Category Archive: Water policy

May 27 2014

California Water Policy Seminar Series: Money, Water and Fish: Prospects for Reconciliation

The California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center in the spring of 2014, focused on the idea of reconciliation ecology, an emerging discipline based on the idea that the traditional idea of setting aside reserves of pristine habitat for nature …

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May 26 2014

In her own words: Pat Mulroy: “Water management in the Wild West: Lessons Learned”

Here is Pat Mulroy, former General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, in her own words, speaking at the 2014 spring conference of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA): On February 6, I finally decided 25 years as general manager was enough. I was living ‘Groundhog Day,’ and the only variable was when …

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May 20 2014

California Water Policy Seminar Series: A regulator perspective on balancing environmental and economic interests

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center,brought together speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how California’s water systems could work to meet both ecosystem and economic objectives.  In this presentation, two environmental law professors and the …

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Apr 03 2014

California Water Policy Seminar Series: Professor Hap Dunning and Justice Ronald B. Robie discuss groundwater regulation and more

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center, is bringing together distinguished speakers to discuss how water systems for both ecosystem and economic objectives. In this set of speeches, environmental law professor Harrison “Hap” Dunning and California Court of …

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Mar 24 2014

California Water Policy Seminar Series: ACWA’s Tim Quinn and the Nature Conservancy’s Jay Ziegler with management, economics and infrastructure perspectives on reconciliation ecology

This year’s 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center, is focusing on the concept of ‘reconciliation ecology’, an emerging discipline based on the idea that the traditional idea of setting aside reserves of pristine habitat for nature will not …

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Feb 19 2014

Organizations and legislators react to Governor’s drought legislation

Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced legislation to provide $687.4 million to support drought relief efforts.  Here are what organizations and legislators are saying about the proposed legislation, listed in alphabetical order: From the California Water Foundation, this statement by Lester Snow: “Fast tracking funding for local water supply projects is one of the few things …

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Feb 19 2014

Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce Emergency Drought Legislation

From the Office of the Governor: “With California experiencing its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez to announce legislation to immediately help communities deal with the devastating dry conditions affecting our state and provide funding …

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Feb 19 2014

This just in … Wolk’s water bond SB848, passes another committee; Organizations and agencies state their support

From Senator Wolk’s office: Senate Bill 848 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), the first water bond proposal from either the California State Senate or Assembly to be approved by a committee or floor vote, earned passage from its second committee today. The Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee voted 6-2 to approve the $6.895 billion water bond …

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Feb 17 2014

The Interagency Drought Task Force gives an update on the latest state and federal actions to address California’s unprecedented drought conditions

At last Friday’s Drought Workshop, the Governor’s Drought Task Force members Mark Ghirlarducci, Director of the Office of Emergency Services; John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources, and Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Board were on hand to kick things off by updating attendees on what state and federal agencies are doing to address …

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Feb 11 2014

Mild reactions to introduction of drought legislation by Senators Feinstein and Boxer

A much more tempered response to the introduction of drought legislation by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.  I’ll continue to add anything I come across, but here’s what I’ve received, in alphabetical order: (To have your statement listed here, please email it to me.) From the California Farm Bureau Federation: ““Senator Feinstein’s legislation addresses …

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Feb 11 2014

Senators Feinstein, Boxer introduce drought relief legislation

From Senator Feinstein’s office: “Washington—Senators from California and Oregon today introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, a bill to help California and Oregon farmers, businesses and communities suffering from historic drought conditions. The legislation—which comes on the heels of weekend rain in California and Oregon and snow in the Sierra—was introduced by …

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Feb 06 2014

Water bond update: The three bond measures, side by side: AB 1331, SB 848, and SB 927

The Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee has prepared a comparison between the three proposed bonds: AB 1331, the $6.5 Billion bond being developed by the Assembly water committee; SB 848, Senator Wolk’s $6.825 Billion bond measure, and SB 927, Senator Cannella’s modifications to the existing bond that would drop it down to $9.217 Billion. …

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Feb 05 2014

House passes emergency California drought legislation

From the House Natural Resources Committee: Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3964, the Sacramento – San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229- 191. This legislation, sponsored by the entire Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies to provide job certainty …

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Feb 05 2014

Legislators react to passage of H.R. 3964

Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3964, the Sacramento – San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, with a vote of 229- 191.  Seven Democrats voted for the measure, including Congressman Jim Costa, and two Republicans voted against it.  Click here for the final vote results. Here is what legislators had to say about …

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Feb 04 2014

Water bond update: Senator Wolk releases mock-up of SB 848, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Water Supply Act of 2014

A mock-up of Senator Wolk’s water bond, SB 848, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Water Supply Act of 2014, has been released which shows the amendments Senator Wolk is proposing to make the original bill’s language. This mock-up of the bill represents significant revisions to the original bill and is the version that …

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