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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GUEST COMMENTARY: State Water Resources Control Board releases its first water-related climate change resolution

California Water Governance Takes Important Step Forward By Robert Shibatani The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released its new Resolution titled, “Comprehensive Response to Climate Change – Resolution No. 2017-XXX”.  This Resolution will, for the first time, provide SWRCB staff the opportunity to develop specific new guidance on the analytical methods, procedures, and permitting approvals associated with a wide […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Twin tunnels prevent state from genuine water solutions, say Delta county reps

From Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli and Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas on behalf of the Delta Counties Coalition: This winter and spring may forever be known – like many fishermen would say – as “the one that got away.” Over the past two months, California has experienced a series of severe storms, which caused numerous cities and counties to […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Managing for Sustainability: Are you ready for permanent water rationing?

Commentary written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: Poised to seize control of water districts, the State plans to mandate permanent water conservation regulations while circumventing long standing water rights laws. On November 30, 2016, in response to the governor’s Executive Order B-37-16, the State released its 72-page draft framework for using water more […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: A New Future Hydrologic Baseline for California

What Are The Risks of Continuing Without One? Written by Robert Shibatani A fundamental tenet of applied hydrology has always been baseline data.  Whether newly generated or, culled from existing archives, baseline data provides the characterizing information required for any and all analyses.  This makes sense since any analysis requires a starting point; a reference point, or baseline.  Regardless of […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Are we trying to survive or thrive?

Successful long-term water management requires a comprehensive, integrated strategy, says John Kingsbury Written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: As California recovers from the drought, it is troubling that there is push by certain interest groups to establish permanent water conservation regulations beyond this emergency.  It seems like these groups are focused more on […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: New proposed instream flows: Are these supportable by a changing upstream hydrologic regime…?

Guest commentary written by Robert Shibatani In the often volatile arena that is California water, the focus on river flows has once again taken center stage. On September 15, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released the draft revised Substitute Environmental Document (SED) in support of potential changes to San Joaquin River flow and southern Delta water quality […]

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