January 16, 2013
by Barry Nelson
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Coalition Releases a New Portfolio-Based Conceptual Alternative for the Bay-Delta

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco
Today, a diverse coalition of environmental and business groups and urban water agencies released a new “portfolio-based” conceptual alternative to meet the e… Continue reading

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December 12, 2012
by Barry Nelson
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The Start of a New Era – The Colorado River Basin Study

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco
Today, the Bureau of Reclamation released a landmark Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study that has the potential to mark a new era in the management of the … Continue reading

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November 18, 2012
by Kate Poole
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Perpetuating the Illusion of Water Abundance

Kate Poole, Senior Attorney, San Francisco
My colleague Ed Osann blogged recently about how new tiered water rates approved by the California Public Utilities Commission will allow water users to save money and make better use of our sc… Continue reading

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June 21, 2012
by Barry Nelson
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Pipe Dreams – The Explosion of Proposed Pipeline Project in the Colorado River Basin

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco
One of the surprising conclusions of NRDC’s new paper on proposed western water pipelines is the number of such proposals in the Colorado River Basin.   W… Continue reading

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June 11, 2012
by Barry Nelson
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Different Approaches to Finding Solutions for the Colorado River and the Bay-Delta

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco
The two largest river systems and water sources in the arid West are the Colorado River and the San Francisco Bay-Delta.  Both face growing challenges, shaped in sig… Continue reading

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March 2, 2012
by Kate Poole
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A Victory for Central Valley Salmon

Kate Poole, Senior Attorney, San Francisco
Today, the Ninth Circuit ruled, once again, that Westlands Water District and other junior Central Valley Project (CVP) water users in the San Joaquin Valley are only entitled to “surplus… 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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November 2, 2011
by Kelly Coplin
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Building Rivers: A Million Toilets Can’t Be Wrong

Kelly Coplin, Water Program Assistant, San Francisco

Building Rivers Blog Series

A New Era of California Water Solutions

Santa Monica and Other Cities Increase Water Self-Reliance

The Yolo Bypass – Hiding in Plain Sigh… Continue reading

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September 27, 2011
by Sustainability
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Why a Former GE CSO Is Taking the Plunge to a Water Startup

GE Power & Water’s outgoing chief sustainability officer, Jeff Fulgham, is headed to Banyan Water after more than two decades at GE, hoping to create a growth business by saving water for big water users. Continue reading

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August 18, 2011
by Monty Schmitt
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Oil Shale Development and Western Water Supply: A House of Cards…

Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, San Joaquin River Project Manager, San Francisco At a time when management of the Colorado River Basin water supply is facing unprecedented challenges due to over allocation and climate change, energy companies are prop… Continue reading

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August 18, 2011
by Barry Nelson
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Between a Rock and a Dry Place – The Potential Impacts of Oil Shale Development on Colorado River Water Supplies

Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, San Francisco The Colorado River flows as a slender thread through one of the driest regions in America.   In addition to supporting natural beauty, recreation and critical ecosystems, the r… Continue reading

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April 11, 2011
by Doug Obegi
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Important Facts for Today’s Congressional Hearing on California Water Supply

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco This morning, members of the House Energy & Water Subcommittee are holding a hearing in Fresno regarding California’s water supply.  While the committee will hear from one c… Continue reading

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April 1, 2011
by Doug Obegi
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Water Users Turn off the Delta Pumps, and Smelt Protections Require No Water (This is Not an April Fools’ Joke)

Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco Listen to talk radio in California’s Central Valley long enough, and you’ll hear the refrain, “turn on the pumps.”  Of course, the massive pumps in the Bay-De… Continue reading

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March 30, 2011
by Steve Fleischli
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Message to EPA: Time to Modernize America’s Power Plants — Cooling Systems Included

Steve Fleischli, Senior Attorney, Washington, DC Last night, EPA announced a 413-page proposed rule for cooling water intake structures at U.S. power plants.  However, instead of moving toward modernizing America’s power plants and protectin… Continue reading

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February 28, 2011
by Barry Nelson
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Financing the Delta Plan – Conveyance and Urban Users

At the end of 2010, the Schwarzenegger Administration released a draft BDCP plan that received a great deal of attention in the media.  Unfortunately, the Administration’s draft financing plan  for the BDCP received far less attention.&… 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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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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