BLOG ROUND-UP: Water rights during drought; winter pulsed flows for salmon; Valley water supplies; Community participation in SGMA; Markets for clean water; and more …

Water Rights Administration and Oversight During Past California Droughts:  Nell Green Nylen writes, “In the first post in this series, I talked about why it’s important for the state of California to spend time preparing for future droughts even in wet years like this one.  This post examines some of the lessons from past droughts that can inform these preparations.  […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Biops, WaterFix, managing groundwater, water supply portfolios, drought preparation, Longfin smelt, multi-benefit water management, and more …

The BiOps! They have been used to take water from farms and people for the benefit of fish:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The Biological Opinions, or BiOps, are the rules intended to protect the salmon and smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The rules have been in place for the past ten years and it’s no secret they haven’t […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Socializing subsidence, Delta residents and the single tunnel plan, Economic policy approaches to water allocation, little action on 2014 salmon recovery plan, and more …

Subsidence?  Socialize it:  Eric Caine writes, “Subsidence and socialism are two “S” words that wouldn’t seem to have much in common, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. Nevertheless, for insiders in the Valley’s intricate water game, the words are inextricably linked.  Subsidence is caused by overpumping groundwater. Pump too much groundwater and the land sinks. Pump too much water […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP, the question edition: December Bay-Delta agreements only smoke and mirrors?; Delta tunnel compromise?; Fallow me to water?; Is Gavin Newsom California’s ‘Denier in Chief?’; Why does the Lower Basin need the Drought Contingency Plan? and more …

December 2018 Bay-Delta Agreements Were Only Smoke and Mirrors?:  Doug Obegi writes, “It’s becoming clear that the voluntary settlement agreements presented to the State Water Board last December as part of the so-called “grand bargain” were nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Those agreements purported to increase flows in our rivers and through the Delta and to propose significant new […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: State Water Board shake up, winter farming, fall-run salmon, sociology of science in environmental management

On the Public Record blogs about Governor Newsom’s appointments:  OtPR writes, “I assume you all saw the news; Governor Newsom declared that he will change the nature of the AroundDeltaWaterGo from two tunnels to one smaller tunnel. My thoughts … ”  Continue reading at On the Public Record here:  Governor Newsom’s appointments State Water Board: Loss of institutional knowledge, independence […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Changing pumping rules, Farmer applies Brown Act as water torture; Roaches of California; 21st century water management; and more …

Changing the Rules: Now because of some common sense by the Trump administration the old pumping rules are getting a new look:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The wrong-headed rules about pumping water out of the Delta for human and farm use could be changing soon.  That’s good news, but not for everyone.  Farmers and others in California watch in amazement […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Critically over-drafted groundwater basins, Cal WaterFix costs, safe drinking water, salmon, bureaucrats, and more …

The clock is ticking for groundwater managers in California’s most over-drafted basins:  Christina Babbit writes, “By this time next year, 21 critically over-drafted groundwater basins in California must submit plans to the state’s Department of Water Resources for how to bring their basins back into balance.  With this major deadline looming, it’s crunch time for water managers and their consultants […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Will the Bay-Delta get Trumped?, Cal WaterFix contracts, drought lessons, hatchery impacts, groundwater management, clean water and enviro justice, and more …

Will State Agencies Let CA’s Bay-Delta Estuary Get Trumped?: Doug Obegi writes, “On January 31, the Trump Administration is scheduled to release its new proposal for the operations of the federal Central Valley Project and State Water Project under the Endangered Species Act (known as a biological assessment). It’s widely expected that the Trump Administration will propose to eliminate or […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Are water rights sufficient enough to protect water users?; Winnemem Wintu fight for restoration of salmon; No, Lake Powell is not inexorably headed toward “dead pool”; and more blog commentary…

Are water rights sufficient enough to protect water users?  Mike Wade writes, “The judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes in Elimra, New York in 1907.  That quote exemplifies the reason that five irrigation districts on tributaries to the San Joaquin River as well as […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Voluntary settlement agreements, Safe drinking water, Delta tunnels, Behavior of juvenile salmon, Crashing Lake Mead, and more …

Sacramento River Basin Water Resources Managers Advance Voluntary Agreements as part of a Comprehensive Restoration Strategy for the Bay-Delta Watershed to Improve Fish and Wildlife:  The Northern California Water Association writes, “The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) and Sacramento River Basin water resources managers are fully committed to successfully advance voluntary agreements to implement water quality objectives in the State Water […]

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