What’s the Potential for Increased Groundwater Replenishment in California?

Panel at ACWA highlights state efforts to scale up Flood Managed Aquifer Recharge, survey on groundwater recharge in the Central Valley, and ACWA’s groundwater replenishment initiative With implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) fully underway, the newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) now turn their attention to developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for their basins.  For basins that […]

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PANEL: Legal issues associated with water conservation mandates

As the legislature contemplates how to “Make Conservation a California Way of Life”, a panel discusses some of the legal issues posed: How do mandates interplay with Reasonable Use? Could mandates be considered a takings?  And what about charter cities? In May of 2016, the Governor issued an executive order titled “Making Conservation a California Way of Life” directing the […]

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PANEL: Water agencies concerned about proposed expansion of ‘waters of the state’

Proposed definition of wetlands and procedures would greatly expand state permitting program, potentially affect recharge basins and constructed facilities, water agencies say “Listen carefully, be amazed, and be frightened,” said Jill Duerig, retiring General Manager of Zone 7 Water Agency at the beginning of a panel discussion at the recent fall ACWA conference on the subject of the proposed state […]

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ACWA CONFERENCE: The Department of Interior’s priorities for water

Deputy Assistant Austin Ewell speech at ACWA conference covers a wide range of topics, including the Water Fix, implementing the WIIN Act, streamlining the federal permitting process, and more … In October of 2017, Austin Ewell was appointed by the Trump Administration to the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the US Department of Interior. Prior […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Association of California Water Agencies Storage Integration Study

Study finds that by building new storage and integrating their operations with existing storage would increase water delivery by 400 TAF/year on average and over 700 TAF in dry years In July of this year, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) released a study, 21st Century Water Infrastructure: New Approaches to Create Flexibility and Resiliency, which examined how the […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: D-1641: How the water quality control planning process works

Attorneys panel with Tess Dunham, Anna Brathwaite, and Larry Caster discusses the water quality control planning process, the San Joaquin flow proposal for Phase 1, and the federal preemption process At ACWA’s spring conference held in Monterey, this attorney’s program presentation focused on the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, giving background on the basic legal framework […]

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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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