Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: Delta drought operations, the latest on the BDCP, and Bay Delta Accord restoration projects

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Drought barrier discussed; Recirculated BDCP documents anticipated soon At the June 23rd meeting of the Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, committee members were updated on drought operations in the Delta, and informed that the recirculated BDCP documents were imminent; they also heard an update on Bay-Delta Accord restoration projects. Here’s a rundown of the main parts of the meeting. […]

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Delta Stewardship Council prepares for a new role: Considering Delta conveyance

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Considering Delta conveyance and ecosystem restoration without the Bay Delta Conservation Plan It was the 2009 Delta Reform Act that created the Delta Stewardship Council and directed it to develop a long-term management plan for the Delta’s resources that would achieve the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration while protecting and enhancing the Delta as an evolving […]

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Delta Science Program Peer Review: Delta Levee Investment Strategy Methodology

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An expert review panel evaluates the methodology behind the development of the Delta Levee Investment Strategy Note: This post is quite long; it is available for downloading as a pdf (with essential graphics only) here:  DLIS Workshop PDF The 2009 Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council and directed it to do a number of things, among them to […]

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Groundwater adjudications in the age of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Panel of lawyers discuss the potential collision course of groundwater adjudications with the development of groundwater sustainability plans Prior to the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act last fall, groundwater disputes were typically resolved through groundwater adjudications – a lengthy and expensive process by most accounts, but with the new legislation setting up a process for managing groundwater, the […]

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Managing fisheries during drought conditions: Maximizing the effectiveness of limited water supplies

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Fish and wildlife officials discuss the drought response actions being taken by federal, state, and local agencies to reduce the impacts to fish and wildlife resources As the weather heats up for the summer months and the drought drags on, water supplies are being stretched to their breaking point.  While agricultural and urban users have had to struggle with significant […]

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On-site water treatment as an alternative water supply: Opportunities and challenges

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Paula Kehoe discusses how San Francisco’s implementation of on-site water treatment systems in large buildings is saving millions of gallons of water per year At the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop 2015, Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, gave a presentation on how San Francisco is implementing on-site treatment systems in […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 7: Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and the groundwater-surface water connection

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Maurice Hall, Thomas Harter, and Professor Richard Frank discuss the connection between groundwater and surface water using examples from the Central Valley and the Scott River Valley to illustrate their case This year’s California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, focused its attention on the issues and challenges […]

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ACWA Panel: The Future of Water Storage and Management in California

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Panel discusses how California’s water storage and management systems can evolve to meet the challenges of the future With the passage of Proposition 1 last November, $2.7 billion was allocated for water storage, setting the stage for significant investments to be made in both surface water and groundwater storage projects. At the spring conference, ACWA held a town hall on […]

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The Delta Watermaster’s quarterly report: Drought, data, near-term initiatives, and the Delta Plan

Aerial view of hyacinth invasion at various sites in the Delta. Views include various waterways (rivers, sloughs, etc.) from North of Tracy, California to East and North of the Clifton Court Forebay. Shot - February 20, 2015.

  Delta Watermaster Michael George updates the Delta Stewardship Council on the activities of his office and the State Board to address the ongoing drought, as well as prepare for post-drought At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George updated council members on the activities of the State Water Board and of his office, including […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, part 4: New momentum for habitat restoration, integrating flood and ecosystem planning in the Yolo Bypass

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Reclamation, DWR, and Yolo County official report on progress on integration efforts in the Yolo Bypass In between Sacramento and Davis lies the Yolo Bypass, a narrow strip of land that finds itself in the crosshairs of federal, state, and local interests and multiple projects that seek to integrate agriculture, wildlife benefits, and public access, all while maintaining the bypass’ […]

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