Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

Landscape-scale planning for ecological resilience in the Bay and Delta

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Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger discusses the latest research working to develop tools and to understand how to build landscapes resilient to climate change and able to support native species into the future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan and other processes.  Even with restoration planned […]

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Tidal marshes: Adapting to sea level rise, carbon sequestration

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Dr. Jim Morris on the mechanisms of how tidal marshes keep pace with sea level rise, and Dr. John Callaway with research on carbon sequestration in the San Francisco Bay’s tidal wetlands Back in the late 1800s as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was being reclaimed for agriculture, a somewhat parallel process was happening to the shoreline of the San Francisco […]

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Projecting inundation in the San Francisco Bay: Sea level and tides

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UC Berkeley’s Dr. Mark Stacey with the latest research on the impacts of sea level rise on the Bay Area and possible responses With sea level projected to rise at least one meter by 2100, possible even more, much needed attention is being paid on how to prepare the San Francisco Bay’s extensive shoreline to adapt to significant amounts of […]

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Climate change and the Delta: What do we know about climate driven variability of the Bay-Delta ecosystem?

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Dr. Jim Cloern briefly reviews what we know and what we don’t know about how climate change will impact the Bay-Delta Climate change is just one of many threats to the Bay-Delta, and it has the potential to alter the ecosystem on a vast scale.  The May 6 seminar, New Approaches for Responding to Climate Change in the San Francisco […]

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Water Rate Making after Capistrano Taxpayers Association v. San Juan Capistrano

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Attorneys Michael Colantuono, Kelly Salt, and John Bakker discuss the decision and its implication for water conservation pricing in California With the recent 4th District Court of Appeals determination that San Juan Capistrano water rates do not meet Proposition 218 requirements, tiered rates have been under scrutiny.  On May 12th, the California Urban Water Conservation Council held a webinar featuring attorneys Michael […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation: An overview of the basin boundary regulation

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Last Friday, the Department of Water Resources released the draft basin boundary regulations for public review and comment, the first set of regulations to be developed as part of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  Just days prior to that at the July meeting of the California Water Commission, Steven Springhorn from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) gave an informational […]

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Managing our headwaters: What are the challenges and recommendations?

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A panel at the ACWA conference discusses the importance of healthy forests to water supply reliability California’s mountain watersheds are the source of most of the state’s developed water supply, but today’s headwaters landscapes are overgrown and underfunded. While most is federal land, there are state, local government and private lands that are also in need of active land management […]

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California Water Commission: Update on the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Steven Springhorn, a member of the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Implementation Team, updated the California Water Commission at its June meeting on the status of implementation of the legislation. He discussed the basin boundary regulations, introduced the regulation for groundwater sustainability plan and alternatives, and gave an informational update on the current status of the formation of […]

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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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