Cal WaterFix Appeal hearing begins at the Delta Stewardship Council

Hearing on whether the California Water Fix is consistent with the Delta Plan is expected to last three days Today, the Delta Stewardship Council will begin what is expected to be a three-day public hearing on the appeal of DWR’s consistency determination for the California WaterFix project. The 2009 Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council and charged the […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Developing a Delta habitat restoration adaptive management program

Presentation covers what is adaptive management, why is it important, and why an adaptive management program is needed Habitat restoration is a key strategy in the Delta Plan to achieve the coequal goal of protecting, enhancing, and restoring the Delta ecosystem. Various efforts, including the California EcoRestore initiative and Proposition 1 grants administered by the Delta Conservancy and Department of […]

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FloodMAR: Using floodwaters for groundwater recharge

Kamyar Guivetchi on the importance of the Flood MAR concept and what DWR and other state agencies are doing to advance the concept Flood-MAR is an integrated water resource management strategy that uses flood waters resulting from rainfall or snowmelt for managed aquifer recharge on agricultural lands and working landscapes. Flood-MAR can also be implemented at multiple scales, from individual […]

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Successful Groundwater Sustainability Planning

Dudek hydrogeologist Jill Weinberger discusses groundwater sustainability planning and lessons learned California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires all groundwater basins designated as medium or high priority to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to achieve sustainable management by 2040-2042.   In this webinar, Jill Weinberger, a hydrogeologist with Dudek, gives a high-level overview of the groundwater sustainability planning process and […]

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State Water Board officials discuss release of Bay Delta Plan update documents

Earlier today, the State Water Board released the draft final documents for the Bay Delta Plan update for the Lower San Joaquin River and southern Delta, as well as a framework document for Sacramento River and Delta.  As part of the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, both the final documents for the San Joaquin River as […]

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REACTIONS: Organizations and officials react to release of Bay Delta Plan update documents

Earlier today, the State Water Board released the draft final documents for the Bay Delta Plan update for the Lower San Joaquin River and southern Delta, as well as a framework document for Sacramento River and Delta.  Both the final documents for the San Joaquin River as well as the framework document for the Sacramento River and Delta are calling […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Developing Tiered Environmental Flow Criteria Using a Functional Flows Approach for California Streams

Establishing environmental flow targets to protect aquatic communities is a priority for numerous programs in California including in the Delta. In this first of three brown bag seminars focusing on flow targets and ecology, Dr. Yarnell discusses her recent work using a functional-flows approach to develop statewide environmental flow recommendations. The approach allows for the rapid development of flow regimes […]

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Earthquake Resilience of Southern California’s Water Distribution Systems

All the major water infrastructure bringing in water to Southern California cross the San Andreas fault at least once, sometimes multiple times.  What would happen in the event of an earthquake?  UCLA’s Dr. Jon Stewart (and others) have been conducting research to find out. California is earthquake country, renowned for being one of the most seismically active regions in the […]

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RADIO SHOW: Uncertain Future for $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Project After Water Districts Pull Support

Secretary John Laird and journalist Paul Rogers discuss the project Last week, KQED’s Forum radio show, hosted by Michael Krasny, discussed the California Water Fix project.  Secretary John Laird and Paul Rogers from the San Jose Mercury News were the guests.  Here’s what they had to say. “Governor Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to construct two massive tunnels beneath the […]

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