CALIFORNIA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Utilization of Water Transfers to Recharge Groundwater Basins

Water transfers can be an effective water management tool for providing much-needed flexibility in the allocation and use of water in California.  Water transfers occur for a variety of purposes, including agricultural, municipal and industrial uses; water may also be transferred for environmental purposes such as in-stream flow augmentation and wildlife refuges.  Transfers are particularly useful for meeting critical needs […]

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DR. BRUCE HERBOLD: Delta Flows and the effects of water transfers

Dr. Bruce Herbold is a retired EPA fish biologist and now a consultant on the same issues.  In this presentation from the AquAlliance conference last fall, Dr. Herbold discusses drought, flows in the Delta, and the effects of transfers on the fish in the Delta. Dr. Herbold began by saying that managing water in California is fraught with difficulties, and […]

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News Worth Noting: SGMA basin boundary modification request period now open; Final language of 2016 water priorities ballot initiative; CCWD Board approves water transfer policy principles; Enviro docs for Delta salinity stations refurbishment; Updated Central Valley basin plans

SGMA Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification Request Submission Period Now Open As implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act continues, the first submission period is now open for groundwater sustainability agencies to submit requests to modify the boundaries of the groundwater basins as identified in Bulletin 118. Local agencies have from now until March 31, 2016 to complete their submission. This […]

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Water transfers and the Delta Plan, part 4: The buyers and sellers’ perspective

A panel of buyers and sellers discusses the time frames, procedural considerations, and the overall complexity of water transfers Water transfers are transactions between sellers who may have excess supply or are willing to give up some of their current supplies, and buyers who need additional water supplies to meet their demands. California’s extensive infrastructure makes it possible for those […]

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Water transfers and the Delta Plan, part 3: The environmental perspective

Dr. Bruce Herbold and Sandi Matsumoto discuss the potential impacts of single-year transfers on the Delta’s ecosystem and wildlife During the development of the first Delta Plan, one of the many issues considered by the Delta Stewardship Council was water transfers and their possible impact on the Delta and the coequal goals.  While water transfers are an important tool for […]

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Water transfers and the Delta Plan, part 2: The agency view

DWR’s Bill Croyle and State Water Board’s Tom Howard discuss the water transfers: streamlining the process, recurring single-year transfers, and groundwater substitution transfer concerns During the development of the first Delta Plan which was adopted in 2013, one of the many issues the Delta Stewardship Council addressed was water transfers and their possible impact on the Delta and the coequal […]

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Water transfers and the Delta Plan, part 1: The basics

As the Delta Stewardship Council prepares to revisit the issue of single-year transfers, staff review the basics: the types of water transfers, the risks involved, and current oversight Water transfers are transactions between sellers who may have an excess of supply and are willing to sell some of it temporarily, and buyers who need additional water supplies to meet their […]

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The future of water transfers after the 2014 drought

Panel discusses how the water transfer market fared the drought in 2014, and with another dry year possible, they contemplate the future of water transfers in 2015 At the fall conference of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), one of the most well attended sessions was the panel discussion on water transfers.  Attorneys Andrea Clark, Spencer Kenner, Andrew Hitchings […]

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2014 Water Year in Review, part 2: Urban water conservation, agricultural impacts, water transfers

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions.  In this installment of the coverage, Eric Oppenheimer, Director with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance reviewed the statistics for urban water conservation; Dr. Richard Howitt, […]

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Shopping for water: How the market can mitigate water shortages in the American West

In October of 2014, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, which brought together government and agency officials with policy experts to discuss the release of new papers highlighting opportunities from improving water management in the West. While California’s current drought is quite severe, it’s onset has […]

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