Tipping Points: How 2016 Will Shape California’s Water Future

Key water planning decisions in 2016 will determine California’s water management and infrastructure for decades to come. The Union of Concerned Scientists is working to shine a light on these big water policy decisions, and to help scientists and the public get involved in these critical deliberations.

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Leave California’s ‘New’ Water in the Ground

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California media have been heralding the discovery of “new water” in deep aquifers as a possible solution to the state’s ongoing drought and water shortages. Accessing these waters, however, would be extremely expensive due to their great depth and poor quality. Read more >

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Draft Groundwater Regulations Don’t Make the Grade: Water Commission Calls Out “Substantial” Loophole

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Last week’s California Water Commission meeting should serve as a wake-up call to everyone interested in more sustainable groundwater management. Commissioners called out a “substantial” loophole in the draft regulations large enough to overwhelm the intent of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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The Devil Is in the Details: Forming California’s New Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

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“We Don’t Do Groundwater,” the title began, and until recently, that was true—in spite of the immense importance of the resource. Outside of a few urban areas in coastal southern California, California groundwater use regulation was largely an oxymoron. Read more >

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: New California Groundwater Regulations Missing Metrics to Define Sustainability

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The landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) now has draft regulations available for public comment. They are a mix of good, bad, and ugly. Read more >

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Tipping Points: How 2016 Will Shape California’s Water Future

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Today, draft regulations were posted for public comment that will determine how billions of dollars from the water bond (Proposition 1) will be given out to fund new water infrastructure projects.

The requirements for vetting these projects should include using the best available climate science, but right now, they don’t.

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