Friends, you will be appalled to know that influential people are reading blogs, including this one. Worse, one of them wants my thoughts on what to recommend to the incoming presidential administration. I’ll propose some things, and I would love to hear from you as well.
If you have recommendations for the next administration, please leave them in the comments. To make this constructive, please follow this format.
- No advocacy comments on any of the following topics: the Delta, the tunnels, new surface storage, the ESA, or almonds. Those debates are well fleshed out; re-reading them would bore me.
- Present your recommendations as purpose, then method, with links if you got ’em. (i.e. To re-fill groundwater aquifers, support research and pilot projects for on-farm recharge.) If you aren’t sure how to insert links, just cut and paste them. I’ll go back into the comments and anchor them to text.
Here are my first few thoughts, to inspire you:
- To support SGMA as it gets up and running, issue planning grants to the new GSAs (short term action).
- To improve agricultural water use efficiency, develop remote sensing capacity for irrigation distribution uniformity. Frankly, I’d love for the agencies to have the staff, equipment and capacity to be doing their own remote sensing of all of California’s farmland, made publicly available. If we were going to be doing stuff like this, I bet the forestry agencies would have suggestions for useful remote sensing. We don’t have to cede this field to the private sector. Weekly remote sensing images could be publicly provided infrastructure, like CIMIS.
- To improve water holding capacity and carbon sequestration, fund programs that improve soil tilth.
- To increase urban water use efficiency, develop a program for municipal-level leak detection. I have heard that cities have a hard time paying for leak detection.
OK friends. Please leave constructive, do-able ideas for what the feds can do in the next administration. Why, then what, with links to details.