California Water Policy Seminar Series: Michael Rosenzweig: Tactics for conserving diversity: Global vertebrate patterns point the way

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center is focusing on how to manage water systems for both ecosystem and economic objectives – an immense challenge for engineers, ecologists, lawyers, water managers and policymakers alike.  This year’s seminar series explores the “reconciliation” approach to saving nature, or […]

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Marty Ralph: Atmospheric rivers, drought, and the new Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

Dr. Marty Ralph is the director of the new Center for Western Water and Water Extremes, as well as the director of the Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  In the fall of 2013 at the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop, Mr. Ralph gave a presentation where he discussed drought, atmospheric rivers, and a new center dedicated to […]

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ACWA’s Town Hall meeting on the California Water Action Plan

With the draft California Water Action Plan expected to be finalized and released later this month, the Plan was a focus at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) fall convention.  After hearing from 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, […]

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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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