22nd GRA Annual Meeting
October 8-9, 2013
Red Lion/Woodlake Conference Center Hotel
Co-Sponsors: AMEC | West Yost Associates
Lunch Sponsor: INTERA Incorporated
Reception Sponsors: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP | GEI, Inc.
Refreshment Sponsor: RMC Water and Environment
Conference Organizing Entities:
Groundwater Resources Association of California | California Department of Water Resources | Water Education Foundation | UC Water Institute | Association of California Water Agencies | State Water Resources Control Board | Regional Water Quality Control Boards | US Geological Survey | California Department of Toxic Substances Control | US Bureau of Reclamation | California Department of Public Health | California State University East Bay
Up to 16 CEU hours - California Operator Certificate Program (OpCert)
Up to 16 CEU hours - California Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
Up to 13.5 CEU hours - California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
About the Conference
For more than 50 years, the Biennial Groundwater Conference has provided policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, and educators the opportunity to learn about the current policies, regulations, and technical challenges affecting the use and management of groundwater in California. This year’s conference will focus on the challenges that California faces in integrating various aspects of water quantity and quality in a changing regulatory, political, and environmental climate. Collaborative efforts have initiated integration of groundwater into the framework for California Water Plan Update 2013, and with many basins in decline and Delta through-flows constrained, groundwater policy and regulatory discussions in the coming years are expected to increase significantly in fervor and frequency.
The two-day Conference features a plenary session, concurrent sessions with policy and technical presentation, and a final general assembly.
Opening Plenary Session – Day 1
• Mark Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources
• Lester Snow, Executive Director, California Water Foundation
• Caren Trgovcich, Chief Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board
Concurrent Session Topics – Day 1
• Groundwater Quality: Coordinating State, Regional and Local Programs
• Recent Innovations in Groundwater Remediation to Improve Supply Reliability
• Department of Water Resources’ Role in California’s Groundwater
• Hydraulic Fracturing: A Threat to California’s Groundwater Resources?
• Chronic Groundwater Level Declines: Options for Improved Management for Protection of Water Supply and Quality
• Collegiate Groundwater Colloquium
Concurrent Session Topics – Day 2
• Southern California David Keith Todd Lecturer
• Impacts of Groundwater Pumping on Surface Water: Supply, Environmental, and Legal Considerations
• Strategies to Sustainably Manage Groundwater Quality and Quantity in an Uncertain Climate Future
• Northern California David Keith Todd Lecturer
• Integrated Planning and Groundwater Management
• Groundwater Quality Treatment: Advancements Toward Improved Supply Reliability
General Session – Day 2
Statewide Plans, Proposed Actions and Water Bond Funding Framework: What’s the Future Hold for California’s Groundwater Reservoirs?
The past couple years has seen a greatly increased level of statewide water activity including development of a Delta Plan, Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Water Plan Update 2013, the Governor’s proposal for two sub-Delta tunnels, and more recently, discussions in the Assembly to develop a framework for a 2014 Water bond and the preparation of a Statewide Water Action Plan by the Administration. Certainly, a Delta solution is critical to the State’s water future, but it is just one component of a broader set of actions needed to address overall ecosystem health and water supply reliability in California. The Statewide Water Action Plan is required to ensure state resources and leadership focus on a portfolio of management strategies including: expanding groundwater recharge, storage and cleanup; surface water storage; local resources development; increasing conservation, water reuse and efficiency; protecting water rights; promoting regional self-sufficiency and transfers; climate change adaptation; and enhancing water quality.
Where does groundwater sit in this complex of plans, proposed actions, and funding framework? Is groundwater still the invisible reservoir that will get the short end of the stick on resources? Or will funding and actions include expanding groundwater recharge and storage, measures to address chronic groundwater level declines, and contaminated groundwater clean up?
Collegiate Groundwater Colloquium
GRA seeks to increase participation by university and college faculty and students in its programming. The Collegiate Groundwater Colloquium presents students who are conducting highly relevant research in the general area of the conference theme. The Colloquium and reception provide students with an excellent opportunity to showcase their research and attendees an opportunity to learn from the frontier of groundwater science. For more information, please contact Dr. Jean Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting your organization's services or products, or being an event co-sponsor, please contact Mary Megarry at email@example.com or 916-446-3626.
Blaine Tech Services, Inc.
Confluence Environmental, Inc.
EnviroTech Services Company
EOS Remediation, LLC
FTS - Forest Technology Systems
McCampbell Analytical, Inc.
QED Environmental Systems Inc.
SiLi Sigmund Linder GmbH
Solinst Canada Ltd.
True Blue Monitoring & Remediation Technologies
Woodward Drilling Company, Inc.
Yellow Jacket Drilling Services
Sponsor Exhibitor Information
Continuing Education Units
GRA will award CEUs for attendance. The Conference provides up to 16 contact hours for the California Operator Certification Program (OpCert) and California Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS). The Conference provides up to 13.5 contact hours for California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).
Contact Jim Strandberg (firstname.lastname@example.org; 510-452-1308) or Chris Petersen (email@example.com; 530-792-3239).