UPCOMING GROUNDWATER EVENTS: Groundwater hydrology, TCP contamination, Multibenefit recharge projects, FloodMAR, Groundwater allocations and legal risk, and more …

WEBINAR: California hydrology

October 6, 10:30am – 11:30am

The California hydrogeology webinar, presented by W. Richard Laton, Ph.D.,PG, CPG, CHG, focuses on the state’s:

      • Major aquifers
      • Physical and geologic properties
      • Groundwater use and availability
      • Groundwater quality and contamination
      • Surface water/groundwater interactions
      • Groundwater management issues.

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WEBINAR: Time is Running Out! More Than 100 Communities are About to be Left Holding the Bag on Tainted Water

October 6, 10:00am

Many communities across California–especially communities in the Central Valley–are negatively impacted by water contamination from 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP). TCP is a known carcinogen, and water agencies and suppliers impacted by this human-made contaminant may overlook the opportunity to sue the manufacturers that caused the contamination in the first place. Without taking legal action, these water systems are often forced to pass the high costs of treating TCP onto their customers. More than 100 water systems in California face significant clean-up costs from TCP in their water, yet only a few dozen have taken legal action against the manufacturers of the products that caused it.

Time is running out to bring these claims, and cities and water agencies that miss the deadline for filing a lawsuit will be left to pay to clean up these messes on their own. In this webinar, you’ll learn how groundwater contaminants like TCP and PFAS impact the health and wellness of communities across California, and how you can beat the December 31st deadline for making the polluters pay for TCP cleanup.

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WEBINAR: Multiple benefits of recharge projects

October 7, 12pm to 1pm

The next Lunch-MAR webinar hosted by DWR Flood-Managed Aquifer Recharge (Flood-MAR) program will be Wednesday, Oct. 7. The program will feature Maurice Hall with the Environmental Defense Fund discussing how recharge projects can provide multiple benefits and support resilience.

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VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Ensuring equitable involvement in regional water planning

October 8, 13, and 14, 8:30am to 1:00pm

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and the Local Government Commission are sponsoring a no-cost statewide summit, with support by the Department of Water Resources to share strategies for engaging marginalized communities in regional water management as learned through local implementation of the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement Program.

The 3-day summit will highlight best practices and resources developed through this program, and elevate how lessons learned from IRWM underrepresented community engagement can be shared across other water planning efforts.

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PUBLIC WEBINAR: SAFER Aquifer Risk Map: At-Risk Domestic Wells and State Small Water Systems

October 9, 9am

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will hold its third public webinar to receive input from interested persons concerning the identification of at-risk domestic wells and state small water systems.

This webinar will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about the draft map methodology and provide recommendations and feedback on State Water Board staff methods for determining “at-risk” domestic wells and state small water systems.

Registration Link (Zoom) | Pre-Meeting Survey Link | Draft Aquifer Map

WEBINAR: Flood-MAR and a Roadmap to Water Resiliency

October 14, 11:30am to 1pm

Dr. Graham E. Fogg, Professor Emeritus of Hydrogeology

By far the largest ‘space’ available for water storage is underground, especially in overdrafted groundwater systems. Although the history of groundwater development is characterized mainly by efforts to find and pump groundwater, the future of groundwater will hinge on working as hard on recharging groundwater as we do on pumping it. A new age of groundwater recharge and sustainable management will come easier if we more fully recognize the benefits of recharge, including the obvious benefits and some that are less obvious.

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WEBINAR: Navigating SGMA Groundwater Allocations & Minimizing Legal Risk

October 20, 10:00am to 11:30am

One of the biggest challenges to implementing California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) centers on deciding who gets to pump how much groundwater without changing groundwater rights.

To provide more clarity to groundwater agencies on how to navigate this challenge, Environmental Defense Fund partnered with four leading law experts to develop a law review article that takes a deep dive into the relationship between SGMA and groundwater rights: “The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the Common Law of Groundwater Rights — Finding a Consistent Path Forward for Groundwater Allocation.”

This webinar will feature a panel presentation with the article’s authors, followed by a live discussion with the audience on navigating SGMA allocations and groundwater law.

The panel will feature:

*Eric Garner, Best Best & Krieger LLP
*Christina Babbitt, Environmental Defense Fund
*Russ McGlothlin, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
*Leon Szeptycki, University of Virginia
*Valerie Kincaid, O’Laughlin & Paris LLP

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