How can California make water data work for decision makers?

by Alida Cantor and Michael Kiparsky

California produces immense amounts of water-related data.  Yet, California also struggles to adapt its water systems to pressures such as climate change and population growth. To meet these challenges in an informed way, decision makers need data that supports their needs. In 2018, spurred by the Open and Transparent Water Data Act of 2016 (AB …


Of sewage spills and citizen suits

New Berkeley Law report examines citizen actions addressing sanitary sewer overflows in California

(This post is co-authored with Nell Green Nylen and Michael Kiparsky.) Every day, Californians produce millions of gallons of wastewater. We tend to avoid thinking about what flows down our drains, but how we deal with sewage is a critically important aspect of public and environmental health. Most communities in California rely on an extensive …


Database of Anti-Environment Votes in 112th Congress

To date, 170 anti-environmental votes have been taken in the GOP-led House of Representatives by the 112th Congress.  It’s difficult to keep track of the good, the bad, and the ugly coming out of the House.  One tool to help track the action in Washington is a new searchable database of anti-environment votes. “The House has voted …