Headwaters Health: Obstacles and opportunities to advance forest management

Panel at ACWA’s Spring Conference discusses forest restoration, biomass power plants, wildfires, and other upper watershed management issues Experts agree there is an urgent need to accelerate the pace and scale of forest management activities.  From development of biomass energy and facilities to on-the-ground projects and watershed-based partnerships, this panel discussion at the ACWA Spring Conference explored the barriers and […]

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Panel discussion: The state of the state’s water system

Panel members review the year’s hydrology, discuss ongoing state initiatives At last month’s ACWA conference, a panel of agency officials discussed current hydrology and some of the factors driving state and federal decision making on the operation of State Water Project and Central Valley Project, as well as touched on ongoing initiatives related to the future of the state’s water […]

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Panel discussion: Is it “go time” for a Delta fix?

Agency officials give their views on the California Water Fix The California Water Fix hit several milestones in 2015, and 2016 is viewed as a critical year to move the project to the next level.  Is it finally time to ‘fix’ the Delta?  In this panel from ACWA’s spring conference held in Monterey earlier this year, DWR’s Mark Cowin, Kern […]

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Randy Fiorini: The Delta Plan: Putting the pieces together

Randy Fiorini, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, talks about the role of the Council and their efforts to implement the Delta Plan There are literally hundreds of agencies that have at least some responsibility for the Delta; the Delta Stewardship Council is the only one charged with developing and implementing a single blueprint to integrate and guide all actions. […]

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Legal panel: Attorneys discuss upcoming California Water Fix hearing

Lively panel discussion at recent ACWA conference delves into the pre-conference ruling, the motion for dismissal, and other issues The California Water Fix hearings constitute the largest and most complex water right hearing in California’s history.  At the Association of California Water Agencies spring conference and exhibition held last month in Monterey, a panel of attorneys featuring Stefanie Morris, general […]

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Legal panel: You Mean Just Having a Water Right Isn’t Good Enough?

How the ESA, Streambed Alteration Agreements, and the Clean Water Act Are All Curtailing the Exercise of Water Rights Recent court cases and regulatory changes have had major effects on the ability to for diverters to exercise their water rights, even those long-held.  At the ACWA 2015 Fall Conference held in December, a panel of lawyers discussed the issues, touching […]

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California Water 2.0: Administration secretaries highlight accomplishments, look ahead

Secretaries Laird, Rodriquez, and Ross share their vision for continued implementation of the California Water Action Plan Earlier this month, the Brown Administration teamed up with the Association of California Water Agencies to present California Water 2.0: What’s next for the California Water Action Plan?  The event, timed with the release of the newly updated plan, highlighted the progress made […]

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Governor Brown speaks at ACWA California Water 2.0 event about the Delta tunnels, drought, and climate change

It’s a very different world we live in, he says: “We can protect the natural systems, but we have to engineer our way forward” This morning, Governor Brown spoke at the ACWA event, California Water 2.0: What’s ahead for the California Water Action Plan. Here’s what he had to say: Thank you very much. This topic, water, is always timely, […]

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Prop 1 Funding for storage projects: An overview of the Water Storage Investment Program

Paula Landis with the Water Commission discusses the details of the emerging program, including the goals and objectives, addresses common misconceptions With the passage of Proposition 1 in November of 2014, voters approved $7.5 billion for a variety of water projects and programs, with $2.7 billion of that set aside to pay for public benefits of water storage projects. The […]

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Bruce Babbitt: Water in the West: Then and Now

The former US Secretary of the Interior shares his thoughts on groundwater management, the Delta, and more … At the Association of California Water Agencies fall conference held last week, the keynote speaker for the luncheon was former U. S. Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt. During his speech, he talked about implementing the state’s new groundwater legislation, as well […]

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