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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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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