DR. BRAD UDALL: Is the Colorado River in Crisis?

Dr. Udall discusses the Colorado River’s hydrology, climate change impacts, shortage risk, and the Drought Contingency Plan Dr. Brad Udall serves as senior water and climate research scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University. He has extensive experience in water and climate policy issues and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on water management and climate change which […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Upgrading the water grid

In September of 2018, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released the report, Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms, which asserted there are five climate pressures affecting California’s water: Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years.  In response, […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Drought, climate change, and restoration resiliency

John Durand looks at the effects of the 2012-2016 drought on the Delta from the environmental, economic, and stakeholder perspectives The 2012-2016 drought is one for the records in that, while not necessarily the driest or the longest for California since the state has been keeping records, it was the hottest drought with many scientists saying that we can expect […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: Making groundwater a centerpiece of managing the droughts of the future

Four essential policy reforms are needed to reduce the social, economic, and environmental costs of future droughts, says Dr. Mount California’s climate is changing. Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years—are stressing the state’s water management system. Recent climate projections indicate that […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Water Year 2016 in review; Overview of Delta levee assessment district feasibility study

A retrospective look at water operations during Water Year 2016; plus an overview of the Delta Protection Commission’s Delta Flood Risk Management Assessment District Feasibility Study WATER YEAR 2016 IN REVIEW The water year for 2016 came to an end on September 30, 2016.  Each successive year of historic drought conditions has brought new water management challenges, and the challenge […]

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Deconstructing the current California drought

Dr. Michael Dettinger takes a data dive into the impacts of the California drought California, currently in its fifth (and possibly sixth) year of severe drought, is now identified with large shifts towards persistent dry periods, separated by large storms, and accompanied by record-breaking warm temperatures. These conditions are characteristic of droughts projected to accompany climate change. At a brown […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: As sixth year of drought looms, Metropolitan plans to meet region’s 2017 imported water needs

As Sixth Year of Drought Looms, Metropolitan Plans to Meet Region’s 2017 Imported Water Needs Water-saving efforts by consumers, businesses still needed, along with modernized state water system From the Metropolitan Water District: Even with an uncertain storm season ahead and a potential sixth year of drought, increases in water reserves as well as the region’s strong commitment to water […]

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Webinar: Managing Drought: Lessons from Australia

A look at Australia’s strategies and programs that cut urban water use in half Australia and California, despite being on opposite sides of the planet, actually have a lot in common.  Australia, like California, is one of only a handful of regions in the world that have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by relatively warm wet winters and hot, dry summers.  […]

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David Sedlak: 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought

David Sedlak talks about how cities can build reliable water supplies that can withstand drought and climate change As the world’s climate patterns continue to shift unpredictably, places where drinking water was once abundant may soon find reservoirs dry and groundwater aquifers depleted. In this TEDx talk, given by civil and environmental engineer David Sedlak, shares four practical solutions to […]

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Jeanine Jones: Current water conditions and preparing for 2017

DWR’s Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones talks about statewide water conditions and the implications for state water management At the National Water Research Institute Drought Response Workshop held earlier this month in Irvine, Jeanine Jones, Deputy Drought Manager with the Department of Water Resources, gave an update on the drought and statewide water conditions, touching on some of the implications of […]

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