CA FWD: Working to elevate California

California Forward and the California Economic Summit have ambitious goals to create one million more middle-class jobs, one million more homes, and one million more acre-feet of water California Forward is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is working to make the promise of the California dream attainable for all. Its mission is to inspire better decision-making by governments at all […]

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SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY & WATERSHED SCIENCE: Water ‘wasted to sea’, multi-objective ecological flow management, Central Valley spring-run chinook salmon data, and more …

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science is now available online.  In this issue: ESSAY Accounting for Water ‘Wasted to the Sea’  Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak, Greg Gartrell, and Brian Gray  DOI // URL RESEARCH Improving Multi-Objective Ecological Flow Management with Flexible Priorities and Turn-Taking: A Case Study from the Sacramento River and Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta  Clint A. […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Water and weed: Now that’s it’s legal ….

Panel discusses how regulation of cannabis cultivation in California is working so far and the challenges facing communities on the front lines of the ‘green rush’ In the fall of 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the adult use of marijuana, with legal cannabis sales starting in January of 2018.  Although medical cannabis has been grown in California for […]

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TIM QUINN: The Challenge of Our Time: Healthy Economies and Sustainable Groundwater

Speech at Kern County Water Summit emphasizes groundwater replenishment and partnerships as the keys to successful SGMA implementation Since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in the fall of 2014, new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies have been formed across the state to manage the groundwater basins, and the discussion has now turned to the difficult task of preparing plans […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on Delta science efforts

At the March 20th meeting of the State Water Board, Delta Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updated the board members on the Delta Science Program and their priorities for the coming year. The mission of the Delta Science Program is to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information for water and environmental decision making in the Delta, a mission the Science […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: A primer on water rights permitting and change petitions

Presentation covers applications for new water rights, fully appropriated streams, and change petitions At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Amanda Montgomery, Chief of the Permitting Section for the Division of Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board was on hand to discuss the complex issue of water rights permitting and change petitions.  Ms. Montgomery’s presentation focused […]

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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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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth shares her vision for moving the Department forward

Speech emphasizes the importance of partnerships and the transformational changes underway at the Department In January of this year, Karla Nemeth was appointed Director of the California Department of Water Resources by Governor Brown.  As Director, Karla Nemeth oversees the Department in its mission to manage and protect California’s water resources, working with other agencies in order to benefit the […]

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WEBINAR: Water Quality Concerns in Western Forests and Rangelands

Webinar looks at what is being done to reduce impacts the impacts of wildfires on water quality and ecosystem health Water quality is a concern for Western states because with the arid climate, there isn’t a lot of water and so the little bit of water there is needs to be protected.  Water quality – or the lack thereof – […]

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