Water in the West Working Paper 3, May 2012, by Rebecca Nelson
This report and policy-makers' brief synthesize the results of the inaugural workshop of the comparative groundwater Law and Policy's Program, held October 17-19, 2011 at Stanford University. The workshop brought together groundwater managers and experts from the western U.S. and Australia to share experiences and practical lessons in integrated groundwater management. Workshop participants used case studies to discuss key challenges in law and policy for managing the impacts of pumping groundwater on rivers, and groundwater-dependent ecosystems, and law and policy needed to take advantage of aquifer storage and recovery. The findings of this workshop and paper highlight promising areas for creative policy development - in particular, programs that allow pumpers to offset the impacts of groundwater pumping, tools to help agencies consider how wells may impact ecosystems, and approaches to stakeholders collaboration - and the key issues that policy-makers must confront in pursuing them.
Water in the West Working Paper 1, March 2011, by Rebecca Nelson
The homegrown innovations uncovered by this report point the way forward for local agencies to better manage groundwater in California, and the way towards an updated and improved State policy structure to encourage them to do so. Strengthening California’s legislation for groundwater management planning, informed by current best practice, would provide a path towards better groundwater management and retain the State’s historical focus on local agencies driving local change. The local planning actions uncovered by this report are not only innovative, they are also practical, down-to-earth and doable—they are being undertaken by different types of local agencies, with widely varying resources, across the State, right now. (Adobe PDF document)
Water in the West Working Paper 2, May 2011, by Thomas Mercer and Jon Christensen
The state of information about water in California is woefully inadequate. Given that California has long been a center for innovation in the world’s emerging information economy and water is among the state’s most precious resources, this is nothing short of shocking. What we have here is not just a failure to communicate. It is a failure to gather, make available, analyze, communicate, and use information to sustainably manage our water systems in California. We have the information resources and performance measurement frameworks we need to change that.. (Adobe PDF document)
By Barton H. (“Buzz”) Thompson Jr. and Rebecca Nelson October 2010
The Challenge: Reducing the impact of groundwater depletion on water users, overlying landowners, and groundwater- dependent ecosystems. (Adobe PDF
By Craig Criddle (with Brian Cantwell and Frank Wolak) May 2010
The Challenge: Development of cost-effective technology for recovery of clean water, energy, and materials from wastewater. (Adobe PDF
By Dick Luthy and Heather Bischel October 2010
The Challenge: Augmenting water supplies with clean recycled water. (Adobe PDF
By Jon Christensen, Barton H. (“Buzz”) Thompson Jr. and David M. Kennedy,
Rural Connections, May 2010
Our water systems in the American West are old-fashioned hybrids. All of the foundational fixtures of the West’s water system are showing severe signs of obsolescing rapidly. (Adobe PDF
By Barton H. Thompson, Jr.
47 Idaho Law Review 265 (2011).