Maven’s Minutes: Water storage part 3: Optimizing surface and groundwater resources – where do we go from here?

California lacks a statewide sustainable groundwater management program, instead leaving groundwater under local control, and while there are a few stunning examples of successful and sustainable groundwater management programs in the state, there are also dismal examples of failure to manage some groundwater basins sustainably. So what are the impediments to better basin management and what can be done to […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Water storage, part 2: A look at California’s successful groundwater management and banking programs

California has long relied on surface reservoirs to manage the state’s fluctuating water supply as evidenced by the over 1300 reservoirs both large and small that dot the landscape – from Redding in the north to San Diego in the south.  However, environmental impacts, evaporation, and other concerns associated with reservoirs and the dams that create them have caused a […]

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Water Storage in California, part 1: An Overview

On March 20, 2013, the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis held an informational hearing titled “The Science of Storing Water.”  The hearing featured DWR’s Kamyar Guivetchi giving an overview of water storage in California, presentations on the operations of three groundwater banking programs, and a panel discussion on the future of water storage.  […]

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