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This week’s featured articles …
CALIFORNIA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Reasonable Use or Waste: A Developing Dichotomy
Panel discussion explores the evolution of the doctrine of reasonable use and considers how the doctrine will, or will not, be applied in the future
Could ornamental lawns in California be one day considered an unreasonable use? How about evapotranspiration rates of some crops? Instream flows? And if a use is found to be unreasonable, is the conserved water up for grabs? At the 28th annual California Water Policy Conference held in San Diego in April of 2019, a panel of lawyers discussed these and other possible applications of the reasonable use doctrine.
Seated on the panel:
- Valerie Kincaid is a partner at O’Laughlin and Paris in Sacramento where she and the firm focus on water law and related regulatory legal matters.
- Paul Kibel is Water and Natural Resource Counsel at the Water and Power Law Group and a tenured professor at Golden Gate University Law School where he teaches water law among other classes.
- Dave Owen is a professor at UC Hastings College of Law, where he teaches water law among other subjects. As an undergrad, he pursued a degree in geology.
- Eric Garner is the managing partner at Best Best & Krieger in Riverside where he’s practiced water law for three decades and is adjunct law professor at the University of Southern California.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Ski resorts are thriving on California’s heavy snowpack — and higher prices; Congress OKs more than $29 million in disaster relief for California fisheries; More on the Delta tunnel announcement; Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US; NASA Study: Human Influence on Global Droughts Goes Back 100 Years; Los Angeles’ urban-runoff projects expand, but dirty-water violators go unpunished, says NRDC report; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Capturing stormwater to recharge aquifers; Contaminated tap water in California at center of debate between lawmakers; Legal analysis: DWR Withdraws Approvals and Permit Applications for WaterFix, Confirms Plans for Single Delta Tunnel; California and offshore drilling: Like oil and water; New database: Water sources in 43 states contain potentially unsafe chemical levels; Yuba Water Agency launches initiative to enhance reservoir; Lake Mead projected to stay above shortage trigger; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Little-Known Company is Quietly Making Massive Water Deals; Many large Northern California reservoirs nearly full; There’s still lots of snow to play in at Lake Tahoe. Here’s where to find it; A war is brewing over lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley; Radio Show: It’s Official: Gov. Newsom Pulls Permits for Brown’s Twin Tunnels Project; USDA report calls for more tech in U.S. farms; In Trump vs. California, the state is winning nearly all of its environmental cases; There’s Dust In Colorado’s Record-Setting Winter Snowpack; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Four years after California’s largest dam removal project, how are the fish doing?; Central Valley Project districts seek ways to enhance water supplies; Civil Engineers Grade California’s Infrastructure with a C-; As U.N. warns of widespread extinction, California is already losing species; Imperial Irrigation District approves Salton Sea restoration project; Finally, California and IID reach agreement on Salton Sea access and liability; Dan Walters: Newsom is shrinking Brown’s pet projects; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Wildfire burn zones depleting snowpack across West, which fuels more fires and snow loss, research shows; Water tax bill moves to appropriations suspense calendar; California’s Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation; After its 12 wettest months on record, the United States is virtually drought-free for the first time in decades; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Garamendi applauds cancellation of Twin Tunnels, suggests alternative plan to Newsom; San Joaquin Tributaries Authority files lawsuit challenging new wetlands regulations; Capitol-to-Capitol: Finding better water management for California; Q&A: Wade Crowfoot, state’s new Natural Resources Secretary; Millions for Climate, Environmental Priorities in Newsom’s May Budget, but not much for Paradise; With Drought Plan in Place, Colorado River Stakeholders Face Even Tougher Talks Ahead On The River’s Future; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Feather River smolt release to help biologists study salmon life cycle; Carlsbad Desalination Plant updated permit approved by San Diego Water Board
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for May 6, 2018
- BLOG ROUND-UP: The California Water Model: Resilience through Failure; Cal Water Fix is dead, what’s next?; Groundwater recharge in the SGMA era; Lawns are the No. 1 irrigated ‘crop’ in America, they need to die; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US; Things are looking up: the 2018 salmon season; Using genetics to inform conservation of spring-run chinook salmon; and more …
Announcements this week …
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: U.S. EPA Announces Availability of $291.7 Million in New Funding to Improve Water Infrastructure in the Pacific Southwest and Pacific Islands
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Bureau of Reclamation makes up to $3 million available for 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants
- WATER RECYCLING FUNDING PROGRAM – Funding Availability and Grant Limit
- WATER SUPPLY INDEX: Forecast for May 1st
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Public Comment Period Opens for Sustainable Groundwater Management Grant Program
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Urban Overview~ Desalination Grants~ Basin Prioritization~ CWC Meeting~ Strategic Plan~ CWA Conference~ White Paper ~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ WaterFix News~ Science Funding~ Panel Report~ Dockwalker Training~ Farmers’ Market~ Nature Walk~ Bike Race ~~
- WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PROGRAM: Informational Meeting – Administration of Public Benefits
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