Coming up this week …
- Brown Bag Seminar: Delta Landscape Metrics: Creating a Spatial Framework to Inform Restoration Planning: On Monday, July 28 from 12 noon to 1 pm, Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute will discuss the Delta Landscapes project,which provides a landscape-scale perspective on restoration opportunities and recommendations founded on a sound understanding of the ecological functions that existed in the Delta prior to substantial human modification. This information is critical to planning for a future Delta that is reconciled to support as much native biodiversity as possible with minimal management effort. This talk will explore the interpretation of historical Delta landscapes to define the physical environment and ecosystem functions through quantifiable metrics. This approach will help maximize the value of contemporary restoration and begin to reconcile the past with the future Delta Ecosystem. Click here for an informational flier.
- Public comment period for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan closes on July 29.
- Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Annual Work Plan Open House: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public Open House on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015. The Open House will be held in Sacramento on Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm. The open house will include informational presentations as well as breakout sessions on individual components of the plan. Comments on the plan are due by September 2. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Brown Bag Seminar:Know the ISB: Earthquakes and peat on shores that bob up and down: This is the first installment in a new seminar series titled ‘Know the ISB’. These seminars intend to introduce the Delta science community to the scientific interests of Delta Independent Science Board Members. On Thursday, July 31st, from 11:30 to 12:30, Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey will be here to discuss subduction zones around the Pacific Ocean and their connection to tidal marshes. Please note the starting time of this seminar is 11:30. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Dr. Jay Famiglietti: Remote Sensing and Modeling of California Water Resources: Can New NASA Research and Development Support State and Regional Water Management? (Sacramento): On July 31st, at 1:30pm, Dr. Jay Famiglietti will give a presentation on the latest NASA research into California water. The current California drought has highlighted the importance of water management under conditions of scarcity and uncertainty. Long-term declines in snowpack and groundwater levels point to continued challenges in providing a reliable supply of potable water to a growing California population. In this presentation, key capabilities and findings from NASA satellite and modeling research on hydrology and water resources will be reviewed. Application readiness levels for satellite methodologies will be clearly articulated, science needs will be discussed, and feedback on management needs will be encouraged. Advances in statewide modeling will also be presented. These include progress on a research-based, UC-NASA California water model that is being developed specifically to ingest ground and satellite data. Click here for more information.
- Groundwater: Past, Present, and Future (Woodland): At 3pm on Thursday, July 31, join the Sacramento chapter of the Groundwater Resources Association to hear groundwater expert Carl Hauge. Click here for more information.
- Just add water: The Discussions: Water Wars: On Thursday, July 31st, join Boom editor John Christensen to learn about the people and struggles that have made our water systems cleaner, healthier, safer for all, from Mono Lake to South and East L.A. Panelists: Mark Gold, IoES Associate Director, Coastal Center Director, and Adjunct Professor at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Elsa Lopez, Manager Public Affairs, Water Replenishment District of So. California, Mary Pardo, Professor of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge, Ed Reyes, Former Los Angeles City Councilman. For tickets and more information, click here.
- NEW! Delta Independent Science Board will meet on August 1st. Click here for more information.
Coming up next week and beyond …
- The state legislature returns on August 4.
- Public hearing on resolution regarding drinking water discharges: On Tuesday, August 5, the State Water Resources Control Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comments and testimony on a Draft Resolution (1) approving a Mitigated Negative Declaration prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act; and (2) granting a regulatory exception from specified state water quality standards for mandatory discharges from drinking water systems that result from compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and the California Health and Safety Code. The State Water Board will also receive public comments and testimony on a Draft Statewide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for discharges from drinking water systems. Click here for revised agenda.
- The State Water Board will meet on August 5th.
- State Water Board Public Workshop on August 6th regarding amendments to the Ocean Plan for desalination facilities. Click here for more information.
- Webinar: Series on Land Subsidence, Part 1: Subsidence Impacts from Groundwater Extraction: Join the Groundwater Resources Association on Wednesday, August 6, from 12PM to 1:30PM for the first in a series of webinars exploring the effects of land subsidence from groundwater extraction. Experts from academia, regulatory agencies, consulting, industry and the legal arena will participate. The series will complement GRA's Land Subsidence Symposium – Déjà Vu All Over Again, Technical Challenges and Financial Impacts, scheduled for September 9, 2014, UC Davis, California. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Webinar: Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management: On Aug. 7th, Sara Hutto of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary presents a webinar, A Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management of North-Central California Coast and Ocean Habitats, Species, and Ecosystem Services. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s Climate-Smart Adaptation Project for the North-Central California Coast and Ocean will produce a comprehensive and prioritized adaptation implementation plan based on climate-smart principles. A climate-smart approach seeks nature-based solutions to reduce climate change impacts on wildlife and people, and enhance resilience to sustain vibrant, diverse ecosystems. Click here for more information.
- The State Water Board will hold a Public Workshop on developing model groundwater monitoring criteria in areas of oil and gas production where fracking is occurring on Thursday, August 7, in Bakersfield. The model criteria will address a range of methods from monitoring of individual wells to conducting a regional groundwater monitoring program. The purpose of the meeting is to gather stakeholder and public perspectives, ideas, and concerns regarding the potential effects of oil and gas related activities (such as fracking) on groundwater. The meeting will be held in Bakersfield. Click here for the meeting notice.
- The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will meet on August 7-8 in Rancho Cordova. More information by clicking here.
- Just add water: The Discussions: Some Like It Hot: On Thursday, August 7th, join Boom editor John Christensen and find out how to survive and thrive in a hotter L.A., and adapt to climate change and increasingly stressed water supplies, all while creating a more livable, vibrant city. Panelists: Alex Hall, Professor at UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Frances Anderton, Host of KCRW's “DnA: Design & Architecture”, Dr. John Harris, Chief Curator at the Page Museum and Head of Vertebrate Studies at NHM For tickets and more information, click here.
- Water Underfoot (San Francisco): On Wednesday, August 13, at 6pm, the Commonwealth Club will host Debbie Davis, Community & Rural Affairs Advisor, Office of Planning and Research, State of California; Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board; and Barton Thompson, Jr., Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School for a panel discussion on groundwater. The historic drought is driving farmers and communities to suck more water out of the ground. That can lead to salt water leaking into aquifers and the creation of sinkholes. California manages and monitors its groundwater much more loosely than other Western states. The new fracking law and other measures are gradually changing that, but the Golden State still needs to improve how it handles a precious economic resource. Will the drought finally drive California to improve the way it uses the water under our feet? Join us for an update on keeping the water flowing in dry times. Click here for more information.
- ACWA Regulatory Summit: “Looking Upstream: Managing California’s Headwaters for Sustainability”: Sustainably managing California’s headwaters will be the focus of ACWA’s annual regulatory summit which this year will be held Aug. 13-14 in South Lake Tahoe. Click here for more information.
The historic drought is driving farmers and communities to suck more water out of the ground. That can lead to salt water leaking into aquifers and the creation of sinkholes. California manages and monitors its groundwater much more loosely than other Western states. The new fracking law and other measures are gradually changing that, but the Golden State still needs to improve how it handles a precious economic resource. Will the drought finally drive California to improve the way it uses the water under our feet? Join us for an update on keeping the water flowing in dry times. – See more at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2014-08-13/water-underfoot#sthash.CAoU3BLf.dpuf
- Habitat Conservation Planning: On August 15, gain an overview of state and federal endangered species laws and recommendations for best approaches to conservation planning. Explore case studies of simple single species and complex multispecies HCPs and more. From UC Davis Extension. Click here for more information.
- Department of Fish and Wildlife to hold public outreach meeting regarding impacts of the drought on Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A Wildlife Areas on August 16 from 9 am to noon in Los Banos.CDFW is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited and the Grassland Water District to provide licensed hunters with updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to Type A hunting programs on public lands and to allow them to make comments and recommendations. State wildlife areas to be discussed include Mendota, Los Banos, Volta and North Grasslands, including the Salt Slough, China Island, Gadwall and Mud Slough units. Click here for more information.
- The State Water Board will meet on August 19.
- State Water Board Public Hearing on August 19 for amendments to the Ocean Plan for desalination facilities. Click here for the meeting notice.
- 2014 California Adaptation Forum: On August 19 and 20, the Climate Adaptation Forum will engage a diverse mix of more than 600 California policymakers, practitioners and leaders. The audience will include elected officials, public- and private-sector leaders, nonprofits and researchers addressing public health, energy, water, emergency management, agriculture, biodiversity conservation and coastal management issues associated with climate change and adaptation. Click here for more information.
- The California Water Commission will meet on August 20.
- NEW! San Bernardino Water Conference, August 22: In order for businesses and residents to continue to have access to water, and our local economy to prosper, we need to explore unique ways to meet present and future water demands. On August 22, 2014, government officials, premier water experts, business leaders and community stakeholders will attend the Eighth Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference to discuss solutions to overcome California’s water challenges. The conference enables the public to engage with business, community and civic leaders to discuss issues such as the state’s water resources, supply vs demand situation, financing and next steps in dealing with these issues. Click here for more information.
- The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on August 28-29.
- Wetlands Regulation and Monitoring: On August 28, learn about the regulation of activities affecting wetlands, permitting for activities in wetlands and wetlands mitigation planning. Gain an overview of federal and state laws and regulations protecting wetlands and other bodies of water, with a special emphasis on Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. From UC Davis Extension. Click here for more information.
- August 31st is the last day for the state legislature to pass bills. Final recess begins upon adjournment.
- 2014 Floodplain Management Conference: “Keeping our heads above water”: The annual conference will be held September 2-5 in Santa Clara. For a preliminary program and registration information, click here.
- Sierra Nevada Alliance 21st Annual Conference: Join us in North Lake Tahoe on September 6 – 8 for what many call the “best conservation conference in the Sierra!” Mark your calendars and make your reservations – the Conference will be full of inspiring speakers, great workshops, fun field trips and terrific networking. This year's Conference will feature Keynote Speaker, Tim Palmer, award winning author of 24 books, conservationist and landscape photographer. Click here for more information.
- Land Subsidence Symposium: Déjà Vu All Over Again – Technical Challenges and Financial Impacts: The Groundwater Resources Association is organizing a symposium on the subject of land subsidence to be held on September 9, 2014 at the UC Davis Conference Center. The prevalence of drought conditions in California since 2007, and the related decline in surface-water supplies, has led to extensive groundwater extraction and associated subsidence rates approaching 1 foot per year; it is likely that subsidence rates will increase this summer. Concern over these very high rates of subsidence and the resulting costly damages to flood-control, water-delivery and other structures is driving the need for this symposium. This symposium will discuss the mechanics of subsidence caused by groundwater withdrawal, damages related to that subsidence, monitoring methods, and the technically challenging aspects of managing this complex process. Click here for more information.
- California Stormwater Quality Association 2014 Annual Meeting will be held September 15-17 in Orange County. Click here for more information.
- Advanced Metering Infrastructure Symposium: On Tuesday, September 16 from 10AM to 4PM, the AMI Symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the technology itself, how it can be used for water conservation purposes, pertinent economic considerations, and practical advice from utility and industry representatives. Click here for more information.
- Townhall LA: Water is serious business: On September 22 from 11:30 to 1:30, join Townhall LA for a frank discussion with Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, about Southern California’s water future and what the Metropolitan Water District needs to maintain its historically high level of reliability. The water situation in California is one of the worst in recorded history: 2013 was the driest calendar year for the state of California, the California State Water Project will provide no water this year, and many groundwater aquifers are reaching historic lows. Governor Jerry Brown asked Californians to cut water use by 20% in January 2014, but water use has only declined by 5% in the past seven months. According to a recent Los Angeles Times poll, only 36% of those polled were willing to use taxpayer dollars to improve state storage and delivery systems. Are mandatory water restrictions on businesses and residents the only answer to this severe drought? What infrastructure improvements does the state need, and who should pay for them? And can California survive if this winter’s predicted El Niño does not bring heavy rainfall? Click here for more information and to register.
- Bay + Water + Delta: Better Together: A Conference on Fresh Water in Our Bay-Delta Estuary (Antioch): On September 24th from 9:00 to 12:30pm, join Friends of the SF Estuary for this half-day conference to discuss the importance of fresh water to the Bay-Delta Estuary, the current planning processes underway that may negatively or positively impact fresh water flows, and what needs to be done to protect the environmental, economic, social, and health benefits of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. Click here for more information.
- The Delta Protection Commission will meet on September 25 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in Discovery Bay.
- The San Gabriel Valley Water Forum will be held on October 2 at the Pomona Fairplex. The current, serious drought is demonstrating the potential to create extreme conditions for our water supply, environment, public health and economy. Not only are we faced with water supply shortages, but other significant drought-related impacts are on the horizon. Our “Survival Kit” includes a variety of solutions: water conservation, water supply solutions (recycled water, imported water, storm water capture, desalination), rationing, price increases, public education, legislation and a potential Water Bond on the November 2014 ballot. Click here for more information and to register.
- 3rd Annual CalDesal Conference (Monterey): The conference will be held October 6-7 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey. More details to come. Click here to visit CalDesal online.
- NEW! California Lake Management Society (CALMS) conference, Davis, October 9 and 10: The conference themes are Mercury Management, Watershed Connections, and Quagga Mussels. The entire first morning of the conference agenda will focus on mercury management: an in-depth discussion about the Statewide Reservoirs Mercury Control Program and TMDL, plus reservoir water chemistry and fisheries management practices, studies, and pilot tests. The second day is a field trip to Camanche Reservoir to hear about its hypolimnetic oxygenation system. Click here for more information.
- The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will meet on October 9-10 in Rancho Cordova. More information by clicking here.
- Santa Ana Watershed Conference 2014: Keeping Our Cool: Join us Tuesday, October 14 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside for the 5th Annual OWOW Event convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation. SAWPA is pleased to announce the adoption of One Water One Watershed (OWOW) 2.0 Plan for the Santa Ana River Watershed. This plan identifies new implementation projects and programs that will address the water resource challenges facing the region. The one-day conference will focus on ways to implement OWOW 2.0: linking projects for synergy, working proactively for sustainable solutions, integrating water supply with land use, infrastructure and energy to grow the local economy, and coordinating resources to use water multiple times. Click here for more information.
- Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation(Sacramento): On October 15, gain a comprehensive overview of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and an understanding of its significance to California in this introductory course. Explore all aspects of the Delta, past and present, including current plans to improve and protect the Delta water system, its built environment, infrastructure, hydrology, ecosystem, fish and wildlife, land use and water project operations. From the UC Davis Extension. Click here for more information.
- The California Groundwater Resources Association 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference: 2014: The Year of Groundwater will be held October 15-16 in Sacramento. 2014 is shaping up to be a landmark year in California's water history, and groundwater is the focus. As groundwater levels decline and the land surface subsides during one of the worst series of droughts the state has experienced, Governor Brown's administration is proposing to provide legislative and other support to local entities to improve groundwater management. Recent hearings held by the state on groundwater sustainability also indicate that industry associations, grower groups and the state are evaluating targeted efforts to preserve and protect local control over groundwater management, and also to allow for state intervention where local efforts are unsuccessful or nonexistent. GRA's 23rd Annual Conference and Meeting will focus on this topic with targeted sessions on the administration's efforts, associated legislation, and perspectives of local entities. Click here for more information.
- The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite: The California State Bar's Environmental Law section will be having their annual Yosemite conference on October 16-19. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Dealing in Drought: Development, Legislation and Litigation (Los Angeles) October 30, 2014, 2014 is being touted as California’s single driest year on record and severe drought conditions have brought the state to a crossroads. Is drought now going to be the new normal in California? This program will help attendees understand the impacts of drought on the competing needs of urban, agricultural and environmental water users. A diverse group of water leaders from state and local government, water associations, the legislature and engineers and attorneys will provide their insight on the legal and policy issues facing the state’s surface water, groundwater and alternative water supplies. Come and discover how California’s drought is creating challenges and prompting new solutions for water resource management. Click here for more information.
- Making Connections: The 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference (Sacramento): The conference will be held October 28-30 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The deadline for abstracts is June 11. Click here for abstract information. Conference information to follow.
- International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (Long Beach): November 6-8: Hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, this year's conference includes sessions on water issues. The program has a presentation on the effects of climate change on water supply reliability, and a session on how water resources are being handled across the country. Click here for more information.
- National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting will be held in Coronado on November 12-14. Click here for more information.
- The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will meet on December 4-5 in Rancho Cordova. More information by clicking here.
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