BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Emergent groundwater and sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area: the silent and largely unknown underground threat

The threats that sea level rise poses to coastal development from direct inundation are better understood than the threats due to rising groundwater levels. Rising sea level will raise the level of groundwater in coastal aquifers, resulting in damage to buried infrastructure and increased potential for flooding from groundwater inundation. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Silvestrum Climate Associates have performed […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Checking assertions with data: Untangling factors that constrain water exports from the San Francisco Bay estuary

In recent years, media reports and editorials have suggested that environmental regulations have made Delta outflows increasingly large, project water exports are frequently limited or even halted by regulations to protect endangered species, and that regulations designed to protect endangered species, the Delta Smelt in particular, are the principal restrictions on exports and are thus responsible for most of the […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging legal issues in SGMA implementation

Panel discusses water rights and pumping allocations, groundwater recharge as a beneficial use, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and the fee authorities for GSAs In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which required all groundwater basins designated as high or medium priority to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to prepare locally-developed plans to bring the basin into […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: Making groundwater a centerpiece of managing the droughts of the future

Four essential policy reforms are needed to reduce the social, economic, and environmental costs of future droughts, says Dr. Mount California’s climate is changing. 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—are stressing the state’s water management system. Recent climate projections indicate that […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: The Delta Conservation Framework: Realizing a Vision for a Sustainable Delta by 2050

In 2016, Department of Fish and Wildlife committed to lead agencies and the Delta stakeholder community in an inclusive planning effort to advance the conservation of the Delta, Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh following the state’s pivot away from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s comprehensive habitat conservation planning efforts, instead rebranding the effort as the California Water Fix and choosing […]

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DR. JAY FAMIGLIETTI: Cape Town: A Harbinger of Future Water Crises for California Cities and Farms?

The headlines declared that Cape Town was on the brink of disaster.   A drought in the Western Cape province of South Africa that began in 2015 resulted in severe water shortages in the region, most notably City of Cape Town.  The situation became critical in 2017 when the clock on city’s water dashboard counted down ominously to Day Zero—the day […]

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Innovative Technologies to Expand California’s Water Supply

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley Labs discuss their work on groundwater recharge, brackish desalination, and seawater desalinization As droughts intensify and the snowpacks diminish, California will need creative solutions to provide enhanced water supplies for urban use and agriculture. Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories are working on addressing these problems, focusing on  groundwater recharge, low-cost desalination, and energy efficient purification. […]

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Managed Aquifer Recharge in California

Timothy Parker and Graham Fogg discuss the benefits and the challenges of Managed Aquifer Recharge, and how MAR can be key to water security in a changing climate Groundwater is an essential water source, providing 35% of the fresh water used in California, and significantly more in drought years.  However, when groundwater is used more rapidly than it is naturally […]

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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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