ELLEN HANAK: Water and the Future of the San Joaquin Valley

Ellen Hanak delivers four priorities for managing the implementation of SGMA in the San Joaquin Valley The San Joaquin Valley is California’s largest agricultural region and an important contributor to the nation’s food supply, producing more than half of the state’s agricultural output.  Irrigated agriculture is the region’s main economic driver and predominant water user. However, the San Joaquin Valley […]

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ELLEN HANAK: Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms

Climate change is having a profound impact on California’s water resources, as evidenced by greater weather extremes, reduced snowpack, higher sea level, and changes in river flows. Models predict that more precipitation will fall as rain instead of snow, exacerbating flood risks and creating additional challenges for water supply reliability. These impacts are expected to intensify in the future.  In […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Upgrading the water grid

In September of 2018, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released the report, Managing Drought in a Changing Climate: Four Essential Reforms, which asserted there are five climate pressures affecting California’s water: Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years.  In response, […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: Ecosystem Water Budgets: A Novel Approach to Managing Water for the Environment

Dr. Jeff Mount has a long history of involvement with science issues in the Delta.  As a professor at UC Davis, he started the Center for Watershed Sciences, which became home to researchers working on the Delta; he was on the first iteration of the Delta Independent Science Board and eventually became its chair; and he has been a very […]

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PPIC POLICY PRIORITIES FOR CA WATER: Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Secretary Karen Ross, Thad Bettner, and Eric Averett discuss how implementation of the state’s historic groundwater legislation is progressing as key deadlines approach The passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014 set a path forward managing groundwater sustainably in California.  The legislation mandates that groundwater be managed locally, and set specific deadlines for groundwater agencies to be formed […]

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PPIC POLICY PRIORITIES FOR CA WATER: Environmental impacts, the Endangered Species Act, and extinction

Phil Isenberg, Jeff Mount, and Kate Poole discuss the Endangered Species Act and the state’s approach to ecosystem restoration Although conditions in 2016 were somewhat wetter than the previous years, the specter of continuing drought keeps water at the top of the state’s policy agenda.  The event, Policy Priorities for California water, hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California […]

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This just in … New PPIC Report: Reforms Would Improve the Way California Allocates Water

Changes urges in oversight of water rights, trading, environmental uses From the Public Policy Institute of California: A set of legal and policy reforms would improve California’s water allocation and water rights systems and strengthen the state’s ability to weather droughts and a changing climate, according to a report released today by the PPIC Water Policy Center. The reforms include […]

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This just in … PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer

Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe threat and wildfire risk is growing to new extremes. […]

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Latest PPIC survey finds majority of Californians say global warming contributing to drought, admit they don’t know how much water they should be saving

From the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC): A solid majority of Californians believe that global warming is already having an impact, and nearly two-thirds of residents say it has contributed to the state’s current drought, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). As Governor Brown and state policymakers seek to further […]

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This just in … PPIC Establishes Water Policy Center; Releases set of 9 water policy briefs

From the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC): The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) today announced the establishment of a water policy center to help meet the state’s urgent need for timely information and innovative water management solutions. The PPIC Water Policy Center is being launched with $9 million in seed funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. […]

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