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Resistance is futile: Inevitable changes to water management in California

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” — anonymous By Jay Lund and Ellen Hanak Water policy in California has always been about making and resisting change. The gold mining period, the growth of agriculture and cities, and today’s environmental … Continue reading

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Some springtime reading on California water

Jay R. Lund, Director, Center for Watershed Sciences and the Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, University of California – Davis California is a wonderful place to study water, with so many interesting and important problems, many thoughtful and … Continue reading

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Can solid flood planning improve all California water planning?

Jay R. Lund, The Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, University of California – Davis “No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.”  E.L. Kersten The best time to prepare for floods is during a drought. … Continue reading

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Expanding water storage capacity in California

Jay R. Lund, The Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, University of California – Davis “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.” The recent report from the US Bureau of Reclamation on the economic feasibility … Continue reading

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Insights for California water policy from computer modeling

“All models are wrong, but some are useful.” G.E.P. Box By Jay R. Lund California has a very complex water system which is important to many often competing interests and purposes. Because of this, California’s water system will always be … Continue reading

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Some curious things about water management

Jay R. Lund, The Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, University of California – Davis Water management is often very different from what we think intuitively, or what we have been taught. Here are some examples. 1. Most water … Continue reading

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Whither the Delta economy?

Josue Medellín-Azuara, Richard Howitt, Jay Lund – University of California, Davis Ellen Hanak – Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco Today, PPIC and UC Davis released a new report on the economy of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  “Transitions for … Continue reading

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Has human water use peaked in California?

Jay R. Lund, The Ray B. Krone Chair of Environmental Engineering, University of California – Davis Ellen Hanak, Senior Policy Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco For over a century, water planning and policy in California … Continue reading

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Delta science in a post-Wanger world

Jeffrey F. Mount, Founding Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis The Chief Scientist for the Delta has retired.  No, not Cliff Dahm. He’s the Lead Scientist for the Delta Science Program (although he is … Continue reading

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The Stockholm Syndrome in Water Planning in California

Jeffrey F. Mount, Founding Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis “…plans are nothing, planning is indispensable” – Dwight D. Eisenhower “If planning is everything, maybe it’s nothing” – Aaron Wildofsky. We all know the … Continue reading

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