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Brown Bag Seminar - Ecosystem Water Budgets: A Novel Approach to Managing Water for the Environment
Delta Science Program Brown Bag Seminar
Thursday, October 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Mount, PhD
Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Professor Emeritus, UC Davis
The common regulatory approach to managing water for ecosystems is to set minimum flow and water quality standards. This talk will discuss an alternative approach to defining ecosystem water budgets that can be managed like a water right, including flexible timing and location of use and the ability to store and trade.
The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)