Category Archives: Water resources management

How to allocate our scarce most precious resource

Repost: Learn Liberty | Blame outdated rights for California’s water woes.

A good explanation of how regulation differs from litigation, and how California’s water rights differ from other systems.

Source: Learn Liberty | Blame outdated rights for California’s water woes.

Thoughts on “California’s Water System Built for a Climate We No Longer Have” | KQED Science

We just looked at the frequency of different water conditions over the last 15, 35 and 110 years. Over the longer period, wet, “normal” or average, and dry years have occurred in about equal shares, at about one-third each. But over the last 35 years dry conditions have occurred in about half of the years. Over the last 15 years, wet conditions have declined to less than 20% of the years.

We’re also working with Sustainable Conservation on a program that will incentivize growers to use diverted floodwaters to recharge groundwater aquifers below their fields.

California is likely to see more extreme floods and drought with climate change, but the state’s water infrastructure may not be ready.

Source: California’s Water System Built for a Climate We No Longer Have | KQED Science

Reblog: Paul Brown on the “optimization trap” and innovation | MAVEN’S NOTEBOOK

Paul Brown talks about how chasing “optimization” is a fruitless distraction, which I happen to agree with. We should be focused on exploring the consequences of different pathways and how to mitigate significant vulnerabilities.

Source: WATER SMART INNOVATIONS: Speeding up innovation in the water industry | MAVEN’S NOTEBOOK | Water news

Economic Analysis of the 2016 California Drought for Agriculture | California WaterBlog

by Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Richard E. Howitt, Daniel A. Sumner, and Jay R. Lund The drought continues for California’s agriculture in 2016, but with much less severe and widespread i…

Source: Economic Analysis of the 2016 California Drought for Agriculture | California WaterBlog

Maven’s Notebook: Fishing groups win lawsuit to overturn Delta water delivery contracts

This could have far reaching implications about how CVP contracts are renewed.

From the law offices of Stephan C. Volker: On July 25, 2016 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (“PCFFA”) and the San Fra…

Source: MAVEN’S NOTEBOOK – Water news

Maven’s Notebook: “Normative science has a corrosive effect on the entire scientific enterprise”

‘Normative science’ has a corrosive effect on the entire scientific enterprise, says Dr. Robert Lackey These days, scientists in environmental science, natural resources, ecology, conse…

Source: MAVEN’S NOTEBOOK – Water news

Cataloging calls for “water markets”

It’s trendy now to propose water transfers between regions and agriculture to urban uses as the primary solution to California’s drought. While this may not be the “silver bullet” that the proponents believe, I’m starting to catalog the articles I find making these proposals. I’ll hold my commentary until later.

Here’s a San Diego Union-Tribune piece from Erik Telford at the Franklin Institute.

Here’s a Sacramento Bee article from Christopher Thornberg at Beacon Economics.

Here’s another Bee article by Jay Lund, Ellen Hanak and Buzz Thompson at PPIC. And another post by Jay Lund on the many uses.

More from the Bee by Lawrence J. McQuillan and Aaron L. White at the Independent Institute.

A proposal by EDF with five recommendations.

Let me know about others.