This week at the Groundwater Exchange: New pages and capabilities added

We’ve been hard at work, interfacing the Groundwater Exchange with the California Water Library!

New pages for projects and actions now include documents from the California Water Library.  Pick a topic and explore:

Groundwater Recharge,
Conjunctive Use,
Stormwater Capture,
Recycled Water,
Agricultural Water Use Efficiency,
Urban Water Use Efficiency,
Markets and Trading,
Water Allocation Systems

You can access all of these from the Projects and Actions page which is accessible from the home page of the Groundwater Exchange.

We’ve also added a new page on SGMA and land use.

More new pages on the way!

Register for the upcoming Groundwater Exchange webinar

Greetings!

Join us for a live demo of the Groundwater Exchange on *December 4th* to learn more about key features and opportunities to engage with the site and others during this webinar hosted by the Groundwater Exchange, Stanford University’s Water in the West, and Environmental Defense Fund.  We will be joined by Herb Smart, a regulatory analyst at the Turlock Irrigation District who will discuss how water agencies can use the Groundwater Exchange.

Click here to register.

What’s new at the Groundwater Exchange … New forum topic: Addressing stakeholder apathy

New forum topic: Addressing stakeholder apathy

In the forum, there’s a new question:

“Interested to hear thoughts on engaging stakeholders who are generally and historically apathetic related to groundwater management. Insofar as SGMA and GSP development, how do GSAs raise stakeholder engagement when they don’t necessarily know what projects will be part of a GSP or what supply/demand management actions will be taken?

In other words, how do you get interest in GSP development when you don’t know how a GSP will affect water users’ (ag and urban) bills or how it can affect their water supply? It seems like unless their is a ‘tangible’ threat to pocketbooks, water supply or water quality, people are generally apathetic throughout the state.”

Do you have a comment to add or a suggestion?  You can post your answer by clicking here.  (You must be registered to comment in the forum.  Good news: Registration is easy … and free!)

What’s new this week at the Groundwater Exchange: Check out your basin page, upcoming groundwater events

Hello!

Basin pages now complete

The Groundwater Exchange is pleased to announce that the basin pages have now been completed for all medium and high priority basins.  While we have done our best to bring together the information from DWR and other sources, those of you who work in your basin know it best, so we invite you to let us know of any erroneous information or send in any resources or information you may have.  Click here to find your basin.

Upcoming groundwater events

Tuesday, November 13th

Citizen Groundwater Empowerment Workshop in Napa.  Presented by the North Coast Stream Flow Coalition and The Nature Conservancy. Click here for more information.

Groundwater Resources Association Southern California Chapter: PFAS 101, Facts on Remediation and Analysis of the Per/Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances – Best Practices in Fountain Valley. For more information and to register, click here.  You do not need to be a member to attend.

Wednesday, September 14th

Groundwater Resources Association webinar: The Systems Approach for Sustainable Groundwater Planning and Management.  Click here for more information and to register.

Groundwater Informational Workshop For Rural Communities & Residents On Private Wells to be held in Farmersville.  Presented by Greater Kaweah GSA, Self-Help Enterprises, and the Leadership Council.  Click here for an information flyer in both English and Spanish.

Groundwater Resources Association Sacramento Chapter: Can California successfully integrate groundwater and surface water under SGMA? with attorney Kevin O’Brien.   Click here for more information and to register.  You do not need to be a member to attend.

Groundwater Resources Association Inland Empire Chapter: “Building Bridges to a New World in Water Resource Management” with Kirby Brill.  Click here for more information and to register. You do not need to be a member to attend.

Upcoming Groundwater Exchange Webinar

Join us for a live demo of the Groundwater Exchange on *December 4th* to learn more about key features and opportunities to engage with the site and others during this webinar hosted by the Groundwater Exchange, Stanford University’s Water in the West, and Environmental Defense Fund.  We will be joined by Herb Smart, a regulatory analyst at the Turlock Irrigation District who will discuss how water agencies can use the Groundwater Exchange.

Click here to register.

Our previous webinar will be available on the “About” tab shortly.

This week at the Groundwater Exchange …

Hello!

There are interesting groundwater events coming up I want to alert you to:

On Saturday, October 27, Self Help Enterprises is hosting a Groundwater Sustainability Workshop in Visalia from 10am to 3pm.  To RSVP, contact: Sonia Sanchez, (559) 802-1689, SoniaS@selfhelpenterprises.org

On Wednesday, October 31st, a SGMA Survival Roundtable at the Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State from 2pm to 4pm.  Waterwrights.net and DisinfectWater present a discussion about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.  Click here for more information and to register.

On Monday, November 5, a groundwater recharge workshop in Acampo from 9am to 12pm.   Presented by Sustainable Conservation, the workshop will focus on how farmers, landowners and water districts can use active and fallow farmland to increase groundwater recharge while avoiding crop health problems, minimizing nutrient leaching and disruption of annual farm operations. Click here for more information and to register.

For more groundwater events, check out our groundwater calendar.   And be sure to send us your groundwater-related events for inclusion.

This week at the Groundwater Exchange …

Free webinar on the Groundwater Exchange tomorrow from 12pm to 1pm:  Please join us for a free webinar where I’ll take you through the website and show you all the features tucked in there.  Click here to register.

The State Water Board will hold a public workshop on Groundwater-Surface Water interactions on December 3rd in Sacramento.  The goal of the workshop is to provide water managers, including GSAs and others, with a menu of approaches to consider as they contemplate managing their own watersheds to prevent or manage depletions of interconnected surface water.  To attend, you’ll need to RSVP before October 21st.  Click here for more detailsView this event and other groundwater events at the Groundwater Exchange calendar (also available on the main menu bar).

This week at the Groundwater Exchange …

Do you have questions about groundwater?  The Groundwater Exchange can help you find answers!  You can search the Groundwater Exchange using the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the main page, or search the California Water Library for documents.  If you can’t find an answer there, you can ask a question in the forum, or use the Ask an Expert feature, which will connect you with experts from the USGS and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Participate in the forum and share your knowledge, as well as ask questions.   An active forum with knowledgeable participants would be an incredible resource!  There’s a new question in the forum: Clark has a question on agricultural water reuse.  Can you help?  (Note: Registration is required to participate in the forum, but it’s easy and free.  Click here to register.) The State Water Board will hold a public workshop on Groundwater-Surface Water interactions on December 3rd in Sacramento.  The goal of the workshop is to provide water managers, including GSAs and others, with a menu of approaches to consider as they contemplate managing their own watersheds to prevent or manage depletions of interconnected surface water.  To attend, you’ll need to RSVP before October 21st.  Click here for more detailsView this event and other groundwater events at the Groundwater Exchange calendar (also available on the main menu bar). Do you have website suggestions or feedback?  Please let us know!  Feel free to email me at Maven@groundwaterexchange.org.  Our hope is that the Groundwater Exchange will be a valuable tool for implementation of SGMA, so if you have an idea on how this website can be improved or if you have resources to share, do let us know!

This week at the Groundwater Exchange …

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Groundwater Exchange’s weekly newsletter!  (Want to subscribe?  Click here.)

Each week, we’ll highlight new content, forum topics, and other website developments, along with a look at groundwater in the news across the state.

We’re still working on the basin pages, and soon through technical wizadry, there will be the integration with the California Water Library, but the resource pages are relatively complete – such as Developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan , so I invite you to visit the main page or use the site index and explore.

Also note there is a calendar of groundwater events available on the main menu bar.

One section worth exploring is the Tools and Resources section located in the lower right-hand corner of the main page.   Do you have trouble getting around DWR’s website?  Check out the State Agency and USGS Resources page and hunt for the basin boundary modification page no longer.  Need to look at the monitoring requirements in the GSP regulations?  On the Legislation and Regulations page you can read and print out just the section you need.  DWR, NGOs, and academic institutions have developed numerous tools and data sources to support SGMA implementation.  Visit the Tools and Data Directory where you can view all the available tools and data sources and filter for just the information you are looking for.

Be sure to sign up for our webinar on October 11 where we’ll give a full website tour.  Click here for details and to register.

Lastly, this website was built to support successful implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  We hope it will be a useful tool for everyone participating in the sustainable management of the state’s groundwater basins.  If you have documents, resources, events to share, or suggestions on how this website could be improved, please let us know.