April 4 & 5: Weathering Change: The Impact of Climate and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on California’s Water
Climate 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.
Does 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
April 6: Pat Mulroy: Interdependent Resilience: Beyond the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation
Pat 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.
April 7: Panel Discussion: Use of Recycled Oil Field Wastewater for Irrigation of Food Crops
The 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