BROWN BAG SEMINAR: The Delta as Changing Landscapes

Letitia Grenier is the principal investigator for the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Delta Landscapes project, which recently completed an in-depth analysis on the change in the Delta overtime and is now offering science-based guidance on how the Delta’s ecosystem health can be recovered as part of a working landscape.  Ms. Grenier is one of a number of authors on the […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Flow Dynamics and Transport of Water-Quality Constituents in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

Dr. David Schoellhamer, Research Hydrologist for the USGS, earned his bachelors degree in civil engineering from UC Davis and a doctorate in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from University of Florida.  He has studied sediment transport in the San Francisco Estuary since 1993.  He was the lead author for the chapter on flow dynamics and transport of water quality constituents in […]

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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Water Rights in an Era of “Permanent” Conservation Mandates: Are Reports of Their Death Greatly Exaggerated?

By complying with a state-directed water budget formula, will agencies be forced to strand their water rights or infrastructure investments? On May 9th of 2016, Governor Brown issued the latest in a series of executive orders in response to the drought, which was entitled, “Making water conservation a California way of life.” In that order he directed a group of […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Panel examines the effects of the proposed conveyance amendment

Water officials and Delta advocates weigh in on the impacts of the proposed Delta Plan amendment to address conveyance, storage, and operations The Delta Stewardship Council is proposing to amend the Delta Plan to promote options for water conveyance, storage systems, and the operation of both as required by Water Code Section 85304. The draft Delta Plan conveyance, storage, and […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Examining the science supporting the proposed Delta conveyance amendment

Science panel weighs in on the proposed Delta Plan amendment addressing conveyance, storage, and operations At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, councilmembers once again took up the issue of the Delta Plan amendment regarding conveyance, storage, and operations.  The marathon meeting was well attended by water export interests, Restore the Delta, and the Save the California Delta […]

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PANEL: The groundwater-surface water nexus & the State Water Resources Control Board

The passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act enacted a program for statewide management of groundwater, defining new roles for state agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board.  In March of 2017, McGeorge School of Law held a symposium in honor the 50th anniversary of the State Water Resources Control Board explored the topic of “Integrating Water Quality & […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Committee members discuss Delta Plan amendments, prepare for California Water Fix decision

Completion of the biological opinions expected by June 9th At the May meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, the pending Delta Plan amendments were discussed, as well as a brief update on the California Water Fix.  But first, the meeting started as most do with an invitation for the public to address the Committee.  Usually, there isn’t anyone […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Water Quality & Allocation: State Water Board Overview & the Delta Water Quality Control Plan

Panel discussion touches on State Water Board’s authorities and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan The State Water Resources Control Board was formed in 1967 in order to integrate water quality and allocation in California. Structured as a merger between the previously-existing State Water Rights Board and the State Water Quality Control Board, the new Board was intended to […]

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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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CA WATER COMMISSION: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation update

DWR update provides an overview of GSA formation to date and a preview of new tools to aid GSAs in developing their groundwater sustainability plans At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, Trevor Joseph and Steven Springhorn with the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management program gave a high-level overview of how groundwater sustainability agency formation is […]

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