Keywords:Central Valley, Groundwater Exchange, monitoring, nitrates, pesticides, pollutants, water quality
The purpose of this report is to outline the history of the Statements Program and explain recent statutory changes that will enable the...
The purpose of this report is to outline the history of the Statements Program and explain recent statutory changes that will enable the program to more comprehensively fulfill its original intent of providing meaningful information regarding water diversion and use, particularly in the Delta. The report also underscores a serious funding problem that threatens the integrity of the Statements Program and explores issues related to the new requirement for diverters to provide monthly records of water diversion based on the use of best available technologies.
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.
While previous Delta Watermaster reports have dealt mainly with water rights and water supply issues, Water Code section 85230 (d) specifies that reports...
While previous Delta Watermaster reports have dealt mainly with water rights and water supply issues, Water Code section 85230 (d) specifies that reports shall also be submitted on water quality issues and conveyance operations. The use of barriers and gates in the Delta addresses both of these topics.
The California Water Supply and Demand Model (CWSD) examines the ways in which California’s water supply and demand are likely to be affected...
The California Water Supply and Demand Model (CWSD) examines the ways in which California’s water supply and demand are likely to be affected by climate change; its purpose is to serve as a base for quantifying these impacts in economic terms. California’s water future is modeled under conditions of no adaptation to climate change, and under several projected water use adaptation scenarios taken from the literature; climate change adaptation scenarios include water used for energy, the urban or residential sector, and agriculture.
The main CWSD compares key categories of water inputs and outputs on a month-by-month basis to capture seasonality in water availability. A supplementary model allows for the main model’s beginning surface reservoir storage to result from water supply and demand interactions over a stylized previous 100 years. Three areas of water use are both especially critical and vulnerable to climatic change: the energy, agriculture, and urban sectors. In the energy module, water demand is a based on different scenarios of coal, nuclear and renewable power use, conservation technology, state population trends, and projected temperatures. In the agriculture module, crop and animal water use by county is a function of projected summer temperatures by county. In the urban module, residential, industrial/commercial, and public water use are based on projected levels of socio-economic growth.