Category Archives: Maven’s Minutes

Groundwater Problems and Prospects #6: The role of the state in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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DWR’s David Gutierrez and the State Water Board’s Michael Lauffer discuss the carrot and stick role of the state in implementing sustainable groundwater management The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act became effective on January 1, 2015, creating a framework for managing the state’s groundwater resources on a local or regional basis.  But while the new groundwater legislation contemplates a bottom-up governance, […]

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California Water Law Symposium: The Advancements and Challenges of Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Since 2009

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A panel discussion on agricultural water use and efficiency improvements made since the passage of the Water Conservation Act of 2009 California is the nation’s largest farm state, providing half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts, as well as adding $40 billion to the state’s GDP. Agriculture is the largest user of consumptive non-environmental water in the state, a […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 5: Groundwater management practices for local sustainability

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California’s new historic groundwater legislation, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requires local agencies and stakeholders to come together to from Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and to develop plans to manage their groundwater basins in a sustainable fashion – no easy task. The fifth lecture in the California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the […]

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California Water Law Symposium: The Role of Reasonable Use in the Russian River Frost Protection Litigation


A panel of lawyers discusses the appeals court ruling upholding the State Water Resources Control Board’s authority to regulate diversions in the Russian River watershed by riparian water rights holders for the purposes of frost protection The Russian River is California’s second largest river, flowing 110 miles through the heart of Northern California’s wine country.  The river flows from the […]

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California Water Law Symposium: Harrison “Hap” Dunning and John Leshy on California’s Reasonable Use Law

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Lawyers discuss the history and importance of reasonable use law, and ponder its future use The California Water Law Symposium, now in its eleventh year, is a unique collaboration among Northern California law school students that focuses on discussion and analysis of California water issues by leading water law and experts.  At the symposium, six panels tackled a variety of […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 4: Toward groundwater sustainability planning in an agro-urban basin


Tim O’Halloran discusses the challenges of implementing the new groundwater legislation on the local level The provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act call for local control of groundwater by establishing Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to manage the groundwater basins or sub-basins, and to accomplish this feat by June 30, 2017.  In some areas of the state, these agencies are already […]

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Droughts, climate change, and dams: Reconciling a future for California’s native fishes

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Dr. Peter Moyle lays out a statewide aquatic conservation strategy for saving California’s native fishes in the face of climate change Dr. Peter Moyle is a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been working with freshwater fishes of California since 1969, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, […]

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Capitol Weekly Water 2015: Senator Lois Wolk: ‘Drought is the new normal: We need to prepare for it and our policies have to reflect that.’

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In her keynote address at Capitol Weekly’s Water 2015 conference, Senator Lois Wolk says drought is the new normal and calls for wise spending of Prop 1 funds, more data gathering Capitol Weekly’s 2015 conference on water was held in Sacramento on February 24th. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day – one in a series of similar days […]

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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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