CA WATER COMMISSION: Local perspectives on groundwater management

A look at how GSA formation is going in the Pajaro Valley, Yolo County, and Sacramento regions With the deadline to form groundwater sustainability agencies looming just weeks in the future, at the April meeting of the California Water Commission, commissioners heard from three groundwater managers about how implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is playing out in their […]

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JUSTICE RONALD B. ROBIE: The State Water Resources Control Board: How it All Started

Justice Ronald B. Robie has had a profound influence on the development of water and environmental law in California.  Justice Robie served as a judge since 1983 and joined the Court of Appeal in 2002.  While he was a student at McGeorge in 1967, he served on the legislative staff to the Assembly Committee on Water, and had an integral […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Implications of SGMA implementation: Growers’ perspectives

How will sustainable groundwater management play out on the ground?  Will land be fallowed?  Can yields be somehow increased to make up for lost production? Panel of growers give their perspectives The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires the creation of local agencies to develop and implement plans to manage their groundwater basins sustainably within 20 years.  Sustainable groundwater management is […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing SGMA – How Are We Getting There?

Panel presentations highlight how the Sacramento Valley, Madera County, Monterey County, and Ventura County are working to establish Groundwater Sustainability Agencies The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in the fall of 2014, established a new structure for managing California’s groundwater resources at a local level.  The legislation requires that by June 30, 2017, locally-controlled groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) must […]

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DR. JAY FAMIGLIETTI: Drought vs. Chronic Water Scarcity and Implications for Sustainability

The Epic California Drought as Viewed from Space Dr. Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist and a professor of earth system science and of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California Irvine, and the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.  At the California Irrigation Institute Conference held in January of […]

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Mercury and rice in the Delta: Lessons linking wetlands to water and wildlife

Dr. Lisamarie Windham-Myers is an ecosystem ecologist specializing in wetlands.  As an ecosystems ecologist, she works across a broad spectrum of wetland types on issues related to carbon, nutrient, and mercury cycling.  While her focus on mercury began in New Jersey meadowlands, Lisa is an active researcher in the biogeochemistry on all U.S. coasts, and for the past 12 years, […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Managing the state and federal water projects: The Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program

Part 1: Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program: Moving from Litigation to Collaboration The Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program (CSAMP) is an applied science program specifically designed to inform decisions regarding operations of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project and species protection in the Delta. The Program was established in 2013 as an outgrowth of litigation […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on temporary water right permits for groundwater recharge

The ongoing statewide drought and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act have triggered increased interest in capturing high surface water flows for the purpose of recharging groundwater basins. As part of the Executive Order Governor Brown issued in November 2015, the State Water Board was directed to expedite temporary permits for capturing high precipitation events for local storage or […]

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Deconstructing the current California drought

Dr. Michael Dettinger takes a data dive into the impacts of the California drought California, currently in its fifth (and possibly sixth) year of severe drought, is now identified with large shifts towards persistent dry periods, separated by large storms, and accompanied by record-breaking warm temperatures. These conditions are characteristic of droughts projected to accompany climate change. At a brown […]

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Reconciliation ecology could end California’s water wars

Projects in the Sacramento Valley demonstrate the success of collaboration for the benefit of species This article first appeared in the Central Valley Business Times and is republished here with permission.  Written by Eric Miller, CVBT Correspondent. A careful foot can step anywhere, the Chinese proverb goes, so long as the foot moves in a direction that is good. But […]

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