Guest commentary: California Water Rights Law: 100 Years and Counting – and Concerned

Written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association The long history of California is embattled with disputes over water diversions for export to other regions. The US Army ran out the Paiutes from the Owens Valley in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region that destroyed the Paiutes quality of life and largely destroyed the environment. The […]

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Guest Commentary: Water conservation target framework flawed, says John Kingsbury with the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association

From John Kingsbury at the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: “On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed framework for meeting the statewide 25 percent water conservation target announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1. The state board identified specific reduction standards for water agencies across California. Under the proposal, water purveyor members […]

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Easter Sunday commentary: Water Today – What about our 7th Generation?

As springtime brings renewal to our mountain watersheds, it is also the time to renew our over-regulated and politically charged California water management system, says John Kingsbury THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF HOLIDAY COMMENTARIES: This year, Maven’s Notebook will be running special commentaries from written by notable people drawing on the theme of the holiday.  I hope […]

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California Weather Blog: Windy and cold weather on the way, with low elevation snow possible in SoCal, then a dry and cold start to the new year

From the California Weather Blog: “After an extremely wet December across much of Northern California, the latter half of the month has been quite dry.     Precipitation during the first few days of the month was so significant, however, that despite an ongoing short-term dry spell, December 2014 will still go down in the record books as among the wettest […]

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When it comes to fish habitat, offers they can refuse

From Estuary News: “The numbers are daunting: 8,000 acres to be restored to fish-friendly tidal habitat in order to comply with federal wildlife agencies’ Biological Opinions; another 65,000 if and when the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan is implemented; more still in mitigation for levee operations. Where will it all come from? Some parcels suitable for restoration are already publicly-owned, but not […]

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California Weather Blog: Much-needed rains return to California (and there’s more to come), but severe long-term drought continues

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: A very impressive winter storm brought widespread heavy rainfall to most of California last week. A strong and moist atmospheric river–with a corridor of enhanced moisture transport extending all the way southwest to the Hawaiian Islands–occurred in conjunction with a rapidly-deepening surface low pressure area off the far NorCal coast, bringing a […]

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California Weather Blog: Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: Very strong storm–perhaps strongest since 2008–will arrive in California late Wednesday The numerical weather models are now in strong agreement that a powerful Pacific winter storm will slam Northern California later this week, bringing very heavy precipitation and very strong winds. In many ways the upcoming event is a textbook major storm […]

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California Weather Blog: Active weather pattern on tap for California; high uncertainty remains regarding precipitation amounts

From the California Weather Blog: “Despite the arrival of substantial early-season rainfall across the far northern portions of the state in recent weeks, nearly all of California has experienced much drier than normal  conditions thus far this fall. In fact, some of the traditionally wetter parts of northern and central California have missed out on nearly 5-10 inches of liquid precipitation […]

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California Weather Blog: A dry start to autumn for most of California as amplified North American pattern continues; Prospects for rain murky

From the California Weather Blog: “A rather extraordinary sequence of atmospheric events has unfolded over the Pacific Ocean and across adjacent North America over the past week or so. The current pattern is strongly reminiscent of the extremely high amplitude wave pattern that dominated most of winter 2013-2014 and the latter half of 2012-2013. While the implications are a little […]

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Mountain Counties showcases water technology

This post was written by guest contributor Roberta Long. Heaven-sent rainfall greeted guests on Wednesday, Oct. 15, when Mountain Counties Water Resources Association presented “Innovative Water Technologies for California” at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom. After three dry years, nearby Folsom Lake was at 65 percent of its average water level and 35 percent of capacity. Looking east, the […]

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