BLOG ROUND-UP: Dr. Jeff Michael’s reaction to the latest WaterFix economic analysis; Clock ticking on making case for voluntary settlements; Double Trouble!! “This is going to be an immediate obligation, not one that they can wait 20 years.”; and more …

Dr. Jeff Michael’s reaction to the latest WaterFix economic analysis:  Dr. Jeff Michael writes, “This afternoon, the Department of Water Resources released a new report from the Brattle Group, “Economic Analysis of the WaterFix: Benefits and Costs to Project Participants.”  I gave it a quick review this afternoon, and judging by my inbox, there is high demand for instant analysis […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bay Delta Plan Phase II, Delta smelt, salmon, Making water conservation a way of life, Prop 3, public trust doctrine, and more …

Phase II: The loss of these unimpaired flows “could reduce the volume of water delivered to south-of-the-delta users by two million acre-feet a year.”  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The current battle for water on the Toulumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers is called Phase I.  The coming battle for water on the Sacramento River is called Phase II.  Central Valley […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Complying with SGMA without changing water rights, Make CA’s water grid climate-friendly, Notions of surplus water a costly mirage, Prop 1 water storage successes and failures, and more …

The groundwater manager’s dilemma: How to comply with new California law without changing water rights:  Christina Babbitt writes, “Over the next two years, more than 100 groundwater sustainability agencies in California will have to hammer out a plan to make their groundwater basins sustainable.  But as mangers in many areas work to combat decades of over-pumping, they face a major […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Leaving the Board, Water is essential, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and more …

Leaving the Board: We think we’re going to see more resignations from water boards across the State of California as the deadline for implementing SGMA gets closer:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “Below is a letter from Sarah Woolf to the Board of Directors at the Westlands Water District announcing her resignation from the Board.  She has been a positive […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Science, the Delta, and the future of San Joaquin salmon; Water grabs of California, explained simply; A compromise on flows plan; Climate change and adaptive management; Conserving freshwater ecosystems; and more …

Science, the Delta, and the future of San Joaquin salmon:  Dr. Peter Moyle writes, “I feel fortunate to be a biologist in an era and place, California, where science matters. Routine scientific studies rarely make headlines but they are relied on by decision makers because they reduce uncertainty, bit by bit. This seems to be true nationwide as well, except […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The State Water Board’s flow objectives, Hating fish or not, Addressing SGMA’s sixth ‘deadly’ sin, salmon, water bonds, and more …

Don’t let the state kill the State Water Resources Control Board’s Bay-Delta Plan:  Doug Obegi writes, “After 10 years and multiple rounds of public hearings, the State Water Resources Control Board announced yesterday that it would postpone voting on whether to adopt new flow and water quality standards for the lower San Joaquin River and the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Voters favor new water bond. What are they missing?, Trump’s water tweets, DWR Goes 360°; fish managers as ranchers, and more …

Voters favor new water bond.  What are they missing?  Mark Baldassare and Ellen Hanak write, “One of the most surprising findings in the July PPIC survey is the strong support for an $8.9 billion state water bond among California likely voters (58%). Support for the bond―Proposition 3 on the November ballot―comes close on the heels of California voters passing a […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump’s tweets, water mismanagement, Water Fix and fish, helping salmon, predator control, Arax v. Nunes, and more …

Trump shows his ignorance of CA water – and his contempt for West Coast fisheries and the Delta: Dan Bacher writes, “In a tweet today, President Donald Trump showed his ignorance of California water and geography while advocating for increased diversions of Northern California water to his corporate agribusiness backers in the San Joaquin Valley.  Trump stated, “Governor Jerry Brown […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Begging the board, reservoir risk, groundwater exchange pools, almond glut, winter run salmon, and more …

Begging the Board! The board listened, but never heard. They will not listen when you say it again:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “Legislators in the Modesto/Merced area have asked the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to extend the comment period for their plan to increase fish flows on the Stanislaus, Toulumne and Merced rivers.  In the article below […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on fighting the State Water Board, Feds involvement in CA water, Water Fix, salmon declines, floodplains, wildfires, and more …

California should abolish the State Water Board, says Todd Fitchette:  He writes, “The recent announcement that water used for farms and humans will instead be flushed out to sea suggests California can no longer afford the status quo under the leadership of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).  Dos Palos, Calif. farmer Erik Wilson covers the idea eloquently when […]

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