California Water Policy Seminar Series: A regulator perspective on balancing environmental and economic interests

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center,brought together speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how California’s water systems could work to meet both ecosystem and economic objectives.  In this presentation, two environmental law professors and the chief attorney for California’s water […]

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Delta ISB releases review of the Draft BDCP EIR/EIS

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has released its review of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement. According to the transmittal letter addressed Delta Stewardship Council Chair Randy Fiorini and Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Chuck Bonham: ” … We commend the preparers of the Draft BDCP documents for assembling […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Farms, floods, fowl and fish on the Yolo Bypass: Can we all get along here?

The California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center in the spring of 2014, brought together environmental leaders, scientists, agency officials, and others to discuss how water systems can be reconciled to achieve both ecosystem and economic objectives.  The series of talks focused on reconciliation ecology, an […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Professor Hap Dunning and Justice Ronald B. Robie discuss groundwater regulation and more

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center, is bringing together distinguished speakers to discuss how water systems for both ecosystem and economic objectives. In this set of speeches, environmental law professor Harrison “Hap” Dunning and California Court of Appeal Justice Ronald B. Robie […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Reconciling Ecosystem Goals for San Francisco Bay

Although the concept of ‘reconciliation ecology’ was articulated by Michael Rosenzweig in the early 2000s, the idea of coming together to resolve the challenges of human development and ecosystem health at the edges of the San Francisco Bay has been in play since the 1990s. The Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals project created a regional vision for the restoration of 100,000 […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: ACWA’s Tim Quinn and the Nature Conservancy’s Jay Ziegler with management, economics and infrastructure perspectives on reconciliation ecology

This year’s 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center, is focusing on the concept of ‘reconciliation ecology’, an emerging discipline based on the idea that the traditional idea of setting aside reserves of pristine habitat for nature will not protect species enough to avoid […]

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March issue of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science now available

Volume 12, Issue 1  |  March 2014 RESEARCH Agricultural Losses from Salinity in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Josué Medellín-Azuara, Richard E. Howitt, Ellen Hanak, Jay R. Lund, and William E. Fleenor Status of the Siberian Prawn, Exopalaemon modestus, in the San Francisco Estuary: Tiffany Brown and Kathryn A. Hieb Macroinvertebrate Prey Availability and Fish Diet Selectivity in Relation to Environmental Variables […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Peter Moyle and Melanie Truan: Applying reconciliation ecology to aquatic ecosystems in California

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center, focused on the concept of ‘reconciliation ecology’, an emerging discipline that is based on the premise that traditional conservation strategies of designating nature reserves and restoration projects will not afford enough protection to present large-scale extinction, […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: Michael Rosenzweig: Tactics for conserving diversity: Global vertebrate patterns point the way

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center is focusing on how to manage water systems for both ecosystem and economic objectives – an immense challenge for engineers, ecologists, lawyers, water managers and policymakers alike.  This year’s seminar series explores the “reconciliation” approach to saving nature, or […]

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Judge O’Niell grants one-year extension on preparation of remanded Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Niell has granted another one-year extension for preparation of the remanded salmon and Delta smelt biological opinions for the state and federal water projects.  In making his ruling, Judge O’Niell believes substantial progress has been made thus far, however, in order to address concerns of some of the participants, brief four-month progress reports will […]

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