A report by the Center's 2016 media fellow Zack Colman of the Christian Science Monitor.
Safety concerns at the Oroville Dam center on engineering and maintenance. But dams also face new challenges in managing water in an era when rains can be heavier, and less precipitation is falling as snow.
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.
While water is an increasingly scarce resource, most existing methods to allocate it are neither economically nor environmentally efficient. In these circumstances, water markets offer developed countries a form of regulatory response capable of overcoming many of the shortcomings of current water management.
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.
An interactive map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta comparing the historical habitat with the present day landscape, as well as period photos, maps and journals used by historical ecologists to help recreate how the region looked 160 years ago. Produced in collaboration with KQED Public Media, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute.