UPCOMING WEBINARS: Flood risk, Harmful Algae Blooms, Water quality, Drought outlook, Planning tools for SGMA, WOTS and WOTUS, Conceptual models for IRWM, and more …

There are a lot of webinars coming up in the next couple of weeks, and most of them are *free*!  Check out the list below, and for a look at the complete calendar of meetings, conferences, and more, click here for the complete calendar of events.

WEBINAR: California Flood Risk and the National Flood Insurance Program

May 21, 12-1pm
Free Webinar
Presented by Watershed University

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary policy vehicle for managing flood risk in the United States. However, NFIP is facing a number of challenges, including long-term payouts far in excess of premiums, persistent repetitive-loss properties, and failure to address residual flood risk behind levees and other infrastructure. In addition, NFIP serves as a nationwide safety net, despite regional differences in the nature and magnitude of flood risk, risk mitigation, and enforcement of regulations and limits on floodplain development.

Analysis of NFIP data suggests that some states, including California, may benefit from looking into additional forms of flood insurance. Additional options for flood insurance are possible and offer benefits, but they also come with tangible challenges. These need to be carefully assessed and weighed before proposing any new financial or political tools.

Click here for more information and to register.

WEBINAR: Designing California’s Freshwater HABs Monitoring Approach – what can we learn from other areas of the US?

May 22nd, 10am-12pm
Free webinar
Presented by the CA Water Quality Monitoring Council

This webinar series is being organized by the project team at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) the California Freshwater Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Strategy Project.

Speakers: Beckye Stanton and Angela Shambaugh

Register in advance for webinar 2: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/e48282bc063d042b34538d7d4481ef37



WEBINAR/BROWN BAG SEMINAR: The Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership: Sharing Three Decades of What’s Worked

May 22, 12pm to 1pm
Free webinar or attend in person
Presented by the Delta Science Program

There has been an ongoing conversation about the importance of thinking about the San Francisco Estuary holistically as a connected system, rather than siloing the Bay, Delta, and watersheds. While there are governance barriers to managing the system as one, scientifically speaking it is important not to ignore the influence they have on each other. The purpose of this brown bag series is to contribute to the conversation about Bay-Delta linkages. Ongoing management efforts focused on water quality issues will be used as a way to explore the challenges and benefits related to thinking of the system as one.

“The Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership: Sharing Three Decades of What’s Worked”  Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Presented by Rich Batiuk
Associate Director for Science, Analysis, and Implementation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (retired)

This seminar will discuss water quality issues and governance around Chesapeake Bay. How can we use lessons learned from the Chesapeake Bay in the Bay-Delta system?

For more information, click here.

WEBINAR: Sharing Decades of Monitoring Experience: What your SOPs don’t tell you

May 28, 10am-11am
Free webinar
Presented by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council

A water quality monitoring career of over four decades, when pursued by a person capable of learning, can lead to considerable accumulation of knowledge, experience, memories, and even profound insights.

This presentation acknowledges the mentors and the events that have shaped the author’s skills and critical thinking in several developmental “threads” that led to an understanding of basic concepts. One example is a thread that leads from a specific study question (i.e., “monitoring intent”); through appropriately-tailored sampling design (i.e., selection of monitoring location and timing); to gathering of representative data that indeed tell us what we need to know.

Another thread highlights how awareness of measurement error promotes testing of instruments, wet chemistry kits, laboratory analyses, and even biological or physical assessment methods to characterize their performance limitations and to validate the data they generate.

A number of other threads and lessons learned will also be discussed, as will direct advice to field operators, technical leaders, and managers of environmental monitoring projects.

This webinar is offered free of charge on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT.

Preregistration is required.   Click here to register.

WEBINAR: California-Nevada Drought & Climate Outlook

May 28, 11am to 12pm
Free webinar
Presented by the National Integrated Drought Information System

The California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) May 2019 Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar is part of a series of regular drought and climate outlook webinars designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on current drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña). The webinar takes place at 11 a.m. PT, Tuesday May 28, 2019. www.drought.gov

Click here to register.



WEBINAR: Tribal Beneficial Uses and Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Programs in California

May 22, 11am-1pm
Free webinar
Presented by the California Water Quality Monitoring Council

This webinar series is being organized by the project team at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) the California Freshwater Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Strategy Project.

Speakers: Sarah Ryan and Susan Fricke

Register in advance for webinar 3: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/ffdf90e7cc2630b94ac87b605f06faf5



WEBINAR: NEW Planning Tools for Sustainable Groundwater Use

May 29, 12pm to 1pm
Webinar cost: $75.00
Presented by ACWA and The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will provide an overview of two new tools they have developed for sustainable groundwater management: GDE Pulse and the Fox Canyon Groundwater Market.

GDE Pulse
Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are important beneficial users of groundwater and present in nearly all of California’s groundwater basins.  GDEs include vegetation such as cottonwoods and willows and other native terrestrial and aquatic species and provide recreational opportunities, climate regulation, and habitat.  The health of GDEs are affected by a variety of factors, including climate, pests, land management, and their ability to access groundwater.  Despite the importance of these ecosystems to California’s economy and ecosystems, there is no systematic statewide program to monitor their health over time.  To address this gap, TNC has created GDE Pulse, a free web-based mapping and data visualization platform that summarizes 35 years of remotely sensed satellite data from NASA’s Landsat program for all GDEs in the state. With this information, we show which GDEs have ‘healthy’ vegetation and which have become ‘unhealthy’ and water stressed.  GDE Pulse also includes available groundwater level data from nearby monitoring wells to aid in trend analysis and the interpretation of correlations between groundwater levels and ecosystem ‘health’.  GDE Pulse provides crucial environmental information to groundwater sustainability agencies and local stakeholders at no cost in an intuitive and user-friendly web-based interface.  In building this tool, our goal is to provide simple summaries of complex data to support informed decisions, sustainable groundwater management, and the health of ecosystems in California.

Fox Canyon Groundwater Market
The Fox Canyon Groundwater Market is California’s first formal centralized groundwater market under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. It is taking hold in Ventura County, one of California’s most productive agricultural counties, where steep cuts in groundwater use are expected in the coming years. The market will be a tool to implement the groundwater sustainability plan for two critically overdrafted basins by providing growers with the flexibility to trade groundwater allocations. The effort is a unique partnership of diverse stakeholders, initially organized by local growers. California Lutheran University led the effort to design the market; Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency passed the ordinances that authorized a pilot to test the market’s rules and mechanics; and TNC secured a grant of over $1M from the National Resource Conservation Service to subsidize the program’s advanced metering infrastructure and staff capacity that have made the market possible.

Registration deadline is May 28.  Click here to register.

WEBINAR: WOTS Up? An Update Regarding Regulation of WOTS and WOTUS

June 4, 1-2pm
Free webinar
Presented by Nossaman LLP

Join Nossaman LLP on June 4, 2019 for the next presentation in Nossaman’s 2019 Water Webinar Series, “WOTS Up? An Update Regarding Regulation of Waters of the State (WOTS) and Waters of the United States (WOTUS).”

This complimentary 60-minute webinar is focused on the State Water Resources Control Board’s recently adopted State Wetlands Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State, with a legal/regulatory update regarding the federal Clean Water Act permitting of discharges of dredge and fill material.  The recent state law regulations create a new and different wetland definition, and a permitting program for discharges to waters of the state that overlaps and expands upon federal law.  Topics covered will include:

  • Scope of “Waters of the State”
  • Review of activities requiring a permit
  • New and supplemental permitting requirements
  • Permitting program exclusions
  • Comparison with other state and federal aquatic resource protection programs
  • Legal update regarding Waters of the United States and Section 404 permitting requirements

This webinar is a must-attend presentation for employees and consultants responsible for identifying environmental and regulatory constraints, assuring proper environmental review under CEQA and NEPA, obtaining environmental permits, and/or complying with environmental laws, permits, and CEQA and NEPA mitigation measures related to aquatic resources.

Click here to register.

WEBINAR: Developing Conceptual Models for Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

June 12, 1-2pm
Webinar cost: $25
Presented by the American Water Resources Association

To develop effective Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) programs, we need to understand and integrate our knowledge concerning the hydrologic inputs/outputs (hydrologic cycle), the physical, socioeconomic, legal and environmental constraints, and water use associated with the water resources of interest. In addition, we need to develop water policies and laws that are scientifically-based such that they comport with the physical laws that govern the movement and storage of water. This information should be utilized to help design, develop and implement holistic approaches that integrate and harmonize water resources governance, socioeconomic policies and goals, and the institutional, scientific, and operational capacities necessary for efficiently and effectively managing our water resources. Finally, to the extent possible, IWRM programs should inventory, develop, and manage all hydrologically interconnected water resources as a unitary source from within a “competent hydrologic unit,” at the appropriate basin, sub-basin or “catchment” (watershed) scale.

Most IWRM programs will benefit from the development and use of conceptual models for identifying, delineating, and linking these issues, resources and activities within the competent hydrologic unit of interest, in a more systematic and comprehendible manner. This webinar provides an idealized, conceptual model that demonstrates the linkage between the various aspects discussed above, within a competent hydrologic unit.

Learning Objectives

Participants of this webinar will be introduced to:

  1. why conceptual models should be developed for IWRM program in order to help better visualize, plan, monitor, and manage hydrologically interconnected water resources and their associated data/information;
  2. the basics about how IWRM conceptual models can be designed to help stimulate decision makers, managers, researchers, and water users to better understand, manage and govern our water resources in a more holistic, systematic, and integrated manner; and
  3. basin information, factors needs, activities and impacts that should be included in IWRM conceptual models.
Click here for more information and to register.

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