At the Knight-Risser Prize Symposium on Jan. 25, Ian James, an environment reporter for the Palm Springs based Desert Sun, talked about a growing crisis in groundwater supplies. James worked with colleagues at the Desert Sun and USA Today to put together a dramatic, globe-spanning series about groundwater overdraft, which was the winner of the 2016 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism.
Scholars working with Water in the West discussed their latest research on groundwater and the implications for the future of California’s water. Held in Sacramento on Sept. 27, 2016, the panel informed state and local level policy and decision makers on such issues as implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water quality and availability, and new data collection techniques.
After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a new report by Water in the West and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School.
Our series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.