Metropolitan’s Groundwater Banking Programs

Presentation looks at the benefits, challenges, and risks of Metropolitan’s groundwater banking programs Beginning in the early 1990s, Metropolitan Water District established a number of groundwater storage programs in the Central Valley and on the State Water Project which have provided substantial water supply benefits through the years.  At the August meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, James […]

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Water Marketing, Groundwater Banking & Drought Management in California

The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  Ellen Hanak is an economist and water policy specialist with the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research organization that works on […]

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This just in … Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Kern Water Bank: California Officials Failed to Consider Environmental Impacts of Bank Operation (includes court documents)

This just in from the Center for Biological Diversity: “A California judge has struck down the environmental review of the Kern Water Bank, saying state regulators didn’t do enough in 2010 to examine how its operation effects the state’s water resources and wildlife. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley means the state Department of Water Resources will […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Water storage, part 2: A look at California’s successful groundwater management and banking programs

California has long relied on surface reservoirs to manage the state’s fluctuating water supply as evidenced by the over 1300 reservoirs both large and small that dot the landscape – from Redding in the north to San Diego in the south.  However, environmental impacts, evaporation, and other concerns associated with reservoirs and the dams that create them have caused a […]

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