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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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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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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DWR groundwater levels report shows mixed results

Although Spring 2017 groundwater levels have mostly recovered from last year, most have not yet recovered to pre-drought conditions Although Water Year 2017 was one of the wettest on record, it’s impact on groundwater levels across the state is varied, according to a report issued by the Department of Water Resources on Friday.  While spring groundwater levels have mostly recovered […]

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More reliable water supplies for California: Building a diverse regional water supply portfolio

New resource page at Maven’s Notebook highlights the factors impacting California’s water supply and the range of solutions for developing reliable water supplies California has recently emerged from a severe drought, one of the worst droughts in modern times; the drought was essentially ended with the wettest year on record.  For those familiar with California water and the state’s boom […]

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DPR scientists tackling troubling urban pesticide runoff

From the California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Agricultural pesticide runoff grabs headlines, but did you know that urban pesticide use can also pollute California creeks and rivers? Determining the extent of the pollution has been the focus of recent studies by scientists at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). They’ve found several pesticides at levels toxic to aquatic invertebrates […]

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