Coming up this week …
- 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.
- The California Water Commission will meet on September 17. The meeting will be held in San Bernardino; Commissioners will tour the East Branch Extension and facilities. Click here for the agenda.
- The challenge of sustainable groundwater management in California: On Wednesday, September 17th at 5:30pm in Berkeley, the San Francisco chapter of the Groundwater Resources Association presents Dan Wendell with the Nature Conservancy with a discussion on sustainable groundwater management. Click here for details.
- Delta Waterways Clean-Up Day: On Saturday, September 20, 2014, in conjunction with Coastal Clean-up Day, the Commission and the Delta Conservancy are hosting seven cleanup sites throughout the Delta. The Delta Conservancy is also a tire recycling event for illegally dumped tires in the Delta. Click here for more on the Delta Waterways Clean-Up Day; Click here for the tire recycling event.
Coming up next week and beyond …
- NEW! Brown Bag Seminar: Seawater Desalination: Promise or Peril? There is considerable interest in increasing the use of seawater desalination in California. However, expanding desalination capacity along the California coast raises a variety of environmental, social, and economic questions, many of which are not fully answered. Join the Pacific Institute's Heather Cooley on Monday, September 22, from 12 to 1 pm, for a seminar that will review the advantages and disadvantages of existing and new desalination technologies and provide a summary of proposed seawater desalination projects in California and their current status. Click here for 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.
- The State Water Resources Control Board will meet on September 23, beginning at 9AM. Agenda items include consideration of adoption of an order denying the petitions for reconsideration of the Executive Director's January 31, 2014 order approving the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions and their subsequent modifications to the water right license and permits for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. Click here for more information on the draft order. Agenda will be posted here.
- State Water Board Workshop on Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use: On September 24th, beginning after 9AM, the State Water Resources Control Board will hold a workshop to receive comments and discuss the process the State Water Board should use to address recent allegations and legal theories regarding the sources and quantity of water supplies available for diversion and use with in the Central and Southern Delta. This workshop notice identifies some of the issues that may need to be addressed during any subsequent proceeding ; however, evidence regarding these issues and arguments regarding the supporting legal theories should not be submitted, and will not be discussed, at the workshop. The State Water Board anticipates that this workshop and any subsequent process will inform future curtailment analyses and resolve recent allegations of potential unauthorized diversion of stored water in the Delta. Click here for the meeting notice.
- FREE webinar: Water Transactions: Challenges and Strategies: Join Bloomberg BNA on September 24 for a free webinar on water transactions. Increasing demand for water and less reliability in its supply is necessitating transactions of water (and the rights to it) among users, a trend that only will increase in the years ahead. Do you know the key components to a successful water transaction? Join us for this timely webinar and learn the critical aspects of water transactions. Click here for more information.
- 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. Congressman George Miller to give keynote address; Senator Lois Wolk to speak as well. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Southern California Water Dialog: The Water Bond: Under the Microscope: Join the Southern California Water Dialog on September 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for a program on the water bond, with Alf Brandt, Tim Quinn, Adam Scow (invited), and Marty Adams. Click here for more details.
- NEW! Celeste Cantu: Water and Our Future: What's it to you? (Riverside): On Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Celeste Cantu, general manager of Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and a recognized water authority in the Inland region, will discuss “Water and Our Future: What’s It to You?” in a lecture presented by UC Riverside’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development as part of the center’s Randall Lewis Seminar Series. Ms. Cantu will discuss the proposed water bond and the Delta ecosystems, the impact the drought is having on the water supply from the Colorado River, and the issue of climate change and its impacts on watershed management. She also will address the importance of better managing watershed resources locally and across political boundaries; the importance of managing watersheds affected by wildfires and reducing wildfire threats; the use of urban planning to protect watershed resources; and processes for societal consultation and participation, such as landscaping with California-friendly plants. Click here to register.
- The Central Valley Flood Protection Board will meet on September 26. Agenda to be posted here.
- The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on September 25 and 26.
- 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.
- The State Water Resources Control Board will meet on October 7.
- Hydrology and the Law: On October 7th at the Double Tree in Santa Monica, or by webcast, attend this one-day seminar which will explain the basics of hydrology and how it interacts with the law in California for the benefit of practitioners in both fields. In particular, leading experts in both fields will examine the relationship between hydrology and the law as it relates to water quality and pending groundwater legislation, as well as how hydrology comes into play during litigation. This seminar will help practitioners in both fields improve their overall understanding of these very interrelated fields just as water issues are front page news. Click here for more information.
- The development of water on the Westside (Los Banos): The Charles Sawyer Memorial Lecture Series will be held on Tuesday, October 7 in Los Banos. Reception at 5:30; program begins at 6:15. This year’s speakers will be David Houston, former United States deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Interior, and Alan Paterson, author of a documentary on the history of the San Luis Canal Company. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- Public hearing: San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation (Temperance Flat) draft EIS (Sacramento): On Tuesday, October 14, from 1 to 3 pm, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public hearing to gather comments from the public on the draft EIS for the San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation (or Temperance Flat). 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 Water Commission will meet on October 15.
- 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.
- Paying for Drinking Water Infrastructure with the Clean & Drinking Water State Revolving Funds: On October 16, from 8AM to 5PM, attend a free training workshop for communities and buyers sponsored by the State Water Resources Control Board and EPA Region 9 at Cal EPA headquarters in Sacramento. Click here to register.
- Public hearing: San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation (Temperance Flat) draft EIS (Fresno): On Thursday, October 16, from 6 to 8 pm, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public hearing to gather comments from the public on the draft EIS for the San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation (or Temperance Flat). 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.
- The State Water Resources Control Board will meet on October 21.
- Southern California Water Committee Annual Dinner: Save the date! The 30th Southern California Water Committee's Annual Dinner will be held on October 23rd at the Sheraton Universal. 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. Registration to open in mid-September. 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.
- The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on October 30-31.
- 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! 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.
- 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.
- The California Water Commission will meet on November 19.
- 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 California Water Commission will meet on December 17.
- 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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