Statewide Water Conditions and Preparing for a Dry 2015

Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with a look at statewide hydrologic conditions and what to expect in the coming dry year “We are looking at a fourth year of drought,” said Jeanine Jones, the Deputy Drought Manager for the Department of Water Resources as she kicked off the National Water Resources Institute Drought Response Workshop on February 25, 2015 in […]

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Making every drop count: The future of water storage in California

With $2.7 billion soon to be available from Prop 1, panel discusses how best to spend the available dollars and how to integrate new storage projects into the state’s overall water system Last November, voters approved Proposition 1, which allocated $2.7 billion to pay for public benefits of water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, […]

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Conserving ecosystems during droughts

Chuck Bonham, Sandy Matsumoto, Dr. Peter Moyle, and Tim Quinn discuss how to prepare for the next drought, including developing a plan, designating priority habitat, and securing water for the environment As January ends as a record-breaking drought in some areas of the state and winter once again seemingly passes California by, a fourth year of drought is looking more […]

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The promise and pitfalls of regional planning for special status species

Panel discusses the pros and cons of Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans In recent years in an effort to avoid ‘postage stamp’ conservation, many regional planning efforts have been undertaken that allow for development while at the same time, provide for conservation of habitat and species. Known as Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) under federal endangered species regulations […]

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Lessons from Australia’s millennium drought

An Australian water official discusses the key policy initiatives that Australia enacted to respond to long-term exceptional drought conditions In the late 1990s, Australia began experiencing severe drought conditions that stretched on for well over a decade.  Australia is no stranger to drought, being known as the ‘land of droughts and flooding rains;’ however, the Millennium Drought as it would […]

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Michael Anderson, State Climatologist: Climate, Drought, and Change

The state climatologist discusses the current drought and the signs of climate change. Is the current drought a harbinger of the future? With the winter season once again seemingly passing California by, officials are bracing for a fourth year of drought.  Earlier this month, the Public Policy Institute of California held a half-day conference in Sacramento focusing on how the […]

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Heather Cooley: The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Efficiency, Reuse, and Stormwater

Recent study by the Pacific Institute and the NRDC show that there is potential water savings equivalent to 10.8 to 13.7 MAF per year At the Bay Delta Science Conference held last fall, Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute gave a presentation entitled, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” which draws on a series of reports jointly released by […]

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The future of water transfers after the 2014 drought

Panel discusses how the water transfer market fared the drought in 2014, and with another dry year possible, they contemplate the future of water transfers in 2015 At the fall conference of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), one of the most well attended sessions was the panel discussion on water transfers.  Attorneys Andrea Clark, Spencer Kenner, Andrew Hitchings […]

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Shopping for water: How the market can mitigate water shortages in the American West

In October of 2014, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, which brought together government and agency officials with policy experts to discuss the release of new papers highlighting opportunities from improving water management in the West. While California’s current drought is quite severe, it’s onset has […]

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Water Marketing, Groundwater Banking & Drought Management in California

The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  Ellen Hanak is an economist and water policy specialist with the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research organization that works on […]

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