Water Management: Past and Future Adaptation


Water Management led by Mathias Kondolf (Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning), Benjamin Porter (Near Eastern Studies), and other faculty colleagues, focuses on interdisciplinary implications for improving water security in California and other Mediterranean climate regions. Through inclusion in the faculty group of John Andrew, Assistant Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for Climate Change and presentations to state officials, the group has endeavored to increase the “uptake” of its results into public policy.  The colloquium spawned a research project on integrated regional water management in California for DWR and a research project on urban rivers in Naples funded by the Second University of Naples.  The colloquium hosted two workshops comparing floodplain management in US and the EU (since the adoption of the EU Flood Directive in 2007), and results from this research were presented in briefings to congressional staff in Washington DC in December 2012 and June 2013. 

You are invited to our next seminar:

Reforming California water: a progress report  
Tina Leahy (State Water Board)

Wednesday 16 March 10a-12n, Rm 223 Moses Hall 

The politics and legal rules governing California water are notoriously complex and frequently pose barriers to seemingly logical solutions.  Reforming the system is not easy, but there have been some very positive recent steps, notably the sustainable groundwater management act.

Tina Cannon Leahy is Senior Staff Counsel with the State Water Resources Control Board's Office of the Chief Counsel.  Before coming to the Water Board she was the Principal Consultant for the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee where, from 2010 through 2015 she served as the Assembly's primary expert resource on water law and policy and was the technical drafter for Assemblymember Roger Dickinson on AB 1739, which together with Senator Pavley’s SB 1168 and SB 1313 created the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Prior to the Assembly Ms. Leahy was Senior Staff Counsel to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and an associate attorney with the law firm of Somach, Simmons, and Dunn.

For more background refer to this article by Tina on passage of the historic groundwater legislation:

Tina Cannon Leahy, Desperate Times Call for Sensible Measures: The Making of the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, 9 Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J. 5 (2016). http://digitalcommons.law.ggu.edu/gguelj/vol9/iss1/4.

All meetings will be held from 10a-12n in 223 Moses Hall unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday, February 10
“Land use, erosion, and impacts on coral reefs: Maui and Egypt"
Speaker: Jonathan Stock (UC Geological Survey), Matt Kondolf & Amir Gohar 
Friday, February 19 (2-4 p.m.)
"A UK view of flood risk"
Speaker: Jonathan Simm (HR Wallingford)
Wednesday, February 24
"River Science and International Dispute Resolution: Recent Intersections"
Speaker: Steve McCaffrey (McGeorge School of Law)
Wednesday, March 2
"Community-based flood insurance: pros & cons"
Speaker: Henry Vaux, Jr (UCOP)
Wednesday, March 9
"Managing for power, flood control, and salmon in an international context: the Columbia River Treaty's contested past and uncertain future"
Speaker: Elliott Smith (IIS)
Wednesday, March 16
"Reforming California water: a progress report"
Speaker: Tina Leahy (State Water Board)
Friday, April 1 (10a-12n)
"The fabric of space: water and cities," roundtable discussion
Speaker: Matthew Gandy (University College London) 
Monday, April 4 (10a-12n)
“The EU Water Framework and Floods Directives: lessons for California?"
Speaker: Jessica Ludy and Anna Serra Llobet, discussion with Steve Moore (State Board) 
Wednesday, April 6
"Evolution of two urbanized estuaries: environmental change, legal framework, and implications for sea-level rise vulnerability"
Speaker: Pedro Pinto 
Wednesday, April 20
"Adapting to increased variability in Mediterranean-climate waters: comparing climate change impacts and adaptation approaches in the Rhone and Sacramento River Basins"
Speaker: John Andrew
Wednesday, April 27
"Sustainably managing reservoir storage: ancient roots of a modern challenge"
Speaker: Ben Porter, Matt Kondolf, Alan Farahani
Wednesday, May 4
"Governing for integrated water management: Comparing approaches Spain-California"
Speaker: Esther Conrad, Anna Serra-Llobet