Tag Archives: California Water Policy Seminar Series

Groundwater problems and prospects, part 7: Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and the groundwater-surface water connection

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Maurice Hall, Thomas Harter, and Professor Richard Frank discuss the connection between groundwater and surface water using examples from the Central Valley and the Scott River Valley to illustrate their case This year’s California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, focused its attention on the issues and challenges […]

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

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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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Groundwater problems and prospects #3: Sharing groundwater: Legal issues and challenges

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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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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, Part 2: The story behind the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Assembly policy consultant Tina Cannon Leahy, ACWA’s Cindy Tuck, and the California Water Foundation’s Kate Williams talk about the unusual and extraordinarily successful effort to bring the groundwater legislation to fruition It was a indeed a historic moment when Governor Brown put his pen to the paper and signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 16, 2014.  Groundwater had […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, part 1: An overview of groundwater

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Graham Fogg covers the fundamentals of groundwater, including different types of overdraft, sustainable yields, and basin salt balance, as well as debunks some groundwater myths In September of 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation designed to strengthen local management and monitoring of the state’s groundwater basins.  The legislation was a package of three bills: AB 1739 by Assemblymember Roger […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Scientists discuss restoration and reconciliation in the Delta

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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, focused on the concept of ‘reconciliation ecology’, an approach that recognizes that a return to a pre-development state is not possible for natural systems and that human uses will continue; therefore new ecosystems must be created […]

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

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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 will not protect species enough […]

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

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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 chief attorney for California’s water […]

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