A restoration hub for the Delta: Better tools and processes for science-based restoration

Restoration in the Delta has always been challenging, at best. Habitat restoration objectives already number in the tens of thousands of acres, and far more if the Bay Delta Conservation Plan should come to pass. But restoration on a large scale presents many challenges.  The proposed Delta Restoration Hub is an integrative model for planning, implementation, and analysis. intended to address the […]

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Director Chuck Bonham on the response of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the exceptional drought conditions

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Chuck Bonham, Director of the Calfiornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, updated Commission members on the activities of his Department.  In his presentation, he spoke candidly about the difficult choices that the exceptional drought has demanded he and the Department make. “My name is Chuck Bonham, and I have the greatest […]

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State Water Board releases proposed amendment to address desalination facilities

The State Water Resources Control Board has released a proposed amendment for a 45-day public comment period that would amend the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters (Ocean Plan) to address desalination facilities. Desalination is one element in California’s diverse water supply portfolio, and can be a reliable source of water at the regional or local level. Several coastal […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series: A regulator perspective on balancing environmental and economic interests

The 2014 California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the law school’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center,brought together speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how California’s water systems could work to meet both ecosystem and economic objectives.  In this presentation, two environmental law professors and the chief attorney for California’s water […]

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Getting things done in the Delta: The Coalition to Support Delta Projects updates the Delta Stewardship Council on their progress

The Coalition to Support Delta Projects is a diverse group of prominent water stakeholders that came together early in 2012 to explore near-term Delta projects that were widely supported and that would not prejudice the outcome of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta Plan.  In August of 2012, the Coalition Delta Stewardship Council heard a presentation from the […]

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The Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s regulatory assurances discussed at the Delta Stewardship Council meeting

At the February 27th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Carl Wilcox from the Department of Fish and Wildlife gave a briefing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s regulatory assurances. Deputy Executive Officer Dan Ray began by explaining that regulatory assurances are the commitments that the regulatory agencies make that provide a measure of financial and regulatory predictability for the […]

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SDCWA BDCP Workshop: ESA regulations, the environmental review process, and “Baselines 101”

The San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority), a member agency of Metropolitan Water District, is dependent on imported water both from the Delta and the Colorado River for up to 80% of its water supplies.  The Water Authority has been conducting workshops to inform its board members about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). At the October 24 board  […]

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PPIC Panel: Permitting a Solution: Regulatory Oversight in the Delta

In April of 2013, the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for  Healthier Delta Ecosystem, which noted that the state is at a critical juncture with adoption and forthcoming implementation of the first “Delta Plan” and a decision on the BDCP possible by early next year.  “But California still faces an uphill battle to incorporate […]

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