BLOG ROUND-UP: Some common questions on CA water; Land purchases: MWD’s new water grab?; Rationing next?; Developing a decision-support framework for curtailment; Climate change and your family’s future; and more …

Some common questions on California water (Part I):  Jay Lund writes, “People are interested in California water problems, and they ask reasonable questions.  Here is a first installment of short science-based answers to some reasonable questions often heard at public and private discussions of water in California.  (Longer answers are possible, of course.)  1.  Why doesn’t California just build desalination plants […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The California Water Model: Resilience through Failure; Cal Water Fix is dead, what’s next?; Groundwater recharge in the SGMA era; Lawns are the No. 1 irrigated ‘crop’ in America, they need to die; and more …

The California Water Model: Resilience through Failure: Nicholas Pinter, Jay Lund, and Peter Moyle write, “A review of 170 years of water-related successes in California suggests that most successes can be traced directly to past mistakes.  California’s highly variable climate has made it a crucible for innovations in water technology and policy.  Similar water imperatives have led to advances in water […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Newsom’s water resilience plan, Delta flow needs, Expensive fish, Importance of Delta estuary to salmon, Artificial legal distinctions; and more …

A fresh approach to water management in California:  The Northern California Water Association writes, “The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) appreciates Governor Newsom’s call for a fresh approach to California’s water challenges and his Executive Order today urging his administration “to think differently and act boldly by developing a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system in California.”  “The […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Voluntary agreements, Delta’s trophic collapse; Groundwater depletion and salt-impaired lands in the San Joaquin Valley; Oil industry pollutants in Kern County water supply wells; and more …

Voluntary Agreements Will Catalyze and Complete Long-Standing Priority Salmon Projects and Implement the Sacramento Valley Salmon Recovery Program: The Northern California Water Association writes, “The Voluntary Agreements that have been developed in the Sacramento River Basin are providing new opportunities to bring together and catalyze priority projects to improve conditions for salmon. This is a positive step forward for California. […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump Administration’s cold water war with CA, Bruce Babbitt and CALFED Framework; Farmers, water allocations, and water taxes; Water bond lessons; and more …

Trump Administration’s Cold Water War With California Turns Hot:  Richard Frank writes, “When it comes to California water policy, the federal-state relationship has always been both strained and challenging.  That intergovernmental tension harkens back at least to the Reclamation Act of 1902.  In section 8 of this iconic federal statute that transformed the American West, Congress declared that the federal […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The Trump/Bernhardt plan for the Delta; Drought and decision making; Deep adaptation; Is San Diego reviving idea of own Colorado River aqueduct?; What went wrong with WOTUS; and more …

The Trump/Bernhardt Plan for Extinction in the CA Bay-Delta:  Doug Obegi writes, “After spending the past several months reviewing the Bureau of Reclamation’s biological assessment (BA) for the Trump Administration’s rewrite of the 2008 and 2009 biological opinions protecting Delta Smelt and salmon in the Bay-Delta watershed, it’s becoming clear that this is a plan for extinction. That’s bad news […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Oroville … what if?; Climate change and snowpack; Water rights and drought; No frills and no tills; and more, plus a round-up of April 1st posts

Scroll down for April 1st posts. or jump down here. Oroville…What If?  Families Protecting the Valley write, “According to national dam expert Scott Cahill of Watershed Services of Ohio, Oroville Dam is on the same failure track as in 2017.”  Cahill told radio station KFBK in Sacramento that the “concrete spillway slab is now moving water, which is evolving up through the […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Subsidence and Socialism in the Valley; Cal Water Fix tunneling risks; Advancing aquatic restoration; PFAS, Watered down farmgate data; Revised Delta smelt permit; and more …

Water: “We farm, you pay.” Subsidence and Socialism in the Valley:  Eric Caine writes, “Among the more persistent mythologies of the American west, few are as enduring and erroneous as those about water, especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. The one consistent element in all of them is that no matter what’s wrong, “It’s all government’s fault.”  So it […]

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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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