Challenges facing irrigated agriculture in the western U.S.

Dan Keppen is Executive Director of the Farm Family Alliance, a non-profit association that acts as an advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in the 17 western states.  He has 28 years of experience in water resources engineering and policy matters. At the July meeting of Metropolitan’s Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee, he gave this presentation […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Committee hears presentation on Cal Water Fix cost allocation and financing

On August 14th, Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta and the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee held a joint meeting to hear a presentation on the last of three white papers that staff has prepared on the California Water Fix, this one focusing on the costs and financing for the project.  Staff has developed the white papers to inform board […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Defining “Delta as a Place”

The Delta Independent Science Board tackles the elusive ‘Delta as an Evolving Place’, plus updates on the activities of the Delta Protection Commission and the Delta Conservancy At the July meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Council members received an update from the Delta Independent Science Board on their recent paper on the Delta as an Evolving Place; they also […]

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Making conservation a California way of life

Symposium presentation looks at the Brown administration’s proposed framework for water conservation After several years of drought, in May of 2016, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16 which directed the State Water Board, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Public Utilities Commission, and the California Energy Commission to take actions focusing on using water […]

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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Salty buildup: The threat to California’s water

Panel discusses the pervasive problem of salinity and irrigated agriculture, and what can be done about it Salinity is a slow-moving but critical problem.  It is most challenging in regions that have constrained drainage; it can be exacerbated when imported water brings salts into the basin; imported food and other raw materials can add to the problem.  If salts are […]

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DPR scientists tackling troubling urban pesticide runoff

From the California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Agricultural pesticide runoff grabs headlines, but did you know that urban pesticide use can also pollute California creeks and rivers? Determining the extent of the pollution has been the focus of recent studies by scientists at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). They’ve found several pesticides at levels toxic to aquatic invertebrates […]

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WEBSITE NEWS: New daily and weekly email service options make it easy to keep up to date with the latest California water news

From full service to once a week, new email options from Maven’s Notebook let you choose how often you receive in your inbox the latest water news and information posted at Maven’s Notebook. FULL SERVICE: Six days a week with breaking news alerts Really passionate about your water news?  Sign up for full service and you will receive a daily […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Delta Watermaster’s quarterly report, California Water Fix biological opinions

Agenda items at the Delta Stewardship Council’s July meeting included a quarterly report from Micheal George, the Delta Watermaster, and an update from Council staff on the biological opinions for the California Water Fix. AGENDA ITEM 12: QUARTERLY REPORT FROM THE DELTA WATERMASTER Delta Watermaster Michael George provided the following update to the Council. 1. STATE WATER BOARD ACTIVITIES AFFECTING […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Bay Delta Committee hears presentation on California Water Fix operations

Second white paper focuses on project operations, water reliability, and regulations At the Metropolitan Water District’s joint committee meeting of the Special Committee on the Bay Delta and the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, committee members heard a presentation on the white paper, Modernizing the System: California Water Fix Operations.  The white paper is the second in a series of […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: The Twin Tunnels Water Project Jeopardizes the Affordability of Your Water Rates, say Don Nottoli and Oscar Villegas

From the Delta Counties Coalition, Don Nottoli and Oscar Villegas write, “One of the most monumental and potentially devastating decisions in California’s water history is currently being considered, and the health and sustainability of the backbone of California’s water system and affordability of your water rates are at stake. Over the next month or two, a number of public water […]

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