San Francisco Bay Branch Meeting - Water Availability and Sustainability in California’s Central Valley: Past, Present, and Future


The San Francisco Bay Branch is pleased to present:

 "Water Availability and Sustainability in California’s Central Valley: Past, Present, and Future"


Dr. Claudia Faunt

Wednesday, February 21st


Management to ensure the sustainability of California’s water resources is critical. Groundwater is a crucial buffer against land-use change effects, water restrictions, drought, and the impacts of climate change, including the depletion of mountain snowpack that is relied on for part of California's water supply. Despite its essential role, the state’s groundwater system is under considerable strain and until recently has been largely unregulated. California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) provides a framework to comprehensively measure and manage groundwater and empowers local agencies to assess hydrologic issues that can cause “undesirable results.” California’s Central Valley has many basins with “undesirable results” and most of these are considered “critically overdrafted basins.” The Central Valley covers about 20,000 mi2 and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Because the valley is semi-arid, surface-water availability varies substantially.


Dr. Claudia Faunt has been a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey since 1988 and a part of the California Water Science Center since 1998. As a USGS hydrologist, she has led studies that focused on regional groundwater flow systems, including the Central Valley of California and Death Valley, California and Nevada. Her research has specialized in water availability, regional groundwater flow modeling, hydrogeologic framework modeling, and incorporation of hydrologic and geologic spatial information into groundwater models. Claudia’s recent technical experience includes several projects related to water availability in California’s Central Valley. Claudia received her Doctorate in Geological Engineering in 1994 from the Colorado School of Mines. In 2013, Claudia became Program Chief of the California Water Science Center’s Groundwater Framework and Applied Modeling section.

-$50 for Members
-$55 for Non-Members
-$10 for Student attendees

-Pan Seared Salmon
gluten free Prepared with olive oil, capers and lemon, w/roasted herb potatoes, steamed vegetables Indian Curry Stir Fry
-Vegan Fresh Vegetables
sautéed in garlic, topped w/mango curry sauce; steamed rice, grilled tofu, garden salad
-Grilled Herb Chicken
sautéed, topped with fresh herbs and lemon butter sauce, w/roasted red potatoes and steamed vegetables

GRA San Francisco Bay Branch is interested in supporting university science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. Your sponsorship will be acknowledged in the announcement, at the meeting, and space will be provided for a small display and brochures. Please contact Eric Sandberg at or at 415-786-7244 for details.

If you have any announcements or questions, please contact the Branch President, Eric Sandberg ( at 415-786-7244, or Branch Treasurer David W. Abbott ( at 510-928-4543.

We are actively looking for potential speakers. If you have a topic or suggestion, please contact the Branch President, Eric Sandberg ( at 415-786-7244.


Wed, Feb. 21, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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The Biltmore Hotel
2151 Laurelwood Rd.
Santa Clara, California 95054