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Water Forum Names Jessica Law as Executive Director

Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2020

The Water Forum is pleased to announce the selection of Jessica Law as its new Executive Director.
 
The Water Forum is a diverse group of local governments, environmentalists, water managers, businesses and others working together to balance the coequal goals of providing reliable water supplies for the Sacramento region and preserving the environment of the Lower American River.
 
Law brings more than 15 years of experience in water and environmental resource management, public process, and land use planning. For the past 13 years, she has been heavily engrossed in working closely with experts in water management, fisheries biology, ecosystem restoration, engineering, environmental law and economics to guide decisions on complex projects and programs.
 
“Jessica’s expertise in the field of water and the skill sets needed to be successful in the Executive Director position are unmatched,” said Tom Gohring, who will be retiring as Water Forum Executive Director in 2021.
 
Law is currently serving as the Chief Deputy Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, established by the California legislature in 2009 to advance the state’s coequal objectives of water supply reliability and ecosystem health in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

For the past five years, she has led critical conversations and strategic planning to strengthen the Council’s partnerships with state and federal agencies. Law has successfully increased the amount of funding for state agencies and non-profit groups to plan for and create permitting efficiencies for ecosystem restoration projects. Through the Council’s partnerships with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Geological Survey, she supported the Council’s efforts to issue over $25 million in competitive funding for science over the past two years. Her focus also has included tackling critical issues like climate vulnerability and equity and bringing together diverse interests around a common cause.
 
“It is my privilege to be joining the Water Forum at such a critical juncture in its history,” Law said. “Over the past 20 years, the Water Forum has accomplished a tremendous amount of work to achieve the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem health. As climate change accelerates, not only will there be a new set of obstacles to navigate, but those obstacles will be coming at us faster, and in unpredictable ways.
 
“I am committed to bringing the best available science to the table in order to understand the obstacles and the depth of their risk, and to working diligently, creatively, and with a sense of urgency to implement solutions that will make real change,” Law said.
 
Law holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology (Ecology) from Connecticut College and a master’s in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The Sacramento Water Forum is a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water managers and local governments working together to balance two co-equal objectives: to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and to preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River. Learn more at waterforum.org.

Change Order

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Please make the following power bypass reduction from the lower outlet tubes:
Date                           Time                             From (cfs)            To (cfs)

11/25/20                    0100                                 500                       250
11/26/20                    0100                                 250                          0

Note:  Power Bypass Temperature Control Plan ends

Change Order

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Date                         Time              From (cfs)          To (cfs) 

08/31/20                0001              2,250                  2,150 

08/31/20                0200              2,150                  2,000  

Note:   Reduced Delta Needs 

Change Order

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Date                         Time              From (cfs)          To (cfs) 

08/06/20                0001              3,000                  2,850 

08/06/20                0200              2,850                  2,750 

08/07/20                0001              2,750                  2,650 

08/07/20                0200              2,650                  2,500  

Note:   Delta Needs 

Newsom Administration’s Final Water Resilience Portfolio Moves California Water Into the 21st Century

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Sacramento, Calif.The following statement was released today by Jim Peifer, Executive Director of the Regional Water Authority, and Tom Gohring, Executive Director of the Water Forum, in response to the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s final Water Resilience Portfolio. The Portfolio is the Administration’s blueprint for equipping California to cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, over-reliance on groundwater and other challenges. 

“The Governor’s Portfolio moves California water into the 21st Century. We appreciate the vision and spirit embodied in the plan that empowers state and local agencies to work together to address the impacts of climate change. And, we are pleased to see that many of the plan’s recommendations support initiatives already under development here in the Sacramento region to help our community adapt to increasing threats of flood, fire and drought projected with climate change.

“The Governor’s Plan is helpful to the Sacramento region in several important areas:

  • “The plan underscores that climate change will impact each region in California in unique ways and supports the role of local agencies in addressing the impacts and opportunities within their watershed. Rather than a top-down approach to climate planning, the Governor outlines a vision that empowers local agencies to create plans like the Sacramento Region Water Resilience Portfolio, which encompasses our entire supershed—from the mountain tops of the American River watershed to the urban core.
  • “The plan puts a premium on multibenefit projects such as the Sacramento Regional Water Bank that have the potential to provide value across multiple areas, including water supply reliability, flood protection and environmental stewardship, both within a region and statewide. The Water Bank is an innovative groundwater storage program to improve water supply reliability and environmental conditions for the Sacramento region and potentially beyond.
  • “The plan paves the way for local efforts to be successful by recognizing the need to make funding available for groundwater recharge projects with multiple benefits.

“We look forward to building on the successful collaboration of the Water Forum and Regional Water Authority by breaking down traditional silos that exist in managing our local water supplies, environment, flood risks and wastewater and creating stronger networks both within the region and with our state and federal agency partners.”

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a joint powers authority representing 21 water providers serving 2 million people in the greater Sacramento region. Formed in 2001, its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources. Learn more at rwah2o.org.

 

The Sacramento Water Forum is a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water managers and local governments working together to balance two co-equal objectives: to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and to preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River. Learn more at waterforum.org.

Change Order

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
Here is the latest release change order for Nimbus Dam, issued this morning:
Date                         Time              From (cfs)          To (cfs)
07/26/20                0001              3,500                  3,250
07/27/20                0001              3,250                  3,000

Note:   Delta Needs

 

Change Order

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2020
The following release change order at Nimbus Dam was issued today:
 
Date                         Time              From (cfs)          To (cfs)
07/22/2010             0001             4,000                  3,750
07/22/2010             0200             3,750                  3,500
Note:   Delta Needs
 
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