CALENDAR EVENTS: State of the Estuary conference; Flood MAR public forum; Localizing California waters conference; PPIC: Preparing California’s water system for climate extremes; Mountain Counties water symposium

14th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference

October 21-22, Oakland

The 14th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference will be held October 21 – 22, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA.

Every two years, the Estuary Partnership brings a focus to the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.  The State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference showcases the latest information about the region’s work to sustain and improve the estuary’s habitats, living resources, water quality, climate resilience, and environmental stewardship.

This October we will return to the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, where we hosted the 2007 and 2017 State of the Estuary Conferences. The Scottish Rite Center, built in 1927, is a stunning building on the shore of beautiful Lake Merritt. Over 800 people from all over the Bay, Delta, and beyond have attended each conference.

New for this year, we are pleased to announce the Exploratorium will create an interactive arts showcase for the conference entitled: Field Station: Art & Artifacts from the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery. Find details here. 

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Online registration closes October 14 (Monday).

Flood-MAR Public Forum: Exploring Science, Socio-Economic, and Policy Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge

October 28-29, Sacramento

Everyone interested and invested in California water is invited to attend the Flood-MAR Public Forum: Exploring Science, Socio-Economic, and Policy Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge, at Sacramento State University Alumni Center on October 28 and 29. Join policy experts, scientists, researchers, and other professionals for panel discussions and keynote addresses on using floodwater for managed aquifer recharge (Flood-MAR).

On Monday, October 28, the focus will be on the policy and socio-economic aspects of Flood-MAR. The agenda features a panel discussion on policy that can help Flood-MAR increase in reach and effectiveness. Panel members include Don Cameron, President of the State Board of Food and Agriculture and a long-time Flood-MAR implementer; Armando Quintero, Chair of the California Water Commission; Bill Edgar, President of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board; Joaquin Esquivel, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board; and Mary Creasman, member of the Wildlife Conservation Board.

On Tuesday, October 29, the scientific and technical side of Flood-MAR will be discussed. Panels include sessions on quantifying water available for recharge, determining recharge locations and methods, and understanding water accounting methods. Please see the attached agenda for details.

Registration for both days is $150 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception on Monday evening. The registration deadline is Monday, October 14.

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The registration deadline is Monday, October 14.

Localizing California Waters Conference

November 5-8, Yosemite

The Localizing California Waters (LCW) Conference connects unlikely allies towards the broader goal of water management throughout California by discussing local water approaches in an intimate setting. LCW breaks down barriers to alignment through presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops and information networking towards an outcome of innovative solutions to local and global climate challenges by advancing local water policy and enacting best water management practices at an accelerated pace. This year, we’re focusing on activating the Water Portfolio.

Localizing California Waters will take place on November 5-8, 2019 at the Rush Creek and Evergreen lodges in Yosemite, California. Space is limited and rooms will sell out.

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PPIC: Preparing California’s Water System for Climate Extremes

November 5, Sacramento

California’s climate is changing. Warmer temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, more volatile precipitation, and rising seas are stressing water management in the Golden State. Leaders across the state are working to respond to the challenges these climate pressures bring, and the Newsom administration is developing a water resilience portfolio to address these issues in a comprehensive way. Join the PPIC Water Policy Center and a diverse group of state and local experts for a thought-provoking discussion about preparing California’s water system for climate extremes.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event will also be webcast live.

For more information and to register, click here.

MCWRA Water Symposium: A look into the future for California’s watersheds and water conservation legislation framework update

November 8, Auburn


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Thom Porter, Chief, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Barnie Gyant, Deputy Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service
  • Michael Woodbridge, District Ranger, USDA Forest Service
  • Andy Fecko, Director of Strategic Affairs, Placer County Water Agency
  • Ed Smith, Regional Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Brett Storey, Principal Management Analyst, County of Placer
  • Arthur Hinojosa, Chief, Division of Integrated Regional Water Management, California Department of Water Resources
  • Peter Brostrom, Manager, Water Use Efficiency, California Department of Water Resources


  • James Nachbaur, Director of Research, Planning, and Performance, State Water Resources Control Board
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