January 22, 2014
by Doug Obegi
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We’re All in this Drought Together (Unless Congressman Nunes Sacrifices the Environment First)

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco
Drought is a natural occurrence and a fact of life in California.  And climate change is likely to make the challenges of drought even more difficult.  While we … Continue reading

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March 26, 2013
by Kate Poole
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Reduced Reliance on the San Francisco Bay-Delta Means Taking Less Water Than Today

Kate Poole, Senior Attorney, San Francisco
A couple weeks ago, the State of California released the first of three installments describing its new draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) for restoring the Bay-Delta estuary.  The s… Continue reading

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March 15, 2012
by Jacob Scherr
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Doing More with Less: Why America Can Lead the World toward Sustainable Cities

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC
This post is co-authored by Philip Goo, a member of NRDC’s Global Strategy and Advocacy team, and Marissa Ramirez, who works on NRDC’s Sustainable Communities initiative… Continue reading

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February 3, 2012
by Barry Nelson
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Southern California’s New Wave of Local Water Supplies

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco
Last week, the Luskin Center at UCLA sponsored a conference called “The Future of Water in Southern California.” The conference lived up to its ambitious titl… Continue reading

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December 13, 2011
by Barry Nelson
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How Reducing Dependence on Delta Water Creates Jobs in Southern California

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco
Last Tuesday, the Economic Roundtable released a report evaluating the economic benefits of local water supply projects in the Los Angeles area.   The report pr… Continue reading

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February 16, 2011
by Barry Nelson
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The House Budget Chooses the Path to Water Policy Gridlock

The Republican budget, which is being debated on the House floor, includes a simple choice about the path forward on water issues in California.  Unfortunately, the bill proposes to pick the path of conflict and gridlock, rather than of cooperatio… Continue reading

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December 2, 2010
by Barry Nelson
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A Water Agenda for Governor Brown – Tapping into the Virtual River

Thanks to policies put in place when Governor Brown last led California, California’s per capita energy consumption has remained flat over the past 30 years, while use by the rest of the nation increased by 50 percent.  This leadership has r… Continue reading

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November 29, 2010
by David Pettit
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Air Pollution On Three Continents

A Jewish guy and a Chinese guy are sitting on a park bench, talking.  After a while, the Chinese guy says “You know, we have a 4,000 year old civilization.”  The Jewish guy replies “Yes, I know; and we have a 5,000 year old … 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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