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KERN COUNTY WATER SUMMIT: The magic water wand
If you had a magic wand that could give you unlimited funding, could change any law, write any new law, and/or modify any regulation, what would you do to improve California’s water?
That was the question posed to panelists at the 2020 Kern County Water Summit. Seated on the panel was Dr. Jerry Meral, Director of the California Water Program at the National Heritage Institute; Randy Fiorini, Vice Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council; Tim Quinn, former Executive Director of the Association of California Water Agencies; and Felicia Marcus, former Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.
Here’s what they had to say.
WESTERN GROUNDWATER CONGRESS: Quantifying surface water depletion from groundwater pumping
Understanding and conveying groundwater’s role in a changing world
Surface water commonly is hydraulically connected to ground water, but the interactions are difficult to observe and measure and have largely been ignored in water-management considerations and policies. However, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in 2014, is California’s first statewide law that explicitly reflects the fact that surface water and groundwater are frequently interconnected and that groundwater management can impact groundwater-dependent ecosystems, surface water flows, and the beneficial uses of those flows. The challenge of quantifying these interactions has led to the development of several techniques.
At the 2019 Western Groundwater Congress, Gilbert Barth, PhD is an Associate and Senior Hydrologist with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates in their Boulder office, gave an overview of groundwater-surface water interactions and discussed some of the tools and techniques that he has helped develop. Dr. Barth provides quantitative assessments of groundwater resources to address questions associated with water planning, and specializes in model development and calibration with a focus on quantifying changes between surface water and groundwater systems. He’s developed and applied models throughout the Western US for regional, interstate, and international deliberations.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Water Resource Prioritization during COVID 19
Guest commentary written by Robert Shibatani:
Under the pall of COVID-19, when we say and concede that life will not be the same as we once knew it, what exactly does that mean? Obviously, we’re seeing the initial signs; empty streets, shuttered businesses, shelter-in-place orders, face masks, etc. But what does it mean after the initial adjustment period subsides? There are essential services like water, electricity, natural gas, gasoline, food, law enforcement, emergency services, but how far down the list do we go without putting more people in harm’s way than would otherwise be necessary?
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Restore the Delta asks DWR to cease Delta conveyance project during pandemic; This year critical for saving freshwater species; Webinar: Utility actions to sustain operations during covid-19; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water; $1.7M for national forests and watersheds in NorCal; Coronavirus has stalled scientific fieldwork; Welcome to water chaos, California, says Wayne Western; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Interim Klamath plan means more water for fish; The future of water: Onsite desalination for hyperlocal reuse; San Diego calculated how fast the sea will rise, but not the cost; Can ‘carbon smart’ farming play a key role in the climate fight?; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: The state’s new Delta water rules don’t end conflict with Washington; South San Joaquin Valley demands Newsom boost water supplies; Hoopa Tribe strikes at Westlands Water District deal; After a dry winter, the outlook calls for a wet start to April; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Winterlike storm to bring rain and snow this weekend; California’s snowpack is about half of normal; CA groundwater wells receive grades for improvement and degradation; As temperatures rise, Arizona sinks; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: CA Farm Bureau urges cooperation in Delta water operations; Newsom bans water shutoffs, community advocates say it’s not enough; Unusually late-season storm this weekend; Reviving the river that runs through LA; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
- THIS JUST IN … March Precipitation Not Enough to Offset Dry Winter
- THIS JUST IN … CDFW Issues Permit to DWR for Long-Term Operations of the State Water Project
- MONTHLY RESERVOIR REPORT for April 1st
- BLOG ROUND-UP: The Trump plan to decimate California’s salmon; No Miracle March for Delta fish; Is California’s dry 2020 water year a drought? Prepare anyway; Delta Stewardship Council’s Draft Public Participation Plan has no provisions for coronavirus crisis; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons; There’s too much nitrogen and phosphorus in U.S. waterways; Landmark study concludes marine life can be rebuilt by 2050; and more …
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Solicitation Pre-Application Deadline Extended
- NOTICE: Extension of Comment Period: Draft Comprehensive Operations Plan for the Southern Delta Salinity Objective
- MICROPLASTICS IN DRINKING WATER: Notice of opportunity for public comment, public workshop, and board hearing for proposed definition of microplastics in drinking water
- NOTICE: Initiation of Process to Develop/Update Public Health Goals in Drinking Water and Request for Relevant Information: 1,4-Dioxane and n-Nitrosodimethylamin
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Handbook Webinar~ Delivery Reports~ Plumbing Numbers~ Wildlife Grants~ Envision Webinars~ Water Coalition~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ SFEWS Issue~ Canceled events~ Creek Week~ DCP Scoping~ DISB Teleconference~ DPC Meeting ~~
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