California Water Policy Seminar Series: Groundwater Problems and Prospects

Policymakers, hydrologists, legal experts, economists and water managers discuss California's management of groundwater -- past, present and future -- in a series of nine presentations. Topics include the role of groundwater in managing droughts and recently enacted state legislation requiring local agencies to manage groundwater pumping and recharge sustainably. All presentations are open to the public.

Seminar Schedule
Mondays, 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm
UC Davis School of Law (King Hall)
Room 2303

Date    Topic Speakers Video Transcript 
Jan 5 Overview of California groundwater Graham Fogg, UC Davis

Jan 12 California's 2014 groundwater legislation Tina Canon Leahy, California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife
Cindy Tuck, Association of California Water Agencies
Kate Williams, California Water Foundation

Jan 26 Sharing groundwater: Legal issues and challenges Richard Frank, UC Davis School of Law
David Aladjem, Downey Brand law firm, Sacramento. Please review new state groundwater law before talk.

Feb 2 Toward groundwater sustainability planning in an agro-urban basin Tim O'Halloran, Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District

Feb 9 Groundwater management practices for local sustainability David Orth, Kings River Conservation District, Fresno

Feb 23 State activites Michael Lauffer, State Water Resources Control Board
David Gutierrez, California Department of Water Resources

Mar 2 Groundwater dependent ecosystems Maurice Hall, Nature Conservancy
Richard Frank, UC Davis School of Law
Thomas Harter, UC Davis

Mar 9 Economic issues and challenges Richard Howitt, UC Davis

Mar 16 Integrating modeling for groundwater sustainability planning Can Drogul, California Department of Water Resources
Rich Niswonger, U.S. Geological Survey


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