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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BLOG ROUND-UP: CVP “No Harm” deal; Spring Delta export restrictions, Water deals, part 2; Delta activists welcome Governor Newsom; True California water leadership; and more …

The CVP “No Harm” deal for the Delta Tunnels does a lot of harm to MWD’s business case for their $12+ billion investment:  Jeff Michael writes, “Why did the Central Valley Project want a “Do No Harm” agreement about the delta tunnels?  Last year, Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors made a rational and predictable decision not to pay their share […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: What the Water Deals Mean; Long live Mono Lake!; Groups call for seismic remediation of San Luis Dam; Delta salinity standards; Trump’s theory of law; and more …

What the Water Deals Mean, Part 1: December 2018 Agreements between the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation:  Chris Shutes writes, “On December 12, 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) concluded a series of water agreements relating to DWR’s State Water Project (SWP) and the Bureau’s Central […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: San Joaquin flow objectives; Delta tunnels documents; Water rights are property rights; Fall pulsed flow protections; Urban ecology; and more …

Glass Half Full: State Water Board Adopts San Joaquin Flow Objectives for Update of Bay-Delta Plan: Chris Shutes writes, “The State Water Resources Control Board adopted new objectives for flows in the Lower San Joaquin River and for southern Delta salinity on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The new plan for flow in the San Joaquin River will require as a […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: State Water Board decision, Brown-Trump water agreements, Delta smelt, Beyond the drought contingency plan, WOTUS rollback, and more …

Thank you, State Water Board:  On the Public Record writes, “They did it! I am so relieved and pleased. I really worried that there would be political considerations that forced the bullshit voluntary settlements on them and once again, I would have to be giving my own allies the benefit of the doubt as they punt on something that very […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Key questions about a potential “grand bargain” on CA water; Why more storage won’t help conflicts on the Lower San Joaquin River; Delta tunnels: Where are we now?; Adapting to an uncertain water future; and more …

Key Questions about a Potential “Grand Bargain” on CA Water:  Doug Obegi writes, “For several years, state and federal agencies, local water districts, and a few conservation groups have participated in negotiations regarding potential voluntary settlements on Delta flows.  NRDC has not participated in those negotiations for two primary reasons.  First, participants – including state and local governments — were […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Water budgets, voluntary agreements, SWP tax and WaterFix, public-private partnerships, Mokelumne salmon, and more …

Water budgets: Numbers matter:  Chris Shutes writes, “A recent series of articles and blog posts by Jeff Mount and others from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) proposes a system of “water budgets” for the environment as part of a new system for managing water and rivers in California. … A November 18, 2018 guest article by Mount and […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The folly of unimpaired flows, Recommendations for Newsom, State of the San Joaquin River, Operation FATFISH, Working with tribes, Why Colorado River drought plan won’t work, and more …

The folly of unimpaired flows for water quality management:  Ann Willis writes,”Unimpaired streamflow has long been the benchmark against which current stream flows are evaluated for environmental purposes. The underlying assumption is that if there is water in a stream, the stream must be healthy.  A closer look shows why unimpaired flows is often a flawed basis for environmental management, particularly […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Death on the Delta, David Bernhardt, cascading levee failures, striped bass, women in water, and more …

Death on the Delta: According to one of the regular bass fishermen in the area “it smells almost like an over-chlorinated swimming pool.’’  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The article below (Death on the Delta puzzles fishing community, state officials) tells the story of how “the Delta reeks of rotting wildlife, dead fish and powerful chemicals.”  According to one of […]

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