Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

Jay Lund: Water storage and drought in California agriculture

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Dr. Jay Lund reviews water storage in California:  Changing patterns and reasons for hope Earlier this year, the U.C. Davis Viticulture & Enology Department held a one-day seminar  on Changing Water Regulations and the Impact on Vineyard Management in California which touched on several topics of interest to small- and mid-sized growers. One of the speakers was Dr. Jay Lund […]

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Managing Forest Health for Water Resources

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Successful forest management plans and a study that found that forest thinning can increase runoff by 20% demonstrate the benefits of upper watershed management The Western Governors Association (WGA), established in 1984, represents the governors of 19 western states and the U.S. flag islands.  The WGA works to develop and promote consensus-based policy solutions, to exchange information and identify best […]

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Assemblymember Marc Levine on California Water: The state legislature’s perspective

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The Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee talks about the current drought, Prop 1 funds, and what water legislation is on the horizon for the legislature in 2015 At the 2015 ACWA Spring Conference, the speaker for the opening breakfast was Assemblymember Marc Levine, who has been the representative for 10th Assembly District, comprised of Marin County […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Delta perspectives on drought management

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CCWD’s Leah Orloff and Delta farmer Steve Mello discuss how the drought is affecting operations within the Delta The April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council included an update on the continuing drought and its impacts.  In the last installment of coverage, Leah Orloff with the Contra Costa Water District and Steve Mello, a Delta farmer who wears many hats, […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Water management actions and the status of Delta fisheries

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DWR Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with an update on hydrologic conditions; DWR Lead Scientist Ted Sommer with an update on Delta fish species, and Delta Watermaster Michael George reviews the actions of the State Water Board At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, councilmembers received an update on the continuing extremely dry conditions and how the state is […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Policy actions and priorities for addressing the ongoing drought

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Karla Nemeth from the Natural Resources Agency and Ellen Hanak from the PPIC discuss the state’s response to the drought: What is the state doing and what could it do better? At the April 23rd meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members received an update on the existing and forecasted water supply conditions, and how this is impacting the […]

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Update: A comparison of regulatory approaches

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta is updated on the substantive differences between the change in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan from a HCP-NCCP approach to a Section 7 approach At the April 28th meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members heard an update on the proposed change to the regulatory approach of the Bay Delta […]

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Western Governor’s Association: Tip of the spear: The horizon for drought data and technology

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Panel discusses drought monitoring, including the Soil and Climate Analysis Network, the Drought Monitor, and the federal Open Data Initiative, plus the latest on Google Earth Engine’s hydrological applications currently in development The Western Governors Association (WGA), established in 1984, represents the governors of 19 western states and the U.S. flag islands.  The WGA works to develop and promote consensus-based […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 4: Fish, birds, and habitat

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Panel of experts looks at historical ecology and critical ecological functions of the Delta, the complexities of fish management, and terrestrial species and habitat Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 3: The Delta ecosystem: Hydrodynamics, water quality, salinity, nutrients, and the food web

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Panel of experts discuss the Delta’s complex hydrodynamics and how flow interacts with salinity, nutrients, contaminants, and the food web Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges […]

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