Salt and Nitrate in Groundwater
Finding Solutions for a Widespread Problem
June 13-14, 2012
Radisson Hotel & Convention Center, Fresno, CA
Groundwater Resources Association of California
in collaboration with the
Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS) Initiative and
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
Erler & Kalinowski, Inc.
UC ANR California Institute for Water Resources
The United Nations' visit to Tulare County and subsequent report on safe drinking water and sanitation for low-income communities in the San Joaquin Valley highlighted growing concerns about the decades-old problems of salt and nitrate in California's groundwater. Nitrate concentrations in groundwater exceeding the drinking water standard pose a difficult challenge for disadvantaged communities and in private water supply wells that serve rural residences. Salt accumulating in the soil and groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley threatens agricultural viability and the sustainability of California's water systems.
This Symposium will focus on finding solutions to these problems, featuring topics such as:
- The research and work conducted by the University of California and others in response to SBX2 1 (Perata, 2008) to compile, analyze, and synthesize nitrate data and assess potential solutions, their estimated costs, and challenges facing California to address this issue;
- Challenges on the road to finding solutions from the perspective of the state agencies, local governmental bodies, environmental justice groups, private business interests, and researchers and consultants;
- The State Water Board's Recycled Water Policy directives for salt and nutrient management across the State;
- Cutting-edge strategies, technologies, and solutions that are being implemented to control, manage, and treat salt and nitrate.
- Overview of Drinking Water and Source Control Policy, Regulation,
Funding, and Training/Education
- Quantifying and Fingerprinting Sources of Nitrate in Groundwater
- Fate and Transport of Nitrate
- Managing Nitrate Sources and Contaminated Groundwater
- Drinking Water: Treatment/Alternative Supply Options
- The Recycled Water Policy and Salt and Nutrient Management Planning
- Part I -- Salinity Source Control and Treatment
- Part II -- Salinity Source Control and Treatment
- Salt Consolidation and Treatment Technologies
- Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Salt and Nutrient Management and Recycled Water Policy
Dinner -- Panel Discussion (Day 1)
Debbie Davis, Governor's Office
Francis Spivey-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board
Sandra Schubert, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Dave Spath, California Department of Public Health
Danny Merkley, California Farm Bureau
Paul Martin, Western United Dairymen
Maria Herrera, Community Water Center
Panel Discussion (Day 2)
Pamela Creedon, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Kurt Berchtold, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Tracy J. Egoscue, Egoscue Law Group
Toby Roy, San Diego County Water Authority
Tess Dunham, Somach Simmons & Dunn
Program Agenda >>
For more information, contact Michael Steiger (650-292-9100; firstname.lastname@example.org), Thomas Harter (530-752-2709; email@example.com), or Vicki Kretsinger (530-661-0109; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com or 916-446-3626.
BC Laboratories, Inc.
BSK Associates Engineers & Laboratories
Confluence Environmental, Inc.
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
Dellavalle Laboratory, Inc.
Enviro-Tech Services Company
KISTERS North America
Microvi Biotechnologies Inc.
Wildermuth Environmental, Inc.
Sponsor Exhibitor Information >>