BLOG ROUND-UP: Legislature moves toward more efficient water use; The high hurdles to water storage; Bridges over troubled waters; Financing the future of water infrastructure; and more …

California Legislature Moves Toward More Efficient Water Use:  Tracy Quinn writes, “California is one step closer to a more resilient and secure water future for our communities, environment, and economy thanks to the passage of two bills in Sacramento this week.  The pair of bills, SB 606 by Senator Hertzberg and AB 1668 by Assembly Member Friedman, build on lessons learned […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Cal Water Fix, salmon stories good and bad, recycled water, conservation on the Colorado …

Brown’s Water Fix has new momentum – but daunting obstacles remain:  Chris Reed writes, “Just six weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown’s hopes for a huge, difficult legacy project to solidify California’s statewide water distribution system – one funded by water districts, not directly by taxpayers – appeared in bad shape.  Years of lobbying for what the Brown administration dubbed the WaterFix project […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Prop 1 storage projects, A progressive water policy for San Joaquin Valley, Improving urban water conservation, weather whiplash, listening to communities, and more …

Backroom deals:  “Just last October the San Jose Mercury News reported that the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board “made the most courageous decision in its history…when it stood up to direct pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown and rejected his $17 billion plan to build two, 35-mile long, four-story tall tunnels.”  That was last October.  Last Friday the Mercury News reported  […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Resurrecting the Delta for desirable fishes; The misapplication of “Best Available Science”; Water Fix tunnels and gas wells; Are California’s cities prepared for the next drought?; What makes a ruin; and more …

Resurrecting the Delta for Desirable Fishes:  Peter Moyle, Carson Jeffres, and John Durand write, “The Delta is described in many ways.  When extolling the Delta as a tourist destination, it is described as a place of bucolic beauty; islands of productive farmland are threaded by meandering channels of sparkling water, a place to boat, fish, view wildlife, and grow cherries […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Tunnels, earthquakes, weather whiplash, Crop water use in the Delta, salmon straying, and more …

MWD seems to understand need for new water infrastructure:  Todd Fitchette writes, “News that the major water supplier for southern California will help fund California WaterFix and the Twin Tunnels heralded by Gov. Jerry Brown rippled quickly across the state. So too, did opinions on the matter.  Brown’s public reaction was short: “A historic decision that is good for California,” […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Cal Water Fix model results, California droughts, predicting unpredictability, Dispute between upper and lower Colorado River basin, Scott Pruitt’s regulatory rollback recipe, and more …

Reality check of Cal Water Fix model results in a critical flow year:  William Fleenor writes, “In 2008 a group from the Center for Watershed Sciences (including this author), joined by an economist from the Public Policy Institute, published findings that suggested that an alternative conveyance for Sacramento River water might improve ecological conditions in the Delta and improve reliability […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Cal Water Fix, groundwater recovery, ecosystems, climate change, salmon, and more …

Will the Metropolitan Water District Board Give Their Staff a Blank Check for WaterFix? Comparing language in MWD resolutions from October 2017 and April 2018: Jeff Michael writes, “Last fall, when the Metropolitan Water District board voted to approve their share of WaterFix, the authorization of the General Manager was strictly limited to $4.3 billion (calculated as 26% of total […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The Colorado River – Sacramento Delta connection, How Oroville is changing dam safety; Re-managing water supplies for the benefit of salmon in the Feather River; and more …

The Colorado River – Sacramento Delta connection:  John Fleck writes, “With an 85 percent allocation of northern California water from California’s State Water Project last year, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was able to cut back on its use of Colorado River water, leaving more than 300,000 acre feet in Lake Mead. That water has provided a sufficient […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP, special April 1st edition: Brown is the new gold: Water strategy is starting to pay big dividends; President Trump Announces TRUMP – Tapping Recharge Under Mexico Plan – will build border wall, harvest groundwater, earn money, and provide jobs

I looked for these all day yesterday, but in deference to the holiday, I suppose, everyone posted these yesterday evening … Brown is the new gold: Water strategy is starting to pay big dividends:  “Governor Brown has unveiled a sweeping new strategy, “Brown is the New Gold,” to simultaneously make California more robust to drought, secure private water rights, buffer […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Science in the Delta, Cal Water Fix, water storage, water data, salmon, zooplankton, and more …

Investing in our future: A scientific approach:  Jennifer Pierre writes, “Today marks World Water Day — an annual day to focus our attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water,” exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Here in California, where water is a precious and limited resource, the […]

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