We ventured through California’s Central Valley, known as
the nation’s breadbasket thanks to an imported supply of surface
water and local groundwater. Covering about 20,000 square
miles through the heart of the state, the valley provides 25
percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits,
nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country.
Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers,
reservoirs and groundwater. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta –
the hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural center
and a crucial ecological resource – hasn’t been immune from the
impacts of the prolonged drought.
More than 120 people attended this free one-day briefing
held in Stockton on Oct. 25, 2016. The event was cosponsored by
the Water Education Foundation and the Sacramento-San Joaquin
Organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis
Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair, Toward Sustainable
Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking
Science and Policy provided scientists, policymakers,
agricultural and environmental stakeholders, government officials
and consultants with the latest scientific, management, legal and
policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in
agricultural regions around the world.
Check out the UC Davis
website for more information and a program for
the 2016 conference. You can also read the abstracts here. On
Twitter, check the hashtag #AgGroundwater
for tweets about the conference.
Groundwater is the lifeline for many rural and agricultural
regions and their associated cultures and populations around the
globe and a cornerstone of global food production.
Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world’s drinking water
and much of the world’s irrigation water supply.
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Burlingame, CA 94010
Although water year 2016 is an improvement over the previous four
severely dry years drought conditions persist, with low water
allocations for many San Joaquin Valley agricultural water users.
Valley groundwater levels continue to decline as surface water
shortages are made up by groundwater pumping.
This free one-day workshop in Southern
California was aimed at improving linkages between
water agencies - water districts, and city water departments
and utility districts – and the nursery industry to facilitate
implementation of urban low-water use landscaping.
The workshop included a field trip to a local wholesale/retail
nursery known for its water-wise plants and demonstration
Water year 2016 follows the four-year drought period of
2012-2015. State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project
allocations were reduced last year as result of the severely dry
hydrology. What are the plans for this year?
Hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, water project
operations, and groundwater conditions were discussed at a
special free briefing held April 26, 2016.
Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the
Water Education Foundation in cooperation with Center for
Irrigation Technology, the event was held at the Alice
Peters Auditorium (PB 191) in the University Business Center at
Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191)
University Business Center
Pat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former
general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who
oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and
drought, was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anne
Schneider Lecture on April 6.
The Water Education Foundation’s flagship event, the 33rd
annual Executive Briefing, was held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento.
The theme was “Defining the New Normal.”
This is the go-to conference for water district managers and
board members, state and federal agency officials, city and
county government officials, farmers, environmentalists,
attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public
Confirmed speakers included State Water Board Chair Felicia
Marcus and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird.
Water year 2016 began with the potential for heavy El Niño rains
that captured the attention of the public. State and federal
officials knew that California’s drought-stricken reservoirs
would not recover that quickly.
Hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, the need for
fishery flows, and forecasts of state and federal water project
operations were all discussed at a special FREE briefing
held February 23, 2016. Sponsored by the California
Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation,
the briefing was held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Room
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Room 204
Participants had an opportunity to learn from top experts at our
popular Water 101 Workshop in the Sacramento area, held on
February 4-5, 2016. This daylong workshop with an optional
second, half-day offered the opportunity to learn about
California water basics, hot topics and water district board
The 1-1/2 day “Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next
Generation” was held May 21-22 2015 in San Diego. The
conference was cosponsored by the California Department
of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation in
partnership with the Roundtable of Regions.
March 19 Briefing Cosponsored by California Department of Water
Resources and Water Education Foundation
In cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno
Water year 2015 follows the record-dry three-year period of
2012-2014. Last year’s severely dry hydrology resulted in
water allocation cutbacks to State Water Project and federal
Central Valley Project contractors. As we approach the end of
2015’s rainy season hydrologic conditions are better
than last year, but drought impacts remain.
This day-and-a-half course, typically offered once a year in
Northern California, offered the opportunity to learn the
California water basics, hot topics and water district board
Water 101 is open to anyone interested in learning more about the
history of and the management structure of water in California,
and about the key water issues facing the state – including the
ongoing drought, the new groundwater law and the 2014 water bond.
The SoCal Water 101, sponsored by the Water Education Foundation,
was held October 2-3, 2014 at the Cucamonga Valley Water
District’s Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga. This
day-and-a-half course was designed for anyone interested in
learning more about the history of and the management structure
of water in California, and about the key water issues facing the
state. There was an optional afternoon tour of the district’s
nearby Lloyd W. Michael Water Treatment Plant on October 3.
This free workshop was held February 13, 2014 at the West
Sacramento Civic Center.
At this one-day workshop, scientists from federal, state and
local agencies discussed the research on climate change and how
it will impact the resources, agricultural enterprises,
businesses and residents in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Among topics to be discussed:
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