Secretaries Laird, Rodriquez and Ross discuss the California Water Action Plan

At the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) fall conference last week, the luncheon featured Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, Secretary of Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez who heads Cal-EPA, and Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross who discussed the draft California Water Action Plan.  The session was moderated by Tim Quinn,ACWA’s Executive Director. The California […]

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Climate change research and California’s water resources

At the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop held in October of this year, Department of Water Resources climatologist Michael Anderson gave a presentation on some of the latest research regarding climate change and California’s water resources. Michael Anderson began with the happy news of what we can expect from climate change: “The future climate in terms of water […]

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Statewide water conditions and preparing for a potentially dry 2014

At the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop held last month, DWR Interstate Resources Manager Jeanine Jones gave a presentation on current statewide water conditions and preparations for a potentially dry 2014.  During her presentation, Ms. Jones discussed how drought impacts are measured and managed, presented information on groundwater declines from the CASGEM system, and highlighted the impacts of […]

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State Water Project operations outlook for 2014

At the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop, October 8, 2013, John Leahigh, Principal Engineer for State Water Project Operations at California Department of Water Resources, gave a briefing on the outlook for operations of the State Water Project in the coming year. During his presentation, he discussed the challenge of the newer, variable regulatory requirements in planning for operations […]

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State of the Estuary Panel Discussion: One estuary, many plans: How will they fit together?

The 11th Biennial State of the Estuary conference held in October, 2013, brought together the leaders from the state’s resource agencies to discuss the multiple planning processes going on and share their views on how these processes will work together. The panel discussion, One Estuary, Many Plans: How Will They Work Together?, was moderated by Felicia Marcus, Chair of the […]

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Policy, politics & public opinion: What does it take to craft and pass a successful water bond?

With the grim reaper of legislation sure to be visiting the $11.14 billion water bond early in 2014 to officially banish the bond to the junk pile of failed legislation, both the Assembly and Senate are hard at work crafting its successor.  However, the current water bond has been hotly contested, and there’s no guarantee that any new bond will […]

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PPIC Panel: Permitting a Solution: Regulatory Oversight in the Delta

In April of 2013, the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for  Healthier Delta Ecosystem, which noted that the state is at a critical juncture with adoption and forthcoming implementation of the first “Delta Plan” and a decision on the BDCP possible by early next year.  “But California still faces an uphill battle to incorporate […]

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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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