ROBERT SHIBATANI: Are California’s Water Operations as Efficient as Claimed?

Part II: How Much Water Was Lost this Spring 2019? This commentary was written by Robert Shibatani. In Part I of this series, we looked at the daily operations of Folsom Reservoir this past winter from January through March to see how much water from the reservoir was released or lost from the system as “spills”. Here in Part II, […]

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PERSPECTIVES: Interview with Susan Tatayon, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council

Ms. Tatayon discusses the role of the Delta Stewardship Council, her goals as chair, and the Delta Plan 5 year review This article was written by Lisa Beutler; it appeared first in The Water Report and is republished here with permission. Susan Tatayon presides over the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), one of a trio of agencies responsible for stewardship of […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Are California’s Water Operations as Efficient as Claimed?

Part I: How Much Water Was Lost this Winter 2019? This post was written by Robert Shibatani. California water users have been consistently frustrated over the seemingly endless water curtailments imposed on them. Over the years, many have speculated on the root causes of these shortages where, everything from a lack of rainfall, to user wastage, to overly generous environmental […]

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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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California Water Crisis: Solutions to wicked problems at massive scales

MWH Facilitator Lisa Buetler discusses how the California Water Plan is approaching California’s ‘wicked’ water problems California’s water system is dependent upon and inextricably intertwined with the variable hydrology, the environment, and the water infrastructure we have built, overlaid with our social values, the state’s economic vitality, and the legal institutions we have developed to deal with all of it. […]

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David Sedlak: 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought

David Sedlak talks about how cities can build reliable water supplies that can withstand drought and climate change As the world’s climate patterns continue to shift unpredictably, places where drinking water was once abundant may soon find reservoirs dry and groundwater aquifers depleted. In this TEDx talk, given by civil and environmental engineer David Sedlak, shares four practical solutions to […]

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Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Committee discusses California Water Fix and the state’s Delta smelt strategy

Staff also presents an overview of Metropolitan’s science efforts in the Delta At the July meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Committee members were briefed on the California Water Fix and the Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy, as well as an overview of Metropolitan’s science efforts. Here’s a recap of what they discussed. UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA WATER FIX Steve […]

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Update on DWR’s Reservoir Reoperation Study

DWR’s Ajay Goyal tells the Delta Stewardship Council that there are benefits to reoperation of the state’s system, but they look to be limited Senate Bill X2 1, passed in 2008,  allocated resources for the planning and feasibility studies to identify potential options for the reoperation of the state’s flood protection and water supply systems that would optimize the use […]

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The Bay Institute responds to Sacramento River Settlement Contractors

Sacramento River Settlement Contractors will receive full deliveries of water this year at the expense of the salmon runs, they say From The Bay Institute, in response to Sacramento River Settlement Contractors frustrated by delay in implementing the Sacramento River operations plan for summer The Bay Institute agrees with the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors that it has taken the Bureau […]

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This just in … Sacramento River Settlement Contractors frustrated by delay in implementing the Sacramento River operations plan for summer

Proposed Shasta Reservoir Releases Focuses Solely on Temperature for Winter Run Eggs; SRSCs Call for More Holistic Approach to Managing Water for Farms, Fish and Birds The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors (SRSCs) have reviewed the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) plan for Sacramento River Operations this summer which is nearly identical to the March 31 plan submitted and approved by the […]

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