Report: Data for Water Decision Making
Informing the Implementation of California’s Open and Transparent Water Data Act through Research and Engagement
From the UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment:
“A lack of data and information has limited our ability to understand, let alone better manage, all aspects of our water resources. This report supports California’s efforts to develop modern water data systems. It argues that simply providing more data is not enough, and that generating useful and useable information hinges on the development of data systems based on end users’ needs. The report describes lessons learned from a process of stakeholder engagement focused on defining and clarifying uses of water data, and how knowledge of these uses can inform the development of water data systems.”
2017 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Biennial Science Review Report Now Available
From the Delta Stewardship Council:
The 2017 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Science Review report synthesizing the findings of the independent review panel is available online. An independent science panel reviewed the implementation of actions required by the Endangered Species Act for salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt to operate the State and Federal Water Projects.
The purpose of the review is to inform National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as to the efficacy of prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs). The review will enable NMFS and USFWS to develop lessons learned, incorporate new science, and make appropriate, scientifically justified adjustments to the implementation of the RPA actions to inform water operations in future years. The Independent Review Panel’s findings and recommendations provide objective feedback to agency staff to inform rapid decision-making.
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Scientific Study Concludes Cadiz Water Project Will Not Harm Mojave Desert Spring
From Cadiz, Inc:
Today, Cadiz Inc. [NASDAQ:CDZI] (“Cadiz”, the “Company”) released a new scientific study confirming that natural springs in the eastern Mojave Desert will not be adversely impacted by the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (Cadiz Water Project). The study of Bonanza Spring was co-authored by California Professional Geologist Miles Kenney, Ph.D. and California Certified Hydrogeologist Terry Foreman after extensive field work, site observation, and geologic mapping, as well as a peer review conducted by other hydrology, geology, and hydrogeology experts. Bonanza Spring is the closest perennial natural spring to the Cadiz Water Project at 11 miles away and is separated by 1,000 feet of elevation.
“While the extensive body of work to date has already assured that the Project will not harm any desert resources, we commissioned Miles’ peer-reviewed geologic investigation to address lingering questions as to whether the Project could impact Bonanza Spring under any circumstance. That question has now been answered definitively no,” said Cadiz CEO Scott Slater.
The new study confirms that Project operations cannot affect the spring, or plants and animals that may rely on it. This conclusion is reached based on important geologic findings by Dr. Kenney, principally the identification of two convergent fault zones that are blocking, or “damming,” upstream groundwater flowing in fractured bedrock above the spring. These faults intersect exactly at the Bonanza Spring, and groundwater is surfacing from the fractured rocks and spilling over the faults to form it.
This fractured rock is at a limited depth and does not extend to the downstream aquifer in the Fenner Gap, known as the “alluvial aquifer,” where the Water Project will operate. The faulting and limited depth of the fractured rocks and the extensive exposure of these permeable rocks upslope of Bonanza Spring have created a catchment area that provides a long-term source of water to the spring from above that is independent of, and not influenced by, conditions in the alluvial aquifer at the Cadiz area miles below. These observed physical data points provide incontrovertible evidence that the spring will not be affected by project operations.
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