Public Trust

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Is Siskiyou County’s hardline position on Scott River Valley groundwater justified?

It has been a very busy summer, and I am still catching up on news.  In tracking down various bits and pieces of water news from the past few weeks, I ran across a curious document — an official statement from the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors (PDF), released at the end of July, regarding … Continue reading

State Water Resources Control Board adopts Delta flow criteria

Yesterday the State Water Resources Control Board unanimously adopted criteria describing the flows deemed necessary to protect public trust resources in the Delta, as detailed in the draft report released last month.  This approval of the report meets the statutory deadline and is even slightly ahead of schedule.  Within nine months, the SWRCB collected extensive … Continue reading

Should the public trust doctrine be extended to groundwater?

The public trust doctrine was extended in 1983 to protect the unique ecosystem and environment of Mono Lake.  Should it be extended once again — this time to protect coho salmon on the Scott River? It’s no secret that California has serious problems when it comes to groundwater management.  Aquifers throughout the state are pumped … Continue reading

Flow Criteria for the Delta: Or, maybe it is all about the fish

One problem with the package of water legislation passed in 2009?  The more you stare at it, the less you understand — and the stronger your head aches. (I know: I promised that we would leave this behind and do science instead.  We’ll do that next time.) Two posts ago, we discussed some reasons for … Continue reading

Flow Criteria for the Delta: Numbers or narrative?

Before going more into these flow criteria, I would like to clarify a personal opinion briefly.  My general stance on water issues often tend toward an environmentalist leaning.  In the context of Delta issues, that means taking the time and effort to study carefully what the needs of the ecosystem are.  It also means augmenting … Continue reading

Flow Criteria for the Delta: Wading through muddy legislation

Populations of fish in the Delta have plummeted in recent years to historically low levels.  The Delta’s current configuration — diked, drained, and channelized — has restricted habitat for native species.  In light of this physical configuration, existing flows are not sufficient to ensure a healthy Delta ecosystem.  The Delta Reform Act passed as part … Continue reading

An Initial Glance at the Delta Flow Criteria Process

On March 22-24, 2010, the State Water Board held a public proceeding to collect testimony that it will use this year to inform its development of Delta flow criteria.  A few weeks prior to the proceeding, written testimony and questions were submitted by various parties to the State Board.  During the proceedings, Board members had … Continue reading


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