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  • Basin Framework for a Multi-benefit Groundwater Replenishment and Water Trading Program: Groundwater Sustainability Plan Chapter Template

    Basin Framework for a Multi-benefit Groundwater Replenishment and Water Trading Program: Groundwater Sustainability Plan Chapter Template

    Environmental Defense Fund | October 1, 2018...
    Summary

    The following Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) chapter templates were developed by Environmental Defense Fund and New Current Water and Land, LLC to assist...

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  • California Water Reallocation: Where’d You Get That?

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    California Water Reallocation: Where’d You Get That?

    Natural Resources Journal | March 8, 2017...
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    When thirsty, Californians often avoid going to the market for more water. Instead, they might borrow some from their rich neighbors, they might...

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  • California’s First Farmer-Led Groundwater Market

    California’s First Farmer-Led Groundwater Market

    The Nature Conservancy | July 12, 2018...
    Summary

    Ventura County, located in California’s south coast, is one of United States’ most productive agricultural counties (ranked 10th in California and 11th in the...

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  • California’s Water Market, By the Numbers

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    California’s Water Market, By the Numbers

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 17, 2002...
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    Prepared for presentation to the Department of Water Resources, October 2002.

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  • California’s Water Market, By the Numbers, Update 2012

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    California’s Water Market, By the Numbers, Update 2012

    Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | November 21, 2012...
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    This report provides a check-up on California’s progress with two innovative water management tools: water marketing and groundwater banking. These tools are part...

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  • Can Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin Provide a Sustainable Water Supply?

    Can Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin Provide a Sustainable Water Supply?

    The Watershed Institute, California State University Monterey Bay | September 16, 2010...
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    The aquifers underlying the community of Los Osos in California are impaired by nitrate pollution from septic systems (shallow aquifers) and saltwater intrusion...

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  • Central Valley Project (CVP) Water Transfer Program Fact Sheet

    Central Valley Project (CVP) Water Transfer Program Fact Sheet

    U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) | February 1, 2015...
    Summary

    Water transfers and exchanges are an integral part of CVP water operations, particularly in drought years, as long as transfers can occur consistent...

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  • Economic-engineering optimization for California water management

    Economic-engineering optimization for California water management

    American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) | May 15, 2003...
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    An economic-engineering optimization model of California’s major water supply system is presented. The model’s development, calibration, limitations, and results are reviewed. The major...

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  • Goal-based water trading expands and diversifies supplies for enhanced resilience

    In response to rising water scarcity concerns around the world, water utilities are expanding and diversifying their water supply portfolios, including attempting to value and reuse every drop throughout the water cycle. This transition is creating new hybrid infrastructure systems that combine centralized and decentralized sources at various scales. To help strategize and manage these emerging hybrid systems, we introduce a flexible goal-based water-trading framework using a combination of regulatory and market incentives. We apply this framework in a simulation of the San Francisco Bay Area, and test the effects of policy parameters, local preferences and collaboration between utilities. Results show that the option of engaging in an open trading scheme can lead to a more strategic and holistic path to higher regional resiliency through increased diversity in water portfolios, at lower costs than if utilities were tasked with pursuing goals independently. Highest benefits are observed when utilities cooperate in the exchange of information, which highlights the importance of transparency and trust operating in conjunction with regulatory and market forces.

    Goal-based water trading expands and diversifies supplies for enhanced resilience

    Nature Sustainability | February 11, 2019...
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    In response to rising water scarcity concerns around the world, water utilities are expanding and diversifying their water supply portfolios, including attempting to...

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  • Groundwater Exchange Pools and Urban Water Supply Sustainability: Modeling Directed and Undirected Networks

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    Groundwater Exchange Pools and Urban Water Supply Sustainability: Modeling Directed and Undirected Networks

    Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers | August 1, 2018...
    Summary

    Groundwater basins are important sources of water supply and storage for many cities. Groundwater exchange pools offer additional opportunities for utilizing these common...

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