Groundwater problems and prospects, part 4: Toward groundwater sustainability planning in an agro-urban basin

Tim O’Halloran discusses the challenges of implementing the new groundwater legislation on the local level The provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act call for local control of groundwater by establishing Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to manage the groundwater basins or sub-basins, and to accomplish this feat by June 30, 2017.  In some areas of the state, these agencies are already […]

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Droughts, climate change, and dams: Reconciling a future for California’s native fishes

Dr. Peter Moyle lays out a statewide aquatic conservation strategy for saving California’s native fishes in the face of climate change Dr. Peter Moyle is a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been working with freshwater fishes of California since 1969, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects #3: Sharing groundwater: Legal issues and challenges

Attorney David Aladjem and Professor Richard Frank explain the substantive provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, dove deep into groundwater in lecture series this year, focusing on the issues and challenges surrounding implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  In […]

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Panel discussion: The impacts of climate change on water resources

Peter Gleick, Noah Diffenbaugh, Wade Crowfoot, and Solomon Hsiang discuss the current drought and climate change, focusing on water resources, climate risks, economic impacts, and policy solutions The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted the forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, in October of last year, which focused on the release of […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, Part 2: The story behind the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Assembly policy consultant Tina Cannon Leahy, ACWA’s Cindy Tuck, and the California Water Foundation’s Kate Williams talk about the unusual and extraordinarily successful effort to bring the groundwater legislation to fruition It was a indeed a historic moment when Governor Brown put his pen to the paper and signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 16, 2014.  Groundwater had […]

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Responding to drought: Options for demand-side management (or … which water conservation programs actually work?)

Pricing, programs, pleading, prohibiting, pressuring, and plastering … what’s the most effective approach to get consumers to use less?  UC Riverside’s Ken Baerenklau reviews the latest research As the state enters a fourth year of drought and reservoirs continue to drop precipitously low, the calls for conservation will only grow louder and more frequent as water agencies struggle to meet […]

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Legal options for water providers in times of drought

The Water Code, Prop 218, Prop 26 and more … Attorney Kelly Salt reviews the legal provisions in the State constitution and the Water Code that govern water providers in times of drought As the State Water Resources Control Board considers adopting a stronger regulation for urban water conservation, water agencies and localities are going to need all the tools […]

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The Delta Landscapes project: Creating a spatial framework to inform restoration planning

A new report uses landscape metrics in both the historical and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the estuary’s future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan; those goals include restoring large areas of interconnected habitats within the Delta and […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, part 1: An overview of groundwater

Graham Fogg covers the fundamentals of groundwater, including different types of overdraft, sustainable yields, and basin salt balance, as well as debunks some groundwater myths In September of 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation designed to strengthen local management and monitoring of the state’s groundwater basins.  The legislation was a package of three bills: AB 1739 by Assemblymember Roger […]

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Panel Discussion: Allocating water during drought

At the PPIC’s Managing Drought conference, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, David Guy, Bill Croyle, and Jill Duerig reflect on the past year and look ahead, discussing drought, data, discharges and decisions Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California brought together water interests from all corners to discuss how the state responded to the exceptional drought conditions […]

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