Calendar notes: Water project operations in Fresno; Groundwater regulation in Kern County; El Nino effect on the Bay Area; Watershed University

April 26: Fresno: Water Year 2016: The challenges of water project operations

water education foundationWater year 2016 follows the four-year drought period of 2012-2015. State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project allocations were reduced last year as result of the severely dry hydrology. What are the plans for this year?

Hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, water project operations, and groundwater conditions will all be discussed at a special free briefing April 26, 2016. Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation in cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology, the event will be held at the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) inthe University Business Center at CSU Fresno.

The briefing is for anyone interested in understanding how this year’s hydrology is affecting water project operations, including members of the media, elected officials, legislative aides, water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county govern­ment officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Hydrologic conditions in context
  • Water project hydrologic and operational constraints
  • Overview of groundwater conditions

Check-in/registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Complimentary coffee will be served. The program will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

Click here to register.

April 26: Kern County: Groundwater regulations: What every business should know

wakc_logoThe Water Association of Kern County (WAKC), in cooperation with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel discussion focusing on new groundwater laws and regulations that will impact every Kern County business and resident.  These new groundwater regulations will limit pumping from the groundwater basin and will greatly change water management in the state.

“Farmers and the oil industry are well aware of the magnitude of these new regulations but the general business community may not know how deeply these will affect all Kern residents,” said Jeanne Varga, WAKC President.

Panel speakers include Doug Nunneley, Manager, Oildale Mutual Water Co.; Scott Hurlbert, Shafter City Manager; and Eric Averett, Manager, Kern Groundwater Authority.

The meeting is April 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.  It will be held at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R. St., Bakersfield.  Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is the sponsor for the meeting.  Cost to attend is $20 for lunch.  RSVP to  or call 661-746-3300.

The Water Association of Kern County is a non-profit organization, designed to educate and inform Kern County citizens about water issues and events.  Members consist of local water districts, agencies and affiliated groups and individuals.  More information may be found at

April 27: The El Nino Effect—California Water, Snow Pack and Drought (Bay Area)

commonwealth-club-of-californiaJoin Michael Carlin, COO of San Francisco PUC Water and Power, Patrick Koepele and Peter Drekmeier, executive director and policy director respectively of the Tuolumne River Trust, for an end-of-April 2016 report on what has happened with El Nino, the weather and the snow pack, as well as the continuing effects of the Yosemite Rim Fire to ease drought problems and bring water and growth cycles much needed in California at large and the Bay Area and the Central Valley specifically.

Our speakers have extensive experience in the history and currency of California land, rivers, coastal areas and mountains as well as our urban areas, rivers and agriculture. What do we know from science, projected demands and expectations and forecasts for California water now and in the future?


  • Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Patrick Koepele, Executive Director, Tuolumne River Trust
  • Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director, Tuolumne River Trust

Click here for more information and for tickets.

April 26-27: Watershed University

watershed universityWatershed University is a free event that provides education and networking opportunities for California professionals in floodplain management, water management, emergency management and related fields. This event is a cooperative effort led by the California Silver Jackets that evolved from the recognition that some communities could not afford the investment of time and money to send floodplain managers and other professionals to conferences.

Watershed University will be held online and in person at the Merced County Office of Emergency Services (OES) in Atwater, California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the event in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, CAL FIRE and the Merced County OES.

We hope to reach as many people as possible with this free event by expanding beyond geographic borders into the virtual space! Participants can log in from a computer or call in for any portion of the event. Participants may also earn Continuing Education Credits by attending the full two-day event online or in person.

What topics will be covered?
  • FEMA Flood Mapping
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Update
  • California Water Action Plan Update
  • Flood Risk Communication Tools, Tips, and Techniques
  • Climate Change and Drought Risk versus Flood Risk
  • Partnering and Collaborating for Integrated Water (and Land) Management

April 27: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
April 28: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Online (unlimited) and in person (limited space)

Cost: Free

Register to attend online or in person here:  Register for Watershed University


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