New PPIC Report: Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012-16 Drought
The 2012–16 drought caused unprecedented stress to California’s ecosystems and pushed many native species to the brink of extinction. It also tested the laws, policies, and institutions charged with protecting the environment. Eight case studies on environmental water management during the drought reveal both strengths and weaknesses in federal, state, and local response that can inform how California addresses future droughts.
New SGMA publications available from Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists has been working to ensure our state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is successfully implemented in basins around the state by providing technical assistance and guidance on some topics. We’re very pleased to share with you two recent publications we’ve released to that end:
Navigating a Flood of Information: Evaluating and Integrating Climate Science into Groundwater Planning in California is a white paper co-authored with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. The white paper intends to
- Provide water managers and other decision makers across the state with an overview of climate models, their component parts, and key terminology
- Provide a framework for evaluating and comparing the various approaches to incorporating climate change into state-level water planning documents
- Recommend a four-step process to incorporate future climate projections into local Groundwater Sustainability Plans
Getting Involved in Groundwater: A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans is part of an online toolkit to help non-experts effectively engage in their local GSP process. The guide explains technical concepts and requirements, like water budgets and models, in the context of the new law. It is available in both English and Spanish on our website.
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