GROUNDWATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
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21st Annual Conference & Meeting
Data, Planning and Opportunities
October 3-5, 2012
October 4-5, Conference and Meeting
October 3, Optional Field Trip and Dinner
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Rohnert Park, CA
REHS Program Approved
CA Operator Certification Program (OpCert) Approved
Up to 13.50 Contact Hours Available
University of California Water Institute
California Department of Water Resources
Cal/EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control
Water Education Foundation
U.S. Geological Survey
Association of California Water Agencies
National Ground Water Association
International Association of Hydrogeologists
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Sonoma County Water Agency
RMC Water and Environment
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
California's groundwater resources are receiving unprecedented attention with a "watershed" of new information, programs, and regulations. This year's two-day conference will provide the latest information on recent and developing policies and regulations, and technical and legal challenges affecting groundwater use and management in California.
Conference attendees will receive information on statewide activities and new regulations, including:
• California Department of Water Resources' (DWR's) groundwater content enhancement for the California Water Plan Update 2013 and the results of its statewide survey of groundwater management plans and conjunctive use, groundwater recharge and banking projects;
• State Water Resources Control Board's (SWRCB's) water quality programs and initiative for regional consistency in regulatory enforcement;
• State Department of Public Health's update on draft regulations on groundwater replenishment with recycled water; and
• Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)'s update on hydraulic fracturing regulations.
A range of additional topics will be discussed including:
• The Association of California Water Agency's (ACWA's) Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Framework;
• Groundwater data collection and management: national, state, and local programs and plans;
• DWR's California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program and local agencies' development of Alternative Monitoring Plans;
• Policy and institutional change recommendations developed by the Water in the West Program to ensure effective groundwater management;
• Development of innovative urban water management practices by the engineering research center "ReNUWIt" (Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure);
• Surface water/groundwater interaction and climate change;
• Groundwater quality and remediation;
• Groundwater recharge areas and land use planning;
• Advances in groundwater modeling; and
• Panel discussion: Integrated Groundwater Management: Local, Regional and Statewide Roles and Perspectives
Program Agenda >>
Special Features – October 3rd
Sonoma County Water Agency will lead an optional field trip with stops and informative presentations at several of its facilities instrumental to local groundwater, including SCWA's Ranney Collector Wells along the Russian River. Bus transportation and lunch are provided, and optional wine tasting will be available. Click here to view the field trip itinerary.
Conference attendees may attend an optional dinner at The Vintner's Inn featuring food from the award-winning John Ash & Co. restaurant, wine, and a presentation of the local geology, vineyard water conservation practices, water and wine from a winemaker's perspective.
2012 David Keith Todd Lecturers
• William Alley, Ph.D., US Geological Survey, Emeritus, former Chief of the USGS Office of Groundwater
• John Cherry, Ph.D. Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater
Contamination Research and Emeritus Professor, University of Guelph
Collegiate Groundwater Colloquium
Presentations by students conducting highly relevant research in the areas of conjunctive use, managed aquifer recharge, ecosystem enhancements, climate change, and use of tracers.
For more information, contact any of the following people:
• Jim Strandberg (510-452-1308) email@example.com
• Tim Parker (916-596-9163) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Vicki Kretsinger Grabert (530-661-0109) email@example.com
DoubleTree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
One Doubletree Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Tel: (707) 584-5466; Fax: (707) 586-9726
The DoubleTree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country has set aside a block of sleeping rooms for GRA that are available on a first come, first serve basis at the rate of $115 plus tax per night for single/double occupancy. The deadline for making hotel reservations at the reduced GRA rate is September 24, 2012. Reservations made after September 24, 2012, will be accepted at the prevailing hotel rate, on a space available basis. Please make your reservation by calling the Hotel at (707) 584-5466 and identifying yourself as a "GRA Annual Meeting" attendee and code GAM.
Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting your organization's services or products, or being an event sponsor, please contact Mary Megarry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-446-3626.
BC Laboratories, Inc.
Blaine Tech Services
Cascade Drilling, L.P.
Confluence Environmental, Inc.
Kiff Analytical, Inc.
KISTERS North America
Wildermuth Environmental, Inc.
Woodward Drilling Comany
Sponsor Exhibitor Information >>