Tag Archives: water policy

Governor Brown addresses ACWA Convention: “All the things that I do here are because they are problems and we need to deal with them. And if I don’t deal with it, somebody else will have to.”

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Governor Brown addresses ACWA convention, calling on California’s brain power and innovation to solve the state’s water issues, and touching on water conservation, almonds, and the tunnels, and more … At the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Spring Conference & Exhibition, held just last week in Sacramento, the lunch time speaker was Governor Jerry Brown. ACWA president John Coleman […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Policy actions and priorities for addressing the ongoing drought

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Karla Nemeth from the Natural Resources Agency and Ellen Hanak from the PPIC discuss the state’s response to the drought: What is the state doing and what could it do better? At the April 23rd meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members received an update on the existing and forecasted water supply conditions, and how this is impacting the […]

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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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Panel discussion: The impacts of climate change on water resources

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Peter Gleick, Noah Diffenbaugh, Wade Crowfoot, and Solomon Hsiang discuss the current drought and climate change, focusing on water resources, climate risks, economic impacts, and policy solutions The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted the forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, in October of last year, which focused on the release of […]

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Pat Mulroy to California: Fix the Bay Delta

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Keynote speaker Pat Mulroy opens California Water Policy Conference with a stern warning: California must fix the Bay Delta, because what happens in the Delta matters in Denver The California Water Policy Conference, now in its 24th year, opened on March 19th with keynote speaker Pat Mulroy.  The former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Ms. Mulroy is […]

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Yolo Bypass Symposium, Part 3: Farms, flood, fish, and fowl: Putting the puzzle together

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Stakeholders discuss how to integrating the multiple plans and processes in the Yolo Bypass Land use in the Yolo Bypass is dominated by agriculture; it is part of Yolo County’s heritage as well as a vital of its economy. Farming activities in the bypass generally begin in late spring and extend through the summer, when flooding is uncommon. Primary crops […]

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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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The promise and pitfalls of regional planning for special status species

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Panel discusses the pros and cons of Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans In recent years in an effort to avoid ‘postage stamp’ conservation, many regional planning efforts have been undertaken that allow for development while at the same time, provide for conservation of habitat and species. Known as Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) under federal endangered species regulations […]

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Fran Spivy-Weber on sustainability initiatives and the California Water Action Plan

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Fran Spivy-Weber talks about the statewide sustainability initiatives included in the California Water Action Plan, and ends with the suggestion that agencies be creative and give regulators a chance Frances Spivy-Weber, Vice-Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, was first appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2007, reappointed and elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2009, […]

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The California Water Plan: Roadmap for Action

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DWR’s Kamyar Guivetchi presents the California Water Plan, touching on the importance of integrated water management; the nexus between the California Water Plan and the California Water Action Plan; the three overarching themes of integration, alignment and investment; and the plan’s “Roadmap for Action.” At the December meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Council members were given an overview on […]

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