Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

Groundwater problems and prospects #3: Sharing groundwater: Legal issues and challenges

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in Gridley has groundwater wells that are pumping water to flood fields and supply water for waterfowl.

Attorney David Aladjem and Professor Richard Frank explain the substantive provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, dove deep into groundwater in lecture series this year, focusing on the issues and challenges surrounding implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  In […]

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Panel discussion: The impacts of climate change on water resources


Peter Gleick, Noah Diffenbaugh, Wade Crowfoot, and Solomon Hsiang discuss the current drought and climate change, focusing on water resources, climate risks, economic impacts, and policy solutions The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted the forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, in October of last year, which focused on the release of […]

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Pat Mulroy to California: Fix the Bay Delta

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Keynote speaker Pat Mulroy opens California Water Policy Conference with a stern warning: California must fix the Bay Delta, because what happens in the Delta matters in Denver The California Water Policy Conference, now in its 24th year, opened on March 19th with keynote speaker Pat Mulroy.  The former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Ms. Mulroy is […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, Part 2: The story behind the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act


Assembly policy consultant Tina Cannon Leahy, ACWA’s Cindy Tuck, and the California Water Foundation’s Kate Williams talk about the unusual and extraordinarily successful effort to bring the groundwater legislation to fruition It was a indeed a historic moment when Governor Brown put his pen to the paper and signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 16, 2014.  Groundwater had […]

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Responding to drought: Options for demand-side management (or … which water conservation programs actually work?)

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Pricing, programs, pleading, prohibiting, pressuring, and plastering … what’s the most effective approach to get consumers to use less?  UC Riverside’s Ken Baerenklau reviews the latest research As the state enters a fourth year of drought and reservoirs continue to drop precipitously low, the calls for conservation will only grow louder and more frequent as water agencies struggle to meet […]

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Legal options for water providers in times of drought

Folsom Lake aerial view during the drought shows an inoperable launch ramp and dock  on September 5th, 2014.

The Water Code, Prop 218, Prop 26 and more … Attorney Kelly Salt reviews the legal provisions in the State constitution and the Water Code that govern water providers in times of drought As the State Water Resources Control Board considers adopting a stronger regulation for urban water conservation, water agencies and localities are going to need all the tools […]

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The Delta Landscapes project: Creating a spatial framework to inform restoration planning

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A new report uses landscape metrics in both the historical and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the estuary’s future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan; those goals include restoring large areas of interconnected habitats within the Delta and […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, part 1: An overview of groundwater

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Graham Fogg covers the fundamentals of groundwater, including different types of overdraft, sustainable yields, and basin salt balance, as well as debunks some groundwater myths In September of 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation designed to strengthen local management and monitoring of the state’s groundwater basins.  The legislation was a package of three bills: AB 1739 by Assemblymember Roger […]

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Flood management oversight hearing, part 2: The Who, What, Where & Why of Flood Control in the Central Valley

Sacramento River at the Fremont Weir Mar 2011 #30

Legislators hear from the multiple agencies and organizations with flood management responsibilities in the Central Valley In the Central Valley, there are 1600 miles of levees in the state-federal flood system (otherwise known as the State Plan of Flood Control), as well as many more miles of levees that are not part of the state-federal flood system but are included […]

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Flood management oversight hearing, part 1: Addressing California’s growing flood risk

Sacramento flooding aerial Mar 2011 #14

With 7 million Californians and $600 billion in assets at risk, Assembly oversight hearing examines the state’s liability for flood damages and  the annual $1 billion investment gap in flood management infrastructure spending Precipitation in California can vary greatly from year to year, from devastating droughts to calamitous floods, sometimes even both in the same year.  Floods and droughts are […]

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