California Water Blog: UC Davis speakers series: Critical problems for California water policy

From yours truly at the California Water Blog: “California’s water future is at a critical juncture. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is declining, both as a reliable hub for exporting water for millions of Californians and millions of farmed acres, and as an ecosystem supporting a vast array of wildlife.   The Delta Reform Act of 2009 set a fundamentally new […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series presents Mark Cowin: “What’s so Funny ‘bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?”

The Director of the Department of Water Resources, Mark Cowin, was the final speaker in the California Water Policy Seminar Series which concluded on March 18, 2013.  Mark Cowin has worked for over 30 years at the Department of Water Resources in a variety of positions, including Assistant Director for the CalFED program and as Deputy Director of Integrated Water […]

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Tim Washburn on the history and future of Sacramento’s flood control system

On March 11th, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences continued, hosting Tim Washburn, the Director of Planning for the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.  Mr. Washburn served as the Agency’s chief counsel from 1990 to 2009 when he was appointed to his current position.  Mr. Washburn gave a lively presentation on the […]

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Felicia Marcus on the California Delta: Convergence or Collision?

On March 4, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series continued at UC Davis with Felicia Marcus as the guest speaker.  Felicia Marcus was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2012, and recently selected by Governor Jerry Brown to become Chair of the Board, replacing the retiring Charles Hoppin.  Ms. Marcus has held a variety of distinguished […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Secretary John Laird: "Will We Actually Be Able to Decide Something?"

On February 25th, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences featured Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency John Laird as the speaker in the continuing California Water Policy Seminar Series.  Secretary Laird has long been active in water politics, having served on both the local level and as a state Assemblyman.  He has been a champion of environmental protections and water […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Peter Moyle: The future of freshwater fishes in California

The UC Davis California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on February 11, 2013, with California fish expert Peter B. Moyle, professor and former Chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as the featured speaker.  Peter Moyle has spent over 40 years studying the ecology and conservation of California’s freshwater and estuarine species, and is an author or […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Tim Quinn: In Pursuit of “Coequal” Goals: An ACWA Statewide Perspective

The UC Davis California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on February 4, 2013 with the Association of California Water Agencies Executive Director Tim Quinn as the guest speaker.  Prior to joining ACWA in 2007, Mr. Quinn was deputy general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, where he worked on several key state policy initiatives including the 1994 Bay-Delta Accord, CalFED, […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series with Phil Isenberg: "If we can’t see the end of the tunnel, are we still on the road to somewhere?"

The UC Davis Watershed Science’s California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on January 28th, 2013 with water wars veteran and chair of the Delta Stewardship Council Phil Isenberg.  A former mayor of Sacramento and Assemblyman, his focus as an elected official included land use planning, water and resource issues, as well as state budget and fiscal matters.  After leaving the […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Jay Lund: Insurmountable Opportunities

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences is hosting the California Water Policy Seminar Series, bringing in a wide variety of speakers over the upcoming months to speak on current water topics.  On January 14, Professor Jay Lund spoke about the unique characteristics of California’s climate, the development of California’s water system and challenges facing it, arguing the answer lies with […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Senator Lois Wolk speaks about the Delta and the importance of finding collaborative solutions

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences kicked off its California Water Policy Seminar Series on January 7th, 2013 with State Senator Lois Wolk, who spoke about interconnectivity and the Delta, and the importance of collaboration and involving the community in achieving successful results for large restoration projects. Senator Wolk began her political career by serving on the Davis City […]

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