July calendar notes: Michael Anderson on climate change; Lecture on using dry wells for groundwater recharge; Lecture on climate change and groundwater; Peter Gleick and Noah Diffenbaugh on megadrought in CA; PPIC: Improving water accounting
Michael Anderson: “Climate, Drought, and Change: Where We’re At, How We Know, and California’s Future”
July 7 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Sacramento)
Michael Anderson works for the California Department of Water Resources and is currently serving as State Climatologist for California. Michael began working in the Department of Water Resources Division of Flood Management (DWR- DFM) Forecasting Section in July 2005. He came to DWR after extensive graduate and post-graduate work at U.C. Davis in the area of hydroclimate system modeling and monitoring. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 and M.S. in 1993 in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1991.
Please join us as we wrap up the 2015-2016 Mini-Series on “Water Use and Water Security in California.” This talk will outline what the impacts of the four year drought in California have been; the tools we use to evaluate water security and the current state of the drought; and what California’s water future will be. Important implications for policy and directions for future environmental research will be discussed.
Seminar: Using deep infiltration and dry wells for groundwater recharge
July 8 at 10am (Sacramento, webcast)
The State Water Resources Control Board’s STORM Seminar Series presents “Using Deep Infiltration and Drywells for Groundwater Recharge.
James Mayer for Torrent Resources will give a presentation on stormwater basics, evaluating a site for infiltration, shallow infiltration systems, deep infiltration systems, engineered drywell construction, typical drywell installations, drywell studies, and existing drywell regulations and policies.
The presentation will be held at the State Water Resources Control Board, and is also available on webcast.
California Climate, Groundwater, and Their Interrelated Future
July 13th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (Sacramento)
The July meeting of the Sacramento Branch of the Groundwater Resources Association will feature Dr. Bruce Daniels with UC Santa Cruz, who will talk about climate change and its effects on groundwater.
If the primary input to groundwater models, which is recharge, is not accurate, then there is little hope that those models will produce correct results. In other words, Garbage In – Garbage Out.
It would indeed be a shame for a SGMA Agency to go through all the effort of generating a plan and then spending twenty years implementing it, only to discover that the undesirable results have not been resolved. If climate change effects are not properly and fully incorporated, then this outcome could be likely.
This talk will present some of the subtleties of climate system science and its relationship to recharge. This climate system and recharge relationship is very complex and probably too little known or fully appreciated.
Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor, Stanford University Peter Gleick, President, The Pacific Institute
California storms and droughts are getting more extreme, according to new research from Stanford examining recent rainfall patterns. The result is a new normal, with fewer average years and more dry times and also more wet times. Other forecasters warn that California might be entering an extended period of drought known as a megadrought. Uncertainty about changing rainfall is a challenge for the state’s water system built on the predictable arrival of snow and rain.
What is California doing to prepare for bigger storms and droughts? How can an average person use water more efficiently and think about the water embedded in their food? Join us for a conversation about California’s water future in strangely wet and dry times driven in part by the high-pressure system hanging off the coast called the “ridiculously resilient ridge.”
July 21st from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (Sacramento, webcast)
Accounting for water availability and use is crucial for effective and sustainable water resource management—especially in a time of growing water scarcity. How can California improve the way it gathers, organizes, and uses essential water information? Join PPIC Water Policy Center researchers and a panel of experts for a discussion about how to modernize California’s accounting system. We’ll review findings from a new PPIC report that highlights best practices from western states, Australia, and Spain.
Please register by July 14. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided. This event will also be webcast.