Coming up this week …
- New Directions for Water Policy: On October 20th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will host a forum at Stanford University and release new papers highlighting opportunities for improving water management in the United States in the face of scarce water supplies. Speakers include Robert Glennon of the University of Arizona; Ellen Hanak, Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California; William Phillimore of Paramount Farming Company; Barton Thompson of The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Michael Markus of Orange County Water District; Peter Yolles of Water Smart Software; and Peter Gleick of The Pacific Institute. Click here for more information.
- The State Water Resources Control Board will meet on October 21.
- Reclamation Public Meeting on Long Term Water Transfers (Chico): On October 21, from 6pm to 8pm in Chico, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public hearing to solicit comments on the joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report on the effects of water transfers from 2015 to 2024. This Draft EIS/EIR evaluates water transfers that originate from willing sellers in northern California to buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Proposed Action includes transfers of Central Valley Project water through CVP or State Water Project facilities and transfers of non-CVP water supplies that require the use of CVP facilities. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program: On Wednesday, October 22, please join the Conservancy and its partners at the first stakeholder meeting for the Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (Delta MERP). The Delta MERP goal is to raise awareness about fish contamination issues in the Delta and encourage actions to reduce human exposure to mercury. The first of two meetings will be held in Stockton from 9 a.m. to noon, at San Joaquin County Public Health, 1868 E. Hazelton Avenue, 95205. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program: On Thursday, October 23, please join the Conservancy and its partners at the first stakeholder meeting for the Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (Delta MERP). The Delta MERP goal is to raise awareness about fish contamination issues in the Delta and encourage actions to reduce human exposure to mercury. This second of two meetings will be held in Walnut Grove from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Walnut Grove Library, 14177 Market Street, 95690. Click here for the agenda.
- Water fights: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the Water Bond: On October 23rd at 7pm, the Brower Center and Restore Hetch Hetchy present the Water Fights events, a two-program series designed to illuminate the past, present, and future of California's water.The BDCP discussion will feature the Natural Heritage Institute's Jerry Meral in discussion with Friends of the River's Ron Stork, moderated by Tom Berliner, former general counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The water bond discussion will feature Central Valley farmer Stuart Woolf in discussion with the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, moderated by Dave Sunding of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources. Click here for more information.
- Southern California Water Committee Annual Dinner: The 30th Southern California Water Committee's Annual Dinner will be held on October 23rd at the Sheraton Universal. Click here for more information.
Coming up next week and beyond …
- Making Connections: The 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference (Sacramento): The conference will be held October 28-30 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Registration is open. Click here for more information.
- Groundwater Land Use Symposium:The Correlation between Land Use and Groundwater. Can We Plan our way to a Sustainable Groundwater Supply? Find out on October 29th in Clovis. Continued population growth and changing cropping patterns place additional stress on local groundwater supplies in the San Joaquin Valley. Managing groundwater to meet current and future needs is a significant challenge in the region. The purpose of the Groundwater Land Use Symposium is to connect the local land-use planning community with water resource managers to discuss regional groundwater conditions and issues and evaluate how land-use decisions can have positive or negative impacts on the regional groundwater supply. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- 6th Annual State of the Sacramento River Forum: On October 30, the 6th Annual State of the Sacramento River Forum will be held at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.The aim of this year's Forum is to provide an opportunity for a more interactive and responsive conversation focused on current issues affecting the Sacramento River watershed. We are pleased to feature members of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) as our opening panel followed by panel discussions on groundwater legislation, innovative watershed management responses, investing in watershed services, and managing for droughts and less reliable water supplies. The Forum will culminate with a thought-provoking exchange of ideas on integrating solutions. Click here for more information.
- The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on October 30.
- Water fights: California water conflicts (Berkeley): On November 5 at 7 pm, join the Brower Center for part two of the Center’s water-themed series focuses on past and present water debates in California, which has been called “the most hydrologically altered landmass on the planet.” In November, the Center will take a look at California’s water history, exploring the successes and failures of three major water redistribution projects: Mono Lake, San Joaquin River, and the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct. Special guests will include Mono Lake Committee's Geoff McQuilkin; Natural Resources Defense Council's Monty Schmitt and Friant Water Authority's Steve Ottemoeller in discussion about the San Joaquin River; and Restore Hetch Hetchy's Spreck Rosekrans and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's Michael Carlin in discussion about Hetch Hetchy Valley. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- NEW! 2014 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Annual Science Review, November 6-7: The National Marine Fisheries Service biological opinion for state and federal water project operations requires the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and NMFS to host a workshop no later than November 30 of each year to review the prior water year’s operations and to determine whether any measures prescribed in the RPA should be altered in light of information learned from the prior year’s operations or research (NMFS’ Long-term Operations BiOp, section 220.127.116.11 of the 2009 RPA with 2011 amendments, starting on page 9). Under direction from the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior, this review has been expanded to include a review of the implementation of the USFWS Long-term Operations BiOp. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) also participates in the review because it operates the SWP. The intent of the annual review is to inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs, with the goal of developing lessons learned, incorporating new science, and making appropriate scientifically justified adjustments to the RPAs or their implementation to support real-time decision making for the next water year. Click here for more information.
- Ecology of the LA River: The Council for Watershed Health invites you to join us on November 7 at CSU Northridge for the conference, Ecology of the LA River. Building off the success of the State of the Los Angles River Watershed Conference in 2013, this conference will focus on the history and biological resources within the Los Angeles River watershed. We will explore the river’s verdant past, the importance of ecosystems in a healthy watershed, and examine efforts to revitalize parts of the river for linear parks, wildlife habitat and connect the biological and human communities today. Click here for more information.
- California Water Association 2014 Annual Meeting: Baking Bad … Sustaining Good: Scheduled for November 12-14 in Monterey. Click here for agenda and registration information.
- National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting will be held in Coronado on November 12-14. Click here for more information.
- Mono Lake at 20: Past, Present and Future: A Berkeley Law Symposium: UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy, joined by stakeholders in the Mono Lake Cases, are convening this symposium in Sacramento on November 17, 2014 to address several fundamental questions on this twentieth anniversary of D-1631. What are the actual results of implementation of D-1631? What does the decision mean for other water rights, as the State Water Board seeks to determine how best to protect public trust uses of the Delta and Central Valley rivers consistent with maintaining reliable water supplies? We will seek to move from problem definition towards solutions statements, building on previous events at UC Davis in 1980 and 2011. The symposium will do so by bringing together panelists from multiple perspectives to distill lessons learned from twenty years of concerted effort to implement the Mono Lake decisions, and from efforts elsewhere to implement environmental flows by regulators who are confronting public trust issues. The speakers will ground their discussion in the context of institutional, fiscal, and biophysical realities. Click here for more information and to register.
- Introduction to groundwater and watershed hydrology: Join the Groundwater Resources Association on November 17-18 for a short course that will review the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, water quality, and water contamination in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. It will then provide an overview of the most common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. And it will review current local, state, and federal programs dealing with groundwater, groundwater management, and watersheds. The course is specifically geared towards an audience that is or is planning to be involved in the management, assessment, and protection of groundwater and water resources. Course attendees who may have some experience with, but no formal training in hydrology or related engineering or science fields, will benefit from the basic and intuitive, yet comprehensive approach of this course. Click here for more information.
- California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup: 21st Annual Meeting: November 18 and 19, from 9AM to 4PM at UC Davis. Click here for more information.
- The California Water Commission will meet on November 19.
- The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on November 20-21.
- The Delta Protection Commission will meet on November 20.
- The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Fall Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for December 2-5 in San Diego. 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.
- The Western Governors Association will meet in Las Vegas on December 6-7. Click here for more information.
- The California Water Commission will meet on December 17.
- California Water Law Symposium:Wasted Water: Reasonable Use Law in 21st Century California: This year’s Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, January 24th at the Golden Gate Law School in San Francisco, will address current and future water issues in California, focusing on opportunities for collaboration in water management, and exploring possible resolutions to issues that will shape the future of our state with the theme of “Wasted Water: Reasonable Use Law in 21st Century California.” The program will tackle a variety of issues through the lens of managing water efficiently and sustainably under the Reasonable Use Doctrine. Panels will cover a range of topics, including efficiency in urban water use, pricing and incentives as a means of limiting use, sustainable groundwater management, and the role of Reasonable Use in agricultural sector. Click here for more information.
- 2015 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference on Water for Urban Areas (Los Angeles) This conference, scheduled for March 30 through April 1, 2015, provides an opportunity for water resource professionals to gather for discussions on the unique challenges associated with water resources for large urban areas – recognizing the need to effectively manage the increasing risks to their supplies and facilities and to prudently incorporate long-term resiliency within their systems, allowing for future flexibility to adapt to the impacts of these risks as they unfold. Click here for more information.
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