Mike Kiparsky named one of "Nine Experts to Watch on California Water Policy" by Water Deeply

Eline Gordts
July 7, 2016

Originally published on Water Deeply 7/7/16.

California faces a host of water issues, which is why good policy leaders are important. In the first installment of our “Experts to Watch” series, here are nine people who are contributing to policy solutions in the state.

More than four years of drought in California have made the need for smart and forward-looking water policy initiatives abundantly clear. About 83 percent of the state is currently still in drought, according to the most recent data by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The state also faces big policy decisions on how to prepare for long-term water shortages resulting from climate change, growing ecological concerns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, implementation of groundwater law and continued issues with water supply and conveyance.

Meet nine top experts who are driving the conversation on California’s water policy: Ellen Hanak, Jeffrey Mount, Kristen James, Anecita Agustinez, Paula Daniels, Cynthia Koehler, Dave Puglia and Peter Dremeier.

Among the nine, is UC Water's Berkeley director, Mike Kiparsky. 

Michael Kiparsky

Mike KiparskyMichael Kiparsky works at the intersection of science and policy. Currently, he is director at the Wheeler Water Institute at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to water solutions in California by addressing water quality concerns, urban water systems and conflicts emerging from the competing demands of human and environmental water use.

Kiparsky has done extensive work on water policy, but he also focuses on water sector innovation, climate change and water resources planning. His work has earned awards from the National Science Foundation, the Association of California Water Agencies, the CALFED Bay-Delta Science Program and the Udall Foundation. He wrote recently about the role of good governance and agency structure in implementing California’s 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

The full report on good groundwater governance is available here.

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