CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Salty buildup: The threat to California’s water

Panel discusses the pervasive problem of salinity and irrigated agriculture, and what can be done about it Salinity is a slow-moving but critical problem.  It is most challenging in regions that have constrained drainage; it can be exacerbated when imported water brings salts into the basin; imported food and other raw materials can add to the problem.  If salts are […]

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CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Water Rights in an Era of “Permanent” Conservation Mandates: Are Reports of Their Death Greatly Exaggerated?

By complying with a state-directed water budget formula, will agencies be forced to strand their water rights or infrastructure investments? On May 9th of 2016, Governor Brown issued the latest in a series of executive orders in response to the drought, which was entitled, “Making water conservation a California way of life.” In that order he directed a group of […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: ESA & Climate Change: Collision Course?

  With a new administration in Washington, DC that has taken a different view of environmental regulation, changes in the Endangered Species Act perhaps seem more possible than in prior years.  The effects of climate change threaten to further complicate efforts to conserve and protect endangered species.  Is the Endangered Species Act broken?  Will the new administration make significant changes […]

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Panel discussion: Strange bed flows: Managing groundwater and stream flow

Panel tackles the question of what is a ‘groundwater-dependent ecosystem’ and how that fits into the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, was passed in 2014 by the state legislature, and for the first time, it requires agencies around the state to sustainably manage their groundwater basins.  SGMA requires that in operating the groundwater basin […]

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California’s water future: Converging threats, strategic responses

David Wegner says the assumptions of the second wave of water development are no longer valid; we must work together to usher in the ‘third wave’ of water Solutions to California’s water problems is going to take action on many levels: at the community level, at the county and regional level, at the state level, and of course, at the […]

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Panel discussion: “Fixing” California’s water rights system

Panel of prominent attorneys discusses how the state’s water rights system performed in the drought and what changes, if any, should be made to the current system California’s recent drought and the State Water Board’s curtailments of water rights starting in 2014 has brought complaints about the state’s antiquated water rights system and alleged oversubscription of our surface water resources […]

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Dr. Glenda Humiston: One million more acre-feet of water per year …

Dr. Glenda Humiston shares her vision for how California can generate additional water and have a thriving agricultural economy at the same time In April, leaders and scholars from the agricultural, urban and environmental communities came together to discuss policy issues impacting California’s water at the California Water Policy Conference.  The conference, now in its was the vision of environmentalist […]

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Felicia Marcus: California Water 2016 and beyond: ‘It’s a steep hill but we can get there if … ‘

Felicia Marcus addresses the California Water Policy Conference, emphasizing the need for people skills to face the future: “It has to be convergence over conflict or we won’t make it,” she says. The California Water Policy Conference, held in April in Davis, brought together leaders from the agricultural, urban and environmental communities to discuss policy issues impacting California’s water.  The […]

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Pat Mulroy to California: Fix the Bay Delta

Keynote speaker Pat Mulroy opens California Water Policy Conference with a stern warning: California must fix the Bay Delta, because what happens in the Delta matters in Denver The California Water Policy Conference, now in its 24th year, opened on March 19th with keynote speaker Pat Mulroy.  The former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Ms. Mulroy is […]

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