Category Archives: Report Summary

ESA working group releases final report & recommendations

From the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, led by Representatives Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), today released its final Report, Findings and Recommendations. The report is the culmination of the Working Group’s eight-month effort to examine the ESA from a variety of viewpoints and angles, receive input […]

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Water-energy synergies: New report looks at the untapped potential for coordinated water and energy efficiency programs

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Several studies have demonstrated that saving water also saves energy. With 19% of the state’s electricity use and 32% of all natural gas consumption being related to water, coordinating water-energy efficiency efforts can provide a significant opportunity to achieve greater savings for both water and energy utilities and in turn for their customers, according to a new study by the […]

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New PPIC report prescribes relief for the Delta’s ailing ecosystem

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While there may not be an miracle cure for the ailing Delta, there is a path forward that would achieve better environmental results than current efforts while at the same time, keeping costs under control, says a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California.  The report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem, recommends comprehensive management of […]

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Report Summary: Term 91 and Delta flow requirements

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is required by law to establish flow and water quality objectives that ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses.  With the revision of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan underway, and even the State Water Board itself admitting in a 2010 report, “The best available science suggests that current flows are insufficient […]

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The PPIC Plan: Making the Delta a place where the wild things want to be

Note: The following is a summary of the PPIC report, “Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species,” and is not intended to be considered an endorsement of the report or its contents. In June of 2012, the team of researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, “Where the Wild […]

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Ecosystem stressors in the Delta: More than just flow

For more than two decades, native fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have been declining at a rapid rate with no single identifiable cause. “Stressors” are broadly defined as those factors that can harm native species, and the Delta has a long list of them that includes agricultural and urban discharges, invasive species, altered flows, loss of habitat, and of […]

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White paper details the substantial role California's water sector can play in achieving the state's ambitious energy goals

By shifting its timing and use of electricity, California’s water sector can help avoid the need to build new power plants, a new white paper, California’s Water-Energy Nexus: Pathways to Implementation, has determined.  Written by GEI Consultants on behalf of the Water-Energy Team of the Governor’s Climate Action Team (WET-CAT), the paper hopes to stimulate discussion between regulators and policymakers […]

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EPA releases Action Plan for the Delta: Reducing pollution and restoring freshwater flows are key to improving water quality

Following an analysis that determined that existing state and federal water quality standards were not adequately protecting the Delta’s ecosystem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Action Plan in August of 2012 to address water quality challenges in the Bay Delta Estuary. The report identifies seven measures for improving water quality, restoring habitat, and improving the management of the […]

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State Water Board needs broader authority for water rights enforcement, says the Delta Watermaster

Broader authority for the State Water Board to enforce water rights violations and prevent illegal diversions are among the key recommendations of an informational report to be presented at Wednesday’s Board meeting by Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson. In his report, Improving Water Rights Enforcement Authority, Mr. Wilson compared the State Water Board’s existing authority for enforcement of water quality violations […]

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The Delta Conservancy approves a Strategic Plan, attempting to set a path forward in an uncertain future

The Delta Conservancy, a State-designated agency for implementing ecosystem restoration in the Delta, has approved a Strategic Plan outlining the priorities, goals and objectives of the agency.   However, without a stable funding source, the future role of the Conservancy remains uncertain and will likely be shaped by the completion – or not – of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and […]

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