Upcoming groundwater events

Bridging the Gap: Increasing Capture of Flood Flows During Extreme Weather Events

January 28-29, San Diego

Increasing stormwater capture and recharge is being examined throughout California, particularly in light of the need to achieve sustainability in accordance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). One of the challenges in planning associated with stormwater is the shift in California precipitation to more extreme, shorter-duration storm events. Many of these extreme events are a result of  “atmospheric rivers” (ARs). The difference between a wet or dry water year in California is now often dictated by the occurrence or absence of one or two strong AR storm systems.  With careful planning, precipitation from AR storm events can provide water for storage in surface water reservoirs and provide flood flows that can be captured for managed aquifer recharge (Flood MAR).

Given the importance of stormwater as a water supply resource, GRA has organized a unique event that connects the current state of the art in predicting ARs and climate change to surface water reservoir operations and Flood MAR. Experts from meteorology, weather forecasting, reservoir operations and Flood MAR will be speaking at an event we are calling “Bridging the Gap”, to be held in San Diego at the Dana Hotel on January 28-29, 2019.

This will be a groundbreaking, first-ever educational event of its kind for all California water resource professionals, including staff and board members in GSAs, members of GSA advisory committees, consultants working with GSAs, and key members of the public engaging in the development of local groundwater sustainability plans.

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California Water Law Symposium: California groundwater: SGMA and beyond

February 2, San Francisco

The California Water Law Symposium is a unique collaboration of law students from seven Northern California law schools–Berkeley Law, Stanford Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, University of San Francisco, UC Davis Law, McGeorge School of Law, and Golden Gate University.

Keynote speakers are Felicia Marcus, Fran Pavley, and Richard Frank.  Panel topics include groundwater contamination, interconnected surface and groundwater, tribal water rights, and adjudications under SGMA.

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Introduction to Groundwater, Watersheds, and the Nuts and Bolts of Groundwater Sustainability Plans

February 5-6, UC Davis

Understanding the fundamental principles of groundwater and watersheds and how we monitor, assess, and sustainably manage these resources with climate change and variability is critical and integral to Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and other water-related programs. Whether at the local, state, or federal level, these programs are designed for sustainable development, management, and protection of water resources in California among competing users. As Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in California develop and implement their GSPs, professionals, decision makers, executives, agency employees, and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and in a wide variety of private, non-profit, and government responsibilities at local, state, and federal levels, become directly or indirectly involved in the sustainable management and assessment of groundwater and surface water to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Yet, many participants find themselves lacking the multidisciplinary background and expertise to meaningfully participate in the technical and regulatory efforts related to water resources management. The amount of technical information available often seems overwhelming.

This shortcourse 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 will learn about the most common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. The course will then review the key elements of a GSP. Case studies are used so participants learn about

• development of conceptual models, water budgets, and GSP sustainability criteria;
• designing minimum thresholds and operating targets (measureable objectives) for GSPs and how to link those to monitoring networks;
• methods for addressing climate variability and climate change;
• recharge as a tool to enhance groundwater supplies;
• GSA governance; and
• available online planning resources.

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Groundwater Sustainability Plan Workshop

February 9, Fresno

Has your home ever run out of water, suffered from contaminated tap water, or had a dry well? Has land caved in near your community? Do you worry that these things will happen in your community and want to prevent them? These problems are happening because the water that we get from underground aquifers – groundwater – is being depleted.

In the Central Valley, we depend on groundwater for drinking, bathing, growing food, and more. To prevent our vital groundwater resources from being depleted, local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are starting to manage the use of groundwater resources, and they want to hear from YOU about your water needs. These agencies are about to make incredibly important decisions about who gets to use groundwater, and how much. At this workshop participants will gain technical and advocacy skills that will help them participate in this process effectively.

Presented by the Leadership Counsel.

Please RSVP by January 21st by emailing AMonaco@LeadershipCounsel.org or by calling 559-369-2788, extension 1003