Water Policy & Law

Aug 14, 2017

Access, power, and money in California groundwater governance

2017-08-30T10:41:06+00:00 Aug 14, 2017|

Author: Faith Kearns Casey Walsh is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses in part on ways water, land, and labor have been organized to produce commodities in arid areas. He wrote a socioeconomic and cultural history, Building the Borderlands, of irrigated cotton agriculture in northeastern Mexico. This the second [...]

Jul 26, 2017

Crops, water and habitat: This California farmer’s winning trifecta

2017-07-19T16:35:54+00:00 Jul 26, 2017|

Cannon Michael is the president of Bowles Farming Company During times of water scarcity, like California’s recent drought, it’s tempting to take on a binary view of the world.  This was definitely the case   with agriculture, which appeared to be at odds with everyone: farms vs. fish, farm vs. cities, farms vs. regulators.  As a [...]

Jul 14, 2017

The Search for Sustainability in the Colorado River Basin

2017-07-14T12:49:40+00:00 Jul 14, 2017|

The Colorado River is a crucial water source for seven states (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and Mexico, and like many shared rivers has its share of challenges. We talked to Doug Kenney—director of the Western Water Policy Program at the University of Colorado and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center [...]

Jul 14, 2017

California Drought May Be Over, But Conservation Controversy Continues

2017-07-05T11:04:12+00:00 Jul 14, 2017|

State officials want a new conservation approach that imposes a “water budget” on millions of urban customers. Some local water agencies say it’s a regulatory excess that could cost them dearly.AN EFFORT BY California officials to carry their success with water conservation beyond the drought is not sitting well with local water managers, many of whom [...]

Jul 05, 2017

Why the Lower Colorado is America’s Most Endangered River

2017-07-05T10:55:04+00:00 Jul 05, 2017|

One would be hard pressed to find a river more important to a region than the Lower Colorado.The river provides drinking water for nearly 30 million people from Las Vegas to Phoenix to Los Angeles. It irrigates millions of acres of farmland, growing the vast majority of our nation’s winter vegetables in places like Yuma, [...]

Jun 27, 2017

The Changing Face of California’s Water Leadership

2017-06-26T17:14:40+00:00 Jun 27, 2017|

California’s water managers face many challenges—from a changing climate to a growing population.We spoke with Celeste Cantú, chair of the PPIC Water Policy Advisory Council. Cantú served for more than a decade as general manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and is stepping down this month. She talked about how the profession must [...]

Jun 22, 2017

First of Its Kind Water Market Launches

2017-06-22T09:51:02+00:00 Jun 22, 2017|

California’s first formal, centralized market for individual landowners to buy and sell groundwater has been launched on the Oxnard Plain, and the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1.9 million grant to expand the pilot project later this year.California Lutheran University faculty members Matthew Fienup, executive director of the university’s Center for Economic [...]

Jun 21, 2017

Funding Woes for Stream Gages Put Crucial Water Data at Risk

2017-06-21T12:48:13+00:00 Jun 21, 2017|

Stream gages track data vital for water supply and flood protection. But hundreds of these devices have been mothballed because the U.S. Geological Survey lacks stable funding to keep them operating.WHEN IT COMES to managing water in uncertain times, few things are more important than knowing how much is flowing in the river alongside your [...]

Jun 20, 2017

Don’t Blame Water Markets for Trouble With Western Rivers

2017-06-20T13:21:24+00:00 Jun 20, 2017|

When it comes to protecting the West’s rivers, water markets are not the problem, says University of Colorado law professor Mark Squillace. Instead, it’s our failure to protect the public interest.AS WESTERN STATES grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But [...]

Jun 12, 2017

Oregon Carves a Path for Water Transfers in the West

2017-06-12T15:49:06+00:00 Jun 12, 2017|

Water transfers are an important tool to make the most of limited water supplies, providing legal channels to lease and sell water that may be under-used. Oregon does this better than any other Western state.SINCE 1971, CRIS Converse and her family have relied on water from Oregon’s Whychus Creek to raise cattle and grow hay. [...]