Maven’s Minutes: Water storage, part 2: A look at California’s successful groundwater management and banking programs

California has long relied on surface reservoirs to manage the state’s fluctuating water supply as evidenced by the over 1300 reservoirs both large and small that dot the landscape – from Redding in the north to San Diego in the south.  However, environmental impacts, evaporation, and other concerns associated with reservoirs and the dams that create them have caused a […]

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Water Storage in California, part 1: An Overview

On March 20, 2013, the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis held an informational hearing titled “The Science of Storing Water.”  The hearing featured DWR’s Kamyar Guivetchi giving an overview of water storage in California, presentations on the operations of three groundwater banking programs, and a panel discussion on the future of water storage.  […]

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California Water Commission: Will the state meet its 20×2020 water conservation goal? Plus an update on SWP contract negotiations, the public benefits of water storage projects, a Statewide Water Action Plan and more

Legislation passed in 2009 set an ambitious target for statewide water conservation: a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use by the year 2020, but will the state meet the goal?  Manucher Alemi updated the California Water Commission on the state’s progress towards the conservation goal at the Commission’s August 21st meeting.  Also on the agenda, an update on […]

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Assembly Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife’s informational hearing on the framework for a water bond

On August 15, the Assembly Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife held an informational hearing to gather public comment as they continue to work on developing a new water bond, titled “The Clean Drinking Water & Climate Change Response Act of 2014,” to address California’s water infrastructure needs. “What we’re here to do today is to present our framework for […]

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Raising Shasta Dam: Reclamation releases the Draft Environmental Impact Statement; public review period begins

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for raising Shasta Dam, opening up a 90-day public comment and review period.  The draft EIR evaluates five different alternatives that would raise the dam from 6.5 feet to 18.5 feet, enlarging the reservoir by 256,000 to 634,000 acre-feet.  A  no-action alternative is analyzed as well. Reclamation says the project, formally called the Shasta Lake […]

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The California Water Commission hears an update on dam safety

With so many dams in California and the current dismal budget climate, perhaps you might have been concerned about the status of the state’s dam safety program?  Or maybe you hadn’t thought of it, but with over 1250 dams in California, it’s no doubt an important  issue. Today’s Maven’s Minutes covers the presentation that David Gutierrez, DWR’s Chief of the […]

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