BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Ecosystem services, conservation, and the Delta

Second part of a three part series investigating ecosystem services and what it means for science in the Delta Ecosystems are the communities that are formed by the interaction between living things such as plants, wildlife, and humans, and non-living things, such as the air, water, and soil. Humans are both part of ecosystems and a beneficiary of ecosystems in […]

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MET WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMM: Secretary Crowfoot talks about the water resilience portfolio, Delta conveyance, and more …

At the July meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting, the bulk of the meeting was taken up by a visit from Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot who discussed the Governor’s water resilience portfolio and reiterated the Newsom Administration’s support for modernized conveyance in the Delta.  That was followed by a robust discussion that included further discussion […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Towards multi-functional resilient landscapes: environmental heterogeneity as a bridge among diverse ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the many and varied benefits that humans freely gain from the natural environment and from properly-functioning ecosystems that provide things such as food and fiber, timber, fish, and wildlife. Studies in ecosystem services estimate the ways ecosystems benefit us, be it by providing food, regulating floods, or creating a feeling of well-being. In early 2018, the Delta […]

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GSA SUMMIT: SGMA and Land Use Issues

Panel discusses land use issues, including well permitting, land fallowing, general plans and SGMA, and more … Groundwater is intimately connected with the landscape and land use that it underlies.  How land is developed above can change both water demand and how much water can be recharged, and inappropriate land use and poor land management can cause chronic groundwater quality […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on Governor’s water resilience portfolio and Delta conveyance planning efforts

At last week’s meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee on the Governor’s water resilience portfolio and the continuing planning efforts for Delta conveyance. STATEWIDE WATER RESILIENCE PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT The state administration is looking for input from different parts of the state on a water resilience portfolio, including water […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio Initiative Listening Session

On April 29, 2019, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-19 that directed the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to prepare a water resilience portfolio that would meet the needs of California’s communities for the economy, and the environment through the 21st century.  The executive order calls […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Why not put your public water outreach program on steroids

Guest commentary by Stephen Baker, Operation Unite®: How can the short memory of the public maintain the long-term commitments of water projects and conservation behaviors?  On one hand, California’s recent extended drought demonstrated that the public water users could reduce their water use but can it be maintained permanently? And then there is water storage. Water storage projects are essential […]

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DELTA SCIENCE: Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updates the State Water Board on science efforts in the Delta

At the May 21st meeting of the State Water Board, Lead Scientist Dr. John Callaway updated Board members of ongoing science efforts in the Delta.  In his update, Dr. Callaway discussed the advisory panel report on biological goals, the results from the recent research solicitation, and a paper on salmon resiliency in the face of climate change. BIOLOGICAL GOALS ADVISORY […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Questions of common supply: SGMA requirements for interconnected surface water and groundwater

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in 2014, is California’s first statewide law that explicitly reflects the fact that surface water and groundwater are frequently interconnected and that groundwater management can impact groundwater-dependent ecosystems, surface water flows, and the beneficial uses of those flows. SGMA requires groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) to manage groundwater to avoid six undesirable results, one […]

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June 2019 Issue of ESTUARY News – Water, Environment, Climate, Equity

The June issue of Estuary News is now available online. This issue explores the rainbow flavors of infrastructure — green, blue, living, nature-based, and multi-benefit. As regional regulators require more from municipalities on the stormwater management front, many are developing more specific plans, building demo projects, and expanding rain gardens, pervious parking lots, and tree wells. This issue also describes […]

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