Calendar notes: California Headwaters Partnership Webinar; Managing Drought: Learning from Australia Webinar; Community Engagement in Water Resource Planning Workshop in the San Joaquin Valley

April 27: California Headwaters Partnership Webinar

US_Forest_ServiceA webinar on the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative—California Headwaters Partnership will be held on April 27, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am PDT. The US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy will be co-hosting this session for attendees to learn more about the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative, California Headwaters Partnership, Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program and the associated watershed assessments, and other existing collaborative efforts in the California Headwaters region.

Speakers are Barnie Gyant, Deputy Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region; Jim Branham, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy; Leslie Jones, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment; Jennifer Montgomery, County Supervisor, Placer County, District 5; and Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor, U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest

Pre-registration is required by April 25, 2016. Capacity will be limited to 100 participants. Registrants will be emailed a link to the webinar and conference call information prior to the webinar.

May 2: Managing Drought: Learning from Australia

aliance-for-water-efficiency(1)Alliance for Water Efficiency President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson, Dr. Stuart White, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, and Heather Cooley, Water Program Director of the Pacific Institute will present on their recent report, “Managing Drought: Learning from Australia.” The report provides an overview of the key initiatives implemented by Australia’s four largest cities during an extended period of extreme drought, and outlines how those measures could help California through its current water crisis. On top of successes in urban water efficiency, other key findings in the report include:

  • Broad community involvement across sectors – households, business, industry and government – fosters a sense of fairness and collaboration in saving water.
  • Clear, credible communication about the drought situation and response is needed to maximize public participation and support.
  • Innovative water-pricing mechanisms, not employed during Australia’s millennium drought, could be used to incentivize water savings in California.

For links to the report and to register for the webinar, click here.

May 3: Community Engagement in Water Resource Planning Workshop (Reedley)

Local Government Commission LGC logoThe Local Government Commission has recently launched their new program, Water Strong Communities, which will provide job-skill building and technical assistance workshops on how to use water more efficiently.

This full-day workshop will provide tools for engaging your community in water conservation efforts and in long-term planning for sustainable groundwater management.

Community water conservation is a key strategy for achieving mandatory water use reductions targets and implementing long-term sustainable water management.

Our program will include principles of community-based social marketing, including tools to change community behavior and make water conservation programs more effective. Participants will also gain a better understanding of groundwater management in their region, impacts of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and tools for productive stakeholder engagement.

Workshop:  Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the City of Reedley, 100 N. East Ave, Reedley CA.  Lunch provided.

Click here to register.


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