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    Aug 10 2014

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    What’s on the calendar this week and beyond …

    tablet_calendar_800_clr_9583Time to open up those calendars and note any of these events that are of interest to you …

    Coming up this week …

    • Making Connections: The 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference (Sacramento):  The conference will be held October 28-30 at the Sacramento Convention Center.  You can still register onsite and attend.  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. Agenda items include an informational update on the development of an integrated monitoring and assessment framework in the Delta, as well as the monthly update  on the progress of the Delta Levee Investment Strategy.  Click here for the agenda and meeting materials.
    • The Delta Independent Science Board will meet on October 31Click here for the agenda.

     

    Coming up next week and beyond …

    • NEW! Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Salinas): On November 3rd, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California and invite the public to comment on the assessment, analysis and recommendations in the document. The first of six meetings being held statewide. Click here for the meeting notice.
    • 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.
    • NEW! Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Fresno): On November 6th, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California and invite the public to comment on the assessment, analysis and recommendations in the document. The second of six meetings being held statewide. Click here for the meeting notice.
    • 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.
    • 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 11.2.1.2 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.
    • NEW! IRWM Stakeholder Capacity Building Workshop:DWR is organizing an IRWM Stakeholder Capacity-Building Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, November 6 from 9am to 4pm. The primary purpose of the workshop is to provide tools and resources to IRWM stakeholders, with a particular focus on the needs of tribes, disadvantaged communities, and local agencies; however, all IRWM stakeholders are welcome!  The workshop will be held simultaneously in Redding, Stockton, Placerville, Clovis, and Los Angeles (addresses below), with webcast plenary sessions and on-site interactive sessions throughout the day. We encourage IRWM stakeholders to attend the workshop via the nearest regional viewing hub location: Redding, Stockton, Clovis, Los Angeles, or Placerville  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.
    • NEW! Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Redding): On November 12th, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California and invite the public to comment on the assessment, analysis and recommendations in the document. The third of six meetings being held statewide. Click here for the meeting notice.
    • NEW! DTSC Regulatory Update (Sacramento):  On Wednesday, November 12, the Sacramento chapter of the Groundwater Resources Association will hold its monthly meeting.  This month, Dot Lofstrom & Rick Fears with the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) will present a regulatory update.  Ms. Lofstrom will provide a regulatory update on issues pertinent to DTSC, including vapor intrusion and recent guidance documents. She will also discuss the groundwater audits that are being conducted at RCRA permitted landfills. Mr. Fears will discuss a new paradigm for evaluating drinking water contamination.   Click here for more information.
    • National Water Resources Association Annual Meeting will be held in Coronado on November 12-14Click 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.
    • NEW! Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Los Angeles): On November 21st, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California and invite the public to comment on the assessment, analysis and recommendations in the document. The fourth of six meetings being held statewide. Click here for the meeting notice.
    • The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on November 20-21.
    • The Delta Protection Commission will meet on November 20.

    December

    • NEW! Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Coachella): On December 1st, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California and invite the public to comment on the assessment, analysis and recommendations in the document. The fifth of six meetings being held statewide. Click here for the meeting notice.
    • 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.
    • NEW! Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Sacramento): On December 3rd, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California and invite the public to comment on the assessment, analysis and recommendations in the document. The last of six meetings being held statewide. Click here for the meeting notice.
    • 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 6-7Click here for more information.
    • The California Water Commission will meet on December 17.

    2015

    • 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.
    • 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour: (South Lake Tahoe): Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the MontBleu Resort Casino Spa: The Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism.  Each year, we choose powerful environmental and adventure films so that you are inspired to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world.  Click here for more information.

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