BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Viewing estuaries from a ‘macroscope’: How global, regional, and local processes affect the San Francisco Bay and Delta

There has been an ongoing conversation about the importance of thinking about the San Francisco Estuary holistically as a connected system, rather than siloing the Bay, Delta, and watersheds.  The system is connected, after all, and it is important not to ignore the influence they have on each other. However, the connections just don’t end at the Golden Gate.  The […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: The Quiet Death and Imminent Rebirth of a Water Bond

This commentary written by Jon Christensen. A concerted effort to put a $4 billion bond measure for safe drinking water, drought preparation, wildfire prevention, and climate resilience on the March 2020 ballot in California died quietly in the state legislature last week. But the bond measure proposal will rise again early in the new year and is expected to pass […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Legal Framework: ‘All the acronyms you need to know’

Panel of lawyers dive into the web of laws affecting water in the Delta: The state and federal endangered species acts, water quality control planning, the Delta Reform Act, best available science, and more … The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a complex place on so many levels: physically, ecologically, hydrologically – and most especially legally.  There is a complex web […]

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SAC PRESS CLUB: Droughts, Tunnels & Clean Water: A Conversation on California Water Policy

Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Jeff Kightlinger, and Jennifer Pierre discuss the Delta tunnel project, the long-awaited biological opinions, SB 1, voluntary agreements, and the relationship between the Newsom and Trump administrations Recently, the Sacramento Press Club hosted a panel discussion on the future of California water featuring Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Metropolitan General Manager Jeff Kightlinger, and State Water Contractors General Manager […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Integrated Regional Water Management – Helping Create a Balanced Portfolio for our Water Future

Guest commentary from the IRWM Roundtable of Regions: Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) represents a construct for collaborative water resource management, holistically addressing the issues and differing perspectives of all entities involved in water management through mutually beneficial solutions.  The IRWM Program is managed by the Department of Water Resources, and implemented at regional and local scales state-wide. Among the […]

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CV-SALTS: An overview of the salt and nitrate permitting changes proposed for the Central Valley

The State Water Resources Control Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (the meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date) to consider adopting a resolution approving the proposed Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s amendments to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basin Plan and the Tulare Lake Basin Plan to […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Salmon predation in the Delta

Study results suggest removing predators won’t address the problem, but removing submerged aquatic vegetation might At the May meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Alison Collins, Senior Resource Specialist for Metropolitan, presented the results of a recent study looking at the effects of predation on juvenile salmon.  The study was funded by Metropolitan Water District and the Department […]

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CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: An overview of California water rights

California water law is complex, governed by both state and federal law, part property law and part environmental law. Adding to this complexity is the existence of a large number of federal, state and local agencies which play a role in the allocation and management of the state’s water resources. At the 2019 California Water Law Symposium, Professor Dave Owen […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Synthesis within the Interagency Ecological Program: Growing to Meet Increasing Needs

The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) is a consortium of State and federal agencies that has been conducting cooperative ecological investigations since the 1970s. The IEP relies upon multidisciplinary teams of agency, academic, nongovernmental organizations, and other scientists to conduct collaborative and scientifically sound monitoring, research, modeling, and synthesis efforts for various aspects of the aquatic ecosystem. In 2018, the Delta […]

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FEATURE: Reactivating our floodplains: A new way forward

Panel of experts discuss how reactivating the floodplains can provide habitat and food for native fish and for migrating birds, and highlights the many projects and opportunities in the Sacramento Valley Nearly the entire Sacramento Valley floor is part of the historic floodplain that once supported robust fish and wildlife populations.  As the Sacramento Valley was settled and farming began, […]

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