Update on the Water Storage Investment Program

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Details on the progress of the regulations from updates at both the Delta Stewardship Council and the California Water Commission The California Water Commission is the designated agency to award $2.7 billion of Prop 1 funding for the public benefits of water storage projects.  Since the passage of Prop 1, the Commission has been working on developing the regulations for […]

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California Water Commission: An update on the Water Storage Investment Program

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Shortening the application process and early funding for environmental documents among the modification to be considered at the June meeting 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 California […]

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California Water Commission: Update on State Water Project operations and issues

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Acting Deputy Director of the State Water Project reports on forced outages, and the status of planned maintenance and upgrades One of the statutory responsibilities of the California Water Commission is to conduct an annual review of the progress of the construction and operation of the State Water Resources Development System and to submit a report on its findings to […]

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The importance of governance and institutional design for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

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Dr. Michael Kiparsky briefs the California Water Commission on a new report on designing effective groundwater sustainability agencies Designing institutions for sustainable groundwater management is one of the most pressing challenges for SGMA implementation.  With the recent passage of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, the task of successful implementation of those plans rests in these now-forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies.  These […]

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California Water Commission: SGMA Implementation – Update on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) regulation

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Department of Water Resources staff review all the comments received on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, and discuss possible revisions in response to those comments At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, the staff from the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program discussed the comments received on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulation during the […]

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SGMA implementation: An overview of the draft groundwater sustainability plan and alternatives regulation, and summary of comments received to date

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Presentation focuses on plan content and evaluation, as well as a summary of public comment heard to date Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act continues marching forward on schedule.  The public comment period for the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations closes on April 1st, and this week, the Department of Water Resources is holding a series of public meetings […]

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Modeling as a Tool for Water Resources Planning and Decision Making

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Presentation at the California Water Commission looks at how models would be used in evaluating water storage projects for possible funding At the February meeting of the California Water Commission, Supervising Engineer Jenny Marr gave a presentation to the commissioners on modeling as a tool for water resources planning and decision making with a focus on how models might be […]

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SGMA implementation: An overview of the draft groundwater sustainability plan and alternatives regulation

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The draft regulation covers the preparation, contents, and reporting requirements for groundwater sustainability plans, as well as how those plans will be implemented ‘On February 18th, the Department of Water Resources released the draft regulation for groundwater sustainability plans and alternatives, the second of the two regulations called for in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  The release of the draft […]

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Considering climate change in water resources planning

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A look at the DWR’s efforts to address climate change impacts, as well as the modeling tools used in climate change analysis Climate change presents critical challenges for California water resources management.  In recognition of this fact, the Department of Water Resources conducts a wide range of climate change activities, including support for climate change analysis and adaptation planning by […]

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Accelerating On-Farm Recharge in the San Joaquin Valley

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Using existing cropland for groundwater recharge could potentially be more cost-effective than dedicated recharge basins Groundwater overdraft has become a serious problem in many parts of California as water is being extracted at far greater rates than it is being replenished.  With above average precipitation forecast for the winter, Sustainable Conservation has been working with farmers, the Kings River Conservation […]

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