DR. GLENDA HUMISTON: Managing our Lands to Manage our Water

Dr. Glenda Humiston is Vice President of Agriculture & Natural Resources for the University of California.  At the 2019 California Irrigation Institute conference, Dr. Humiston was the opening keynote speaker, and in her speech, she talked about work being done to address drought vulnerability, the importance of managing watersheds, the goals of the California Economic Summit, and the promising future […]

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DR. JAY LUND: Water Supply Reliability Estimation: An overview

Water supply reliability.  It’s a term often talked about in the realm of California water, but what does it really mean?  And how can you describe it in quantitative terms?  As the Delta Independent Science Board prepares to tackle the subject, Dr. Jay Lund gave this seminar on water supply reliability and how to estimate it as preparation for a […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Monitoring and Managing Sea-Level Rise Impacts on Tidal Marshes in the San Francisco Estuary

Once not all that long ago, the prevailing thought was that if tidal marsh remnants were protected and carefully managed, they would persist for the foreseeable future, providing sanctuary for tidal marsh species that are at-risk due to habitat loss and fragmentation. However, a series of recent independent studies have demonstrated that mature marshes are vulnerable to marsh drowning due […]

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CA IRRIGATION INSTITUTE: Groundwater Sustainability Plan development: How is it going on the ground?

A San Joaquin Valley perspective, a Sacramento Valley perspective, a researcher’s perspective and a consultant’s perspective on GSP development Since the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014, people across the state have been working to implement the legislation.  With Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) formed to manage the groundwater basins that are subject to SGMA, the agencies […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Science-Based Regulatory Permitting for Resilient Tidal Habitat Restorations

The permitting of tidal restoration projects is most often a costly and time-consuming process, causing substantial delays in implementation while endangered and threatened species remain at risk. Given the accelerating nature of sea level rise, restoration of tidal habitats that are resilient to climate change should be implemented on a large scale and soon to have any chance of contributing […]

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DR. BRAD UDALL: Is the Colorado River in Crisis?

Dr. Udall discusses the Colorado River’s hydrology, climate change impacts, shortage risk, and the Drought Contingency Plan Dr. Brad Udall serves as senior water and climate research scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University. He has extensive experience in water and climate policy issues and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on water management and climate change which […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Franks Tract feasibility study: Applying the guidance of a Delta Renewed

One of the elements of the 2016 Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy is assessing the feasibility of restoring Franks Tract.  The Franks Tract feasibility study was completed and released in June of 2018 by the Department of Water Resources.  The conceptual design for the project relies on the guidance of the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s A Delta Renewed.  At the 2018 […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Upgrading the water grid

In September of 2018, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released the report, Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms, which asserted there are five climate pressures affecting California’s water: Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years.  In response, […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: What do the new water conservation and efficiency requirements mean for your water agency?

California’s changing climate requires residents to move beyond temporary emergency drought measures and adopt permanent changes to use water more wisely and prepare for more frequent and persistent periods of limited water supply. In recognition of that,  Governor signed SB 606 and AB 1668 May 31, 2018 which set new water efficiency standards and strengthened planning requirements for water suppliers, […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: Ecosystem Water Budgets: A Novel Approach to Managing Water for the Environment

Dr. Jeff Mount has a long history of involvement with science issues in the Delta.  As a professor at UC Davis, he started the Center for Watershed Sciences, which became home to researchers working on the Delta; he was on the first iteration of the Delta Independent Science Board and eventually became its chair; and he has been a very […]

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