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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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This just in … State Water Board Adopts ‘Stress Test’ Approach to Water Conservation Regulation

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach that mandates urban water suppliers act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions. Recognizing persistent […]

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Delta Stewardship Council: 2016: El Nino and Beyond: A look at water operations in the year ahead

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John Leahigh with the State Water Project, David Guy with the Northern California Water Association, and Ara Azdherian with the San Luis-Delta Mendota Water Authority give their perspective on water operations for the coming year So far, this water year, which began on October 1st, 2015 has brought California its wettest winter in years due to El Nino bringing above […]

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This just in … Governor Brown Issues Order to Continue Water Savings as Drought Persists

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Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life in California From the Office of the Governor: Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water […]

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Delta Watermaster reports to the Delta Protection Commission on the consumptive use study and the voluntary diversion reduction program

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Also, DWR’s Paul Marshall updates Commission on the effectiveness drought barrier Attending a Delta Protection Commission meeting is, among other things, a chance to step inside some of the Delta’s beautiful and historic buildings, and the March meeting was no exception.  Held at the historic Ryde Hotel near Walnut Grove, the meeting featured a report by Delta Watermaster Michael George […]

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Morning news alert: PPIC Report: Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

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From the Public Policy Institute of California: The federal government should leverage its “carrot-and-stick” powers to help resolve long-standing conflicts in the American West that are increasing regional and local vulnerability to drought. This is among the key recommendations to improve federal drought management made by the PPIC Water Policy Center in a report released today. Federal intervention could reduce […]

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