, the BDCP, $4 gallon water and more …

    New Assembly Speaker Flunks Water Bond Test, says Chriss Street: They write: “California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) seems to have flunked her first major leadership test by failing to get Governor Brown’s water bond passed during one of California’s worst droughts.  Following a failed attempt by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to …

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    Jul 01 2014

    Blog round-up: Mega-droughts, water surcharges, weakening enviro protections and lessons learned from the drought, plus the BDCP, water bond, groundwater and more …

    Could California weather a mega-drought? Jay Lund writes:  “In the past 1,200 years, California had two droughts lasting 120-200 years. Could the state’s water resources continue to supply enough water to drink, grow crops and provide habitat for fish with such an extreme, prolonged drought?  With careful management, California’s economy in many ways could withstand …

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    Jun 24 2014

    Blog round-up: Court upholds State Water Board’s broad authority to ban unreasonable uses of water, modernizing groundwater management, BDCP, funding water projects, drought, hydrpower and much more …

    California Court Upholds State Water Board’s Broad Authority to Ban Unreasonable Uses of Water: Richard Frank at the Legal Planet blog writes:”I recently wrote about a then-pending court case in which California grape growers were challenging the State Water Resources Control Board’s limits on the growers’ diversion of water from California rivers and streams to …

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    Jun 17 2014

    Blog round-up: Will the drought extend in 2015? Peter Gleick on solving CA’s water problems, and plotting the Delta Dialogue’s future, plus water conservation, efficiency, groundwater, a Delta smelt song, and more …

    Will the drought extend into 2015?  Jay Lund and Jeff Mount at the California Water Blog write:  “Debates over how to manage California’s critically dry water supplies this year have displaced most discussion about water next year.  This year’s drought is bad, but another dry year that begins with even lower groundwater and reservoir levels …

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    Jun 10 2014

    Blog round-up: Bloggers weigh in on funding California’s water infrastructure, proposed drought solutions, the BDCP and more, plus will Lake Mead be unusuable in 5 to 8 years?

    Now is the Time to Invest in California’s Water Future, says Bryce Lundberg of the Northern California Water Association:  He writes: “I had a wonderful opportunity earlier today to join several esteemed leaders in asking the Legislature and our Governor to invest in California’s water future. At our state’s capitol this morning, I joined Sacramento …

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    Jun 03 2014

    Blog round-up: Friant pulling up trees, birds and rice, groundwater, BDCP, climate regs, drought and more …

    Friant’s “Zero” disaster mounts: Parched Trees Being Pulled As Senior Rights Water Releases Begin: The Friant Waterline writes: “Zero remains the frustrating word for Friant Division growers who continue to have no Central Valley Project water to use and, in many cases, little or no groundwater available to tap in their desperate efforts to save …

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    May 27 2014

    Blog round-up: What the Republican gubernatorial candidate thinks about the BDCP and more; Jerry Meral on droughts, recessions, and ballot measures, plus tax wars, negative water, drought and desal, and lots more …

    It’s an action-packed blog round-up today … What the Republican gubernatorial candidate thinks about the BDCP, groundwater and more:  From Alex Brietler’s blog:  “My colleague Roger Phillips interviewed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly today.  Here’s a transcript of what Donnelly had to say about the drought, endangered fish, and — first of all — the …

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    May 20 2014

    Blog round-up: Bloggers on the DISB review of the BDCP EIR/EIS, recent court decisions, the drought, rice, and much more, plus a photographic tribute to Ansel Adams

    Bits and pieces from the Delta ISB report on the BDCP EIR/EIS:  Alex Brietler writes: “Some nuggets from the Independent Science Board’s review of the twin tunnels plan, released today.  Best quote: “It is a bit like an orchestra playing a symphony without a conductor and with the sheets of music sometimes shuffled. The notes …

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    May 13 2014

    Blog round-up: Drought, San Joaquin River Restoration, trees in the San Joaquin Valley, BDCP, dams, and much more …

    The drought may be on, but there’s certainly no drought of opinions on a multitude of California water topics … California’s regulated drought impacts aquifers, says the Western Farm Press blog: Todd Fitchette writes: “Congratulations to the environmental community and the elected and appointed officials you’ve bought and paid for over the years. Human beings …

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    May 06 2014

    Blog round-up: Water as seen through dolls and wine barrel fountains, lifeblood, groundwater, almonds and more …

    Sybil Wertheim has the most wonderful fountain, don’t you think?  It’s the creation of artist David Cudney, who’s affiliated with Factory on 5th group of artists in New Mexico.  It rather reminds me of this photoblog post from Keeler.  My hypothesis is that desert heat makes people really good at repurposing things … I have …

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    Apr 29 2014

    Blog round-up: Essential elements for a water bond, groundwater policy, water conservation, and more … plus fire, water and basketweaving …

    Plenty of bloggers with plenty to say in this edition of the blog round-up … Essential Elements for a Water Bond: Caitrin Chappelle and Ellen Hanak write: “In both houses of the California Legislature, multiple versions of a new water bond are being amended and debated to make the June deadline for replacing the $11.1 …

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    Apr 22 2014

    Bloggers on groundwater management: One size fits all? Or a politically created emergency? Plus bloggers on Feinstein’s bill, ag use, fracking, and more …

    It’s the Tuesday blog round-up, and as usual, everybody has plenty to say … On the Public Record on groundwater management: One size fits all?  Or just different pairs of pants?  On the Public Record responds to those who talk of “one-size-fits-all” groundwater management as a would-be disaster:  “I heard this a lot when advocates …

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    Apr 15 2014

    Bloggers on modernizing water management, dam operations, water in restaurants and water for lawns, plus Northstate groundwater, Dianne Fienstein and much more …

    No drought of blog commentary today … Drought’s No. 1 lesson: Modernize water management: The California Water Blog writes: “This year’s drought is testing how well California manages water during severe dry periods.  As we head into spring and the major irrigation season, rainfall totals, snowpack, reservoir storage and groundwater levels are all low. Although most …

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