Category Archive: Maven’s Minutes

Dec 17 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 3: Panel discussion on options for moving forward

Groundwater adjudications, notoriously expensive and time consuming, emerged as an issue during the development and ultimate passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, and the Brown Administration has made it a priority to consider possible reforms.  To that end, on November 20, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational …

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Dec 16 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 2: Case Study on the Antelope Valley Adjudication

The Antelope Valley groundwater adjudication case is the current poster child for how painfully long and expensive groundwater adjudications can be.  The enormous case involves a multitude of public agencies, farmers, cities, the federal government, and landowners, both large and small, some of whom pump water, but most who don’t but still hold groundwater rights …

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Dec 15 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 1: Justice Robie with an overview on how groundwater disputes are resolved in California

In August of this year, Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requiring local officials for the first time to create sustainable groundwater management plans.  These management plans potentially could involve pumping restrictions or new pumping fees and as a result, more legal disputes and groundwater adjudications may likely result. Groundwater adjudications have been …

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Dec 11 2014

Delta Stewardship Council, November meeting wrap-up: Delta Levee Investment Strategy and other meeting notes

Coverage of the Delta Stewardship Council’s November meeting wraps up today with the Delta Levee Investment Strategy Monthly Update, and meeting notes on the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting, the Interim Science Action Agenda, and the Lead Scientist’s report. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Monthly Update Topics in this month’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy update …

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Dec 10 2014

Winter Season Preview: Is the Delta ready?

A ‘monster’ storm is bearing down on Northern California, the likes of which we’ve not seen in years, reports say.  And while the rain is welcome and sorely needed, too much water can cause flooding problems.  Is the Delta region ready? At the November 20th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the Council heard from …

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Dec 09 2014

Delta Protection Commission hears about the Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Drought Contingency Plan

At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Cindy Messer from the Delta Stewardship Council gave a presentation on the Council’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Paul Marshall updated the Commission on the Drought Contingency Plan. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Cindy Messer, Deputy Executive Officer of Planning with the Delta Stewardship Council, began by …

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Dec 08 2014

2014-15 Winter Season Outlook

When it comes to the upcoming winter season, there are many questions.  Will it be wet or dry?  What about El Nino? and what will it take to end the drought?  Cindy Matthews, Senior Service Hydrologist with the National Weather Service/NOAA, answered these questions in her presentation at the November Delta Stewardship Council meeting on …

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Dec 07 2014

The House Rules Committee debates HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014

The only debate on HR 5781 California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 apparently was in the House Rules Committee hearing on December 3. The Rules Committee, chaired by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), acts as the legislative gatekeeper, deciding for how long and under what rules the full body will debate the proposition. Congressman Valadao …

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Dec 05 2014

2014 Water Year in Review, Part 3: Groundwater, Delta smelt, and Sacramento’s response to the drought

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions. In this final installment, Mary Scruggs from the Department of Water Resources discusses the impact the drought has had on the state’s groundwater resources, Mike Chotkowski with …

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Dec 03 2014

2014 Water Year in Review, part 2: Urban water conservation, agricultural impacts, water transfers

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions.  In this installment of the coverage, Eric Oppenheimer, Director with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance reviewed the statistics for urban …

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Dec 02 2014

2014 Water Year, part 1: A review of the third year of the drought: How the administration responded, an overview of SWP operations

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state responded to the drought. In his introduction to the agenda item, Supervising Engineer Kevan Samsam reminded the Council, “Never will the coequal goals be more tested than in one of these epic droughts. …

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Dec 01 2014

Dr. Dan Cayan: Climate Change and California’s Water: What Challenges Can We Anticipate?

Dr. Dan Cayan is the director of the Climate Change Center at Scripps and also concurrently holds a research position in the USGS Water Resources division.   At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, he gave an overview of California’s climate variability and of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of …

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Nov 19 2014

Shopping for water: How the market can mitigate water shortages in the American West

In October of 2014, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, which brought together government and agency officials with policy experts to discuss the release of new papers highlighting opportunities from improving water management in the West. While California’s current drought is …

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Nov 17 2014

Water Marketing, Groundwater Banking & Drought Management in California

The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  Ellen Hanak is an economist and water policy specialist with the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan …

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Nov 14 2014

Media call on latest BDCP Affordability and Financing Considerations report, plus a brief update on when to expect the recirculated BDCP docs

This morning, the California Natural Resources Agency held a media call regarding the release of the report, The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations.  On the call today was Karla Nemeth, policy advisor to Governor Brown on water and also the lead on the BDCP, Tim Gage, former finance director for the State …

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