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“The purpose of this technical guide is to present an operational definition of adaptive management, identify the conditions in which adaptive management should be considered, and describe the process of using adaptive management for managing natural resources. The guide is not an exhaustive discussion of adaptive management, nor does it include detailed specifications for individual projects. However, it should aid U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) managers and practitioners in determining when and how to apply adaptive management.”
“For many important problems now facing resource managers and conservationists, adaptive management is a promising means of facilitating decision making and helping to resolve the uncertainties that hinder effective management. This applications guide builds on the framework of the DOI Adaptive Management Technical Guide (Williams et al.2007), which describes adaptive management in terms of learning-based management of natural resources. In this guide, we use case studies to show how adaptive management can be used for both management and learning. We focus on
practical applications in the areas of importance to DOI managers – climate change, water, energy, and human impacts on the landscape. We present adaptive management as a form of structured decision making, with an emphasis on the value of reducing uncertainty over time in order to improve management. The first half of the guide covers the foundations and challenges of adaptive management, and the second half documents examples that illustrate the components of adaptive management.”
“This book reviews the Corps of Engineers’ experiences to date with the concept of adaptive management and provides advice on additional and more effective implementation of this planning approach. The adaptive management concept itself is complex and evolving, but might be summarized as learning while doing. The book reviews literature on adaptive management and notes that a range of adaptive management practices present themselves for Corps projects. It is noted that there is no cookbook approach to adaptive management, and the book encourages the Corps of Engineers to continue to work with and learn from its applications of the concept. “
California-Nevada is the largest regional chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and is actively engaged in fisheries and conservation activities throughout California and Nevada.
“American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. … Through our river conservation work we are ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.”
“The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its nearly 440 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.”
“Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is being prepared by a group of local water agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, and other interest groups. The BDCP is being developed in compliance with the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the California Natural Communities Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA). When complete, the BDCP will provide the basis for the issuance of endangered species permits for the operation of the state and federal water projects. The plan would be implemented over the next 50 years. The heart of the BDCP is a long-term conservation strategy that sets forth actions needed for a healthy Delta.”
The “Bay-Delta Plan”, short for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary Water Quality Control Plan, is the water quality control plan developed for the Delta by the State Water Resources Control Board. The Plan identifies beneficial uses of water in the Delta, sets water quality objectives for those uses, and determines a program of implementation for achieving those objectives. In developing the Plan, the Board attempts to balance the competing uses of water by determining what flows are necessary to protect public trust uses, including fish and wildlife, while also considering the public interest in drinking water, hydropower, agriculture and other uses. The Plan will be implemented by subsequent water rights decisions and water quality certifications for hydropower facilities that are subject to FERC relicensing. When implemented, the Plan will determine the amount and timing of water entering and moving through the Delta. The Bay-Delta Plan is currently being updated and expected to be complete in 2014.
This useful website from the U.S. EPA has educational resources, an interactive map of the watershed, live conditions and more.
“The Berkeley Water Center takes a comprehensive approach to water resources research and management that reflects the conditions of the 21st Century: variable and uncertain supply, increasing demand and inadequate structural and institutional infrastructure. We seek to develop and demonstrate the application of new concepts, information and engineering technology and computational tools that serve diverse water interests.”
“The mission of the Bureau of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.” The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesaler of water in the country, and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. In California, the Bureau of Reclamation manages and operates the Central Valley Project, as well as facilities on the Colorado River.
The California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI) aims to raise awareness about approaches to agricultural water management that support the viability of agriculture, conserve water, and protect ecological integrity in California. CAWSI is managed by Ag Innovations Network and guided by an Editorial Board appointed by the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply.
“The mission of the California Department of Food and Agriculture is to serve the citizens of California by promoting and protecting a safe, healthy food supply, and enhancing local and global agricultural trade, through efficient management, innovation and sound science, with a commitment to environmental stewardship.”
“The California Environmental Protection Agency is charged with developing, implementing and enforcing the state’s environmental protection laws that ensure clean air, clean water, clean soil, safe pesticides and waste recycling and reduction. Our departments are at the forefront of environmental science, using cutting-edge research to shape the state’s environmental laws.”
“California Farm Water Coalition (CFWC) was formed to increase public awareness of agriculture’s efficient use of water and promote the industry’s environmental sensitivity regarding water. The California Farm Water Coalition Board of Directors has identified three primary goals as part of its mission to increase public awareness of agriculture’s use of water and provide a common, unifying voice for agricultural water users: to serve as the voice for agricultural water users, to represent irrigated agriculture in the media, and to educate the public about the benefits of irrigated agriculture.”
California Institute for Water Resources (University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources)
“The California Institute for Water Resources develops and supports water-related research, education, and outreach. The Institute brings together local, state, and federal communities to identify issues and sources of political and financial support for solutions-oriented water research and outreach.”
“The California Natural Resources Agency’s mission is to restore, protect and manage the state’s natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration and respect for all the communities and interests involved.”
“The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) is a collection of committed activists with several centuries of combined experience in the trenches of the administrative, legislative and judicial processes affecting fisheries, water rights and water quality. … CSPA monitors the water rights and water quality processes, and where necessary, enforces laws enacted to protect the aquatic environment.”
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