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    Oct 21 2014

    In his own words … Governor Brown talks water at Stanford conference: “This is not something for a flash in the pan; this is not for a one term Governor; this is really the work of a four-term governor”

    Yesterday,the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment held a conference at Stanford titled, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy which brought together officials and experts from California and across the west to discuss water markets, technological innovations, climate change and other water policy issues.  Governor Jerry Brown was the keynote speaker. …

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    Oct 08 2014

    Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon briefly talk water policy

    On October 6th, the Public Policy Institute of California held an event, “A Conversation with California’s Legislative Leadership.” In this portion of the event, taken from video of the event posted on YouTube, moderator Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the PPIC, talks briefly with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem-elect Kevin …

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    Sep 03 2014

    Dr. Peter Gleick on The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply

    In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pacific Institute released a study that examined the potential water supply that can be gained from urban and agricultural water use efficiency, water reuse, and stormwater capture.  The report, The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply​, concludes that 10.8 to 13.7 million acre-feet of water per …

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    Sep 01 2014

    Jay Famiglietti at TEDx: Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

    In May of 2013, Jay Famiglietti, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, gave a speech at Tedx event on ending the global water crisis.  Here’s a transcript of what he said: Can we end the global water crisis? I’ve some good news for …

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    Aug 30 2014

    Reactions: Legislators and organizations respond to the passage of groundwater legislation

    Here’s what organizations and legislators are saying about the passage of groundwater legislation, which now awaits the Governor’s signature, listed in alphabetical order: From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA): ACWA Applauds Passage of Groundwater Legislation The statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) hailed final passage today of historic groundwater sustainability legislation in …

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    Aug 29 2014

    This just in … Bill package to protect groundwater supplies passes California Assembly

    From the office of Senator Fran Pavley: “Today, the California Assembly passed a bill package by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and Assemblymember Dickinson to sustainably manage California’s groundwater for the first time. The three bill package including SB 1168 (Pavley), SB 1319 (Pavley) and AB 1739 (Dickinson) would initiate groundwater sustainability planning and programs …

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    Aug 27 2014

    Statement from the California Water Foundation on California Senate Vote to Advance Groundwater Legislation

    The California Water Foundation (CWF) issued the following statement from Executive Director Lester Snow after the California State Senate voted 26-1 to advance AB 1739, which now moves to the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote: “We praise the work of the Senate for their leadership and good sense to advance this bill. Today’s bipartisan …

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    Aug 25 2014

    Supporters of groundwater reform unveil modified California state flag to illustrate need for action; Effort urges lawmakers to pass groundwater bills

    From the California Water Foundation: Heading into the final week of the state’s legislative session, the California Water Foundation unveiled a modified California state flag that features a desert camel instead of a grizzly bear to illustrate the severity of the state’s groundwater crisis and urge lawmakers to pass groundwater management legislation. Over the course …

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    Jul 14 2014

    John Kingsbury: Protecting watersheds first step in water policy

    This commentary is written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: Mountain watersheds can survive without the Delta, but the Delta cannot survive without the watersheds. The waters that form creeks and streams in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains and join to create the great rivers that flow into …

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    Jul 10 2014

    This just in … New report from the California Water Foundation highlights urgent need to address groundwater problems throughout California

    From the California Water Foundation: Management of California’s groundwater basins is fragmented, and many groundwater management plans are outdated and lacking important details, leaving significant room for improvement, according to a report released today by the California Water Foundation (CWF). The report, An Evaluation of California Groundwater Management Planning, assesses the current condition of groundwater …

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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 22 2014

    UC Drought Summit: State policy for future droughts

    What can the state do to better prepare for a drier future: groundwater management, water efficiency, water conservation … ? In April, the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit reached throughout the University of California system to bring together faculty and other experts to explore ideas and different approaches to mitigating the effects of …

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    Mar 26 2014

    Planning and Conservation League Symposium: What’s next for the Delta?

    “What’s next for the Delta?  ‘Enquiring minds want to know,’” began Martha Davis, moderator for the closing plenary session of the Planning and Conservation League’s 2014 Symposium: Water for Life: Towards and Equitable and Sustainable Water Future for California. “The underlying question for this afternoon’s panel is whether we’re on a convergence path for solutions …

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    Dec 10 2013

    Letter: California’s Republican representatives write letter to the President and the Governor, asking him to ‘take immediate action to mitigate the catastrophic effects of another natural drought exacerbated by environmental conditions”

    California Republicans have sent a letter to President Obama and Governor Brown, urging them to “take immediate action to mitigate the catastrophic effects of another natural drought exacerbated by environmental regulations.”  The recent dry years have been exacerbated by environmental restrictions on Delta water supplies and this has left the reservoirs in “terrible shape,” they …

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    Nov 07 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: State of the Estuary Panel Discussion: One estuary, many plans: How will they fit together?

    The 11th Biennial State of the Estuary conference held in October, 2013, brought together the leaders from the state’s resource agencies to discuss the multiple planning processes going on and share their views on how these processes will work together. The panel discussion, One Estuary, Many Plans: How Will They Work Together?, was moderated by …

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