CA WATER COMMISSION: Feather River Fish Hatchery

The Feather River Fish Hatchery is a State Water Project facility that was built in conjunction with the construction of Oroville Dam.  The fish hatchery is a joint operation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Water Resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts the fish spawning, rearing, and stocking activities, while the Department of […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Tribal Groundwater Rights and SGMA: A New Underlying Tension?

Panel discussion moderated by DWR Tribal Advisor Anecita Agustinez discusses tribal involvement in GSAs, the benefits of tribal participation in groundwater management, and tribal consultation The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (or SGMA), passed in 2014, set a course for sustainable management of the state’s groundwater aquifers by requiring Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) be formed for all high and medium priority […]

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Interview with Wade Crowfoot: Implementing Newsom’s “One California” portfolio approach for water

In perhaps the most in-depth interview for water wonks yet, Lisa Beutler, Senior Principal with Stantec, sits down with Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot and asks him about voluntary agreements, institutional fragmentation, IRWM and the state’s role in local planning, SGMA, and more. Here is Lisa Beutler’s write up of the interview, as published in The Water Report and […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Reasonable Use or Waste: A Developing Dichotomy

Panel discussion explores the evolution of the doctrine of reasonable use and considers how the doctrine will, or will not, be applied in the future Could ornamental lawns in California be one day considered an unreasonable use?  How about evapotranspiration rates of some crops? Instream flows?  And if a use is found to be unreasonable, is the conserved water up […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Newsom directs state agencies to prepare water resilience portfolio for California

The plan will assess conditions, identify priorities, and emphasize regional approaches This afternoon, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to collaborate on developing a water plan that identifies priorities for building a water resilient portfolio and creating a water system that will meet the water needs of California’s communities, economy, and the environment into the future. “California’s […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 4: Case studies from the Bay Delta system

Presentations highlight the Montezuma Wetlands Project and the Nigiri Project Adaptive management is widely regarded as an effective approach to environmental management in the face of uncertainty because the approach provides a way to build science and learning into management practices under changing conditions.  And while implementation of adaptive management is still challenging in the Delta, there are some examples […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Stormwater Capture and Aquifer Recharge

Panel discusses the potential of stormwater as a resource, implementation of stormwater capture projects Traditionally, stormwater has been viewed as a flood management problem that called for shunting off the floodwaters as quickly as possible from urban areas to waterways in order to protect public safety and property. However, as drought has put more pressure on water supplies and groundwater […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 3: Challenges and lessons learned with adaptive management in the Bay-Delta

Panel of Delta project managers discuss how they apply adaptive management in their projects Adaptive management is defined in the Delta Reform Act as “a framework and flexible decision making process for ongoing knowledge acquisition, monitoring, and evaluation leading to continuous improvements in management planning and implementation of a project to achieve specified objectives”.  Although the Delta Reform Act calls […]

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ERNEST CONANT: Federal priorities for Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region for 2019

Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director talks about progress made in implementing the directives in the Presidential Memo At the Friant Water Authority’s Annual Dinner held in Bakersfield last week, the keynote speaker was Ernest Conant, who was appointed Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region on January 17th of this year.   Mr. Conant is no stranger to Kern County, […]

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PANEL PRESENTATION: Funding options for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

Presentation reviews the GSA fee authorities granted in SGMA, looks at the various fees enacted by some GSAs, and a case study of how one GSA set their fees As Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) work to develop their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs), funding the development of those plans will become essential.  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) grants specific fee […]

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