GUEST COMMENTARY: Indian Water Settlements, the Media and the Future of Western Rivers

“I believe historians will look back at the current Water Settlement Era as the second big rip-off of the Indigenous natives of the western USA,” writes Felice Pace.  “First white society took the land and attempted to “exterminate” the native peoples; now, with the complicity of tribal government leaders and bureaucracies, they are taking water worth billions for the modern […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Outlook for Water Year 2018

Panel discusses outlook for the remaining water year for the State Water Project and Hetch Hetchy water systems, plus a look at Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, an agenda item examined the outlook on the water storage and water supply for the remaining water year, as well as how challenges were addressed […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Data to Decision Making: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1755, the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, which requires the Department of Water Resources, in consultation with the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve the accessibility and usability of water and environmental data. The intended outcome for AB […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on California Water Fix and the Design and Construction Authority and the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program

At the May meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members received an update on the California Water Fix project, including the start up of the Design and Construction JPA, and an update on the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program. UPDATE ON CAL WATER FIX Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: The Costliest Infrastructure Project in Recent History Won’t Be on Your Ballot, But You Can Still Be Heard

Commentary by Don Nottoli and Chuck Winn: The California Primary Election on June 5 will give voters the opportunity to decide on candidates and critical issues that will have major state and local impacts. It’s how the democratic process should work. That’s not the case for Governor Jerry Brown’s $17+ billion twin tunnels project, known as WaterFix, which completely bypasses […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update: Now What Happens?

Panel at ACWA Conference discusses unimpaired versus functional flows and the potential for voluntary settlements The State Water Board is expected this year to adopt proposed changes to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, more commonly known as the Bay-Delta Plan. Among its considerations, the proposals would increase flow requirements to a […]

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SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT: Can California successfully integrate groundwater and surface water under SGMA?

Maurice Hall and Kevin O’Brien present differing scenarios for how Groundwater Sustainability Agencies might address surface water impacts of groundwater pumping “The year 2014 was historic for groundwater in many ways,” began Moderator Dorene O’Adamo, member of the State Water Resources Control Board.  “First, while it wasn’t recognized at the time, the state was well into one of the most […]

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Governor Brown addresses ACWA conference, emphasizes that now is the time to get things done

“The only time you get anything done with water is when a Brown is governor. And there are no more Brown’s coming along so you better get it done.” Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown addressed attendees of the ACWA Spring Conference in a surprise appearance.  Here is what he had to say, in his own words: “Thank you very much.  I […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Three amendments to Delta Plan adopted

The Delta Stewardship Council adopts amendments to the Delta Plan regarding conveyance, levee prioritization, and performance measures At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Councilmembers voted 5-2 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt three amendments to the Delta Plan.  The amendments, in development for years, address the prioritization of state investments in Delta levees, Delta conveyance, […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Development of Recommended Flow Targets to Support Biological Integrity Based on Regional Flow-Ecology Relationships for Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Southern California Streams

Dr. Eric Stein is the principal scientist at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project where he oversees a variety of different kinds of projects focused on instream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. This brown bag seminar is the second of three seminars focused on flow targets and ecology (part […]

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