Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

Panel Discussion: Allocating water during drought

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At the PPIC’s Managing Drought conference, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, David Guy, Bill Croyle, and Jill Duerig reflect on the past year and look ahead, discussing drought, data, discharges and decisions Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California brought together water interests from all corners to discuss how the state responded to the exceptional drought conditions […]

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Managing turbidity for Delta smelt

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Metropolitan’s David Fullerton and Paul Hutton say there’s a relationship between turbidity and Delta smelt, and demonstrate that by cutting back Delta pumping at strategic times, they can avoid take of Delta smelt at the export pumps and gain water in the long-run At the February 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal […]

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Statewide Water Conditions and Preparing for a Dry 2015

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Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with a look at statewide hydrologic conditions and what to expect in the coming dry year “We are looking at a fourth year of drought,” said Jeanine Jones, the Deputy Drought Manager for the Department of Water Resources as she kicked off the National Water Resources Institute Drought Response Workshop on February 25, 2015 in […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 3: Looking ahead: Stakeholder recommendations for maximizing public benefits

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Stakeholders discuss how the $7.5 billion in bond funds should be spent to benefit the most Californians The passage of Proposition 1 last November provided $7.5 billion in funding for a variety of water projects and activities, such as water storage, watershed protection and restoration, groundwater sustainability, regional water management, drinking water quality, and flood protection.  The Governor’s proposed budget […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 2: First out of the gate: State entities with proposed water bond funding

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Department heads tell legislators how they plan to disburse the first round of funds from Proposition 1 Last November, voters approved the $7.5 billion Proposition 1, the water bond.  The Governor’s proposed budget includes the first round of the disbursements of funds from the measure, and with such significant funds on the line, the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and […]

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Proposition 1 Oversight Hearing, part 1: Background on the water bond and principles for moving forward

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Anton Favorini-Csorba gives an overview of Prop 1 and makes recommendations for ensuring legislative oversight on the expenditure of water bond funds Last November, voters approved Proposition 1, the water bond, which provides $7.545 billion in general obligation bond funding for various water-related projects and programs. Voter approval of Prop. 1 means the state now has permission to sell general […]

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New report synthesizes what is known – and not known – about the life of a Delta smelt

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The Interagency Ecological Program releases the peer-reviewed report, An updated conceptual model of Delta smelt biology: our evolving understanding of an estuarine fish The Delta smelt is perhaps California’s most famous fish, having found itself placed firmly in the center of courtroom battles and water project operations. Once abundant throughout the estuary, the Delta smelt has been protected under federal […]

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Metropolitan Bay Delta Committee hears presentation on treasurer’s BDCP affordability report, plus an update on SWP BDCP contract negotiations

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears a presentation on the state treasurer’s report which found that both urban and agricultural contractors can afford the project; plus a brief update on the State Water Project contract negotiations regarding allocation of costs of the BDCP At the January meeting of the Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, […]

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An overview of the refinements and revisions to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan facilities (with video)

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta hears some of the details on the changes made to the water conveyance facilities since the project’s initial design In December, the Department of Water Resources announced that new environmental documents were being prepared for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan due to significant changes made to the facilities design in response to comments received […]

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