Flood management oversight hearing, part 2: The Who, What, Where & Why of Flood Control in the Central Valley

Legislators hear from the multiple agencies and organizations with flood management responsibilities in the Central Valley In the Central Valley, there are 1600 miles of levees in the state-federal flood system (otherwise known as the State Plan of Flood Control), as well as many more miles of levees that are not part of the state-federal flood system but are included […]

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Flood management oversight hearing, part 1: Addressing California’s growing flood risk

With 7 million Californians and $600 billion in assets at risk, Assembly oversight hearing examines the state’s liability for flood damages and  the annual $1 billion investment gap in flood management infrastructure spending Precipitation in California can vary greatly from year to year, from devastating droughts to calamitous floods, sometimes even both in the same year.  Floods and droughts are […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 3: Looking ahead: Stakeholder recommendations for maximizing public benefits

Stakeholders discuss how the $7.5 billion in bond funds should be spent to benefit the most Californians The passage of Proposition 1 last November provided $7.5 billion in funding for a variety of water projects and activities, such as water storage, watershed protection and restoration, groundwater sustainability, regional water management, drinking water quality, and flood protection.  The Governor’s proposed budget […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 2: First out of the gate: State entities with proposed water bond funding

Department heads tell legislators how they plan to disburse the first round of funds from Proposition 1 Last November, voters approved the $7.5 billion Proposition 1, the water bond.  The Governor’s proposed budget includes the first round of the disbursements of funds from the measure, and with such significant funds on the line, the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and […]

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Proposition 1 Oversight Hearing, part 1: Background on the water bond and principles for moving forward

Anton Favorini-Csorba gives an overview of Prop 1 and makes recommendations for ensuring legislative oversight on the expenditure of water bond funds Last November, voters approved Proposition 1, the water bond, which provides $7.545 billion in general obligation bond funding for various water-related projects and programs. Voter approval of Prop. 1 means the state now has permission to sell general […]

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Assembly joint informational hearing on California’s groundwater, part 3: Stakeholder perspectives on where should we go from here

On March 11, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation held a joint informational hearing on the management of California’s groundwater resources. In this last segment of coverage from the hearing, a wide variety of stakeholders gave their perspective on the problems and potential solutions for better management of the state’s […]

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Assembly joint informational hearing on California’s groundwater, part 2: Elements of successful groundwater management

On March 11, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation held a joint informational hearing on the management of California’s groundwater resources. Not all groundwater basins in California are poorly managed, nor is adjudication a requirement for successful groundwater management.  The second panel of the hearing featured Michael Markus, General Manager […]

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Assembly joint informational hearing on California’s groundwater, part 1: Where are we now?

On March 11, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation held a joint informational hearing on the management of California’s groundwater resources.  Assemblymember Anthony Rendon opened the hearing with some remarks about the importance of groundwater to the state of California. “The astonishing fact is that the California uses more groundwater […]

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Joint informational hearing on the BDCP, part 2: Delta stakeholders give their perspective

On February 25, 2014, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife held a joint informational oversight hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The hearing was organized around two panels of speakers: the first panel consisted of Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, Director of Department of Water Resources Mark Cowin, […]

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Joint informational hearing on the BDCP, part 1: Secretary Laird, Directors Bonham and Cowin on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Legislators hear from administration officials and Delta stakeholders on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan On February 25, 2014, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife held a joint informational oversight hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The hearing was organized around two panels of speakers: the first panel consisted of […]

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