‘Hydrologists should be happy.’ Big Supreme Court ruling bolsters groundwater science

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling puts groundwater science at the center of decisions about how to regulate water pollution. Today, in a closely watched case with extensive implications, the court ruled six to three that the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution of underground water that flows into nearby lakes, streams, and bays, as long as … Continue reading “‘Hydrologists should be happy.’ Big Supreme Court ruling bolsters groundwater science”

Groundwater Rules!: We All Live Downstream

March 27, 2020By Jennifer Clary – Program Manager With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we … Continue reading “Groundwater Rules!: We All Live Downstream”

CALIFORNIA WATER | GROUNDWATER

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the Critical Species LookBook (the LookBook) which may be found on the Groundwater Resource Hub.  The LookBook is a compendium of 84 state and federally listed species likely to be affected by groundwater management and merit consideration by Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act … Continue reading “CALIFORNIA WATER | GROUNDWATER”

Maui is urged to withdraw its high-court wastewater appeal

Readers: This is a situation where there is an attempt to continue polluting groundwater and therefore the beaches and ocean where fresh water ends up. You can help by boycotting traveling there and opting to go somewhere else where environmental laws are respected and followed. Or you can send a letter out of outrage using … Continue reading “Maui is urged to withdraw its high-court wastewater appeal”

The Russian River: Managing at the Watershed Level

Gokce SencanSeptember 10, 2019 This is part of a series on issues facing California’s rivers. Water managers across the state face new and more extreme challenges as the climate warms—from balancing the sometimes conflicting needs of urban, agricultural, and environmental water users to reducing risks from fires, floods, and droughts. We talked to Grant Davis, general … Continue reading “The Russian River: Managing at the Watershed Level”

What Does Climate Change Really Mean to California’s Water Resources?

August 6, 2019 Robert Shibatani Guest blogger By Robert Shibatani Whether you are a water utility manager, elected official, or homeowner, future water availability is a concern. There are several factors fostering that concern and one of them is climate change. In fact, these days, climate change is a rapidly growing global hot topic (no … Continue reading “What Does Climate Change Really Mean to California’s Water Resources?”

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?”