Keywords:anadromous fish, Central Valley Project (CVP), ecosystem management, endangered species, fisheries, habitat restoration, native fish, Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, State Water Project (SWP), water project operations, water quality
The Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources was established in February 2015 to examine the strategies California could take to...
The Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources was established in February 2015 to examine the strategies California could take to improve water conservation and expand the portfolio of water sources. Given that California rose to the challenge of conservation, the committee turned its attention to alternative water source strategies such as stormwater capture, ocean desalination and water recycling, holding specific hearings to discuss the latter two in greater detail.
This report is the culmination of several hearings held across the state on issues of water use and opportunities for expanding water sources. It includes summaries of expert testimony at those hearings, including illustrative slides from their presentations, as well as a list of key
findings and recommendations compiled by committee staff and approved by the Chair. These findings and recommendations were not voted on by members of the Select Committee and may not reflect the view of each Select Committee member. This report is meant to provide knowledge regarding California’s drought, climate change future, and viability of water sourcing strategies including stormwater capture, water recycling and desalination. This knowledge will be essential in adapting California’s water infrastructure to climate changes and devising the most effective and environmentally friendly approach to endure the next California drought.
In 2014, the California Natural Resources Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior asked the authors of this paper, as four former...
In 2014, the California Natural Resources Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior asked the authors of this paper, as four former leaders of The Delta Science Program, to summarize the challenges faced by water supply and ecological resource managers in this critically important region of Northern California. They concluded that the challenges are so
complex as to meet the definition of a “wicked” problem. Such problems can’t be ignored, defy straightforward characterization, and have no simple solutions. Yet they must be actively managed to maximize
beneficial and minimize adverse outcomes.
In this context, the following paper calls for Delta management to become more nimble and better coordinated.
The State Water Board’s enforcement authority for water right is inconsistent with its broad enforcement authority over water quality matters. The recommendations contained...
The State Water Board’s enforcement authority for water right is inconsistent with its broad enforcement authority over water quality matters. The recommendations contained in this report would enhance the ability of the State Water Board to take appropriate enforcement actions over water right matters.
The results of this effort are organized and presented as follows in this Report: • A review of the Dialogue process that provides...
The results of this effort are organized and presented as follows in this Report:
• A review of the Dialogue process that provides additional details about participating
stakeholders and their perspectives;
• A description of the background and challenges for California’s groundwater management and
current efforts to achieve measurable progress toward sustainable management;
• A set of key Findings; and
• A package of seven policy Recommendations intended to lead to a new state policy for meaningful, measurable improvement in groundwater management within realistic timeframes.
The Recommendations in this report reflect the best judgments of CWF about what is needed to achieve sustainable groundwater management while keeping decision making primarily at local and regional levels. CWF remains committed to a constructive public discussion about this critical issue and, ultimately, to meaningful legislative and policy actions.