Upcoming groundwater events: Groundwater recharge, Central Valley drinking water workshops, SGMA GSP Reporting, Western Groundwater Congress, and more …

August 16: Webinar: Groundwater Recharge & Environmental Flows: Balancing Our Depleted Supplies & Ecosystem Needs

Groundwater managers across the state are looking to groundwater recharge as a potential solution to their community’s water challenges. Come join the NGO Groundwater Collaborative for a conversation on the statewide efforts looking at recharge, environmental flows, water rights, and permitting from a panel of experts on the topic. Presentations will be followed by 20-30 minutes of Q&A discussion, so come prepared to engage!  Presented by the Local Government Commission and the Clean Water Fund.

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August 17: Pond Planning and Groundwater Recharge Workshop

SRF and Sanctuary Forest will host a Pond Planning and Groundwater Recharge Workshop and Field Tour this summer to highlight rainwater catchment ponds and groundwater recharge concepts and opportunities. Presentations will focus on Redwood Creek planning efforts and conceptual designs for the Marshall Ranch flow enhancement planning project, Sanctuary Forest’s pioneering recharge efforts, and expert presentations on groundwater hydrology. The workshop will include a field tour to the Sanctuary Forest Baker Creek project shown above.

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August 20/21: Central Valley Drinking Water – Solutions to Groundwater Contamination Workshop

These workshops, presented by the American Groundwater Trust, will discuss:

  • Overall condition of drinking water quality in Central Valley communities
  • Health and economic impacts of inadequate drinking water
  • SGMA requirements related to the availability of safe drinking water
  • Jurisdictional authority/responsibility for ensuring the availability of safe drinking water
  • The natural or anthropogenic origins of chemicals and compounds of concern
  • How correct well drilling, construction and monitoring can have a positive impact on water quality
  • Water quality testing capabilities and the interpretation of test results
  • Water quality treatment technologies, how they work and what they cost
  • Legal remedies for recovering treatment costs by communities, utilities and water agencies
  • How to find funding for capital investment in water infrastructure improvements
  • Case studies of contamination reduction/ removal

Limited number of free registrations available.

Click here to register for Fresno workshop on August 20.
Click here to register for Bakersfield workshop on August 21.


August 20-22  SGMA GSP Reporting workshops

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) GSP Reporting System workshop will assist those submitting groundwater sustainability plans(GSPs). The workshop is free, but space is limited so reservations are encouraged and are on a first-come basis.

During the workshop, DWR staff will present information on the updated SGMA Portal, provide step-by-step instructions for GSP submittal, demonstrate the new tool, and answer questions.

Click here to register for Fresno on August 20.
Click here to register for Bakersfield on August 21.
Click here to register for webcast on August 22.


August 26: Community Discussion on Groundwater in Dinuba

Groundwater is a vital resource utilized by communities, cities and farmers. New Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have been formed to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Complying with the new law will ensure that groundwater resources are sustainable and available in the future.

The community discussion will provide an overview about SGMA, the state of the Kings Subbasin and a panel discussion on key chapters of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The GSP is a detailed roadmap for how groundwater basins will reach long-term groundwater sustainability.

Presented by Self-Help Enterprises.

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September 10: Incentivizing Groundwater Recharge: A Berkeley Law Symposium

Groundwater aquifers continue to be depleted as pumping exceeds recharge in many regions of the world, adversely affecting human and environmental systems. Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is one crucial strategy to bringing these groundwater resources into sustainable balance. However, understanding is sorely lacking about how to effectively incentivize MAR, and how to navigate the institutions relevant to MAR.

This symposium will seek to fill these knowledge gaps, addressing key questions including: Who benefits from groundwater recharge? What conditions are necessary for a recharge project to succeed? How can implementation be incentivized? How should recharge projects be governed? What emerging and novel techniques hold promise for future MAR?

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September 17-19: Second Annual Western Groundwater Congress

Don’t miss the premier groundwater conference of 2019, GRA’s Western Groundwater Congress!  This three-day, multi-track event is the leading technical conference for our broad groundwater community focusing on Western groundwater resources and quality.  In addition to world-class technical presentations, sessions will focus on sustainable groundwater management,  advancements in contaminant hydrogeology, and practical hands-on workshops.  If a host of technical groundwater sessions isn’t reason enough – enjoy networking and social activities ranging from wine/beer tasting, massage chairs, wellness activities and a casino night! Or grab and old friend and belt out a tune at after-hours karaoke!

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September 26: Kern County GSP Public Review Open House

A “One-Stop-Shop” for groundwater users with interests throughout the Kern Subbasin to meet with representatives from subbasin GSAs and water/irrigation districts to discuss the Kern Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plans during the 90-day public review period.

Kern Groundwater Authority
• Arvin Community Services District (ACSD)
• Arvin-Edison Water Storage District (AEWSD)
• Cawelo Water District (CWD)
• City of Shafter
• County of Kern
• Kern County Water Agency (KCWA)
• Kern-Tulare Water District (KTWD)
• Kern Water Bank Authority (KWBA)
• North Kern Water Storage District (NKWSD)
• Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District (RRBWSD)
• Semitropic Water Storage District (SWSD)
• Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District (SWID)
• Southern San Joaquin Municipal Utility District (SSJMUD)
• Tejon-Castaic Water District (TCWD)
• West Kern Water District (WKWD)
• Westside District Water Authority (WDWA)
• Wheeler Ridge-Maricopa Water Storage District (WRMWSD)
Henry Miller Water District GSA
Buena Vista Water Storage District GSA
Olcese Water District GSA
Kern River GSA
• Kern Delta Water District
• City of Bakersfield
• Improvement District No. 4

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