GUEST COMMENTARY: Are we trying to survive or thrive?

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Successful long-term water management requires a comprehensive, integrated strategy, says John Kingsbury Written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: As California recovers from the drought, it is troubling that there is push by certain interest groups to establish permanent water conservation regulations beyond this emergency.  It seems like these groups are focused more on […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: New proposed instream flows: Are these supportable by a changing upstream hydrologic regime…?


Guest commentary written by Robert Shibatani In the often volatile arena that is California water, the focus on river flows has once again taken center stage. On September 15, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released the draft revised Substitute Environmental Document (SED) in support of potential changes to San Joaquin River flow and southern Delta water quality […]

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Guest commentary: Restore the Delta responds to Secretary Laird’s speech

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Secretary Laird’s truths are more truthiness, says Tim Stroshane, water policy analyst for Restore the Delta Commentary written by Tim Stroshane, Restore the Delta On behalf of Restore the Delta, we appreciate the opportunity from Maven’s Notebook to rebut State Natural Resources Secretary John Laird’s remarks on April 28. The Secretary aims to debunk myths while aiming to describe hard, […]

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CA Weather Blog: Unsettled weather across California through this weekend, with thunderstorms possible at times

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From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “While much of coastal California has seen quiescent weather in recent days, interior parts of the state have actually been experiencing rather active conditions. Widespread thunderstorms over mountain areas–including the Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges, and the mountains of Southern California–have brought a remarkably wide variety of conditions over the past 10 days. Somewhat […]

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California Weather Blog: Drought update; April showers in NorCal; and La Niña Looms

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How did California fare during 2015-2016 winter? plus April showers in NorCal on Friday; more widespread next week From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: With the formerly powerful El Niño event now fading in the tropical Pacific and most of California’s traditional rainy season now behind us, it’s a good time to consider the modest drought relief that […]

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California Weather Blog: After burst of early-season heat, a sudden shift to active weather across California

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From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: Essentially all of California received an early taste of summer-like temperatures this week. A very strong ridge of high pressure aligned with the West Coast brought very warm to hot conditions to a wide region–and and a number of temperature records were set on Wednesday from Southern California all the way north […]

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Guest commentary: California Water Commission Regulations on New Water Storage: A Fair and Equitable Review Process?

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How Can Applicants Maximize Their Demonstrated Public Benefits? Guest commentary by Robert Shibatani California voters passed Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471), on November 4, 2014. The measure enacts the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Proposition 1 (Prop. 1) dedicated $2.7 billion for investment in derived public benefits related to the development of new […]

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California Weather Blog: Wild weather weekend ahead sets stage for an active March to come

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Rapid transition from record warmth & dryness to very wet pattern From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: February was an extremely warm month (once again!) across the entire state of California, with a seemingly endless list of temperature records being broken on a daily basis. February was also quite a dry month across the state, with essentially the […]

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El Niño remains among strongest ever recorded, but California impacts (so far) a bit different than anticipated

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From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: The prospect of an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean always generates quite a bit of interest in California. This attention largely stems from the fact that two of California’s wettest years on record—1982-1983 and 1997-1998—occurred during the strongest El Niño years in living memory. The popular perception that El Niño […]

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