Balboa Park, San Diego. Photo by Justin Brown/GPA Archive

BLOG ROUND-UP: Markets and SGMA; Conflict to collaboration; Poseidon’s problems; and more …

“The market” doesn’t seem particularly worried about California’s groundwater law

John Fleck writes, “New US Department of Agriculture report out this week shows the dollar value per acre of irrigated California cropland continuing to rise: … I’m intrigued by: California’s inexorable rise, despite the public policy discourse conventional wisdom that the Safe Groundwater Management Act will lead to a significant reduction in acreage now irrigated with groundwater. Maybe “the market”, whatever that is, thinks differently? … ”  Continue reading from Inkstain blog here: “The market” doesn’t seem particularly worried about California’s groundwater law  See also follow up post: Many thoughtful comments on my musings on California groundwater regulation and agricultural land value

Conflict to collaboration

Mike Wade writes, “A regulatory approach has dominated water management in California over the past three decades. This was a significant shift from the development phase of California’s water system, as described by water policy expert Tim Quinn, former executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies. Many believe that policy-makers and water users are making another transition, this time from conflict to collaboration. … ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition here:  Conflict to collaboration

The whipsaw effect

Dan Farber writes, “Adapting to climate change is an unavoidable necessity, if only because we’ve already baked additional warming into the climate system. Steady predictable changes in climate and weather would be easier to adapt to.  Instead, we may well see some very sudden shifts, both in terms of short-term weather and longer-term climate regimes. That has important policy implications.  The shorter-term variety of sudden change was dubbed “whiplash” in a recent article in Yale360.  The specific problem is that we might shift rapidly from one type of weather to another.  … ”  Read more from the Legal Planet here: The whipsaw effect

Fish food grown on winter rice fields could be key to recovering imperiled Central Valley salmon

Roger Cornwell and Jacob Katz write, “A first-of-its-kind study reveals that rice fields can play an important role in revitalizing river ecosystems and boosting imperiled salmon populations in the Sacramento Valley. California Trout, working with River Garden Farms and a coalition of farmers and public agencies, recently completed a detailed three-year experiment detailing how farm fields can be managed to grow food to support wild salmon populations in the fall and winter months, while still growing food for people during summer. We summarized the scientific studies in Fish Food on Floodplain Farm Fields. (See the full studies for 2019, 2018 and 2017.) … ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here: Fish food grown on winter rice fields could be key to recovering imperiled Central Valley salmon

Poseidon’s problems

Randy Kokal writes, “As former chair of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission, I presided over 40 hours of Poseidon’s hearings.  I offer four reasons why the Regional Water Board should reject the project at Friday’s meeting, and a suggestion.  1. Hidden Tax.  If Poseidon is approved, the citizens of Southern California may pay the largest hidden tax in my lifetime.  This hidden tax is the difference consumers will pay, because Poseidon is an international corporation, and has profits guaranteed for its 35 to 50 year lifespan. Consumers will pay up to six times more for their water! … ”  Read more from the Sierra Club here: Poseidon’s problems

A river-running season abbreviated

Brian Richter writes, “Every January, my email inbox swells with messages from a community of friends — our “river tribe” — that enjoys floating rivers together each summer. We begin organizing ourselves each January to decide which rivers we want to float by raft or kayak come summertime, and to coordinate the dates for which we’ll each apply for river permits.  Our email exchanges were particularly animated this January because the news media were reporting a heavy snowpack and excellent skiing across the Rockies, Sawtooths, and Cascade mountain ranges. To us this translated into a promise of abundant snowmelt runoff for river-running in the spring and summer in the Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan, Chama, Salmon, Snake, and Rogue rivers. We would have lots of great choices this year! ... ”  Read more from Sustainable Waters here: A river-running season abbreviated

Featured image: Balboa Park, San Diego.  Photo by Justin Brown/GPA Archive.

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