CALENDAR NOTES: A full month in October for conferences, public workshops, webinars, seminars, and more …
October 5 – 7 Water Smart Innovations (Las Vegas)
Water professionals from around the globe will meet in Las Vegas this to share their expertise and experiences in urban water efficiency at the 9th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, October 5-7 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center.
Recognized as the world’s preeminent urban water efficiency conference and exposition, WSI is presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the American Water Works Association, and other leading national and international organizations.
October 19 – 20: Drought Vulnerability and Tools for Improving Water Resilience (Long Beach)
Registration is now open for a 2-day workshop in October to discuss the ongoing California drought and measures to increase water resilience. Hosted by DWR, NWRI, and SCWC, this event will build on the drought workshop held this past spring in Irvine, and will include numerous sessions dedicated to strategies for stormwater management, capture and use. The State Water Resources Control Board has approved this event for Continuing Education Hours for drinking water operators, so this will be a great opportunity for operators to acquire those credits for no cost.
October 25: Drought and the Delta (Stockton)
Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers, reservoirs and groundwater. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural center and a crucial ecological resource – hasn’t been immune from the impacts of the prolonged drought.
At this free one-day briefing in Stockton on Oct. 25, keynote speaker Jay Lund, Director of the UC Center for Watershed Sciences, and other experts will discuss the drought’s effects on the Delta.
October 27: Southern California Water Committee Annual Dinner
October 3 and 24: Delta Levee Investment Strategy Public Workshop
Meeting topics include:
- Status of the Delta Levees Investment Strategy
- Presentation and discussion of the Council’s draft risk reduction strategy
- Discussion of actions and programs to reduce risks, including levee maintenance and improvements
The Council is required by the Legislature to identify State priorities for levee investments in the Delta. The Council continues work on the Delta Levees Investment Strategy to update interim priorities in the Delta Plan by considering the flood risks in the Delta and the improvements and programs that could reduce risks for people, property, and State interests. To date, Council staff and the consulting team have assembled existing information and evaluated risks of flooding to lives, property, water supply, habitat, and other important Delta resources.
Based on this information, the Council has prepared draft revisions to the Delta Plan risk reduction policies and recommendations. Your input will help inform the Council as it deliberates on an overall risk reduction and levee investment strategy.
October 4 and 6: Workshop on Direct Potable Reuse
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will accept public comment on the draft Report to the Legislature on the Feasibility of Developing Uniform Water Recycling Criteria for Direct Potable Reuse (Draft Report) at two upcoming workshops.
State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the Draft Report to the Legislature on the Feasibility of Developing Uniform Water Recycling Criteria for Direct Potable Reuse, and invite the public to provide comment on the document.
October 4, 2016 – 9 am to 12 noon
Metropolitan Water District, Room US1-102
700 North Alameda Street; Los Angeles, CA 90012
October 6, 2016 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Joe Serna Jr. – CalEPA Headquarters Bldg; Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street, Second Floor; Sacramento, CA 95814
The Northern California meeting will be webcast.
October 7: Discussion of Draft Fee Concepts for Purposes of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation
From 1:30 to 4:30 pm
SGMA requires the formation of local groundwater sustainability agencies in California’s high- and medium-priority groundwater basins. Sustainability agencies are required to develop groundwater sustainability plans that will bring basins into sustainability within 20 years of plan implementation. If locals are unable or unwilling to sustainably manage their basin, the State Water Board is authorized to intervene.
The State Water Board is required to develop a fee schedule for the purposes of recovering programmatic costs related to implementation of SGMA (Water Code §1529.5). The fee schedule will be adopted through emergency regulation (Water Code §1530). These fees will accompany groundwater extraction reports required to be submitted by groundwater extractors subject to intervention (Water Code §5202).
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will be conducting public meetings beginning in October to present the details of their proposed intervention fee schedule and to outline the groundwater extraction reporting requirements for unmanaged areas (Water Code 1529.5 and 5200 et. seq.).
The first meeting is October 7, 2016, and the meeting notice is available via this link: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/docs/fees/100716_sgma_mtg.pdf
Copies of the materials related to the meeting, including agenda, briefing document, and background material can be accessed here: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/fees.shtml.
October 5: Brown Bag Seminar: Delta Nutrients: Sources, Sinks, Sags, Soups, and Sensors (Sacramento, Webinar)
From 12pm to 1pm
Increasing clarity of waters, the emergence of harmful algal blooms, the proliferation of aquatic water weeds, and altered food webs have brought the issue of nutrient dynamics to the forefront in the Delta.
Dr. Cliff Dahm’s career has focused on nutrient biogeochemistry in aquatic ecosystems. In this Brown Bag Seminar he will weave some insights from past research in other aquatic ecosystems with the nutrient studies that are ongoing in the Delta.
This Brown Bag seminar is one of a series previewing the upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016. Coordinated by the Delta Stewardship Council, State of Bay-Delta Science is series of 15 publications that summarize our current scientific understanding of the Bay-Delta, and will include a report by Dr. Cliff Dahm on nutrients, and their effects on primary producers and water management decisions.
October 5 or 6: Rate Workshop: Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California’s Historic Drought (Los Angeles, San Diego)
As agencies recover from a period of reduced water sales revenues as a result of California’s historic drought, several questions remain as to what to expect going forward.
Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. is offering three workshops to help California utilities learn how to develop sustainable financial plans and prepare for California’s next drought. Come learn from industry experts:
- How to generate sufficient revenue with uncertain sales projections.
- A step-by-step approach to developing defensible, cost of service-based rates.
- How to be financially prepared for California’s next drought.
The San Diego and Oakland sessions will feature Kelly Salt, one of California’s most well-known authorities on ratemaking law. Kelly works with public agencies on bond and municipal finance matters, rate setting and compliance with Propositions 218 and 26, and drought management and water conservation programs.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Union Bank Plaza, 445 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Room: Coral Tree Pavilion
This session is limited to the first 25 registrants. Ticket sales will end Monday, Oct. 3.
Click Here to Register for San Diego Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 6
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Vallecitos Water District, 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos, CA 92069
Room: Training Room
This session is limited to the first 30 registrants. Ticket sales will end Monday, Oct. 3.
October 19: Webinar: Tipping Points – How the Climate Will Change CA’s Water Future
From 12pm to 1pm
California is facing a major shift in the way it manages water. A warming climate means less snow, more frequent drought, and an increased reliance on the water underground.
As California heads into what may well be the fifth consecutive year of drought, this webinar explores the “big water supply shift,” its impact on Californians, and what can be done to ensure a sustainable water future.
October 26: Low Intensity Chemical Dosing (LICD): Opportunities to Improve Delta Water Quality Leveraging Hybrid Coagulation and Wetland Treatment Systems (Sacramento)
From 9am to 12pm
The event, hosted by the Delta Science Program, will showcase the results of a pilot project to reduce mercury and address other unique issues in the Delta.
This workshop is presented in accordance with the Science Program’s mission to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information to inform water and environmental decision making.
Topics of discussion will include:
- Carbon, nutrients, and mercury sequestration and transformations
- Water quality improvements
- Sediment accretion and characterization
- Ecosystem considerations
- Design, cost and logistics
Registration for this free event will open at the end of September
To view the informational flyer, please click here.
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