Calendar notes: Busy week next week: SGMA seminar, After El Nino, now what?, Pat Mulroy, and a panel discussion on oil wastewater and ag use

April 4 & 5: Weathering Change: The Impact of Climate and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on California’s Water

uc davis logoClimate change and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will strongly influence water availability and allocation in California. Their joint consequences have received little attention thus far. Successful adaptation to hydroclimate change will hinge on new approaches to integrated water resources management in concert with SGMA. Can California adapt to these challenges, and if so, what is the best path forward?Please join us as we explore…

    • the use of hydroclimate and decision-making science to inform policy
    • the impact and consideration of climate change on water resource management
    • innovative adaptations to water scarcity and the future of irrigated agriculture

Monday, 4 April

6pm  Keynote speaker: Kevin de León, President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, followed by poster session and networking reception

Monday’s keynote address is free but requires advance registration prior to 27 March 2016. Beverages at the reception will be available for purchase for those who don’t register for Tuesday.

Tuesday, 5 April

Sessions on science, policy, and adaptation, starting at 8:30am through 4:30pm

Tuesday’s sessions require advance registration and payment of $10 prior to the registration deadline, 27 March 2016, with capacity limited to the first 120 registrants. The registration fee includes attendance, the conference brochure, two beverage vouchers for the Monday reception, and Tuesday lunch. The poster session will provide a great opportunity to showcase research, agency outreach, or stakeholder perspectives.

Click here for more information and to register.

April 5: After El Nino, now what? (San Francisco)

commonwealth-club-of-californiaDoes this year’s wet winter mean we can go back to having green lawns and eating almonds in the shower? History suggests people quickly snap back to their regular ways after a drought. The state has loosened water restrictions this year and it might appear that the drought has eased if not ended. A look at California’s water future and how innovation can help farmers get more crop per drop.

Ashley Boren, Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation
Max Gomberg, Climate Change Manager, State Water Resources Control Board
Bart Thompson, Director, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Click here for more information.

April 6:  Pat Mulroy: Interdependent Resilience: Beyond the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation

water education foundationPat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and drought, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Anne Schneider Lecture on April 6.

Ms. Mulroy will speak on “Interdependent Resilience: Beyond the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation.” The event will be held at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Click here for more information and to register.

April 7: Panel Discussion: Use of Recycled Oil Field Wastewater for Irrigation of Food Crops

McGeorge School of LawThe practice of using oil field wastewater in the agricultural sector has recently come under scrutiny. This practice stems from the fact that oil production in California requires a lot of water. The water-to-oil ratio is typically 10:1 and can be as high as 50:1 in some areas. In California, much of the oil production occurs at the southern end of the Central Valley (e.g. Kern County) in an arid region with a productive agricultural industry. Recycled oil field wastewater provides a much needed water supply. Concurrently, disposal practices of oil field wastewater-such as injection in deep wells and infiltration in ponds-are being limited.

Over the last several years information regarding chemical use in oil production has become increasingly available, raising awareness and concern regarding possible human health effects and ecosystem impacts. Review of the current practice of using oil field wastewater brings up many policy, legal, and technical issues. How should current practices be evaluated? How should irrigation using recycled water supplies be regulated? How should oil field wastewater be treated prior to use? The speakers and panelist will address this complex and timely issue.

SPEAKERS: Francis Spivey-Weber, Vice Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board; Dr. Will Stringfellow, University of the Pacific; and Melissa Thorme, Downey Brand, LLP

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to or call 916.739.7138 to secure your seat today.

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