A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …
GROUNDWATER 101: The basics
Dr. Thomas Harter provides a basic understanding of groundwater – what it is, how much groundwater is out there, how fast groundwater moves, and where it comes from and where it goes
Groundwater is an important part of California’s – and the nation’s water supply. Nationwide, groundwater makes up on average 26% of the water supply. In California, that number is significantly higher – groundwater provides nearly 40% of the water used by California’s farms and cities, and significantly more in dry years. But what is groundwater? In this post based on the first segment of the UC Davis shortcourse on groundwater, Dr. Thomas Harter, who is the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair for Water Resources Management and Policy at the University of California, Davis as well as Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources (among many other things), provides a basic understanding of groundwater – what it is, how much groundwater is out there, how fast groundwater moves, and where it comes from and where it goes.
DELTA SCIENCE NEEDS, PART 2: What do managers need to know to effectively make decisions in the future Delta?
Jennifer Pierre, Paul Souza, and Campbell Ingram discuss what their needs are for managing the Delta into the future: Will this be the decade of flow?
The Delta is changing much faster than we can respond to, and if rather than being reactive, we want to start to get ahead of things, we need to be thinking about what changes lie ahead and what science and tools managers and decision makers will need to manage those changes. That was the topic of discussion for the second Science Needs Workshop hosted by the Delta Science Program which brought together Jennifer Pierre with the State Water Contractors, Paul Souza with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Campbell Ingram with the Delta Conservancy to discuss what they saw as their needs for science and tools for managing the Delta into the future.
BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Franks Tract Futures: Using map based public surveys to inform a participatory multi-benefit design project
Sea Grant is a federal state partnership between NOAA and 34 university based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes states, including Puerto Rico and Guam. For over 50 years, Sea Grant has supported coastal communities through research, education, and extension programming. This seminar is part of the selection process for a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist who will be hired jointly with the Delta Stewardship Council. Sea Grant Extension Specialists are housed throughout the state and work with coastal communities to identify and collaboratively address pressing issues associated with the use and protection of California coastal and marine environments. This position with the Delta Stewardship Council will provide leadership in advancing collaborative partnerships and initiatives in catalzying and implementing social science research to inform management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The candidate and presenter for this seminar was Alejo Kraus-Polk. He received his Bachelor of Science in International Agricultural and World Development from Cornell Univeristy with an emphasis in Rural Sociology in 2012. He is now a PhD candidate and graduate student researcher in the Geography Graduate group at UC Davis. During his time at UC Davis, he has participated in various collaborative research and planning efforts that seek to balance ecosystem restoration, flood control, water supply objectives, and human activities in the Bay Delta region. Prior to entering graduate school, Alejo participated in an internship with the Delta Stewardship Council looking at reconciling existing land uses and ecosystem objectives within designated priority habitat restoration areas. This seminar today is titled, Franks Tract Futures: Using map based public surveys to inform a participatory multi-benefit design project.
GUEST COMMENTARY: The Delta Tunnel is not a Social Justice Project
This guest commentary is written by Tama L. Brisbane, poet, With Our Words Inc. Stockton Poet Laureate Area Coordinator, California Poets in the Schools; and Tim Stroshane, policy analyst, Restore the Delta:
In his CalMatters piece on June 20, 2020, Gary Kremen, vice-chair of the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority wraps Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed Delta tunnel project in a strategy of virtue signaling — talking the talk without walking the walk – and without knowing the Delta.
“You cannot know the extent of water in a pond you have never been to.”
– Swahili proverb (first of three)
We grew up at different times but attended the same high school, Ravenswood High in then-unincorporated East Palo Alto. We learned of and lived with the systemic injustices foisted on East Palo Alto by its wealthy, too often disdainful neighbor Palo Alto, and its occupying force, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department. We know when someone walks the talk of social, racial, and environmental justice. We know when someone does not.
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Unfinished budget business at the Capitol; Appellate court rules State Board’s emergency order during drought not unreasonable or arbitrary; Why spring- and summer-run salmonids are so damn interesting and weird; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Heat and drought to stifle West through end of June; People, ag, and water in California; Column: CA officials deliver another “water-block” over Shasta Dam; Federal judge denies Democratic AGs’ bid to halt Trump WOTUS rule; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Supreme Court won’t consider Klamath farmers’ water fight; CA still benefits from wet 2018-19; Marking ten years of the Delta Stewardship Council; Newsom, California lawmakers agree how to close deficit; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: California’s 21st century megadrought; In letter to Congress, water agencies call for drinking water relief funding; California re-evaluating its landmark climate strategy; How 200 Trump judges could shape environmental policy; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Interior requests funding for Shasta Dam raise, Sites Reservoir and Friant-Kern Canal under WIIN Act; Appellate Court upholds State Water Board’s drought emergency regulations and curtailment orders issued for Deer Creek; CDFW hatcheries complete release of 20 million young salmon; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Reclamation increases 2020 CVP allocation for Friant Division; Water agencies and advocates join in seeking federal funds to reduce water costs; State senate passes $200B budget plan; Harmful Algal Bloom Report; National Water and Climate Update; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
- LEGAL BRIEFS: Judge denies motion for injunction over Shasta operations; San Joaquin County alleges misrepresentations by Westlands in CVP contract
- LETTER sent to Congressional subcommittee requesting funding for California water storage projects under the WIIN Act
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta tunnel and an eastern alignment; Delta governance; Water policies and food production; Making your water bill affordable; Enviros v. Cost-benefit analysis; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Rapid genetic tools to id fish in the field, Did salmon always live in San José?, Can California’s kelp forests be recovered?; Machine learning helped demystify earthquake swarm; and more …
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Conservation Grants~ Drinking Water~ DSC Agenda~ Colorado River~ Strategic Plan~ Water Survey ~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Delta Survey~ DSC Meeting~ Science Action~ Estuary Magazine~ DSC Blog ~~
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Draft USBR 2021 Annual Work Plan for Lower San Joaquin River
- YOUR INPUT WANTED: Franks Tract Futures: Public and user survey of design concepts