Tag Archives: water management

The banality of California’s ‘1,200-year’ drought

By Jay Lund California’s ongoing drought will continue to break records and grab headlines, but it is unlikely to be especially rare from a water policy and management perspective. Estimates of the current drought’s rarity range from once in 15 … Continue reading

Posted in Drought, Planning and Management | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

How to manage drought: Ask an economist

The economics of water scarcity is crucial to sustainable water management, particularly during droughts. California has long benefited from the insights of economists, though their ranks in state water agencies are thinning. Luckily, California has a wealth of young, talented … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Drought, Groundwater, Planning and Management | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Making the most of little water — with spreadsheets

By Jenny Ta and Joshua Viers It seems inevitable that increasing numbers of California farmers will see their claims to surface water suspended this growing season as the drought persists into a fourth year. The State Water Resources Control Board said … Continue reading

Posted in Drought, Planning and Management | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Getting through the dry times

California’s economy overall is weathering the worst drought in decades remarkably well, thanks in part to groundwater use and water market transfers. But as a recent UC Davis study noted, the resilience is tenuous because groundwater is treated like an … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Weathering the drought by drawing down the bank

By Richard Howitt, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan and Jay Lund Today, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences economists join the California Department of Food and Agriculture in releasing a second, more comprehensive and forward-looking report estimating the effects of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Beyond bonds: Funding the governor’s Water Action Plan

Ellen Hanak, Brian Gray, Jay Lund, David Mitchell, Caitrin Chappelle, Emma Freeman, Dean Misczynski, James Nachbaur In late January, Gov. Jerry Brown released the California Water Action Plan, which outlines 10 strategic priorities for putting the state on a more … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Drought’s No. 1 lesson: Modernize water management

Jeff Mount, Ellen Hanak, Bruce Cain, Caitrin Chappelle, Richard Frank, Brian Gray, Richard Howitt, Katrina Jessoe, Jay Lund, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Peter Moyle, Leon Szeptycki and Buzz Thompson This year’s drought is testing how well California manages water during severe dry … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Where did all that water go? Some dry numbers on today’s drought

By Greg Gartrell Various water interests lately have been blaming operators of California’s state and federal water projects for worsening this year’s drought. The claims appearing in news stories run along these lines: They exported far more water than they … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Funding water services in California

By Ellen Hanak, Brian Gray, Jay Lund, David Mitchell, Caitrin Chappelle, Andrew Fahlund, Katrina Jessoe, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Dean Misczynski, James Nachbaur and Robyn Suddeth The current drought has brought renewed calls for more conservation, reservoirs, recycled water use, stormwater capture and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why give away fish flows for free during a drought?

By Jay Lund, Ellen Hanak, Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Brian Gray, Jeffrey Mount and Katrina Jessoe With California in a major drought, state and federal regulators will be under pressure to loosen environmental flow standards that protect native fish. This happened … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments