Dr. Peter Gleick: The (past, present, and) future of water

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Dr. Gleick shares his vision for a sustainable water future for California, and gives his recommendations on how to achieve it At the February 27th Planning and Conservation League annual symposium, The Future Is Now, panel discussions and presentations focused on land use, water, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Planning and Conservation League is a non-profit organization […]

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State of Bay Delta Science 2016, part 1: Implementing One Delta, One Science; Delta water management – Where are we and where should we go?

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Dr. Peter Goodwin on the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Delta Science Plan, and Dr. Jay Lund on water management and the Delta The State of Bay-Delta Science 2008 report was the CALFED Science Program’s first extensive effort at compiling, synthesizing, and communicating the scientific understanding of the Delta as it was at the time of its publication. The […]

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Greener Products for Bluer Waters: California’s Safer Consumer Regulations

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New regulations shift responsibility to manufacturers to seek safer alternatives for harmful ingredients in consumer products The Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first of a kind, offering California the opportunity to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world.  The regulations, which took effect in October of 2013,  require manufacturers or other responsible […]

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NRDC Report: Is California Doing Enough to Manage Drought?

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Report Card Assesses State Efforts in 5 Key Areas and Identifies Where Brown Administration is Failing From the Natural Resources Defense Council: A report card released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that the state is making mixed progress, and, in some cases, failing to invest in 21st century solutions that would promote a healthy economy and environment […]

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SGMA implementation: A first look at the emerging Groundwater Sustainability Plan and Alternatives Regulation

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The regulation will address required components of groundwater sustainability plans and how those plans will be evaluated With the first set of regulations now completed, staff at the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program are well underway with development of the second set of regulations which are due by June 1st of 2016. At the November meeting of […]

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Complex water governance in the California Delta

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Dr. Mark Lubell shares his research which is geared at understanding the nature of institutional connectivity and interactions governing the socially and ecologically complex Bay Delta system Dr. Mark Lubell is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, as well as Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.  In the Brown Bag […]

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Environmental groups notify EPA of intent to file suit for violations of the Clean Water Act

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The numerous modifications of the Delta’s water quality standards due to the drought are a violation of federal law, environmental groups say The NRDC, the Defenders of Wildlife, and The Bay Institute have sent a letter to Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, notifying him of their intent to file suit for ‘continuous and intermittent violations […]

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This just in … Governor Brown Signs Water Legislation

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From the Office of the Governor: As California’s historic drought continues, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills to help boost water conservation, strengthen groundwater management and improve water quality: AB 142 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Wild and scenic rivers: Mokelumne River. AB 401 by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Low-Income […]

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

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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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ACWA Panel: The Future of Water Storage and Management in California

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Panel discusses how California’s water storage and management systems can evolve to meet the challenges of the future With the passage of Proposition 1 last November, $2.7 billion was allocated for water storage, setting the stage for significant investments to be made in both surface water and groundwater storage projects. At the spring conference, ACWA held a town hall on […]

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