California Water Plan Update 2018: Managing water resources for sustainability

The draft of the update, just under 50 pages, is a much more trimmed down version of its predecessors and includes cost estimates and funding options; public comment period through January 21st Kamyar Guivetchi is with the California Department of Water Resources, Statewide Integrated Water Management Branch where one of the main activities is updating the California Water Plan every […]

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California Water Plan Update 2018: Envisioning Statewide Water Sustainability

The update to the California Water Plan will be a much shorter and more succinct document than it’s predecessors – and will be finalized by the end of 2018 The California Water Code establishes the California Water Plan as the guiding document for water management in the State.  The California Water Plan is updated by the Department of Water Resources […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the San Francisco Estuary

Otherwise known as the Estuary Blueprint, the plan has 32 actions designed to improve water quality and promote estuarine health The National Estuary Program (NEP) was established to identify, restore, and protect estuaries along the nation’s coasts in through amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987.  The NEP targets a broad range of issues, focusing on improving water quality […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan

The update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan was adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board in August of 2017.  At the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Mike Mierzwa, Chief of the Flood Planning Office for the Department of Water Resources, and John Cain, Director of Conservation for California Flood Management, American Rivers, were on hand […]

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DR. DAVID SEDLAK: Whither the Fourth Water Revolution?

Water 4.0: Developing a water supply portfolio for the future At the 10th annual OC Water Summit held in June, the keynote speaker was Dr. David Sedlak, Co-director of Berkeley Water Center and Director of Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) at the University of California, Berkeley.  He gave the following speech, likening an agency’s water portfolio to a […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: The future of Delta management

Panel at the California Water Law Symposium features Jay Lund, Ellen Hanak, Phil Isenberg, and Erik Vink The Delta is many things to California: It is the largest estuary on the West Coast and is home to hundreds of species, both native and non-native; it is a productive agricultural region; it is a popular recreation area for boaters and for […]

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California Water 2.0: Department officials chart their progress on the California Water Action Plan

Felicia Marcus, Mark Cowin, Gordon Burns, and Chuck Bonham discuss their department’s roles and progress on implementation of the California Water Action Plan Earlier this month, the Brown Administration teamed up with the Association of California Water Agencies to present California Water 2.0: What’s next for the California Water Action Plan? which highlighted the progress made since the release of […]

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The promise and pitfalls of regional planning for special status species

Panel discusses the pros and cons of Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans In recent years in an effort to avoid ‘postage stamp’ conservation, many regional planning efforts have been undertaken that allow for development while at the same time, provide for conservation of habitat and species. Known as Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) under federal endangered species regulations […]

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