California Water Commission: Update on DWR’s groundwater activities and the CASGEM program

At the March 19th meeting of the California Water Commission, Dan McManus, Senior Engineering Geologist for the Department of Water Resources discussed the Department’s groundwater efforts in response to the drought and how their efforts align the Governor’s Water Action Plan, and Mary Scruggs, Supervising Engineering Geologist, gave an update on the CASGEM (California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring) Program. Dan […]

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Water transfers at the California Water Commission, part 2: Water Transfers 101

At the February 19th meeting of the California Water Commission, Department of Water Resources staff gave a highly informative presentation on the basics of water transfers, and DWR’s role in facilitating them.  In this panel presentation, Maureen Sergent from the State Water Project Analysis Office addressed what a water transfer is and some of the water rights issues that water […]

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Water transfers at the California Water Commission, part 1: An overview of California’s Transfer Market and DWR’s activities related to transfers

Water transfers can be an effective way to address shortages and add flexibility to the system, especially in dry years, but the process has often found to be cumbersome and the requirements often changing.  Recognizing the importance of transfers, the Governor’s emergency drought proclamation included provisions to streamline and expedite transfers. Accordingly, the California Water Commission has taken an interest […]

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California Water Commission hears an update on the Department of Water Resources Tribal Consultation Program

The relationship between Native Americans and the federal government is a distinctive political one that has been set forth in the U. S. Constitution and subsequently defined through numerous treaties, statutes, executive orders and court decisions.  The United States recognizes tribes as ‘domestic dependent nations’ under its protection and the relationship between tribes and the federal government is one between […]

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DWR’s Mark Cowin updates the California Water Commission on the drought, the water action plan, the BDCP, and groundwater management

At the February 19th meeting of the California Water Commission, Director of the Department of Water Resources Mark Cowin updated the Commission on the Department’s drought response, the California Water Action Plan, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and groundwater management. Drought response “These are pretty extraordinary times and I think the old adage is true, the greater the challenge, the […]

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California Water Commission: Water storage, dry conditions, “Safeguarding California”, and an update on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

At the California Water Commission’s January meeting, the Commission re-elected the Chair and Vice-Chair to another one-year term, heard briefings on the Delta Stewardship Council’s water storage issue paper, the dry conditions, the Natural Resources Agency’s Safeguard California Plan, and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Agenda Item 5: Election of chair and vice-chair The California Water Commission began its first […]

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California Water Commission in Oroville; hears an update on State Water Project organizational issues, the Thermalito fire, and Oroville FERC relicensing

The September 18th meeting of the California Water Commission brought the commissioners to Oroville to discuss organizational issues regarding the State Water Project, hear an the latest on the Thermalito Pumping Plant fire, and receive an update on the status of FERC relicensing for the Oroville facilities.  In the afternoon, the commissioners toured the area facilities. The meeting opened up […]

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California Water Commission: Will the state meet its 20×2020 water conservation goal? Plus an update on SWP contract negotiations, the public benefits of water storage projects, a Statewide Water Action Plan and more

Legislation passed in 2009 set an ambitious target for statewide water conservation: a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use by the year 2020, but will the state meet the goal?  Manucher Alemi updated the California Water Commission on the state’s progress towards the conservation goal at the Commission’s August 21st meeting.  Also on the agenda, an update on […]

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Phil Isenberg updates the California Water Commission on the Delta Plan, and the role of the Council in regards to the BDCP

The Delta Stewardship Council’s role regarding the BDCP, as well as the multiple lawsuits filed over the Delta Plan were some of the topics discussed as Phil Isenberg, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, updated the California Water Commission on the status of the Delta Plan at their July 17 meeting. Mr. Isenberg began by noting that the first Delta […]

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State Water Project reliability issues – It’s not all about the Delta, plus an update on the Thermalito Pumping Plant fire

Decreasing water supply reliability and increasing costs are not just about problems in the Delta.  Serious labor recruitment and retention issues within the State Water Project have cost rate payers at least $70 million in additional costs and, in one case, cost one agency 67,000 acre-feet of water. The California Water Commission has been actively engaged in trying to solve […]

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