PANEL DISCUSSION: The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update: Now What Happens?

Panel at ACWA Conference discusses unimpaired versus functional flows and the potential for voluntary settlements The State Water Board is expected this year to adopt proposed changes to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, more commonly known as the Bay-Delta Plan. Among its considerations, the proposals would increase flow requirements to a […]

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SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT: Can California successfully integrate groundwater and surface water under SGMA?

Maurice Hall and Kevin O’Brien present differing scenarios for how Groundwater Sustainability Agencies might address surface water impacts of groundwater pumping “The year 2014 was historic for groundwater in many ways,” began Moderator Dorene O’Adamo, member of the State Water Resources Control Board.  “First, while it wasn’t recognized at the time, the state was well into one of the most […]

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Governor Brown addresses ACWA conference, emphasizes that now is the time to get things done

“The only time you get anything done with water is when a Brown is governor. And there are no more Brown’s coming along so you better get it done.” Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown addressed attendees of the ACWA Spring Conference in a surprise appearance.  Here is what he had to say, in his own words: “Thank you very much.  I […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Three amendments to Delta Plan adopted

The Delta Stewardship Council adopts amendments to the Delta Plan regarding conveyance, levee prioritization, and performance measures At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Councilmembers voted 5-2 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt three amendments to the Delta Plan.  The amendments, in development for years, address the prioritization of state investments in Delta levees, Delta conveyance, […]

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CA FWD: Working to elevate California

California Forward and the California Economic Summit have ambitious goals to create one million more middle-class jobs, one million more homes, and one million more acre-feet of water California Forward is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is working to make the promise of the California dream attainable for all. Its mission is to inspire better decision-making by governments at all […]

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SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY & WATERSHED SCIENCE: Water ‘wasted to sea’, multi-objective ecological flow management, Central Valley spring-run chinook salmon data, and more …

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science is now available online.  In this issue: ESSAY Accounting for Water ‘Wasted to the Sea’  Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak, Greg Gartrell, and Brian Gray  DOI // URL RESEARCH Improving Multi-Objective Ecological Flow Management with Flexible Priorities and Turn-Taking: A Case Study from the Sacramento River and Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta  Clint A. […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Water and weed: Now that’s it’s legal ….

Panel discusses how regulation of cannabis cultivation in California is working so far and the challenges facing communities on the front lines of the ‘green rush’ In the fall of 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the adult use of marijuana, with legal cannabis sales starting in January of 2018.  Although medical cannabis has been grown in California for […]

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TIM QUINN: The Challenge of Our Time: Healthy Economies and Sustainable Groundwater

Speech at Kern County Water Summit emphasizes groundwater replenishment and partnerships as the keys to successful SGMA implementation Since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in the fall of 2014, new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies have been formed across the state to manage the groundwater basins, and the discussion has now turned to the difficult task of preparing plans […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on Delta science efforts

At the March 20th meeting of the State Water Board, Delta Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updated the board members on the Delta Science Program and their priorities for the coming year. The mission of the Delta Science Program is to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information for water and environmental decision making in the Delta, a mission the Science […]

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