PANEL: Water agencies concerned about proposed expansion of ‘waters of the state’

Proposed definition of wetlands and procedures would greatly expand state permitting program, potentially affect recharge basins and constructed facilities, water agencies say “Listen carefully, be amazed, and be frightened,” said Jill Duerig, retiring General Manager of Zone 7 Water Agency at the beginning of a panel discussion at the recent fall ACWA conference on the subject of the proposed state […]

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STATE OF THE ESTUARY CONFERENCE: Agency officials speak to resilience and water policy in keynote addresses

DWR Director Grant Davis, State Board member Steve Moore, and SFPUC’s Steven Ritchie address conference attendees Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership holds the State of the Estuary conference, focusing on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The 13th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference was held October 10-11, 2017 at the Scottish […]

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ACWA CONFERENCE: The Department of Interior’s priorities for water

Deputy Assistant Austin Ewell speech at ACWA conference covers a wide range of topics, including the Water Fix, implementing the WIIN Act, streamlining the federal permitting process, and more … In October of 2017, Austin Ewell was appointed by the Trump Administration to the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the US Department of Interior. Prior […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the San Francisco Estuary

Otherwise known as the Estuary Blueprint, the plan has 32 actions designed to improve water quality and promote estuarine health The National Estuary Program (NEP) was established to identify, restore, and protect estuaries along the nation’s coasts in through amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987.  The NEP targets a broad range of issues, focusing on improving water quality […]

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DR. BRUCE HERBOLD: Delta Flows and the effects of water transfers

Dr. Bruce Herbold is a retired EPA fish biologist and now a consultant on the same issues.  In this presentation from the AquAlliance conference last fall, Dr. Herbold discusses drought, flows in the Delta, and the effects of transfers on the fish in the Delta. Dr. Herbold began by saying that managing water in California is fraught with difficulties, and […]

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DR. ANDY FISHER: Enhancing groundwater recharge with stormwater

Dr. Andy Fisher discusses how distributed stormwater recharge projects in the Pajaro Valley can help to address groundwater overdraft Dr. Andy Fisher is a professor at UC Santa Cruz and Director of UC Water, as well as the founder of the Recharge Initiative, a focused effort to protect, enhance, and improve the availability and reliability of groundwater resources.  Dr. Fisher […]

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DR. DAVID SEDLAK: Whither the Fourth Water Revolution?

Water 4.0: Developing a water supply portfolio for the future At the 10th annual OC Water Summit held in June, the keynote speaker was Dr. David Sedlak, Co-director of Berkeley Water Center and Director of Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) at the University of California, Berkeley.  He gave the following speech, likening an agency’s water portfolio to a […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: D-1641: How the water quality control planning process works

Attorneys panel with Tess Dunham, Anna Brathwaite, and Larry Caster discusses the water quality control planning process, the San Joaquin flow proposal for Phase 1, and the federal preemption process At ACWA’s spring conference held in Monterey, this attorney’s program presentation focused on the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, giving background on the basic legal framework […]

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A conversation with journalist Lois Henry

Lois Henry talks about fracking, Nickel water, and more in a facilitated conversation with Tom Philp On Sunday, Lois Henry published her final column (here it is) after 27 years at the Bakersfield Californian.  She will be beginning a new adventure working with Central Valley BizFed, a new organization she describes as a ‘federation of diverse business organizations, trade groups, […]

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OC WATER SUMMIT: Southern California stormwater update

Flood control measures that were put in place decades ago have changed the landscape of the Los Angeles and Santa Ana rivers while also allowed for precious stormwater to be lost to the ocean. Some communities in Southern California have been working collaboratively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase stormwater capture and revitalize local rivers.  At the […]

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