GRA's 2016 Conference and 25th Annual Meeting - Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration

Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration is now closed but some sponsorships are still available.

If you are interested in registering for a sponsorship, please contact Sarah Kline at skline@grac or 916-446-3626 for details.



Thank you for your interest in participating as a Sponsor or Exhibitor. Please provide a brief company bio and a high resolution company logo to for inclusion in the event marketing materials.

Exhibitors - If you plan to bring additional booth staff, please provide their names in the "Additional Booth Staff # Name" boxes when your register. Up to two additional staffers are allowed. Lunches and admission to the reception are not included for the additional booth staff but may be added on at an additional cost.


Exhibitors should be set up by 7:30a.m. on 9/28/2016. There will be a "Meet The Exhibitors" segment just prior to the first break of the day where all exhibitors and sponsors will have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and their business to the generall session. All breeaks and meals will be served in or near the room where exhibitors will be set up so there will have ample opportunity to meet with attendees. Exhibits should remain up until after the afternoon break on 9/29/2016.


Still in the midst of a historic drought, California is facing major challenges in the areas of groundwater supply, quality, and sustainability. With the passing of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014, and the Department of Water Resources’ recent release of Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations, water management agencies have a lot on their plates. Now the questions arise: How do Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) comply with the new regulations? How do GSAs fund these plans? Is the technical and monitoring data available to draft successful plans? The formation of GSAs is the first step toward groundwater management in California; subsequent steps require involvement of groundwater stakeholders as an integral component of the planning process, from rural agriculture to urban water utilities. Together, these entities will shape the future of California’s groundwater. Facing the compound issues of climate change, regional to local water quality issues such as salt management and emerging contaminants, and the complex effects of changes in groundwater/surface water interactions, it is more important than ever to ensure California is on the path to sustainable, responsible management and protection of California’s groundwater resources.

GRA’s 2016 Conference and 25th Annual Meeting will provide policy makers, practitioners, researchers and educators the opportunity to learn about the current policies, regulations and technical challenges affecting the protection, use and management of groundwater in California. This year's conference will focus on the information and tools that California needs to face the challenges in addressing ongoing drought and climate change, compliance with SGMA, and ongoing and emerging water quality issues. Attendees will learn from real-world case studies on groundwater management; replenishment and recharge; drought response success stories, including agricultural water conservation efforts; and walk away with concepts and solutions that they can apply to their local groundwater management issues.


California Department of Water Resources | Water Education Foundation | Association of California Water Agencies | State Water Resources Control Board | San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board | United States Geological Survey | California Department of Toxic Substances Control | California State University East Bay | Orange County Water District | International Association of Hydrogeologists


The two-day conference features an opening plenary session, concurrent sessions on groundwater supply/management and quality/contamination, lunch presentations, President’s Reception, Collegiate Colloquium, GRA’s 2016 Northern and Southern California David Keith Todd Lecturers, exhibitors, poster presentations, and a final panel of industry leaders. Featured sessions and topics for podium and poster presentations include:

  • Drought and Climate Change – Managing for Uncertainty
    • Case Studies and Success Stories – Agriculture, Municipal and Industrial
    • Future Climate Change Scenarios – Development by DWR and Local Planning for Risk and Reliability
  • SGMA – Legal, Policy, and Compliance
    • GSA Formation Update
    • Pros and Cons of GSAs versus Adjudications
    • GSA Coordination – Multiple GSAs and Inter- and Intra-basin Coordination
    • Development and Integration of Groundwater Sustainability Plans
    • Best Management Practices
  • SGMA – Technical Challenges for Groundwater Sustainability Plans
    • Data Availability and Assistance for GSAs
    • Innovations in Modeling and Data Management – Finding Common Ground
    • Groundwater Monitoring Networks – Are They Adequate?
    • Well Registration and Extraction Reporting
    • Basin Boundaries and Priorities – How Have They Changed?
  • SGMA – Funding Mechanisms
    • How will GSAs Raise Money for Planning, Administration and Plan Implementation?
    • Federal, State, and Local Funding Opportunities
    • Cost Sharing and Innovative Approaches
    • Other Considerations – Prop 218 and Prop 26 and Impact Fees
  • Uplands and Lowlands – Surface Water/Groundwater Interaction
    • Quantifying and Understanding Surface Water/Groundwater Interactions
    • Assessing Impacts on Beneficial Uses
    • Stormwater Capture Opportunities
    • Conjunctive Use
  • Regional Water Quality Issues
    • Salt and Nutrient Management
    • Agricultural Practices and Innovations
    • Upcoming Changes in Groundwater Policy
  • Advances in Groundwater Remediation
    • Emerging Treatment Technologies
    • Combined Remedy Case Studies
  • New and Innovative Site Characterization Methods and Tools
    • Advanced Methods for Hydrogeologic Analysis
    • Tools for Visualizing the Subsurface
  • Contaminant Trends, Site Cleanup Objectives, and Performance Monitoring
    • Emerging Contaminants
    • Regulated Contaminants in Drinking Water – Recent Updates
    • Vapor Intrusion Issues
    • In-Situ Remediation Systems
    • Performance Monitoring Case Studies
  • Modeling and Visualization
    • New and Updated Tools and Applications
    • Regional and Local Scale Modeling Advances
    • Model Integration – Inter- and Intra-basin
  • Groundwater Replenishment/Recharge
    • Challenges and Successes of Operating Recharge Systems
    • Legal, Policy and Regulatory Compliance
    • Research Efforts and New Technologies
    • Recharge Utilizing Stormwater – Agricultural, Rural and Urban-scale
    • Conjunctive Use
    • Recharge with Recycled Water
    • Advances in Recharge Estimation
    • Use of Water from Groundwater Remediation Treatment Systems


GRA seeks to increase participation by university and college faculty and students in its events. The Collegiate Groundwater Colloquium presents students who are conducting highly relevant research in the general areas 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 and engineering. For more information, including student scholarship opportunities, please contact Dr. Jean Moran at


Jim Strandberg: 925-949-5825
Steve Phillips: 916-278-3002


Exhibit Booth Electricity

Options Booth Electricity

Free Exhibit Booth for Co-Sponsor

Options Free Exhibit Booth for Co-Sponsor

Meals for Booth Staff

Options Reception and Both Days Lunch

Meals for Booth Staff

Options Day 1 Lunch Only, Day 2 Lunch Only


Tue, Sep. 27 - Thu, Sep. 29, 2016

Event has ended


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1970 Diamond Boulevard
Concord, CA 94520
Make your reservation now! We're perfectly located for business, shopping, or exploring San Francisco and Napa Valley's famous wine country; just off I-680 and Willow Pass in San Francisco's East Bay. Oakland International Airport is 29 miles away, San Francisco International Airport is 39 miles away, and our complimentary shuttle ...

Make your reservation now!

We're perfectly located for business, shopping, or exploring San Francisco and Napa Valley's famous wine country; just off I-680 and Willow Pass in San Francisco's East Bay. Oakland International Airport is 29 miles away, San Francisco International Airport is 39 miles away, and our complimentary shuttle is ready to whisk you to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Concord Station, located one mile from the Hilton Concord.

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