Calendar notes: Graywater/stormwater webinar; Delta smelt and longfin smelt symposium; SoCal Urban Drought Workshop; Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regs Public Meetings

March 23: Webinar: Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies: An Assessment of Risks, Costs, and Benefits

Dr. Richard Luthy, Ph.D., Committee Chair

SWRCB logo water boardsThe seminar will focus on the recent report from the National Academy of Sciences, Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies: An Assessment of Risks, Costs, and Benefits.

The report’s committee chair, Dr. Richard Luthy, will be presenting an overview. The report examines the potential for non-potable use of graywater and stormwater, focusing on the technical, economic, regulatory, and social issues surrounding the use of these untapped resources.

From the report description on the National Academies Press website:

“Despite the benefits of using local alternative water sources to address water demands, many questions remain that have limited the broader application of graywater and stormwater capture and use. In particular, limited information is available on the costs, benefits, and risks of these projects, and beyond the simplest applications many state and local public health agencies have not developed regulatory frameworks for full use of these local water resources.

To address these issues, Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies analyzes the risks, costs, and benefits on various uses of graywater and stormwater. This report examines technical, economic, regulatory, and social issues associated with graywater and stormwater capture for a range of uses, including non-potable urban uses, irrigation, and groundwater recharge. Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies considers the quality and suitability of water for reuse, treatment and storage technologies, and human health and environmental risks of water reuse. The findings and recommendations of this report will be valuable for water managers, citizens of states under a current drought, and local and state health and environmental agencies.”

Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1
1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

View live webcast at:

March 29: Delta smelt and longfin smelt symposium: Is extinction inevitable?

uc davis logoIs extinction inevitable for the delta and longfin smelt?  Despite extensive effort being spent on investigating potential causes of their decline, their numbers have reached an all-time low; particularly for delta smelt. These Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishes are protected by the federal endangered species listing (the endemic Delta smelt) and the State’s threatened species listing (longfin smelt). Water supply “take restrictions” are directly influenced by their presence near the pumps, and river flows are regulated based on their life-cycle and known distribution.

As species near extinction, research and management priorities must keep pace.  This day-long symposium will feature panels updating the species’ status, links to population declines, and the exploration of how recovery planning, restoration efforts and decision-making efforts intersect to devise a way to sustainably manage Delta and longfin smelt.

Click here for more information and to register.  The event is free.

March 30: Southern California Urban Drought Workshop

scwc logoRegister today for Southern California Water Committee’s Urban Drought Workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, March 30th. The event is generously co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and will focus on near-term water use efficiency. Featured speakers include: Peter Brostrom from the CA Department of Water Resources and Eric Oppenheimer from the State Water Resources Control Board.

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Room 1-102
700 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2944
Cost: Free (Lunch will be provided)
To register for the event, click here.

Reminder: Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulation public meetings being held this week

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchThe Department of Water Resources is holding public meetings at different locations statewide this week to receive comments on the draft groundwater sustainability plan regulation.

Meetings will be held in Visalia, Santa Ana, and Sacramento as well as by webinar.  For more information on the meetings, click hereFor more information on the draft regulation, click here.

The public comment period closes on April 1st.

Click here to view the complete calendar.

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