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    Jul 24 2014

    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 …

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    May 07 2014

    Diving into groundwater – what’s left of it

    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 …

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    Jan 29 2014

    ESTUARY News: One estuary, many plans

    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 …

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    Jan 29 2014

    ESTUARY News: Delta economics and ecosystem management

    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 …

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    Nov 13 2013

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

    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 …

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    Aug 07 2013

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

    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 …

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    May 31 2013

    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, …

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    May 15 2013

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

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    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 …

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    Apr 09 2013

    Capitol Weekly: Scaling down the big one?

    From Capitol Weekly: “The nature of one of the most ambitious public works projects in California’s history resides in the detail.  And more details are emerging. The newly-released, preliminary planning documents for the $18 billion Delta tunnels project include a detailed analysis of how the plan would affect the Delta’s ecosystem and the 57 fish, …

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    Mar 26 2013

    Capitol Weekly: Meral on the griddle: Delta policy gets the once-over

    From yours truly posted at Capitol Weekly: “Sitting nearly alone at the head table, Jerry Meral found few supporters in the crowded room. Meral, the state’s Deputy Resources Secretary, is the point man for the Brown Administration’s plan to build an $18 billion tunnel underneath the Delta in order to move more northern California water …

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    Mar 18 2013

    Capitol Weekly: For BDCP, information flows like water

    From Capitol Weekly: “Long-awaited details are emerging of the Brown administration’s $18 billion effort to build twin tunnels underneath the Delta, as officials launched the rollout of a complex array of preliminary documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. “The news today is that a plan is out,” Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck …

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