The unintended consequences of water conservation

Dr. Kurt Schwabe discusses the impact of water conservation on recycled water; Yorba Linda Water District GM discusses effects of 36% water conservation on his district During the recent drought, conservation mandates were imposed across the state with some areas mandated to cut their water use by one-third or more.  However, reducing water consumption by one-third means a significant reduction […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Fishes

Dr. Peter Moyle, Lead Scientist Dr. John Callaway, and OC Coastkeeper’s Garry Brown discuss recent white paper In March of 2018, the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences on behalf of Orange County Coastkeeper released an innovative report titled, Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Fish, which focused on ecosystem-wide restoration and reconciliation ecology.  The paper recommends 17 […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: The Consequences of Sustainable Groundwater Management

In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which mandates that areas that depend upon groundwater achieve sustainability by 2040.  Meeting the requirements of SGMA will mean a net reduction in groundwater overdraft of about 2 million acre-feet per year. The social, economic and environmental consequences—intended or otherwise—of this change in water policy are vast. Dr. Jeffrey Mount […]

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OC WATER SUMMIT: Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman on Bringing Water & Power to the West

“We’re facing big challenges ahead of us and big solutions are required to meet those challenges head on,” she says The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesale provider of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States.  Established in 1902, the Bureau’s water projects constructed in the 17 western states […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update: Now What Happens?

Panel at ACWA Conference discusses unimpaired versus functional flows and the potential for voluntary settlements The State Water Board is expected this year to adopt proposed changes to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, more commonly known as the Bay-Delta Plan. Among its considerations, the proposals would increase flow requirements to a […]

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CA FWD: Working to elevate California

California Forward and the California Economic Summit have ambitious goals to create one million more middle-class jobs, one million more homes, and one million more acre-feet of water California Forward is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is working to make the promise of the California dream attainable for all. Its mission is to inspire better decision-making by governments at all […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Water and weed: Now that’s it’s legal ….

Panel discusses how regulation of cannabis cultivation in California is working so far and the challenges facing communities on the front lines of the ‘green rush’ In the fall of 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the adult use of marijuana, with legal cannabis sales starting in January of 2018.  Although medical cannabis has been grown in California for […]

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TIM QUINN: The Challenge of Our Time: Healthy Economies and Sustainable Groundwater

Speech at Kern County Water Summit emphasizes groundwater replenishment and partnerships as the keys to successful SGMA implementation Since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in the fall of 2014, new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies have been formed across the state to manage the groundwater basins, and the discussion has now turned to the difficult task of preparing plans […]

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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth shares her vision for moving the Department forward

Speech emphasizes the importance of partnerships and the transformational changes underway at the Department In January of this year, Karla Nemeth was appointed Director of the California Department of Water Resources by Governor Brown.  As Director, Karla Nemeth oversees the Department in its mission to manage and protect California’s water resources, working with other agencies in order to benefit the […]

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WEBINAR: Water Quality Concerns in Western Forests and Rangelands

Webinar looks at what is being done to reduce impacts the impacts of wildfires on water quality and ecosystem health Water quality is a concern for Western states because with the arid climate, there isn’t a lot of water and so the little bit of water there is needs to be protected.  Water quality – or the lack thereof – […]

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