Category Archives: Maven in other places

Capitol Weekly: California urged to resolve delta, water issues — fast

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From yours truly, published at Capitol Weekly: “Disputes over California’s fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, the troubled heart of the drought-stricken state’s water system, must be resolved immediately because what happens there affects the western region, a top water expert says. Pat Mulroy, the former leader of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, delivered a bluntly worded warning to attendees at […]

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Capitol Weekly: DWR: Progress on the tunnels

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From yours truly at Capitol Weekly: “California’s top water official told a key gathering of south state water representatives that “hard-earned progress” is being made on the Brown administration’s controversial plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The comments by Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, were aimed in part at dispelling […]

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California Water Blog: Reconciling ecosystem and economy

From yours truly at the California Water Blog: “A growing number of ecologists say we need to rethink how we go about “saving nature.” We should not attempt to restore a wounded meadow, estuary or wetland to some legendary pristine state, they say. Instead, resource managers should accept that human footprints are everywhere and manage ecosystems for the species and […]

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Diving into groundwater – what’s left of it

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From yours truly, posted at Capitol Weekly: “As the warm temperatures melt California’s meager snowpack, turning rivers into streams and streams into mere trickles, communities and farmers across the state will be increasingly turning to groundwater to meet customer demand and to keep crops and livestock alive. But there’s a problem: Many will be drawing from aquifers already depleted and […]

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ESTUARY News: One estuary, many plans

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The latest online issue of ESTUARY News sums up two days of presentations and discussions on the 2013 State of the Estuary conference, held last October in Oakland.  Here’s my coverage of a panel moderated by the State Water Board’s Felicia Marcus which featured Mark Cowin from the Department of Water Resources, Chris Knopp from the Delta Stewardship Council, Chuck […]

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ESTUARY News: Delta economics and ecosystem management

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The latest online issue of ESTUARY News sums up two days of presentations and discussions on the 2013 State of the Estuary conference, held last October in Oakland.  Here’s my coverage of the afternoon session which featured a debate bewteen Jerry Meral and Jeff Michael over the economics of the BDCP, a presentation by Ellen Hanak on how stakeholders and […]

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Commentary: How California can teach itself about water: The wet, wasteful north and the dry, conserving south must share perspectives and plans

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Written by yours truly, posted at Zocalo Public Square: “In California, we owe the existence of our communities to the willingness of previous generations to rearrange our natural assets. Billions of dollars have been spent rerouting rivers to channel the prodigious precipitation that falls on the remote north state to needier, more populated places in the south and on the […]

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Capitol Weekly: Follow the money: A look at the massive Delta project

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From yours truly, published at Capitol Weekly: “Fixing the Delta is necessary, say officials, but it won’t be cheap.  The costs to build and operate Gov. Brown’s twin-tunnels plan are estimated to cost $24.54 billion over the 50 year term of the project. Where will the money come from? Documents provided by the Brown administration from the Bay Delta Conservation […]

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Delta project price tag rises – with the controversy

From yours truly at Capitol Weekly: “The price tag is up to nearly $25 billion, but the benefits are up, too, says the Brown administration as the state inches forward to launch an unprecedented project to move more northern California water south through a pair of tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On Wednesday, the administration pegged the cost […]

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Capitol Weekly: Landmark state water plan defended – by those who want to build it

Here’s my coverage of the last hearing at Capitol Weekly.  Coverage of yesterday’s hearing is coming up soon: “As the debate intensifies over the historic attempt to build an $18 billion tunnel system through the vast estuary east of San Francisco, the stage shifts to the state Capitol, where partisans are taking their case directly to lawmakers. The Brown administration, […]

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