Sacramento Branch Meeting- The Consequences of Groundwater Sustainability in California

Please join GRA and AEG on 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
at CSUS - Sacramento State Alumni Center

The Sacramento Branch is pleased to present:

2018 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer

Jeffrey Mount, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center
Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at University of California, Davis

"The Consequences of Groundwater Sustainability in California"


In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to address impacts associated groundwater pumping.  This act mandates that areas that depend upon groundwater achieve sustainability by 2040.  To meet the requirements of this act there will need to be a net reduction in groundwater overdraft of more than 2 million acre-feet per year.  The social, economic and environmental consequences—intended or otherwise—of this change in water policy are vast.  Opportunities to augment supplies are limited, although new storage, conveyance and groundwater recharge will help.  In areas connected to the state’s water supply systems—particularly the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project--there will be increased pressure to transfer water.  This will impact on-going efforts to address water supply reliability and ecosystem issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  However, sustainability will be achieved principally though reductions in demand. In the San Joaquin Valley—the region accounting for most overdraft—this will involve permanent or temporary fallowing of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, with consequences for the farm economy in the valley and rural communities dependent upon farm labor.  There will also be wide ranging environmental consequences.  How land is fallowed, including the quality of soils, will affect air quality, water quality and terrestrial habitat.  Demand reduction will also increase conflicts over the use of surface water to support aquatic habitat and wetlands as well as groundwater-dependent ecosystems.  California needs to take a comprehensive look at what it is going to take to achieve groundwater sustainability and develop pathways that minimize or mitigate unwanted effects.


Dr. Jeffrey Mount is a Senior Fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center.  He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  While at UC Davis he held the Roy Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences and UC President’s Chair in Undergraduate Education. During his long career Dr. Mount has published widely on the science and management of rivers, including his award-winning book, California Rivers and Streams (UC Press).  He is co-author of the recent synthesis Managing California’s Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation (Public Policy Institute of California). His work at the Public Policy Institute of California focuses on bringing together multidisciplinary teams of researchers to develop novel solutions to water problems, particularly in California.   


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All Proceeds to Benefit Science Students

The GRA Sacramento Branch has a history of supporting university-level science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. The cost is minimal; if interested, please contact Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or


Social Hour - 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Announcements & Dinner - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation - 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Costs and menu are shown below.  GRA is unable to assure food and room for you without an RSVP.  Seating could be limited, please register early. Late registration will be limited and walk-in attendees may be turned away. Using GRA’s automated RSVP process is quick and painless!

Buffet Dinner: Taco Bar with beef & chicken options, rice beans & tortillas.

A No-host beer and wine bar will be available

Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $40.00
Students: $5.00

  • If you register after Noon on Tuesday, February 6th, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting cost.
  • Cancellations must be made by Noon on Tuesday, February 6th.

If you have questions about the meeting, please telephone Rodney Fricke at 916-407-8539 or email him at  For questions about Sacramento Branch in general, including submittal of your ideas and/or desires for future presentations, please telephone Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or email her at


March 14th: Joe Karkoski, Assistant Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board, SWRCB Grant and Loan Funding Programs

April 11th: Holly Nichols, CEG, DWR Project Geology, The Oroville Spillway Incident, Geology and Why It Matters

May 9th: Rob. M. Gailey, PG, CHG, UC Davis and R.M. Gailey Consulting Hydrogeologist, Domestic Well Supply Reliability During Drought: Stress Testing for Groundwater Overdraft and Economic Costs

June 6th, Kirby Brill, Former General Manager of the Mojave Water Agency, Southern California David Keith Todd Lecturer (invited) in conjunction with the GRA first annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit

July 11th: Chris Bonds, Senior Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources, State May Atom-Blast for Water: The Plowshare Program and DWR’s Connection

August 8th: NGWA 2018 McEllhiney lecturer Todd Halihan, Ph.D, Professor of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC, The Future of Water: Data or Instincts?



Tue, Feb. 13, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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California State University Sacramento - Alumni Center
6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819


Parking pass is required 24/7; a pass can be purchased for $6 at the multiple kiosk machines in the parking lot.