State puts up a roadblock for desert water project

Law requires new environmental review of Cadiz plan to pump from Mojave aquifer. By Phil Willon SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom has thrown another roadblock in front of a long-fought venture to pump and market groundwater from the Mojave Desert, leaving the Cadiz Inc. project facing a new set of state environmental reviews. Newsom signed … Continue reading “State puts up a roadblock for desert water project”

Who owns groundwater? Lawsuit seeks to answer the question

June 21, 2019By Christina Coxchristina@theacorn.com A case making its way through Santa Barbara County Superior Court is challenging the amount of water farm owners can pump from a groundwater basin that sits below Moorpark. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago, in March 2018, by a group of Ventura County landowners and agricultural … Continue reading “Who owns groundwater? Lawsuit seeks to answer the question”

California’s Public Trust Doctrine Draws Attention in the Courts

February 1, 2019 Legal Notes by Christian Mars The common law public trust doctrine in California has long played an important role in protecting navigable waters and waterfronts for the purposes of public use and enjoyment, such as commerce, navigation, fisheries, recreation and preservation. Cities periodically encounter the doctrine when: Administering tideland grants; Maintaining or operating … Continue reading “California’s Public Trust Doctrine Draws Attention in the Courts”

A massive aquifer lies beneath the Mojave Desert. Could it help solve California’s water problem?

“Cadiz hopes to pump 16.3 billion gallons of water from the desert each year, equivalent to 50,000 acre-feet. A required environmental assessment, paid for by the company, found that 32,000 acre-feet of water would naturally recharge the aquifer each year, an 18,000-acre-foot annual deficit that Cadiz acknowledges would last for the project’s 50-year life. The assessment … Continue reading “A massive aquifer lies beneath the Mojave Desert. Could it help solve California’s water problem?”

New Platform Offers Resources and Engagement Tools for California Water Agencies and Communities

Website provides a one-stop shop for information on the state’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sept. 18, 2018) Maven’s Notebook, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford’s Program on Water in the West (WitW), launched a new website today at www.groundwaterexchange.org to provide a central hub of science-based information related to … Continue reading “New Platform Offers Resources and Engagement Tools for California Water Agencies and Communities”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects the argument that California’s Sustainable … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater RICHARD FRANK, August 29, 2018 The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Areas Of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) Version 3: A California Department Of Fish And Wildlife Conservation Analysis Tool

PRESENTED BY MELANIE GOGOL-PROKURAT: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) project is a non-regulatory tool that brings together the best available map-based data in California to depict biodiversity, significant habitats, connectivity, climate change resilience, and other datasets for use in conservation planning. ACE compiles and analyzes information from … Continue reading “Areas Of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) Version 3: A California Department Of Fish And Wildlife Conservation Analysis Tool”

Project to Study Climate Effects on California Water Systems from Headwaters to Groundwater

Posted: January 11, 2018 To address future climate change effects on water resources, scientists at five UC campuses, and Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories will study California’s water systems, from the headwaters in the Sierra Nevada, through rivers, reservoirs and groundwater in the Central Valley. The goal is to provide information to optimize water … Continue reading “Project to Study Climate Effects on California Water Systems from Headwaters to Groundwater”

Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States

Six western states now allow recreational use of marijuana, creating a huge new legal market for cannabis farmers. But the implications for water supplies remain a big unknown. “It looks like a mess right now,” one expert says. Written by Matt Weiser Published on  Jan. 3, 2018 Read time Approx. 10 minutes States throughout the West have rushed to legalize … Continue reading “Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States”