CALVIN Reunion


This project has been supported financially by the California Resources Agency, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, the National Science Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the California Energy Commission, State Water Resources Control Board, Public Policy Institute of California, UC-MEXUS, The Nature Conservancy, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the Public Policy Institute of California, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Steven Bechtel Foundation.

Great thanks are due to the Advisory Committee originally established by the Resources Agency for the Resources Agency and CALFED projects (ending 2001). They have given freely of their time to attend meetings, provided sage and useful advice, and asked questions when our work and presentations were unclear. This committee and overall coordination with the Resources Agency and CALFED were overseen most capably by Anthony Saracino. Members of the Advisory Committee were: Anthony Saracino, Private Consultant (Chair); Fred Cannon, California Federal Bank; Duane Georgeson, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Jerry Gilbert, Private Consultant; Carl Hauge, California Department of Water Resources; Steve Macaulay, State Water Contractors and then California Department of Water Resources; Dennis O'Connor, California Research Bureau; Stu Pyle, Kern County Water Agency; Maureen Stapleton, San Diego County Water Authority; and David Yardas, Environmental Defense Fund.

The original CALVIN project (October 2001 report) involved an unusual amount of data gathering from many agencies from all over California. Particular thanks go to: Tariq Kadir, Scott Matyac, Ray Hoagland, Armin Munevar, Pal Sandhu, and Saied Batmanghilich (DWR); Tim Blair and Devendra Upadyhyay (MWDSC); Lenore Thomas, David Moore, and Peggy Manza (USBR); Roger Putty and Bill Swanson (Montgomery-Watson); Terry Erlewine (SWC); Judith Garland (EBMUD); Rolf Ohlemutz and Bill Hasencamp (CCWD); Ralph Johonnot (USACE); Chris Barton (YCFCWCD); Ken Weinberg (SDCWA); Melinda Rho (LADWP); Richard McCann (M-Cubed). The US Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center’s Bob Carl, David Watkins (now with Michigan Technical University), and Mike Burnham (now a private consultant), with assistance from Paul Jensen of the University of Texas, Austin, provided technical support and technical extensions for the HEC-PRM code. Our apologies to others we have certainly missed.

The Climate Warming and California's Water Future report (February 2003) was sponsored by the California Energy Commission and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as part of a larger project on climate change in California, with additional leadership and coordination from Yale University and Stratus Consulting. For this report, we relied heavily on John Landis' work and forecasts of 2100 population and land use and Norm Miller's hydrologic representation of PCM, HCM, and other climate changes for California. Guido Franco has been of unending help in this work. This work has continued and is continuing.

We are tremendously thankful to Tom Philp of the Sacramento Bee for noticing and featuring our work in his Pulitzer-prize-winning series of editorials on the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley. He took a little idea from our modeling, and brought it to life in a larger context. Modelers often gripe that their work has no influence on policy and the public. It is nice to be part of an exception to this rule.

Recently, CALVIN was used as a modeling center-piece for the 2007 PPIC report, Envisioning Futures for The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and then in the 2008 report and 2010 book Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, to examine potential adaptations for California's water system to major changes in water export policies for the Delta. The CALVIN approach also has been used to improve and integrate understanding of the water management system in Baja California, Mexico, in cooperation with Dr. Leopoldo Mendoza-Espinoza of UABC - Ensenada.

We have appreciated and been motivated by both the enthusiasm and criticisms we have encountered along the way from diverse parties. We are convinced that our work is better and hopefully more useful for all these contributions.