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This week’s featured article …
DR. JEFF MOUNT: The Consequences of Sustainable Groundwater Management
In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which mandates that areas that depend upon groundwater achieve sustainability by 2040. Meeting the requirements of SGMA will mean a net reduction in groundwater overdraft of about 2 million acre-feet per year. The social, economic and environmental consequences—intended or otherwise—of this change in water policy are vast.
Dr. Jeffrey Mount is a Senior Fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center. In this keynote speech given at the Groundwater Resources Association’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan Summit, Dr. Mount argued that the state needs to take a comprehensive look at what it is going to take to achieve groundwater sustainability and develop pathways that minimize or mitigate unwanted effects. He also noted that his speech would draw on the work of his colleagues at the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center who have been working on the San Joaquin Valley to envision a future for the Valley under SGMA and what the consequences would be.
Is SGMA good policy? “We know SGMA is transformational and that this is probably the most significant water policy, certainly in a generation and possibly in the last 100 years,” he said. “So the question is, how do you know if it is a success? What does success look like?”
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: From dendrometers to drones, devices drive ag-tech boom; Tribe’s salmon protection effort highlighted in new exhibit; EPA fines NorCal gravel miner for dumping on endangered salmon; Bakersfield trees bouncing back after drought; Massive algal bloom at Diamond Valley lake prompts warnings; Reclamation chief revitalizes agency’s infrastructure mission; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: It’s back: El Niño expected later this year, forecasters say; Many coastal properties could be flooded out by 2045, climate report warns; Senate faces test as energy-water bill hits the floor; Colorado River reservoirs headed to a historic low; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: ‘Water tax’ debate continues after California budget passage; Official confident Oroville Dam spillway project will be completed on time; By 2045, rising seas could flood thousands of coastal homes; 30 years after warning of global warming: They were right; New tool will help save water by measuring plant health from space; Renewing the water workforce: Improving water infrastructure and creating a pipeline to opportunity; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: California limits daily personal water use to 55 gallons – kind of; California wildfires caused unexpected benzene contamination of drinking water; Sea level rise will threaten thousands of California homes; Trump’s new ocean policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: In California water news today, Construction contract to raise height of Shasta Dam expected next year; A deep dive into groundwater, desalination; Report finds industrial chemicals in water supply more dangerous than previously thought; Your efforts to save water are actually making a difference; Mikkelsen visits Klamath Basin: Water solutions a long way off; Groundwater regulations expand for Sonoma County; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: A new groundwater market emerges in California. Are more on the way?; Drought-weary California equips water supplies for efficiency; Lukewarm reception for federal water, energy program overhaul; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: California Fish and Game Commission adopts master plan for fisheries, endorses ocean litter strategy; Draft enviro docs for the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel Nutrient Enrichment Project; Toxic algal bloom closes Diamond Valley Lake
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: CDFW accepting proposals for restoration projects that provide greenhouse gas benefits; New online map shows schools that have been tested for lead in drinking water
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO Report on the November $8.9 billion ballot initiative to fund water projects; Delta Levee Financing Feasibility Study completed; Weekly water and climate update
- Reclamation increases 2018 Central Valley Project water allocation for South-of-Delta ag contractors to 50%
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for June 18
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Ag water data, Delta tunnels, groundwater recharge, Sites Reservoir, water efficiency legislation, Agency U-turns, and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Report: Restoring Franks Tract; ‘River Jedi’; The salmon struggle for survival out of the San Joaquin River; New model of Chinook salmon populations better accounts for errors; New NOAA Fisheries plan adopts ecosystem management principles; and more …
Announcements this week …
- WEBSITE NEWS: Maven to be honored with the 20th Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting
- SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PGM: Basin Boundary Modifications submission period, public comment period on basin prioritization extended
- CALIFORNIA WATER FIX HEARING UPDATE: Ruling letters on Part 2 Rebuttal, status of exhibits
- ANNOUNCEMENT: Army Corps Regulatory Program Workshop on July 13, 2018
- WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PROGRAM: Water Commission meeting, WSIP determinations, and webinars
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