CALENDAR NOTES: Inland Empire environmental issues conference; Improving long-range weather forecasts; Groundwater law conference; Facilitator training for water professionals; Delta smelt culture program; Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

May 5: 2017 Inland Empire Your Voice Land, Air and Water: Navigating Complex Environmental Issues in the Inland Empire

9am to 4pm, Riverside

Join the Environmental Law Section of the California State Bar for a community conference focusing on environmental issues in the Inland Empire.  5.5 Hours Participatory MCLE Credit available for attendance.

Click here for more information.

May 17-19: Workshop on improving the skill of long-range weather forecasts (sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) precipitation forecasting)

San Diego

The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources are cosponsoring a recurring workshop on improving the skill of long-range weather forecasts (sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) precipitation forecasting), to support water management decision-making.  The agenda will include lessons learned from recent years’ seasonal outlooks, updates on scientific research on sources of skill and predictability, and programmatic efforts to improve forecasting.  Increasing forecast skill will require a sustained investment over time, prioritizing the federal resources necessary to make progress, and a specific focus on the West.

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May 18: Groundwater Law Conference

San Francisco

The American Ground Water Trust’s annual California Groundwater Law Conference is back in San Francisco for 2017.

Attendees will hear from a cadre of high caliber presenters and will gain insight about legal strategies regarding aquifer contamination litigation and hear perspectives about solving legal issues related to California’s water management challenges.

This annual update on California’s groundwater law is typically attended by attorneys, water utility and water district staff, City/County staff and Commissioners, State and Federal regulators, growers, irrigation districts, water engineers and consultants, academics, environmental NGOs and those interested in legal issues affecting California’s groundwater-rights, management, ownership, protection and use.

Click here to register.

May 18: The Delta Smelt Culture Program: from Experiments to Reinforcement

As part of the Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is coordinating a multi-agency effort to examine if and how hatchery propagated Delta smelt could be utilized to aide in species recovery.
Towards this goal DWR, DFW, USFWS, USBR and the American Fisheries Society CAL-NEVA Chapter have organized a workshop to bring agency experts, other technical experts, stakeholders, and other interested parties together to get an update on the status of wild Delta smelt, advances in Delta smelt propagation, the potential uses for hatchery Delta smelt, and to consider future management and monitoring issues.
Outside experts from other successful recovery programs will provide their insights, guidance, and lessons learned to inform the discussion on the important next steps for the possible use of captive Delta smelt.

May 19-20: Training Opportunity for Water Professionals: Facilitation Basics for the Complex and Contentious Water Arena

AWRA NorCal is offering an incredible training opportunity for water professionals: “Facilitation Basics for the Complex and Contentious Water Arena” taught by Executive Facilitator, Lisa Beutler.

Successful water resource managers today are working in groups with people from different backgrounds and various interests. Those who attend this training will walk away with usable skills and strategies for working with stakeholders and diverse groups to navigate complex and complicated problems.

Please click here to Register.

May 25: 2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference will be held May 25, 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario.

The daylong event will examine pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The event is convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation.

Click here for the event webpage.

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