California Water Related

15 Years of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Sciences – Open Access Journal

California WaterBlog - February 3, 2019 - 6:27pm
By Lisa Howard originally published January 21, 2019 When the peer-reviewed journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science launched fifteen years ago, the editors chose what was then a somewhat new model of scientific publication known as “open access.” At … Continue reading →

Droughts and progress – Lessons from California’s 2012-2016 Drought

California WaterBlog - January 27, 2019 - 5:30pm
By Jay Lund, Josue Medellin, John Durand, and Kathleen Stone Droughts and floods have always tested water management, driven water systems improvements, and helped water organizations and users maintain focus and discipline.  California’s 2012-2016 drought and the very wet 2017 … Continue reading →

Improving public perception of water reuse

California WaterBlog - January 20, 2019 - 6:53pm
By Kahui Lim and Hannah Safford Water reuse is becoming more important to water security in arid regions like California. The California Recycled Water Policy calls for an increase of 1 million acre-feet of reused water per year by 2020 … Continue reading →

Shared interest in universal safe drinking water

California WaterBlog - January 13, 2019 - 4:59pm
by Jay Lund Public health is every society’s and every drinking water system’s most fundamental objective.  The prosperity and existence of civilizations rest on drinking water being safe, available and affordable. Prosperity and democracy together seem almost essential to having … Continue reading →

Functional Flows for Developing Ecological Flow Recommendations

California WaterBlog - December 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
by Sarah Yarnell, Alyssa Obester, Ted Grantham, Eric Stein, Belize Lane, Rob Lusardi, Julie Zimmerman, Jeanette Howard, Sam Sandoval-Solis, Rene Henery, and Erin Bray To protect California’s native aquatic species, stream flows need to be managed to support important ecological … Continue reading →

The folly of unimpaired flows for water quality management

California WaterBlog - November 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
by Ann Willis Unimpaired streamflow has long been the benchmark against which current stream flows are evaluated for environmental purposes. The underlying assumption is that if there is water in a stream, the stream must be healthy. A closer look … Continue reading →

Striped Bass in the San Francisco Estuary: Insight Into a Forgotten Past

California WaterBlog - November 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
by Dylan Stompe and Peter Moyle Striped bass are well known throughout California as a hard-fighting game fish, excellent table fare, and a voracious predator on other fish. Striped bass were introduced into the San Francisco Estuary in 1879 and … Continue reading →

Eastern San Joaquin Valley and other CA drinking water supplies at risk in the next drought

California WaterBlog - November 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
by Amanda Fencl, Rich Pauloo, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Hervé Guillon During the 2012-2016 drought, the state received more than 2,500 domestic well failure reports, the majority of which were in the Central Valley (DWR 2018). This left thousands of people without a … Continue reading →

Getting Strategic about Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation in California

California WaterBlog - November 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
by Jeanette Howard, Kurt Fesenmyer, Theodore Grantham, Joshua Viers, Peter Ode, Peter Moyle, Sarah Kupferberg, Joseph Furnish, Andrew Rehn, Joseph Slusark, Raphael Mazor, Nicholas Santos, Ryan Peek, and Amber Wright An essential first step to protect biodiversity is understanding what species … Continue reading →

U.C. Davis Law’s Environmental Law Center Releases Proposition 3 White Paper

California WaterBlog - November 2, 2018 - 2:12pm
by Richard Frank This article originally appeared on Legal Planet on October 31, 2018 The U.C. Davis School of Law’s California Environmental Law & Policy Center has published a detailed analysis of one of the most controversial initiative measures facing … Continue reading →

Opportunities for Science Collaboration and Funding in the Delta

California WaterBlog - October 23, 2018 - 8:57am
by Aston Tennefoss The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) is central to California’s water supply system, and serves a diverse group of stakeholders, including local, state, and federal agencies, elected officials, and water users. Its islands, channels, and wetlands also are … Continue reading →

The Public Trust and SGMA

California WaterBlog - October 7, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Brain Gray In a recent decision in litigation over flows and salmon survival in the Scott River system, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that groundwater pumping that diminishes the volume or flow of water in a navigable … Continue reading →

Water storage successes, failures, and challenges from Proposition 1

California WaterBlog - September 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Jay Lund The California Water Commission recently allocated $2.7 billion from Proposition 1 bonds for eight water storage projects.  Proposition 1 was passed in 2014 to fund a range of projects, including “public purposes” of water storage projects, such … Continue reading →

Water Grabs of California, Explained Simply

California WaterBlog - August 26, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Jay Lund Your water use is a “grab” and a “waste.”  My water use is a nab, and a sacred right.  We all see water the same way, mostly, but from different perspectives. Historically, periods of progress in water … Continue reading →

Science, the Delta, and the future of San Joaquin salmon

California WaterBlog - August 21, 2018 - 10:37am
by Peter B. Moyle I feel fortunate to be a biologist in an era and place, California, where science matters.  Routine scientific studies rarely make headlines but they are relied on by decision makers because they reduce uncertainty, bit by … Continue reading →

Fish managers tasked with ranching? Conservation wins

California WaterBlog - August 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Ann Willis In May, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved $2.4M for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to acquire Shasta Big Springs Ranch on the Shasta River, a tributary to the Klamath River.  This follows a … Continue reading →

Killing Native Fishes for Fun and Predator Control

California WaterBlog - August 5, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Teejay A. O’Rear, John R. Durand, and Peter B. Moyle A recent posting of a short film on a 2017 fishing derby (FISHBIO 2018a) is disturbing to those of us interested in conserving our native fishes.  The film glorifies … Continue reading →

Groundwater exchange pools in Los Angeles: An innovative example of adaptive management

California WaterBlog - July 27, 2018 - 11:40am
by Erik Porse, Kathryn Mika, Stephanie Pincetl, Mark Gold, and William Blomquist Across California, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) are devising plans to reduce long-term overdraft. As part of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, GSAs will submit plans in 2020-2022, … Continue reading →

Indirect Environmental Benefits of Cannabis Cultivation Regulation

California WaterBlog - June 24, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Kathleen Stone The external pressures for cannabis cultivation and the immediate need for water use regulation may provide opportunities for broader, long-sought environmental objectives in California. Specifically, legislation and state programs regulating water use for cannabis cultivation could produce … Continue reading →

SGMA struggles to overcome marginalization of disadvantaged communities

California WaterBlog - June 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
by Kristin Dobbin Small Disadvantaged Communities (DACs), or DACs with less than 10,000 people, have long been disproportionately affected by California’s water management woes such as groundwater overdraft and pollution. Now, new research from the UC Davis Center for Environmental … Continue reading →