GUEST COMMENTARY: Water scarcity: A catch phrase of convenience

Guest commentary by Robert Shibatani: The phrase gets loosely thrown around by the media, general public and even by some academics and hydrological practitioners. But few, if anyone, takes the time to really explain it, to define its component parts, its various boundary conditions such as scale, timeframe, and duration. Consequently, ask any 10 people for a definition and you […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: The Quiet Death and Imminent Rebirth of a Water Bond

This commentary written by Jon Christensen. A concerted effort to put a $4 billion bond measure for safe drinking water, drought preparation, wildfire prevention, and climate resilience on the March 2020 ballot in California died quietly in the state legislature last week. But the bond measure proposal will rise again early in the new year and is expected to pass […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Integrated Regional Water Management – Helping Create a Balanced Portfolio for our Water Future

Guest commentary from the IRWM Roundtable of Regions: Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) represents a construct for collaborative water resource management, holistically addressing the issues and differing perspectives of all entities involved in water management through mutually beneficial solutions.  The IRWM Program is managed by the Department of Water Resources, and implemented at regional and local scales state-wide. Among the […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: What Does Climate Change Really Mean to California’s Water Resources?

Guest commentary by Robert Shibatani Whether you are a water utility manager, elected official, or homeowner, future water availability is a concern. There are several factors fostering that concern and one of them is climate change. In fact, these days, climate change is a rapidly growing global hot topic (no pun intended). But as the empirical evidence mounts and a […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Why not put your public water outreach program on steroids

Guest commentary by Stephen Baker, Operation Unite®: How can the short memory of the public maintain the long-term commitments of water projects and conservation behaviors?  On one hand, California’s recent extended drought demonstrated that the public water users could reduce their water use but can it be maintained permanently? And then there is water storage. Water storage projects are essential […]

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ROBERT SHIBATANI: Are California’s Water Operations as Efficient as Claimed?

Part II: How Much Water Was Lost this Spring 2019? This commentary was written by Robert Shibatani. In Part I of this series, we looked at the daily operations of Folsom Reservoir this past winter from January through March to see how much water from the reservoir was released or lost from the system as “spills”. Here in Part II, […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Are California’s Water Operations as Efficient as Claimed?

Part I: How Much Water Was Lost this Winter 2019? This post was written by Robert Shibatani. California water users have been consistently frustrated over the seemingly endless water curtailments imposed on them. Over the years, many have speculated on the root causes of these shortages where, everything from a lack of rainfall, to user wastage, to overly generous environmental […]

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Interview with Wade Crowfoot: Implementing Newsom’s “One California” portfolio approach for water

In perhaps the most in-depth interview for water wonks yet, Lisa Beutler, Senior Principal with Stantec, sits down with Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot and asks him about voluntary agreements, institutional fragmentation, IRWM and the state’s role in local planning, SGMA, and more. Here is Lisa Beutler’s write up of the interview, as published in The Water Report and […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Indian Water Settlements, the Media and the Future of Western Rivers

“I believe historians will look back at the current Water Settlement Era as the second big rip-off of the Indigenous natives of the western USA,” writes Felice Pace.  “First white society took the land and attempted to “exterminate” the native peoples; now, with the complicity of tribal government leaders and bureaucracies, they are taking water worth billions for the modern […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: The Costliest Infrastructure Project in Recent History Won’t Be on Your Ballot, But You Can Still Be Heard

Commentary by Don Nottoli and Chuck Winn: The California Primary Election on June 5 will give voters the opportunity to decide on candidates and critical issues that will have major state and local impacts. It’s how the democratic process should work. That’s not the case for Governor Jerry Brown’s $17+ billion twin tunnels project, known as WaterFix, which completely bypasses […]

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