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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REIMAGINING THE CADILLAC DESERT, Part 3: How are cities looking at water?

Pat Mulroy, LA DWP’s David Pettijohn, and Ventura Water’s Shana Epstein discuss their strategies for providing water to their customers in a future of increasing water challenges Cities are finding it increasingly difficult to provide clean and affordable water service in the face of water shortages and rapidly changing regulatory, physical, and fiscal constraints.  In the last part of coverage […]

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REIMAGINING THE CADILLAC DESERT, Part 2: Where will water come from?

Jeffrey Kightlinger, Mark Gold, and Dr. Richard Howitt weigh in on where Southern California and the West will find water supplies in the future The Best Best & Krieger event, Reimagining the Cadillac Desert, brought together the region’s water experts for a day of discussion on the future of water for Southern California – and for the West. In this […]

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REIMAGINING THE CADILLAC DESERT, Part 1: Are we in a forever drought?

Climate scientist Bill Patzert gives an overview of our water reality Marc Reisner’s “Cadillac Desert” masterfully chronicled how early settlers transformed the West, turning barren desert into rich agricultural land and residential oases.  Now, faced with a historic drought, a growing population and a changing climate, we must reimagine our Cadillac Desert. On Sept. 15, 2016, Best Best & Krieger […]

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WATER SMART INNOVATIONS: Speeding up innovation in the water industry

Paul Brown says three things are necessary to spur technological innovation: avoiding the optimization trap, removing standardization as a barrier, and reengaging individual citizens with technology At the Water Smart Innovations conference held earlier this month, the opening keynote speaker was Paul Brown, professional water resource planner with international experience in planning, development, and management for public utilities.  In his […]

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DR. PETER MOYLE & DR JASON BAUMSTEIGER: Assessing extinction in freshwater fishes

Drs. Moyle and Baumsteiger lay out a proposal for determining when to declare a species extinct The extinction of a species is a major consideration in balancing water supply and environmental needs. It’s usually regarded as a “yes/no” state but its determination can be quite complicated.  In this brown bag seminar, Dr. Peter Moyle and Dr. Jason Baumsteiger discuss general […]

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ANNE CASTLE: Our worn out water security blankets

The Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior cautions we can no longer rely on the concept of stationarity, big reservoirs, and the no injury rule to buffer our water supply issues Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado, […]

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