GRA is planning the First Annual GSA Summit for June 6-7, 2018 in Sacramento, with a slightly different GRA format to serve as a forum for GSA members to network and connect on technical and policy issues to address SGMA compliance. Summit sessions will have 1–2 topic-focused presentations followed by 4–5 brief “flash” presentations by GSAs to provide information on their approach to addressing each specific topic. Sessions planned for the GSA Annual Summit include:
- Governance – including a keynote presentation by Bill Blomquist, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, and author of “Dividing the Waters”
- Adaptive Management – Operating Under Unknowns
- Stakeholder Engagement Under SGMA
- Coordination – Negotiating Agreements
- Sustainability Criteria – Technical and Policy Decisions
- County and City Roles in SGMA
- Water Markets in SGMA – including a keynote by Ellen Hanak, Director of the Public Policy Institute Water Policy Center, and Senior Fellow with PPIC
Optional Pre-conference workshop:
GRA is working with the California Department of Water Resources and the Center for Collaborative Policy planning a Groundwater Sustainability Planning Workshop for June 5, 2018 in Sacramento. The morning will consist of presentations by DWR and other groundwater professionals, and is being structured to cover the following main topics:
- Overall Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development Workflow
- Conceptual Hydrogeological Modeling / Basin Setting
- Water Budgets
- Sustainable Management Criteria (SG, UR, MT, and MO)
- Monitoring Networks
- Addressing GW-SW Interaction (or other Sustainability Indicators?)
- Coordination/Outreach/Community Engagement
The afternoon session is being facilitated and will be structured for GSA members to jointly discuss and work through initial considerations for developing sustainability criteria for the six undesirable results (deadly sins) of SGMA.
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