March 17, 2014
by Frances Beinecke
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While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City
A few weeks ago, I got to see Californians experience something they hadn’t in a long time: a downpour.  It was a welcome gift, but it wasn’t enough. Even with the wet … Continue reading

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May 16, 2013
by Kelly Coplin
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Five California Water Districts Lead the Way in Reducing Demands on Imperiled Ecosystems

Kelly Coplin, Water Program Assistant, San Francisco
This April NRDC released an issue paper highlighting five Southern California urban water agencies’ plans to reduce their reliance on water from the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the … Continue reading

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January 24, 2012
by Kate Poole
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How to Deny that Fish Need Water

Kate Poole, Senior Attorney, San Francisco
I recently came across this checklist for global warming deniers on Michael Campana’s post:

Deny global warming.
After global warming is determined to be real, deny that it’s human cause… Continue reading

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December 8, 2011
by Doug Obegi
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BDCP Independent Science Review: Still Not Passing Muster

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco
Just about everyone agrees that the success of BDCP will rely on using sound science to guide the development of a plan for the Delta.   Not surprisingly, both s… Continue reading

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November 7, 2011
by Kelly Coplin
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Bay-Delta Climate Change Study Points to Virtual River as California’s Only Sustainable Solution

Kelly Coplin, Water Program Assistant, San Francisco
Last week USGS scientists and academic colleagues released an integrated assessment, the first of its kind, of how the Bay-Delta ecosystem will respond to climate change.
The authors … Continue reading

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June 11, 2011
by Barry Nelson
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H.R. 1837 Offers No Solutions for California’s Water Challenges

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the June 2 House Subcommittee hearing on Congressman Nunes’ H.R. 1837 was the lack of focus on solutions.  California faces real water ch… Continue reading

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December 2, 2010
by Kate Poole
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A Glimmer of Consensus amidst the Sound and the Fury

We all love a good show, and the foot-stomping theatrics of Westlands and their close allies the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority have captured much of the attention of Bay-Delta watchers over the last week.  But a more interesting and… Continue reading

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December 2, 2010
by Kate Poole
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A Glimmer of Consensus amidst the Sound and the Fury

We all love a good show, and the foot-stomping theatrics of Westlands and their close allies the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority have captured much of the attention of Bay-Delta watchers over the last week.  But a more interesting and… Continue reading

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November 23, 2010
by Kate Poole
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And Now, Will the Real BDCP Project Purpose Please Stand Up….

Predictability, stability, and the confidence that a large chunk of our water supplies (and the heart of California’s aquatic ecosystem) are more than one earthquake away from total collapse – that is what the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is… Continue reading

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October 4, 2010
by Kate Poole
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Recipe For A Solid Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Where men build on false grounds, the more they build, the greater is the ruin.   -Hobbes, Leviathan
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has received much attention lately.  This is a good thing.  We need a comprehensive, long-te… Continue reading

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July 29, 2010
by Barry Nelson
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The State Legislature and Water Agencies Anticipated the State Water Board’s Conclusions

Last week, the State Water Board released a draft report presenting their scientific conclusions regarding the amount of water required to restore a healthy San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem.  The draft report, discussed here, clearly reveals that… Continue reading

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July 20, 2010
by Kate Poole
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What Exactly Is The Purpose of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan?

Bertrand Russell once said that “The greatest challenge . . . is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”  One would think that articulating the problem to be solved with a habitat conservation plan for the Bay-Delta w… Continue reading

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