UPCOMING GROUNDWATER EVENTS: GSPs delivered, now what?; Groundwater shortcourse; IRWM Grants; 4th annual GSA summit

GRA BRANCH MEETING (FREE): Groundwater Sustainability Plans – Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Now What?

April 29, 5pm to 6:30pm

In 2020, 47 Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) were submitted to address Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requirements in 22 basins in California. Numerous other GSPs are in development that will be submitted in 2022.

While preparation, adoption and submittal of these GSPs represents a significant achievement by the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) involved, the reality is that the GSP submission milestone, while significant, only represents the beginning of SGMA implementation. Some lessons can be already be learned regarding the transition between GSP development and implementation.

This talk will share experiences with early-stage GSP implementations issues, regarding issues such as funding, monitoring, stakeholder engagement, coordination, and litigation.

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UC DAVIS ONLINE COURSE: Introduction to Groundwater, Watersheds, and Groundwater Sustainability Plans

May 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 9am to 12pm

Understanding groundwater and watersheds and how we monitor, assess, and sustainably manage these resources is critical and integral to California Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and other water management programs. Private citizens, professionals, decision makers, executives, agency employees, and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and in a wide variety of private, non-profit, and government responsibilities are increasingly engaged in the sustainable management and assessment of groundwater and surface water.

This online short course will review the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, water budgets, water quality, and water law and regulation in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. Through real world examples, participants learn about the most common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. We then review the key steps and elements of planning for groundwater sustainability.

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Prop. 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Workshop: Round 1 Survey Results and Round 2 Concepts

May 6, 9:30 – 11:30am

Join us for a virtual workshop, co-hosted by the IRWM Roundtable of Regions and the CA Department of Water Resources. Learn about the Round 1 survey results and proposed concepts for the Round 2 grant solicitation process, which will begin this summer, making over $190 million (in remaining Prop 1 funds) available for the implementation of IRWM projects.

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CONFERENCE: 4th Annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit

June 9, 10

Join fellow groundwater managers, regulators and technical experts for GRA’s Fourth Annual GSA Summit: Working Toward Implementation. 

In this two-day virtual event – you’ll learn with GSAs working towards a sustainable future. The format of this virtual conference features interactive panels and round tables to get deep into the issues GSAs are facing as they work on the second year of GSP development, or are starting on implementation activities. You’ll have a chance to hear directly from DWR and SWRCB about review findings and year one implementation progress.

Sessions will focus on lessons learned from GSAs that will have completed annual reporting twice since GSP adoption, how those data management systems are really working, accessing and putting to use implementation funding, developing and designing projects for basin sustainability, and the march toward five year updates.

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