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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GUEST COMMENTARY: A New Model for Resolving Problems in the San Bernardino Valley Emerges

Andrea Miller (City Manager, City of San Bernardino), Douglas Headrick (General Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District), and John Mura (General Manager/CEO, East Valley Water District) write: When ligation between the City of San Bernardino, its Water Department, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley District), and East Valley Water District (East Valley) stalled efforts to develop two new recycled water […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: The Twin Tunnels Water Project Jeopardizes the Affordability of Your Water Rates, say Don Nottoli and Oscar Villegas

From the Delta Counties Coalition, Don Nottoli and Oscar Villegas write, “One of the most monumental and potentially devastating decisions in California’s water history is currently being considered, and the health and sustainability of the backbone of California’s water system and affordability of your water rates are at stake. Over the next month or two, a number of public water […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: It’s time to fix the impacts of TCP

This commentary was written by Andria Ventura, Toxics Program Manager for Clean Water Action: The regulation of a potent cancer-causing chemical is about to kick into high gear, with Dow and Shell on the hook to account for decades of damage they’ve done to California communities, particularly low-income communities and communities of color in the state’s Central Valley. The California […]

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CALIFORNIA WEATHER BLOG: Powerful Friday storm in Southern California; Warm & wet atmospheric river to affect Oroville Dam watershed Monday

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: California is currently experiencing one of its wettest winters on record. Precipitation has been especially remarkable across the Northern Sierra watersheds, where liquid equivalent (rain+melted snow) is presently above 200% of average. Widespread flooding has already occurred across Northern California in recent weeks, and supersaturated soils are now leading to slope failures […]

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