The Connection between Groundwater and Surface Water

PPIC – When the California Legislature created the “modern” water rights regulatory system more than a century ago, it focused exclusively on surface water, exempting groundwater from the permitting system. Yet in most watersheds, surface water and groundwater are closely linked. Actions that change one often have an impact on the other. The arbitrary legal divide has made it harder to Read More…

Almond Farms Keep Growing, and Keep Moving on Water Conservation

News Deeply – Much was written during California’s recent five-year drought about the amount of water used by almonds. The nuts have become California’s most lucrative agricultural commodity, and a major export product. Long before concerns about water use by almond growers emerged, the industry initiated measures to conserve water by embracing microirrigation systems. It has also Read More…

Denham gets EPA’s ear on state’s Delta water plan

Manteca/Ripon Bulletin – Congressman Jeff Denham is continuing his fight against the State of California’s bid to flush even more water out to the San Francisco Bay from the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. And he’s leaning on some friends in high places that may have the ability to step in and stop what is being called California’s “water grab.” On Thursday Denham – Read More…

USGS Shares Wellspring Of Insight On Groundwater Trends

Water Online – If your customer base is among the 140 million people who depend upon groundwater for drinking water, irrigation, or agriculture, it is important to know whether you can expect the quality of your source water today to be the same tomorrow. Fortunately, a recent update to the first-of-its-kind assessment of trends in groundwater supply has been announced by the U.S. Geological Read More…

The Public Trust and SGMA

California Water Blog – 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 surface stream may violate the public trust. The public trust does not protect groundwater itself. “Rather, the public trust doctrine applies if Read More…

California Voluntarily Cuts Back Colorado River Water Allotment

CBS Sacramento – Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River have reached landmark agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought, including a commitment by California to bear part of the burden before it is legally required to do so, officials said Tuesday. The agreements are tentative and must be approved by multiple states and Read More…

California water and land use leaders aim to protect state’s…

California Economic Summit – Since 2011, California has seen the whipsaw effects of drought and flood—from dam and levee failures and flooded neighborhoods to dry wells, parched fields, and trucked water programs to meet basic human needs. While experts predict that these fluctuations are the new norm, smart water leaders are considering new ways to slow down, capture, and store rainy day Read More…

Prop. 3 would pay for water and habitat projects. Will North State…

Record Searchlight – For the second time this year, California voters will be asked to approve a bond measure to pay for water infrastructure and environmental protection programs. Proposition 3 on the November statewide ballot asks voters to approve $8.9 billion in bonds to pay for water infrastructure and environmental projects. During the June primary election, California voters approved Read More…

California water woes: Ballot measure aims at solutions, but at a…

San Francisco Chronicle – The biggest ticket item on California’s November ballot, tucked between the governor’s race and local elections, is $8.9 billion in bonds to help modernize California’s sprawling waterworks. The measure, which was authored by a former state water director, would fund scores of projects, from shiny new desalination plants to upgrades of old dams and aqueducts to Read More…

Drought on the Colorado – Can We Adapt to Changing Runoff?

News Deeply – Snowmelt is shrinking and runoff is coming earlier on the Upper Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of water for 40 million people in the West. This is leading to vegetation changes, water quality issues and other concerns. But it may be possible to operate reservoirs differently to ease some of these effects. In September’s episode of Deeply Talks, we spoke with Read More…