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Wallace Weir: A New Beginning in California’s River Management

Water Deeply | October 18th, 2016

Think of the Delta floodplain as a giant bathtub. Now imagine you’ve got a plug that you can insert or take out at will, allowing you to control the amount of water that fills up the plain, creating ideal conditions to grow the aquatic plant life that supports salmon and other fish species. Finally, imagine that you can do all this without causing any harm to Central Valley farmers. Read more »

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What Falling Water Conservation Numbers Mean for California

October 14th, 2016

Published in WATER DEEPLY

California’s drought may not be over, but a troubling number of residents – and the suppliers that deliver water to them – appear to be acting like it is. Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board announced that, compared to 2013 numbers, urban water conservation dropped from 27 percent in August 2015 to 17.7 percent this past August. It’s a clear sign that voluntary reduction targets aren’t having the same effect as the 25 percent statewide mandatory cuts issued by Gov. Jerry Brown a year and half ago, which were lifted in June.

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Why California May Ban New Small Water Agencies

September 22nd, 2016

Published in WATER DEEPLY

California’s goal of ensuring universal access to safe drinking water, as mandated in the 2012 Human Right to Water Bill, will come a step closer to being met if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new measure into law that halts the creation of new small, unsustainable ­– and in many cases dangerous – water districts in the state. Read more »

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Plan to Save Delta Smelt Faces Tough Road

July 20th, 2016

Published in WATER DEEPLY

When a coalition of California and federal agencies announced a new Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy last week, the ambitious plan to save the region’s nearly extinct fish grabbed headlines. But whether most, or even parts, of the comprehensive program can realistically put in place the changes needed to rescue this endangered native species is another question. Read more »

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Scientists: Culling Predator Fish Won’t Save Salmon

July 6th, 2016

Published in WATER DEEPLY

The struggle between endangered fish and thirsty California farmers requires an urgent answer. But for many, the Save Our Salmon (SOS) Act just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives isn’t it. Read more »

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