BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on the one Delta tunnel, the Delta Stewardship Council, Prop 1 water storage funds, Los Angeles and the future of urban water, and more …

One Tunnel Confusion: Whether its downsizing or phasing, one tunnel won’t fix the WaterFix: Jeff Michael writes, “In recent days, there have been multiple news reports that the WaterFix is shifting to a less costly one-tunnel, two-intake project as opposed to the current two-tunnel, three-intake proposal.  But the Brown administration issued a statement to clarify that WaterFix is still the […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A look back at the year in water policy; Will the Delta smelt have a happy new year?; Farming in California: What it takes to feed a nation; and more …

A look back at the year in water policy:  Ellen Hanak writes, “A year of extreme events—from heavy rains that strained dams to high heat and massive wildfires—revealed the many ways California’s variable climate can impact water management. In 2017 the PPIC Water Policy Center explored how the state is managing such extremes and suggested improvements to help us prepare […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on Reclamation’s “maximizing” water deliveries, Delta smelt extinction, Fish science, drought, and more …

Rebalancing regulatory policies: Bureau of Reclamation looks to “maximize water deliveries”:  Tom Nassif writes, “The farmers who make up the heart of Western Growers’ membership are astute businesspeople. They understand the old adage, “Don’t throw good money after bad.” Our members understand that in business, sometimes problems are so intractable, endeavors so futile, that no matter how much more money […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Beginning of 2018 drought?; Delta smelt numbers reach new low as Trump Administration aims to increase pumping; Disoriented salmon; The California Supreme Court’s most important environmental law decisions of 2017; and more …

Beginning of 2018 drought?  Jay Lund writes, “Every year is different for water management in California.  The 2012-2016 water years were among the driest and warmest on record.  2017 was the wettest year of record for much of California, with thousands of water managers struggling to store as much water as possible in reservoirs and aquifers.  So far for this […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Nudging progress on funding safe drinking water; Modernizing water systems in disadvantaged communities; California’s rural water systems need leaders. Who will step up next?; and more …

Nudging progress on funding safe drinking water:  Jay Lund writes, “This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics went to Richard Thaler, who pioneered “nudging” to help people volunteer to make more personally and socially beneficial decisions.  As an example, having employees automatically enrolled for retirement contributions and then allowing them to lower their contributions results in considerably more retirement savings than […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: How California’s water bond money is being spent; Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia; The Salton Sea is dying – we can’t let that happen; and more …

How California’s water bond money is being spent:  Jelena Jezdimirovic and Ellen Hanak write, “California has many unmet needs in its water system—most notably in the areas of flood protection, safe drinking water, stormwater treatment, and ecosystem support. While dedicated funding over the long term has been hard to come by, water bonds have helped fill some gaps in these […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A water right for the environment; Notes from CA WaterFix Industry Day; Oroville Dam spillway failure equals failed state water policy; Massive wildfires reveal our illusion of control over disasters; and more blog commentary

A water right for the environment:  Brian Gray, Leon Szeptycki, and Barton “Buzz” Thompson write, “California’s management of water for is not working for anyone. Environmental advocates argue that state and federal regulators have set water quality and flow standards that do not adequately protect fish and wildlife, and have not enforced these requirements when they are most needed. Farm […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A tale of two fires, Drought forever!; Protecting our forest-meadow reservoirs; food-water footprints; unintended consequences of indoor water conservation; and more …

A tale of two fires: How wildfires can both help and harm our water supply:  “Now that summer is over and rain has returned to California, it appears that the dramatic 2017 fire season is finally behind us. The effects of fire season can linger, however, with the possibilities of erosion and polluted runoff from burned areas. Napa County has […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Rollback propaganda, Salmon runs, X2, drought, wetlands and WOTUS

Rollback propaganda:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “Today the Los Angeles Times posted a story titled, “Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Hit California Hard, Despite Sacramento’s Resistance.” The contact reporter is Evan Halper. There is hardly anything factual in this propaganda piece. The underlying theme is that President Trump is cutting the EPA and environmental regulations. That is about the only thing […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Reforming water management for the environment; A Rose By Any… ; Duel conveyance: Delta tunnel dilemmas; Of Dreamliners and drinking water; and more …

Reforming water management for the environment:  Jeff Mount writes, “It’s time for California to rethink how it manages water for the environment. Despite decades of effort, many of the state’s aquatic native species are in decline. Controversy over water for the environment remains high. The latest drought left lasting effects on already-stressed species and their ecosystems and highlighted the need […]

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