Assembly oversight hearing on the funding structure and economic impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (part 1): The Administration’s Perspective

On February 12th, the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review held an oversight hearing on the funding structure and economic impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Committee Chair Jim Frazier began by reminding that the Committee is tasked with looking at government programs of statewide significance and ensuring that those programs are efficient, effective, and a good use […]

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Maven’s Minutes: H.R. 3964 preps for the House floor at the House Rules Committee hearing

Yesterday, the House Rules Committee had two bills before it:  H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, and H.R. 2954, the Public Access Lands Improvement Act, but it was H.R. 3964 that received all the attention. The bills are before the House Rules Committee, a necessary stop for pieces of legislation on their way to the House […]

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DC legislators talk water storage for California

On October 29th,2013, the House Subcommittee on Water and Power held on oversight hearing, A Road Map for Increasing Our Water and Hydropower Supplies: The Need for New or Expanded Multi-purpose Facilities. The hearing, led by Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock, focused on the benefits of high-elevation storage projects, as well as much discussion about whether the lack of new storage […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Senator Wolk and Assemblymember Rendon present their bonds at the Joint Senate Committee hearing, “Setting the Stage for a 2014 Water Bond: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?”

Currently, there are two bond measures that are working their way through the legislative process.  Senator Lois Wolk has introduced SB 42 that would replace the current 2014 bond with the $6.475 billion “Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Flood Protection Act of 2014.”  Assemblymember Anthony Rendon has introduced AB 1331, which would replace the current 2014 bond with the […]

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Senate hears water bond proposals; Legislators, public discuss options for 2014 Water Bond

From Senator Wolk’s office: A joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Water Committees heard presentations and comments this morning on two water bond proposals, including Senator Lois Wolk’s Senate Bill 42, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality & Flood Protection Act of 2014. Wolk’s SB 42 provides funding for projects that provide safe drinking water […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Water storage part 3: Optimizing surface and groundwater resources – where do we go from here?

California lacks a statewide sustainable groundwater management program, instead leaving groundwater under local control, and while there are a few stunning examples of successful and sustainable groundwater management programs in the state, there are also dismal examples of failure to manage some groundwater basins sustainably. So what are the impediments to better basin management and what can be done to […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Water storage, part 2: A look at California’s successful groundwater management and banking programs

California has long relied on surface reservoirs to manage the state’s fluctuating water supply as evidenced by the over 1300 reservoirs both large and small that dot the landscape – from Redding in the north to San Diego in the south.  However, environmental impacts, evaporation, and other concerns associated with reservoirs and the dams that create them have caused a […]

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Water Storage in California, part 1: An Overview

On March 20, 2013, the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis held an informational hearing titled “The Science of Storing Water.”  The hearing featured DWR’s Kamyar Guivetchi giving an overview of water storage in California, presentations on the operations of three groundwater banking programs, and a panel discussion on the future of water storage.  […]

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Assembly Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife’s informational hearing on the framework for a water bond

On August 15, the Assembly Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife held an informational hearing to gather public comment as they continue to work on developing a new water bond, titled “The Clean Drinking Water & Climate Change Response Act of 2014,” to address California’s water infrastructure needs. “What we’re here to do today is to present our framework for […]

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Joint Informational Hearing on the Governance and Financing of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: An Overview of the Issues

On August 13th, the Senate Governance and Finance and the Natural Resources and Water Committees held a joint information hearing titled, “The Governance and Financing of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Overview of the Issues.” The hearing was co-chaired by Senator Lois Wolk and Senator Fran Pavley.  Senator Pavley opened the hearing by noting that this was the third in […]

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