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  • Adaptive Management for Ecosystem Restoration: Analysis and Issues for Congress

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    Adaptive Management for Ecosystem Restoration: Analysis and Issues for Congress

    Congressional Research Service | March 4, 2011...
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    Adaptive management is the process of incorporating new scientific and programmatic information into the implementation of a project or plan to ensure that...

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  • Cal-EPA: An Umbrella for the Environment

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    Cal-EPA: An Umbrella for the Environment

    Little Hoover Commission | June 1, 1991...
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    Cal-EPA was created to consolidate environmental programs and concentrate on vigorous enforcement of environmental regulations. The report discusses risk assessment activities, uniform permit...

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  • CalFed: Still Imperiled, Still Important

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    CalFed: Still Imperiled, Still Important

    Little Hoover Commission | November 17, 2005...
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    The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday recommended overhauling how state and federal agencies are managing the massive, multibillion-dollar effort to restore the Bay-Delta...

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  • Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy Guidelines and Procedures

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    Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy Guidelines and Procedures

    Bureau of Reclamation | February 2, 2017...
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    The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) prepared the Central Valley Project (CVP) Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water Shortage Policy (WSP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)...

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  • Clearer Structure, Cleaner Water: Improving Performance and Outcomes at the State Water Boards

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    Clearer Structure, Cleaner Water: Improving Performance and Outcomes at the State Water Boards

    Little Hoover Commission | January 1, 2009...
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    The Little Hoover Commission on Thursday urged the governor and the Legislature to reform the State Water Resources Control Board and nine Regional...

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  • Desalination and Membrane Technologies: Federal Research and Adoption Issues

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    Desalination and Membrane Technologies: Federal Research and Adoption Issues

    Congressional Research Service | January 2, 2015...
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    In the United States, desalination and membrane technologies are used to augment municipal water supply, produce high-quality industrial water supplies, and reclaim contaminated...

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  • Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resources Management

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    Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resources Management

    Congressional Research Service | February 9, 2009...
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    The federal government owns about 650 million acres (29%) of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States. Four agencies administer...

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  • Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for the Final Rule Defining “Harm” in the Definition of “Take” in the ESA

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    Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for the Final Rule Defining “Harm” in the Definition of “Take” in the ESA

    National Marine Fisheries Service | October 1, 1999...
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    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is issuing a final rule defining the term "harm" contained in the definition of "take" under the...

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  • Fishes, Hydrology, and Ecology of the Klamath River Basin

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    Fishes, Hydrology, and Ecology of the Klamath River Basin

    National Academies Press | February 11, 2008...
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    The Klamath River basin in southern Oregon and northern California is the focus of a prominent conflict over competing uses for water in...

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  • Flood-Risk Reduction and Resilience: Federal Assistance and Programs

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    Flood-Risk Reduction and Resilience: Federal Assistance and Programs

    Congressional Research Service | November 15, 2017...
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    Recent flood disasters have raised congressional and public interest in not only reducing flood risks, but also improving flood resilience, which is the...

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  • Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

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    Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

    Public Policy Institute of California | January 26, 2016...
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    The federal government is deeply involved in western water. It is the largest landowner, major supplier of irrigation, principal supporter of the farm...

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  • Indian Reserved Water Rights Under the Winters Doctrine: An Overview

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    Indian Reserved Water Rights Under the Winters Doctrine: An Overview

    Congressional Research Service | June 8, 2011...
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    Although the federal government has authority to regulate water, it typically defers to the states to allocate water resources within the state. The...

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  • Indian Water Rights Settlements

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    Indian Water Rights Settlements

    Congressional Research Service | March 27, 2017...
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    In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government pursued a policy of confining Indian tribes to reservations. These reservations were...

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  • Indian Water Rights Settlements

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    Indian Water Rights Settlements

    Congressional Research Service | November 27, 2017...
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    This report provides an overview of Indian water rights settlements. It analyzes issues surrounding water rights settlements and the negotiation process, as well...

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  • Invasive Species: Major Laws and the Role of Selected Federal Agencies

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    Invasive Species: Major Laws and the Role of Selected Federal Agencies

    Congressional Research Service | January 17, 2017...
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    In the United States, numerous federal and interagency efforts share responsibilities regarding invasive species. Among the federal agencies involved are the Departments of...

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  • Klamath Basin Settlement Agreements

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    Klamath Basin Settlement Agreements

    Congressional Research Service | October 21, 2015...
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    The Klamath River Basin on the California-Oregon border is a focal point for local and national discussions on water allocation and species protection....

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  • Klamath River Basin Issues: An Overview of Water Use Conflicts

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    Klamath River Basin Issues: An Overview of Water Use Conflicts

    Congressional Research Service | June 13, 2002...
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    Severe drought in 2001 affected the Klamath River Basin, an area on the California-Oregon border, exacerbating competition for scarce water resources and generating...

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  • Natural Resources Policy: Management, Institutions, and Issues

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    Natural Resources Policy: Management, Institutions, and Issues

    Congressional Research Service | January 17, 2007...
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    Natural resources management remains a significant issue for the federal government. Growing demands on the nation’s resources and interest in their protection and...

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  • Overview of Management and Restoration Activities in the Salton Sea

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    Overview of Management and Restoration Activities in the Salton Sea

    Congressional Research Service | November 24, 2013...
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    Efforts to restore the Salton Sea ecosystem have been discussed and initiated through state and federal actions. Several studies by state and federal...

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  • Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Trout: Managing Under the Endangered Species Act

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    Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Trout: Managing Under the Endangered Species Act

    Congressional Research Service | November 30, 2012...
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    Along the Pacific Coast, 28 distinct population segments of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout are listed as either endangered or threatened under the...

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