Tour the Delta; International Groundwater Conference; Western Water on Tap – new blog launches
Tour the Bay-Delta this Summer
Go deep into California’s water hub and traverse the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and waterways that support the state’s water system and is one of the state’s most important ecosystems.
Our Bay-Delta Tour from June 15-17 winds its way through the Delta to the San Francisco Bay making stops at more than a dozen sites, including Delta islands and levees, state fish screens, Los Vaqueros Reservoir, the federal pumping plant at Tracy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model, Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco and Suisun Marsh.
The 3-day, 2-night tour features speakers from all sides who will explain current water project operations, the debate over the California WaterFix tunnels project, and the issues related to farming and protecting endangered fish in the Delta.
The tour is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region and California Department of Water Resources. Additional tour sponsors are CH2M, ESA, GEI Consultants and HDR Engineering.
Learn more about our tours and register for early-bird prices online at www.watereducation.org/general-tours.
International Groundwater Conference
Groundwater experts from around the world will gather at an international groundwater/agriculture conference in the San Francisco area June 28-30 organized by the Foundation and UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair.
More than 200 speakers will be on hand at Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy. Speakers include Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; Lester Snow, executive director of the Water Foundation; Ann Mills, deputy under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA; Bill Alley, science and technology director for the National Groundwater Association and former USGS groundwater chief and Glenda Humiston, vice-president for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Davis
Session topics include:
- Salinity policy
- Emerging contaminants
- Environmental justice
- Modeling and data
- Nitrate policy
- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
Visit www.watereducation.org/internationalgroundwater2016 for more information and to register online.
Western Water on Tap – the Foundation Launches a New Blog
The Foundation is excited to announce the launch of Western Water on Tap, a blog that delivers water-related news and interesting tidbits in between the publication of our quarterly issues of Western Water magazine.
News is made at our events so the Foundation’s writers are tracking interesting and important comments made by water experts and then delving into the details behind the soundbites, creating online articles.
Blog posts to date have included:
- “Translating Snowpack into Usable Data is Tricky Business”
- “Allowing Water Systems to Crash is Not an Option: Western Water Expert Pat Mulroy Urges Peace in California Water Disputes”
- “Average Sierra Nevada Winter Temps at Record Highs: Scientist Brad Udall says climate pattern is new normal for California”