February 2018
Building a Modern Water Data System for California 

Thousands of decisions are made daily regarding California water management, each of them dependent on robust data and accessible information. California's 2016 Open and Transparent Water Data Act (AB 1755) provides an important opportunity to improve the quality of these decisions, tasking the Department of Water Resources with the development and implementation of a modern water information system.
While AB 1755 provides an opening for improved data systems, the law itself does not ensure that the data will be useful or useable. Our latest multi-institution collaboration, Data for Water Decision Making , argues that data systems must not only be open and transparent, but must also be presented in a way that is relevant to the needs of decision makers. Through a series of workshops in 2017, we engaged a range of data users and data providers to systematically analyze data needs for decision making.
We and our partners developed "use cases" that analyze how decision-makers use (or could use) data, covering a range of topics from water supply to water quality to long-term infrastructure investments (see figure below). Analyzing these use cases yielded key recommendations for effective implementation of AB 1755.
The emergent conclusions from our report can help steer state agencies and inform stakeholders as California solidifies its vision and process for modernizing its water data. We hope that they will help keep the interests of decision makers front and center.


For more information, contact Mike Kiparsky, Director of the Wheeler Water Institute at CLEE

Announcing Our Newest Team Members
Katie Miller
We are excited to announce that Katie Miller has joined our team. Most recently from the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, Katie has litigated several water rights cases up to the Nebraska Supreme Court and pursued environmental enforcement actions on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

At CLEE, Katie is delving into California water policy, first by focusing on groundwater recharge, exploring innovative methods to enable distributed recharge and related incentives. She is also working on the intersection of data and water rights.

Judith Katz
Judith Katz is a passionate environmental advocate and a nonprofit veteran with more than 20 years of experience in organizations like the ACLU, the Student Conservation Association, and most recently, Bay Nature Institute. We are thrilled she is joining CLEE's team as its first dedicated development staff. 

Her job is to strengthen the connection between CLEE and its supporters and to ensure that donors are kept informed of their investment's impact.   Contact Judith if you would like to discuss investing in CLEE's work.

Faculty + Staff
In the News

Mike Kiparsky discusses the Cape Town water crisis and the importance of water supply diversification with WIRED magazine.

Ethan Elkind joins 89.3 KPCC Airtalk to discuss the environmental and economic impact of changing California's zoning laws as proposed in SB 827.  

In Ars Technica, Jordan Diamond and Holly Doremus  explain why and how states will push back against the Trump Administration's effort to massively expand offshore drilling. 
Professor Dan Farber argues in the The Regulatory Review that in the past year change at EPA has been chiefly characterized by ideological polarization and regulatory capture .  
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