BLOG ROUND-UP: Environmental Schizophrenia; San Joaquin Valley drinking water; salmon, Trump mythology on wildfires, Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, and more …

Environmental Schizophrenia: It’s so much easier to be an environmentalist when it’s someone else’s water:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “We have to admit we’re getting some pleasure watching the San Francisco Board of Supervisors fight with their own water department about the State Water Resources Control Board’s upcoming day-after-election-day decision to send more water down the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Climate change and salmon on the San Joaquin, A water budget for the environment, Countdown to drought, When levees fall down, Contaminated Valley groundwater, and more …

Salmon Saga on SJ River: You can’t believe in climate change and and also believe in bringing back salmon to the San Joaquin River.  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “You can’t believe in climate change and and also believe in bringing back salmon to the San Joaquin River.  Salmon need cold water and climate change predicts warmer water.  Nevertheless the […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The Trump memo, the subsidence myth, California Water Fix, producing salmon food, Arizona’s drought plan moving in reverse, and more …

What Trump Did: He is attempting to tinker with the ESA through the Bureau of Reclamation that would allow more water to go to humans instead of fish and wildlife:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “President Trump is trying to maximize water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the southern half of the state including farmers in the Central […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: San Francisco v. California; Trump memo; Cal Water Fix Consistency Determination; Delta smelt actions; Central Valley drinking water; and more …

San Francisco v California: The City that never gave a damn about the San Joaquin Valley being sucked dry all of a sudden is concerned with the state’s plan to take their water.  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “We have to admit some feeling of satisfaction over San Francisco’s water officials trying to justify their opposition to the State Water […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: San Francisco teams up with Trump on the Tuolumne River?; The connection between groundwater and surface water; Delta Flows — WaterFix Alphabet Soup Edition; and more …

San Francisco teams up with Trump on the Tuolumne River?  Doug Obegi writes, “Did you know that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”) has been working with the Trump Administration to try to stop the State of California’s efforts to restore the health of the Tuolumne River?   Despite San Francisco’s iconic fishing industry in Fishermen’s Wharf, this weekend’s story […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The public trust and SGMA; The stormwater opportunity; The role of water resources systems analysis in a changing future; Reaching across the table to share water; and more …

The public trust and SGMA:  “In a recent decision in litigation over flows and salmon survival in the Scott River system, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that groundwater pumping that diminishes the volume or flow of water in a navigable surface stream may violate the public trust. The public trust does not protect groundwater itself. “Rather, the public […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Prop 3, Groundwater and collective action; Shasta Dam raise; Groundwater and the Colorado River; WOTUS and more …

Proposition 3 Includes Unprecedented Investments to Promote Salmon Recovery:  The Northern California Water Association writes, “In November, California voters will have the opportunity to pass Proposition 3, the largest environmental habitat and water bond in California’s history.  Proposition 3 will make significant investments to help serve water for multiple benefits in the Sacramento Valley and throughout California.  Investment in salmon […]

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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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