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  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream in California.

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    SWIFT Working Group, American Rivers, Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Scott River Water Trust, River Right, Alford Environmental | March 1, 2016...
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    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream...

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  • Background and Recent History of Water Transfers in California

    Background and Recent History of Water Transfers in California

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR), State Water Resources Control Board | July 1, 2015...
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    The purpose of this paper is to provide a basic understanding of water transfers in California with an emphasis on transfers that move...

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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...
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    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’s First Farmer-Led Groundwater Market

    California’s First Farmer-Led Groundwater Market

    The Nature Conservancy | July 12, 2018...
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    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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  • 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...
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    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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  • Colorado River Basin Environmental Transfers Scorecard

    Colorado River Basin Environmental Transfers Scorecard

    Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West | March 16, 2017...
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    The Colorado River and its tributaries support more than 35 million people and irrigate more than four million acres of farmland. At the...

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  • Draft EIR Monterey Amendment to the State Water Project Contracts (Including Kern Water Bank Transfer) and Associated Actions as Part of a Settlement Agreement (Monterey Plus)

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    Draft EIR Monterey Amendment to the State Water Project Contracts (Including Kern Water Bank Transfer) and Associated Actions as Part of a Settlement Agreement (Monterey Plus)

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | April 1, 2015...
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    The California Department of Water Resources (Department), as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), prepared the environmental impact report...

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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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