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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CA WATER COMMISSION: DWR’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Assessment looks at six categories of vulnerability: wildfire, extreme heat, sea level rise, long-term persistent hydrologic changes, short-term extreme hydrologic changes, and habitat and ecosystem services impacts In order to address the impacts of climate change on the state’s water resources, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been developing its own comprehensive Climate Action Plan to guide how DWR […]

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MET BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on Delta conveyance

At the May meeting of the Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Steve Arakawa, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager, updated the committee members on the Governor’s Executive Order announced on April 29, the Governor’s announcements supporting a single-tunnel option, and the activities of the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority and the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority.  This was the first […]

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ELLEN HANAK: Water and the Future of the San Joaquin Valley

Ellen Hanak delivers four priorities for managing the implementation of SGMA in the San Joaquin Valley The San Joaquin Valley is California’s largest agricultural region and an important contributor to the nation’s food supply, producing more than half of the state’s agricultural output.  Irrigated agriculture is the region’s main economic driver and predominant water user. However, the San Joaquin Valley […]

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ELLEN HANAK: Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms

Climate change is having a profound impact on California’s water resources, as evidenced by greater weather extremes, reduced snowpack, higher sea level, and changes in river flows. Models predict that more precipitation will fall as rain instead of snow, exacerbating flood risks and creating additional challenges for water supply reliability. These impacts are expected to intensify in the future.  In […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Feather River Fish Hatchery

The Feather River Fish Hatchery is a State Water Project facility that was built in conjunction with the construction of Oroville Dam.  The fish hatchery is a joint operation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Water Resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts the fish spawning, rearing, and stocking activities, while the Department of […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Tribal Groundwater Rights and SGMA: A New Underlying Tension?

Panel discussion moderated by DWR Tribal Advisor Anecita Agustinez discusses tribal involvement in GSAs, the benefits of tribal participation in groundwater management, and tribal consultation The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (or SGMA), passed in 2014, set a course for sustainable management of the state’s groundwater aquifers by requiring Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) be formed for all high and medium priority […]

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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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CALIFORNIA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Reasonable Use or Waste: A Developing Dichotomy

Panel discussion explores the evolution of the doctrine of reasonable use and considers how the doctrine will, or will not, be applied in the future Could ornamental lawns in California be one day considered an unreasonable use?  How about evapotranspiration rates of some crops? Instream flows?  And if a use is found to be unreasonable, is the conserved water up […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Newsom directs state agencies to prepare water resilience portfolio for California

The plan will assess conditions, identify priorities, and emphasize regional approaches This afternoon, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to collaborate on developing a water plan that identifies priorities for building a water resilient portfolio and creating a water system that will meet the water needs of California’s communities, economy, and the environment into the future. “California’s […]

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