Drought

State Water Board’s Laurel Firestone on Water’s New Normal—Chronic Scarcity

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Laurel Firestone

VX News interviewed State Water Resources Control Board Member, Laurel Firestone, who provides insight on water managers across the state are working to adapt to the new normal of chronic water scarcity.

Historic Western States’ Drought & Colorado River Basin Shortages’ Impact on SoCal

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Jeffrey Kightlinger

Jeff Kightlinger highlights the opportunities for advancements in water technology to improve data precision and information sharing and emphasizes interregional collaboration for ensuring a resilient and sustainable water supply as climate change increases water scarcity throughout the western states.

The Future of California's Water-Energy-Climate Nexus

VX News excerpts the latest study from Next 10 and the Pacific Institute on the Future of California's Water-Energy-Climate Nexus. Further finding that climate change-fueled droughts are likely to further increase water-related energy use and carbon emissions, the study offers recommendations for reducing water, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with managing California's water supply.

OC SAN Board Chair John Withers on the Business Case for Water Infrastructure

With severe drought gripping California and the Western US, TPR interviews OC Sanitation District’s new Board Chair, John Withers to afford the latter a platform to elaborate on Orange County’s reputation as global leader in water recycling and prudent steward of public resources and investment.

Outgoing Met GM Jeffrey Kightlinger on 15 years of Regional Water Leadership—Part 2

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Jeffrey Kightlinger

Jeffrey Kightlinger reflects on his 15-year consensus-building tenure leading the region's efforts to secure and enhance local water supplies and invest in climate-resilient water infrastructure.

MWD GM Jeffrey Kightlinger on 15 years of Regional Water Leadership

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Given Governor Newsom's May declaration of a drought emergency in 41 California counties, Kightlinger reflects on his 15-year consensus-building tenure leading the region's efforts to secure and enhance local water supplies and invest in climate-resilient water infrastructure.

LA County’s First Chief Sustainability Officer To Regionally Advance Sustainability

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Gary Gero

Recently, Los Angeles County brought on Gary Gero as its first ever Chief Sustainability Officer. VX News sat down with Gero to outline his strategies for achieving stormwater, clean energy, and public transportation goals.

MWD Collaborating on Launch of Ambitious Waste-Water Recycling Program

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Jeff Kightlinger

Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, updates VX News readers on a new initiative through MWD and the LA County Sanitation Districts: a demonstration project that could lead to one of the largest recycled-water projects on the West Coast. Kightlinger notes that, despite this endeavor and other efforts to utilize local water, Southern California will continue to rely on imported water. He touches on progress at the Delta to increase reliability of that supply.

Delta Watermaster Charged with Balancing Water Reliability and Ecosystem Restoration

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Michael George

California’s four-year drought has brought a tangle of interests, conflicts, and questions regarding state water practices to the fore. At the intersection of these issues, and perhaps uniquely equipped to address them, is Delta Watermaster Michael George. Here, George delivers a comprehensive overview of the matters he oversees in the Delta: the adjudication of water rights, urban versus agricultural water interests, the environmental challenges of water distribution, and the pros, cons, and future of Governor Brown’s tunnel plan. Finally, in light of so many recent local and state initiatives regarding water use, George considers which goals are actually achievable.

SoCal Water Resilience Requires Groundwater to Be Prized as a Natural Resource

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Rob Katherman

In the Southland, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California has an important ongoing task: to monitor and replenish the region’s supply of groundwater. Robert Katherman has served on the WRD Board for more than 10 years, overseeing the regulation of groundwater pumping and the collection of water for replenishment—which now requires increasing recycling and storm-water capture in order to decrease importation. He updates VX News on the strides made with WRD’s Water Independence Now Plan, as well as what still needs to be done.

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