Coming up this week …
- Brown Bag Seminar: Mapping Drought Impacts in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills Using Remote Sensing, November 24, from 12 to 1pm: Over the last three decades, remote sensing techniques have become a valuable tool in monitoring the effects of drought. Remote sensing approaches to quantifying vegetation, land surface temperature (LST), etc. increase our understanding of drought stress impacts on natural and managed ecosystems. This seminar will describe recent research investigating the application of several remote sensing techniques to understand the effects of drought across the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothills. Click here for more information.
Coming up next week and beyond …
- 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.
- NEW! Public Workshop: Instream Flow in Delta Tributaries: The Delta Conservancy is hosting a public education workshop on Tuesday, December 2, from 9am to 12:30 pm on the role of instream flow in creating healthy riverine ecosystems in tributaries to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The workshop will focus on current efforts in the tributary watersheds and information that can be used in future efforts to improve and maintain the riverine ecosystems of the Delta. Click here for more information.
- The State Water Resources Control Board will meet on December 2nd beginning at 9am. Agenda items include a presentation on the completed Water Plan Update 2013, the monthly update on the emergency urban water conservation regulations, water quality fees stakeholder process for 2015-16 fiscal year, and comments on the 100 year anniversary of the California Water Commission Act that created the state's water rights permit and license system. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- 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 Delta Conservancy will hold their board meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd from 9am to noon. Agenda items include an update on grant administration planning and a report on the annual Detection and Control Program for Invasive Aquatic Plants, as well as the regular BDCP and Delta Plan updates. Click here for agenda and meeting materials.
- 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.
- NEW! Delta Levee Investment Strategy Public Meeting: December 8, Clarksburg: The Delta Stewardship Council staff will provide an overview of the Delta Levee Investment Strategy project objectives, planning process, timeline, and key study inputs. The project team will be available to discuss project issues and local conditions that influence levee investment priorities. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Clarksburg Middle School Auditorium. A second meeting will be held in Brentwood on December 11. Click here for more information.
- Meeting Nature Halfway on a Floodplain: Tuesday, December 9, at UC Davis.A grand experiment in species conservation is underway on the Yolo Bypass, a farmed floodway on the Sacramento River. Rather than restore the historical floodplain to some natural state, researchers are exploring possibilities of a
re-engineered landscape that maintains farming and flood control while supporting native fish and waterbirds. Engineers, ecologists and economists discuss how the economic and ecological objectives might be reconciled. Click here for more information.
- NEW! Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study Public Meeting: On Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm in Sacramento, the Bureau of Reclamation will hold the fourth in a series of public meetings designed to inform stakeholders and the public about the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study. Reclamation will present a summary of climate change impacts and findings identified in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Climate Impact Assessment, released on Sept. 22. Reclamation and the five non-federal partner agencies participating in this Basins Study will be asking participants to propose potential climate adaptation strategies and options in response to potential impacts. You can attend in person or online. Click here for more information.
- Free webinar: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: Effective January 1, 2015: What You Need to Know: On December 10th from 12 to 1:30 pm, the Groundwater Resources Association will host a free webinar on the Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Act. Speakers will provide an overview of the SGM Act, state and local agency roles and responsibilities, legal implications and challenges of implementation, how the groundwater industry is preparing and responding to implement the SGM Act, and the reaction and concerns of groundwater stakeholders. Speakers include: Gordon Burns, Undersecretary, California Environmental Protection Agency; Tim Quinn, Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies; Russ McGlothlin, Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; and Jim Houston, Deputy Secretary of Legislation, California Department of Food and Agriculture. Click here for more information.
- Technical Training Workshop for SELFE: A 3-D Model of the Bay Delta: On December 11 from 10:30 to 3:00pm, the California Water and Environmental Forum in conjunction with staff from the Department of Water Resources will offer a technical training workshop on the public release of SELFE, a full 3-Dimensional Model of the Bay-Delta. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Further, more detailed workshops scheduled for January. Details from CWEMF here: SELFE Technical Training Workshops
- NEW! Delta Levee Investment Strategy Public Meeting: December 11, Brentwood: The Delta Stewardship Council staff will provide an overview of the Delta Levee Investment Strategy project objectives, planning process, timeline, and key study inputs. The project team will be available to discuss project issues and local conditions that influence levee investment priorities. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brentwood Community Center. Click here for more information.
- NEW! ACWA's Tim Quinn on the water bond: Monday, December 15, in Davis: Earlier this month, California voters passed Proposition 1, also known as the water bond. The proposition authorizes billions of dollars in funding to update the state’s infrastructure for water storage, use and management.After a few years of sustained drought, water use is on the minds of most Californians, but what will this bond really mean? What changes will we experience thanks to this proposition? Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, will speak on this topic at an event sponsored by Explorit Science Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at DMG Mori, 3805 Faraday Ave. in Davis. Click here for more information.
- The California Water Commission will not be meeting in December.
- The Delta Stewardship Council will meet on December 18-19.
- PPIC Event: Managing Drought: Join the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) on January 12th from 9am to 2pm in Sacramento: California's historic drought is revealing strengths and weaknesses in how we manage our precious water resources. At this half–day event—coinciding with the beginning of a new legislative session—participants will examine Australia's millennium drought, consider climate change and future droughts in California, look back at lessons from 2014, and look forward to policy priorities for 2015. The event will be webcast. Click here to register to attend in person or watch by webcast.
- NEW! Groundwater: California's Real Buried Gold (Albany): On January 13, Tina Leahy Cannon will speak on the recently passed groundwater legislation at 7pm. California stores far more water than falls as rain or snow, or can be held in reservoirs. But this hidden treasure has been treated first-come, winner-take-all. California's new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and just-passed Proposition 1 bring opportunities to use groundwater more wisely. Environmental attorney Tina Cannon Leahy, Principal Consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and the Assembly's primary water law and policy expert, outlines the value and complexity of groundwater, along with opportunities. Click here for more information.
- 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.
- California Irrigation Institute 2015 Conference is scheduled for February 2nd and 3rd in Sacramento. Click here for more information.
- Oil, Gas, and Groundwater in California: Wise Production and protection of Our Valuable Resources: February 18-19 in Long Beach. The “California Oil, Gas, and Groundwater” Symposium is intended to provide the latest information on current petroleum industry knowledge and practices as it relates to California groundwater, while separating fact from fiction, as described by recognized experts in the field. It is intended for petroleum and groundwater geologists, engineers, policy-makers, regulators, academia, and other interested parties to learn about current practices and operations, developing policies and regulations, proximity of hydrocarbon fields to groundwater resources, real versus perceived risks to groundwater, and the successes and challenges that create the context for the relationship between petroleum production and groundwater management in California. Click here for more information.
- California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum Annual Meeting will be held March 9-11 at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom. Details to be posted here in December.
- California Water Policy 24: March 19-20: Now in its 24th year, the California Water Policy Conference is the premier event in the State that brings together leaders from the agricultural, urban water and environmental communities to discuss the current policy issues impacting California’s water. For more information, click here.
- Water Education Foundation's Executive Briefing: The 31st Annual Executive Briefing will be March 25, 2015 from 8:30 to 4:30 pm in Sacramento at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel and Conference Center. The Foundation’s annual Executive Briefing features speakers from water stakeholder groups, the Legislature and governmental agencies that play important roles in making policy decisions about water. 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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