Coming up this week …
- Water Conservation and Drought Workshop (Elk Grove): Congressman Ami Bera will be hosting a water conservation and drought workshop for local residents on Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:00PM to 7:30PM to help connect residents to tools and resources to help with the drought. The workshop is an opportunity to learn more about how you may be able to take advantage of money saving rebates for using water more efficiently, and find out about other resources and information that can help you and your household. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- 2015 Urban Water Management Plan Guidance – Listening Session: DWR will host a listening session, via webinar, on September 3rd from 9:00am- 11:00am to gather input from interested stakeholders on the guidance provided in the 2010 version of the Urban Water Management Plan Guidebook and comments and suggestions for the 2015 update. Click here for more information.
- DWR Environmental Justice Film Series: Thirsty for Justice and Living in the Rainshadow: On September 3rd at 10AM, the CA Dept. of Water Resources (DWR) Environmental Justice Series will present two documentaries highlighting the importance of environmental justice and sustainability. Thirsty for Justice and Living in the Rain Shadow have been chosen for their sensitive and compelling portrayal, highlighting communities in California without access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water. The feature films demonstrate the daily realities many communities face and how they are proactively seeking solutions towards a better tomorrow. This special screening is in conjunction with DWR’s Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Justice principles in promoting a healthy environment and sustainable ecosystems. The screenings will be followed by a filmmaker panel discussion with invited tribal and community representatives. The event will be webcast. Click here for more information.
- Central Basin MWD Water Caucus (Commerce): The Central Basin MWD will hold its monthly water caucus on Wednesday, September 3rd, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. On the agenda, a presentation on hydraulic fracturing and an update on Metropolitan's drought outreach campaign. Click here for more information.
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife to hold public meeting on proposed regulation changes for Mendocino streams: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed change to the stream gauge that controls the low flow closure status of Mendocino Coast streams. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Bragg Town Hall, 363 North Main St., Fort Bragg. A CDFW representative will detail the proposed regulation changes. Following the short presentation, interested parties can make comments and provide input that will help shape CDFW’s final recommendation to the Fish and Game Commission. CDFW anticipates presenting the regulation change proposal at the Commission’s December meeting in Sacramento. Click here for more information.
- Commonwealth Club: The West Without Water: On Thursday, September 4th at 6:00pm. join the co-authors Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam who discuss their new book, The West Without Water, which documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over 20 millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Its authors ask the central questions of what is “normal” for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. Their answers are derived by merging climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources. Click here for more information.
- 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.
Coming up next week and beyond …
- NEW! Brown Bag Seminar: Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) – A Tool to Support Adaptive Management: Join Kendra Moseley Urbanik, Regional Ecological Site Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, on Monday, September 8th, for a brown bag seminar on Ecological Site Descriptions. Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs), a universally applicable management technology being developed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, depict the interaction among soils, vegetation, climate, and geomorphology at individual sites to provide a standardized framework to assess the effects of conservation and restoration actions across the landscape. This seminar will describe the basic parameters characterized at an ecological site, describe how ESDs are developed, and provide examples of how ESDs can be used to inform all types of land management. Click here for an informational flier.
- Delta Protection Commission, Strategic Planning Meeting: The Delta Protection Commission is updating its Strategic Plan, defining our vision and goals through 2020 and beyond. Make sure your voice is heard! Join us for a Strategic Planning Public Workshop on Monday, September 8, from 5 to 7 PM at Peter's Steakhouse in Isleton. Click here for more information.
- The State Water Resources Control Board will meet on Tuesday, September 9 beginning at 9AM. On the agenda, consideration of proposed resolutions for amendments to the water quality control plans for the Sacramento, San Joaquin River, and Tulare Basin, as well as an amendment to revise the TMDL for Marina del Rey, a presentation on a California tribes fish use study and an update on the ongoing drought emergency. Click here for the agenda. Click here for the webcast.
- 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 Tuesday, 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.
- NEW! California’s Drought: Understanding California’s climate, water systems, history and the challenges ahead: California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. Californians have been called to reduce water, and businesses, farms, and reservoirs are running dry. As part of the NCC Science Series, Sierra College Professor Carol Jean Cox will give a presentation that outlines California’s climate, its 20th century water systems, ground water issues and California’s future prospects. The presentation will be held on Tuesday evening, September 9, from 6:30–7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12 at the Nevada County Campus, 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6:00 pm. More info by clicking here.
- NEW! Delta Nutrient Research Plan: The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) will conduct the second Stakeholder and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) meeting on development of the Delta Nutrient Research Plan September 9, 1-5 pm, at the CVRWQCB, 11020 Sun Center Drive #200, Rancho Cordova. This meeting will organize the STAG and develop topic-specific science work groups. The topics are (1) review and discussion of a draft project charter, (2) review of the list of nutrient-related impairments in the Delta, and (3) discussion of the formation of several nutrient-related science work groups. Click here for more information.
- Principles of groundwater flow and transport modeling: On September 10-12, the Groundwater Resources Association will hold a course on groundwater modeling in Redwood City. The course will introduce the conceptual principles and practical aspects of groundwater modeling in an intuitive yet comprehensive manner. The course objective is to demystify the use of groundwater models by providing solid understanding of the principles, methods, assumptions, and limitations of groundwater models, as well as hands on experience with the planning, preparation, execution, presentation, and review of a modeling project. The course reviews the concepts of groundwater flow and transport, and of finite difference and finite element methods. It then provides an overview of various software programs for ground water flow and transport modeling and accompanying pre- and post-processing programs. The second half of the course features hands-on exercises based on the USGS MODFLOW flow model and a compatible transport model. Exercises include site-specific models as well as basin/watershed wide models. The course is taught by experienced instructors familiar with many aspects of groundwater modeling and California hydrogeology. At the end of the course, participants should be able to understand and actively engage in planning, supervision, and/or review of groundwater modeling projects. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Dry Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues: Dry times call for better approaches. How can we boost conservation? Are there long-term fixes, such as recycling or desalination projects? What's the health of our groundwater? Why are our rivers so overcommitted? Should water be bought and sold on the open market? And what are the prospects for yet another dry year? Come hear expert panelists offer their perspectives, and ask questions. The San Jose Mercury News is hosting a free public forum, entitled “Dry Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues,” scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Martin Luther King Jr. King Public Library, Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando St. in San Jose, adjacent to the San Jose State University campus. The event is open to the public and aimed at informing the community about complex water issues. Joining the discussion will be: Jim Fiedler, Santa Clara Valley Water District chief operating officer; John Tang, San Jose Water Company director of government relations & corporate communications; and San Jose Mercury News reporters Lisa M. Krieger, who covers science and drought issues; and Paul Rogers, who covers the environment and resources. Space is limited, so to reserve your spot, please register at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Sept11Drought.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- NEW! 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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