DR. MICHAEL KIPARSKY: Can Recharge Net Metering contribute to sustainable groundwater management?

Dr. Michael Kiparsky is the founding director of the Wheeler Water Institute within the Center for Law, Energy, and Environment at the UC Berkeley School of Law and has worked at the intersection of the technical and policy aspects of water resources management for 15 years.  In this presentation from GRA’s 2019 Western Groundwater Congress, Dr. Kiparsky discussed a pilot […]

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STATE OF ESTUARY: Standing too close to the elephant: addressing scales in restoration and fisheries conservation

Dr. Rachel Johnson discusses the interconnectedness of the San Francisco’s freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems The San Francisco Estuary is an important habitat for native fishes at different life stages. In order to understand the important role it provides for growth, survival, and reproductive success of native species, it is critical to explore the science and policies of the estuary […]

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FELICIA MARCUS: One Delta, one estuary–Connecting California through water

In her address to the State of the Estuary conference, Felicia Marcus spoke about the connections of the Delta to all Californians and the importance of working together and more broadly to solve the challenging problems before us. Felicia Marcus has had a long history of involvement on water issues in the Delta as well as across the state.  Last […]

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STATE OF THE ESTUARY: An overview of Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Surface Water Protection Program

Dr. Jennifer Teerlink discusses pesticide regulation, monitoring, assessments, and outreach efforts The mission of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Surface Water Protection Program is to protect surface water from pesticide contamination caused by the use of pesticides in agricultural and urban environments.  To achieve its mission, the program evaluates pesticide products, monitors surface water and sediment for pesticides, evaluates […]

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GROUNDWATER MARKETS: A case study of the Fox Canyon Groundwater Market

The Nature Conservancy’s Sarah Heard goes through the mechanics of the market, the first to be formed since the passage of SGMA A water market is much like a stock market for water​, but instead of ​trading stocks and bonds, sellers in water markets offer short- or long-term ​transfers of water.  Water ​trading can be an effective tool for water […]

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LIVING SHORELINES: Linking estuary habitats and building capacity to adapt to rising seas

A living shoreline is a shoreline protection alternative that relies on the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic materials to protect the shoreline.  A living shoreline is an alternative to ‘hard’ shoreline stabilization methods like rip rap or seawalls, and can provide numerous benefits such as nutrient pollution remediation, habitat, and buffering of shorelines […]

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DR. GEETA PERSAD: Climate change and the future of California’s water

Climate change is already transforming California’s water cycle, putting stress on the state’s rigidly engineered water infrastructure as well as our unique ecosystems. Current water management strategies will need to be fundamentally rethought as climate change depletes the state’s natural snowpack storage, concentrates rainfall into increasingly extreme events, brings salty ocean water farther inland, and dries out vegetation and soils. […]

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GROUNDWATER TWO-FOR: The disconnect between groundwater legal systems and groundwater hydrology; Proactively managing groundwater to sustain communities and nature in an uncertain future

David Sandino and Maurice Hall present their big ideas on groundwater management The Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) created the David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecture Series to honor Dr. David Keith Todd, a GRA 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, for his enormous contributions to groundwater science and technology, and to foster interest and excellence in applied groundwater science and […]

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DECISION SCALING: A risk management approach in Delta water supply vulnerability

Planning for future conditions has always involved uncertainty, but the additional uncertainty imposed by a changing climate means new approaches are needed for exploring system vulnerabilities and potential adaptation responses. At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Andrew Schwarz, Supervising Engineer for the Delta Stewardship Council, gave this presentation describing a relatively new approach to handling uncertainty in climate […]

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Navigating California’s new regulations for wetlands and state waters

California regulations protecting wetlands and state waters were approved by the State Water Resources Control Board and will take effect on May 28, 2020. These new rules create a more expansive and complex permitting scheme for developers, public agencies and others with projects that may impact waters and wetlands. In this Best Best & Krieger LLP webinar, Environment Law & […]

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