This just in … New PPIC Report: Reforms Would Improve the Way California Allocates Water

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Changes urges in oversight of water rights, trading, environmental uses From the Public Policy Institute of California: A set of legal and policy reforms would improve California’s water allocation and water rights systems and strengthen the state’s ability to weather droughts and a changing climate, according to a report released today by the PPIC Water Policy Center. The reforms include […]

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This just in … PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer

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Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe threat and wildfire risk is growing to new extremes. […]

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Latest PPIC survey finds majority of Californians say global warming contributing to drought, admit they don’t know how much water they should be saving

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From the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC): A solid majority of Californians believe that global warming is already having an impact, and nearly two-thirds of residents say it has contributed to the state’s current drought, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). As Governor Brown and state policymakers seek to further […]

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This just in … PPIC Establishes Water Policy Center; Releases set of 9 water policy briefs

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From the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC): The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) today announced the establishment of a water policy center to help meet the state’s urgent need for timely information and innovative water management solutions. The PPIC Water Policy Center is being launched with $9 million in seed funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. […]

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PPIC Survey Finds Californians Say Their Neighbors Aren’t Doing Enough About Drought

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From the Public Policy Institute of California: Large majorities of Californians say the supply of water in their part of the state is a big problem and that people in their regions are not doing enough to respond to the drought, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with funding from The […]

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This just in … New PPIC Publication: Policy Priorities for Managing Drought

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New PPIC report cites four key weaknesses in drought preparation and response From the Public Policy Institute of California: “State, federal, and local water managers have worked diligently to reduce the economic, social, and environmental harm from the current drought. But as the drought continues, the challenges will grow more acute. California can learn from experiences to date—and from Australia’s […]

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Flood management oversight hearing, part 1: Addressing California’s growing flood risk

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With 7 million Californians and $600 billion in assets at risk, Assembly oversight hearing examines the state’s liability for flood damages and  the annual $1 billion investment gap in flood management infrastructure spending Precipitation in California can vary greatly from year to year, from devastating droughts to calamitous floods, sometimes even both in the same year.  Floods and droughts are […]

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Panel Discussion: Allocating water during drought

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At the PPIC’s Managing Drought conference, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, David Guy, Bill Croyle, and Jill Duerig reflect on the past year and look ahead, discussing drought, data, discharges and decisions Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California brought together water interests from all corners to discuss how the state responded to the exceptional drought conditions […]

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Conserving ecosystems during droughts

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Chuck Bonham, Sandy Matsumoto, Dr. Peter Moyle, and Tim Quinn discuss how to prepare for the next drought, including developing a plan, designating priority habitat, and securing water for the environment As January ends as a record-breaking drought in some areas of the state and winter once again seemingly passes California by, a fourth year of drought is looking more […]

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Lessons from Australia’s millennium drought

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An Australian water official discusses the key policy initiatives that Australia enacted to respond to long-term exceptional drought conditions In the late 1990s, Australia began experiencing severe drought conditions that stretched on for well over a decade.  Australia is no stranger to drought, being known as the ‘land of droughts and flooding rains;’ however, the Millennium Drought as it would […]

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