JUNE WEBINARS: Earthquake threats and resilience tools; Protecting public health with open water quality data; Developing conceptual models for IWRM; Consequences of groundwater sustainability; Bulletin 74 well standards update

A lot of webinars scheduled for this month … many are free!
Check out the complete calendar of California water events this month and beyond by clicking here.

WEBINARS: Earthquake Threats, Resilience Tools, and Project Funding

June 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
June 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites you to join our free webinar series on earthquake resilience for drinking water and wastewater utilities. In these one-hour webinars, you will learn about earthquake risk, mitigation strategies, and resilience resources tailored to utilities. The Question and Answer portion of the webinars will enable participants to directly ask the speakers questions regarding earthquake resilience.

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WEBINAR: Protecting Public Health with Open Recreational Water Quality Data: Challenges and Solutions

June 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This free webinar will provide an overview of open recreational water quality data, and how open data is changing how recreational water quality information is accessed, used, and reused. The presentation will also introduce Swim Drink Fish’s open data standard for the recreational water quality, which was developed with a group of stakeholders and shaped by the public. The standard will help interoperability of recreational water quality in Canada, the US, and beyond.

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

June 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

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WEBINAR: Consequences of Groundwater Sustainability in California

June 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented By: Dr. Jeffrey Mount

In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to address impacts associated groundwater pumping. This act mandates that areas that depend upon groundwater achieve sustainability by 2040. To meet the requirements of this act there will need to be a net reduction in groundwater overdraft of more than 2 million acre-feet per year.

However, sustainability will be achieved principally though reductions in demand. In the San Joaquin Valley—the region accounting for most overdraft—this will involve permanent or temporary fallowing of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, with consequences for the farm economy in the valley and rural communities dependent upon farm labor.

There will also be wide ranging environmental consequences. How land is fallowed, including the quality of soils, will affect air quality, water quality and terrestrial habitat. Demand reduction will also increase conflicts over the use of surface water to support aquatic habitat and wetlands as well as groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

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WEBINAR: Bulletin 74 Well Standards Update Kickoff

As many as two million water wells tap California’s groundwater, with approximately 7,000 to 15,000 new wells constructed each year. They range from hand-dug, shallow wells to carefully designed large -production wells drilled to great depths.    The Department of Water Resources is responsible for developing minimum well standards for four types of wells, published as DWR Bulletin 74 and for serving as the state clearinghouse for Well Completion Reports.

The Department of Water Resources is launching an update to Bulletin 74 and will host two public webinars to introduce the project and to solicit your input and participation.

Webinar Dates & Times

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
6/20 Webinar Link: https://csus.zoom.us/j/198499033
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
6/25 Webinar Link: https://csus.zoom.us/j/288745571

Click on the link at least 15 minutes before the meeting. Download the application to launch the program and follow the prompts to join the audio portion of the meeting.

More information on DWR’s Bulletin 74 program by clicking here.

Click here to register.

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