Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

SGMA implementation: A first look at the emerging Groundwater Sustainability Plan and Alternatives Regulation

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The regulation will address required components of groundwater sustainability plans and how those plans will be evaluated With the first set of regulations now completed, staff at the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program are well underway with development of the second set of regulations which are due by June 1st of 2016. At the November meeting of […]

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Complex water governance in the California Delta

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Dr. Mark Lubell shares his research which is geared at understanding the nature of institutional connectivity and interactions governing the socially and ecologically complex Bay Delta system Dr. Mark Lubell is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, as well as Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.  In the Brown Bag […]

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DWR and State Water Board discuss their roles in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act at public meeting in Sacramento

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Meeting presentations include a look at the State Water Board’s intervention process With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in the fall of last year, the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board have been busy working on tasks related to implementation of the legislation.  Recently, staff from both DWR and the State Water Board held […]

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Drought, demography, and conservation in 21st century California


Dr. Glen MacDonald discusses California’s changing climate and demography, and what the implications are for the future Dr. Glen MacDonald is the John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography at UCLA; his research focuses on climate change and its causes and impacts on the environment and society.  He gave this speech at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary […]

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Delta Stewardship Council discusses draft principles for Delta conveyance, storage, and water management operations

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The principles will be considered for adoption at the November Council meeting The Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council and tasked it with adopting the Delta Plan.  As part of the Delta Plan’s comprehensive management strategy, the legislation required the Plan to promote options for new and improved infrastructure related to water conveyance in the Delta, storage systems, […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: What’s next for the Delta tunnels project and a look at the emergency drought barrier

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Presentation includes the many state and federal permits that are required With the public comment period for the California Water Fix (Delta tunnels) project closing for presumably the final time, Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta met on October 27th to hear the next steps for the project, such as timelines and permits.  The meeting also included a brief […]

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Draft regulations for spending Prop 1’s $2.7 billion for water storage projects presented at public meeting in Lafeyette

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California Water Commission rolls out the draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program With the passage of Prop 1, the California Water Commission was appropriated $2.7 billion to pay for public benefits for water storage projects.  The Commission has been developing regulations that will specify how the money will be disbursed. Those draft regulations were presented a public meeting […]

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The truth be told: The Delta, the tunnels, and the tributaries, part 2

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Panelists discuss flows and the Delta tunnels, as well as the State Water Board’s water quality control plan update, Prop 1, Folsom operations and the Delta, and more … At the October 16 Mountain Counties Water Resources Association event, “The truth be told: The Delta, the tunnels, and the tributaries,” after the morning session of individual presentations, the panelists then […]

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The truth be told: The Delta, the tunnels, and the tributaries, part 1


Mountain Counties event highlights upstream concerns for flows in the tributaries and the impact of the Delta tunnels project The Sierra Nevada mountain range is a key part of the California’s natural water infrastructure, collecting rain and snow in the winter months that melts in the warmth of spring, filling the creeks and streams that form the tributaries of the […]

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