Tag Archives: water policy

SGMA implementation: A first look at the emerging Groundwater Sustainability Plan and Alternatives Regulation

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The regulation will address required components of groundwater sustainability plans and how those plans will be evaluated With the first set of regulations now completed, staff at the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program are well underway with development of the second set of regulations which are due by June 1st of 2016. At the November meeting of […]

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Complex water governance in the California Delta

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Dr. Mark Lubell shares his research which is geared at understanding the nature of institutional connectivity and interactions governing the socially and ecologically complex Bay Delta system Dr. Mark Lubell is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, as well as Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.  In the Brown Bag […]

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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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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


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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