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”

New Policy Sets Rules for Marijuana Growers to Protect California Water

California’s State Water Board recently passed new policies that will regulate water impacts from marijuana growing operations. Erin Ragazzi and Scott Couch of the Water Board discuss the challenges. Written by Ian Evans Published on Nov. 7, 2017 On October 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted new environmental policies to regulate how marijuana growing … Continue reading “New Policy Sets Rules for Marijuana Growers to Protect California Water”

Deciphering dueling analyses of clean water regulations

To All, This is a short policy forum piece from Science worth reading to see the arguments fabricated by the Trump administration to overturn the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. This is the rule that addresses the reach of the Clean Water Act. How far does it extend into wetlands, if at all. … Continue reading “Deciphering dueling analyses of clean water regulations”

The Chore of Understanding Water Rights Just Got a Little Easier

It is notoriously difficult to access and interpret information on water rights. Water Sage, a new web-based service now offered in California, aims to take the sting out of this task for individuals and institutions alike. Written by Matt Weiser Published on Apr. 11, 2017 Who owns the water? And how much do they use? These are simple questions. … Continue reading “The Chore of Understanding Water Rights Just Got a Little Easier”

Drought Emergency Ends in California; Here’s What’s Next

Celebrating the end of the drought will be short-lived, as state officials stressed that California continue along its course to improve conservation and efficiency to prepare for future droughts. Written by Tara Lohan Published on Apr. 9, 2017 As Northern California inched closer on Friday to breaking the record for the wettest water year in California’s recorded history, Gov. … Continue reading “Drought Emergency Ends in California; Here’s What’s Next”

Defend the Clean Water Rule–take action here.

On June 27, 2017, the Trump administration officially proposed to dismantle the Clean Water Rule. This would remove protections of the Clean Water Act for half our nation’s streams, which help provide drinking water to 1 in 3 Americans. The proposal is now officially published in the federal register. Comments must be received on or … Continue reading “Defend the Clean Water Rule–take action here.”

Your Caffeine Habit May Be Harming Waterways, Wildlife

Recent testing has found low levels of caffeine, even in relatively remote waterways around the West. Studies show it may be harmful to some wildlife species, but more research is needed. Written by Matt Weiser Published on Jun. 5, 2017 Read time Approx. 5 minutes What would we do without caffeine? Millions of Americans rely … Continue reading “Your Caffeine Habit May Be Harming Waterways, Wildlife”

The Challenge of Measuring Groundwater in California’s Central Valley

A new study estimates that around 9.5 cubic miles of groundwater was pumped from the region during the state’s five-year drought to make up the shortage from surface water supplies. Written by Ian Evans Published on Jun. 2, 2017 Read time Approx. 4 minutes During droughts, groundwater pumping is increased to make up for losses … Continue reading “The Challenge of Measuring Groundwater in California’s Central Valley”