2015 Fix California Challenge

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 »

Submitted by (@mikebelgard)

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Desalination plants

I know similar ideas have been submitted. I beleive the pros for a plant are obvious, the Cons are expensive, big energy impact and the resulting brine. My suggestion would be to leverage the power of the ocean waves to supplement the energy need. It is expensive, but much more important than some of the transportation projects. The brine, can it be processed for useful material? Can it be put back in the ocean?

Submitted by (@terrylydon)

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Water Pipeline

California's drought affects the availability of drinking water, the welfare of humans and animals alike, the risk of wildfires, and the yields of agriculture. The absence of water also contributes to increased desertification as more of the land around California’s deserts - the Mojave, the Colorado, and the Great Basin Desert - spoils and becomes unable to support plant or animal life.  Droughts place increased demand ...more »

Submitted by (@michaelignaffo)

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Environmental Studies Balance

Too many important State development projects, from water infrastructure, to road widening, to new Freeways, are held hostage by "environmental" anti-development groups through the use of environmental studies and reviews. We need to change the laws to a more streamlined process, similar to what is already allowed for sports stadiums, and make results of environmental studies and reviews "advisory" only, allowing decision ...more »

Submitted by (@patrickpark)

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Trade Bullet Trains For Desalinization Plants

Our California water deficit has been growing like the National Debt—as the State apparently keeps withdrawing water while ignoring future needs. Each year's deficit adds to our cumulative water debt over time. A different and subtle type of State budget over-run. Arguably, in the past our governors and legislators have been kicking our water issues down the road—all the while praying for rain. As a remedy to our ...more »

Submitted by (@fbreimer)

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Benicia Salinity Control Gates - Add 7 million Acre feet in 2015

Government can end water shortage today with simple - Gates at the base of the New eastern Benicia Bridge which would add up to 7 million Acre Feet (MAF) in dry years and 38 MAF in wet years for people, Delta and faming. Not a dam, barrier or locks stopping all flow of water. Always an open section to allow boats and aquatic life to FREELY travel in and out of each zone. It would keep the Fresh Delta water separated from ...more »

Submitted by (@josephrizzi)

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Water Reform

It's time to eliminate the numerous agencies who are often at cross purposes and reform water, water rights, and water use in the state.

It is time for all Californians to realize that water is life, for residents, for farmers, for industry. The state needs a coherent uniform policy that is egalitarian, since water should be a public rather than private utility.

Submitted by (@montestettin)

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Purple pipes

Finance the installation of reclaimed water purple pipes throughout CALTRANS rights of ways to connect reclaimed water plants to myriad customers. This is a self supporting idea.

Submitted by (@thestirlings)

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Move excess ice melt water from east coast to californa

I am just wondering, since east cost has had far more snow/iced in the past year than needed, could that ice melt water be pipe lined or transported to California to relieve drought? Just a thought.

Submitted by (@kumarsah16)

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Realistic Workable Long-term State Master Water Plan

Droughts occur relatively frequently in California, and should not be surprises. There have been nine major droughts since 1900. Our elected officials need to develop a long-term reality-based Water Master Plan for California now. The current conflicts and confusion about meeting California's water needs demand that our elected officials work together now to solve our serious water problems for the long-term. With ...more »

Submitted by (@fbreimer)

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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 »

Submitted by (@brendan)

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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

Submitted by (@hansbernddreis)

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