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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Making conservation a California way of life

Symposium presentation looks at the Brown administration’s proposed framework for water conservation After several years of drought, in May of 2016, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16 which directed the State Water Board, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Public Utilities Commission, and the California Energy Commission to take actions focusing on using water […]

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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Salty buildup: The threat to California’s water

Panel discusses the pervasive problem of salinity and irrigated agriculture, and what can be done about it Salinity is a slow-moving but critical problem.  It is most challenging in regions that have constrained drainage; it can be exacerbated when imported water brings salts into the basin; imported food and other raw materials can add to the problem.  If salts are […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: Sharing Groundwater: A Robust Framework and Implementation Roadmap for Sustainable Groundwater Management in California

“If you focus with pride in building the best water allocation system you possibly can have, rather than saying SGMA is a problem, you’ll see it as the smartest thing you ever got into,” says Mike Young Undoubtedly for some, the specter of the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is a fearsome and expensive thing, fraught with difficulties […]

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FLOWS SYMPOSIUM, Part 4: Examples of Managed Flow Regimes – Possible Models for the Delta?; Panel Discussion

In January of 2013, a symposium hosted by Delta Science Program and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) titled, What is a Natural Hydrograph in Regulated Rivers? The Science of Natural Flows to the Delta, explored how the hydrologic regime of Delta inflows are impacted by land-use changes, diversions from the watershed, and climate change. In […]

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