Category: 2015 Fix California Challenge

Rethink water delivery responsibilities of state vs federation

Water and drought management is a cross state topic which needs efficient instruments for state and federation. Reviewing and improving the currently existing instruments might lead to a significant improvement of the situation of water consumption, shortage and distribution system. This idea got entered on behalf of work group 2 of the IdeaHack

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Delta becomes National Park - Fed's provide the water.

Turn the Delta into a National Park and have the Fed's pipe in water from the northwest to keep it wet. The Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta is the only inverted river delta in the world -- the apex points inland and the big, wide base faces the sea. Such geographic uniqueness is characteristic of most National Parks. The Delta also hosts a broad range of wildlife, recreational facilities, and natural beauty and being ...more »

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Fix water leaks with higher tech

There are proven technologies to detect water leaks in metropolitan areas. They claim "for every $1 spent on reducing leaks $5 worth of water can be saved." Now that's a good return on investment ratio. Please see an example at http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2015-01-08/takadu-helps-israel-be-a-most-efficient-water-manager Maybe a VC firm can front the money for the equipment and reap the water savings as the ...more »

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Global Water Innovation Challenge

Every day, 2300 people die of water-related issues. We can put an end to that if we all stand together, so we propose to run a Global Water Challenge for startups with $1 million total in cash prizes. The inspiration for this project is the severe drought facing California but we recognize this is not just a local issue; this is an issue that affects the entire world. With this challenge we want to bring together the ...more »

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Save Water! - Solar Covered Canals

Solar Canals can help deliver more water with equipment that pays for itself and saves taxpayers money! In California there are over 1,000 miles of canals that cover ~100,000 acres of land, concrete, and water. These private, state, and federally owned canals move millions of acre feet of water throughout the state and consume almost 1/5 of California's electricity. Thousands of acre feet are lost each year due to ...more »

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Restructure California's Legislature

Today one Assembly member represents 485k Californians. Assembly members campaign via TV and direct mail. No way to get to know their district. The Assembly is just a stepping stone in politics, with lots of fundraising and deference to special interests. Assembly members need to be in their districts, building relationships and serving constituents. Lowering the ratio of Assembly members from 1:485k to 1:200k can better ...more »

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Limit development growth to growth of water supply

Limit cities to growing commercial/housing development to greater of 1% or increase in available water storage. This is not an anti-growth agenda. I'm all for economic, development & housing growth but we must grow our water supply as well to correspond. Decades of bad planning has as much to do w/ the water shortage as the drought. If the voters approve such a plan, it will put political pressure on Sacramento, ...more »

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A Positive Sign: the eSignatures Initiative to Save Billions

At DocuSign we’re dedicated to helping organizations keep processes 100% digital. Our hundreds of California-based employees want to see the benefits of digital transaction management in our own state. Where do we start? It’s easy: update the State Administrative Manual (SAM) to allow for electronic signatures across all aspects of State government. The benefits of digital transaction management are clear: faster, friendlier ...more »

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Restrict water consumption by price regulation

One of the most easy and straight forward ways to reduce water consumption is price adjustments.

Price adjustments can create an immediate change of consumption behavior and reduce the amount used in particular by stop wasting. However the matter is complex and different areas e.g. private and agriculture must be handled in the best possible way.

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Pipeline from Midwest, East Coast to CA.

Take melting winter snow & send to CA in pipeline

& or from flood prone states like LA, AL, No FL

Tow Iceberg to CA from Arctic for water source & anchor off San Pedro area.

Pipeline can be estd already for use & changed for water only

Can tap Great Lakes too.

Or MN, ND area for water.

Use drones to scout water via sensors.

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