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  • GRA Membership Application - California Groundwater Resources Association
    GRA member area and use the password recovery link to reset the password to this account If you have questions or need help please contact the GRA database administrator at this address dbadmin grac org GRAC org Copyright 2014 Groundwater

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/mbrapp2a.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • 29th Biennial Groundwater Conference & GRA 22nd Annual Meeting
    Groundwater Quality Coordinating State Regional and Local Programs Recent Innovations in Groundwater Remediation to Improve Supply Reliability Department of Water Resources Role in California s Groundwater Hydraulic Fracturing A Threat to California s Groundwater Resources Chronic Groundwater Level Declines Options for Improved Management for Protection of Water Supply and Quality Collegiate Groundwater Colloquium Concurrent Session Topics Day 2 Southern California David Keith Todd Lecturer Impacts of Groundwater Pumping on Surface Water Supply Environmental and Legal Considerations Strategies to Sustainably Manage Groundwater Quality and Quantity in an Uncertain Climate Future Northern California David Keith Todd Lecturer Integrated Planning and Groundwater Management Groundwater Quality Treatment Advancements Toward Improved Supply Reliability General Session Day 2 Statewide Plans Proposed Actions and Water Bond Funding Framework What s the Future Hold for California s Groundwater Reservoirs The past couple years has seen a greatly increased level of statewide water activity including development of a Delta Plan Bay Delta Conservation Plan Water Plan Update 2013 the Governor s proposal for two sub Delta tunnels and more recently discussions in the Assembly to develop a framework for a 2014 Water bond and the preparation of a Statewide Water Action Plan by the Administration Certainly a Delta solution is critical to the State s water future but it is just one component of a broader set of actions needed to address overall ecosystem health and water supply reliability in California The Statewide Water Action Plan is required to ensure state resources and leadership focus on a portfolio of management strategies including expanding groundwater recharge storage and cleanup surface water storage local resources development increasing conservation water reuse and efficiency protecting water rights promoting regional self sufficiency and transfers climate change adaptation and enhancing water quality Where does groundwater sit in this complex of plans proposed actions and funding

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/am13.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 1/14/2015 -- Land Subsidence Series, Part 2 -- Subsidence Impacts from Groundwater Extraction
    on the local conditions has occurred only during droughts or during both drought and non drought periods Land subsidence has recently received increased attention from water science professionals and the media because recent droughts during 2007 09 and 2012 present have triggered high rates of groundwater withdrawal and historically high rates of land subsidence locally as much as about1 ft yr The potential damages in surface infrastructure from subsidence are visible and generally can be repaired However compaction of the aquifer system may permanently decrease its capacity to store water These effects of land subsidence may cause managers to limit groundwater withdrawals both spatially and temporally to mitigate impacts The U S Geological Survey USGS developed the Central Valley hydrologic model CVHM to quantitatively assess aquifer system responses to climatic variation land use changes surface water deliveries and groundwater pumping Results from recent updates to the CVHM show the spatial distribution timing and magnitudes of groundwater level declines and land subsidence from these combined stresses Specifically in the last few years in the San Joaquin Valley water level declines of several hundred feet have occurred and are associated with broad areas of subsidence that locally reach several feet The updated CVHM provides an analysis of the spatial and temporal variability of changes in groundwater availability and subsidence and can be used to assist decision makers in making water management decisions necessary to achieve effective conjunctive use throughout the Central Valley Speaker Bio Claudia Faunt is a Supervisory Hydrologist who has been working for the USGS for the past 25 years As a USGS hydrologist she led studies that focused on regional groundwater flow systems in the Central Valley of California and Death Valley California and Nevada Her research has specialized in regional groundwater flow modeling hydrogeologic framework modeling and incorporation

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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 1/21/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 2 -- First Steps-Forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency Governance, Interested Parties, State Agency Roles
    senior mediator with the Consensus Building Institute Based in San Francisco Ms Bartlett has more than twenty years experience as a facilitator and mediator in consensus building and collaborative planning on public policy issues over a broad range of areas including water and natural resources land management scientific and technical issues energy and education Bartlett s specialty is multi party negotiation and problem solving in complex high stakes cases She often works with tribal federal and state governments elected officials non governmental organizations business scientists and other decision makers to negotiate and implement collaborative efforts Ms Bartlett designed and facilitated development of the Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa groundwater management plans She has mediated a number of complex water resources issues in California including the Mono Basin and Owens Valley integrated regional water management the California Urban Water Conservation Council and California Water Plan Ms Bartlett is on the U S Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution roster of senior mediators Erik Ekdahl is a Senior Engineering Geologist at the State Water Resources Control Board and is the Program Manager for the Board s new Groundwater Management Unit He joined the State Water Board in 2008 as part of the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment GAMA Program where he focused on nitrate and groundwater contamination issues and development of GeoTracker GAMA an on line groundwater data tool Most recently Erik was the Program Manager for the Division of Financial Assistance s Integrated Regional Water Management and Stormwater Grant Programs Erik is a licensed Engineering Geologist with a Ph D in Geology from the University of Michigan Trevor Joseph PG CHG is a supervising engineering geologist with the California Department of Water Resources DWR has over 18 years of combined experience 13 years providing environmental and water resources consulting services to private and public sector clients and more than 5 years working on a variety of legislative mandated programs and projects for the State He is experienced in managing multi disciplinary teams on geologic geotechnical hydrogeologic hazardous waste investigations and water resource planning and development projects Mr Joseph s experience has focused primarily on water resources planning and groundwater development conducting projects pertaining to conjunctive use planning and implementation including aquifer storage and recovery as well as groundwater supply water well drilling aquifer testing and analysis groundwater monitoring network design water quality characterization well and pump station design and general groundwater research Recently Mr Joseph has implemented and managed DWR s Integrated Regional Water Management IRWM grant programs evaluated stream depletion impacts and advanced groundwater substitution transfer and conjunctive use programs He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from California State University Sacramento Kevin O Brien Partner Downey Brand LLP assists clients throughout California in water right water quality endangered species and environmental matters His clients include private landowners water districts cities counties real estate developers wineries and mining companies He litigates water cases in state and federal courts and handles major water related administrative hearings He also negotiates agreements

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/sgma2.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • Oil, Gas, and Groundwater in California Symposium - February 18-19, 2015 - Long Beach, CA
    hydraulic fracturing to develop unconventional oil and gas reserves have reversed the downward trend Today oil production is at a 25 year high and natural gas production is at an all time high The U S has recently become the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world passing Saudi Arabia and Russia With this increased activity comes awareness and concerns from public and private groups regarding potential negative impacts to the environment that might result from increased and advanced hydrocarbon development Impacts on fresh groundwater both quantity and quality are cited as one of the most significant issues facing the hydrocarbon boom In 2013 California passed Senate Bill SB 4 Pavley The bill requires among other things that the State Water Resources Control Board develop model groundwater monitoring criteria by July 1 2015 for the state s oil and gas fields to protect groundwater as a beneficial use and to allay the public s concerns regarding oil and gas stimulation treatments The California Oil Gas and Groundwater Symposium is intended to provide the latest information on current petroleum industry knowledge and practices as it relates to California groundwater while separating fact from fiction as described by recognized experts in the field It is intended for petroleum and groundwater geologists engineers policy makers regulators academia and other interested parties to learn about current practices and operations developing policies and regulations proximity of hydrocarbon fields to groundwater resources real versus perceived risks to groundwater and the successes and challenges that create the context for the relationship between petroleum production and groundwater management in California Draft Symposium Agenda 1 Setting the Stage Questions and issues related to the exploration production and protection of hydrocarbon and groundwater resources in California 2 What are Other States Doing How other states are regulating

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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 2/25/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 3 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Agency Examples
    used to manage pumping All pumpers allowed equal access and treated equally Local sources of water developed include Santa Ana River base flow storm flow and recycled water Intensive management has more than tripled the yield of the basin Abstracts Hutchinson Kavounas Swartz SPEAKER AND MODERATOR BIOS Adam Hutchinson is the Recharge Planning Manager for the Orange County Water District in southern California He is responsible for testing and evaluating new methods to increase the capacity of the existing recharge system planning for future expansion of the recharge system and assisting recharge operations in developing optimization strategies He has over 20 years water resources experience In his 15 years at the District he has worked as Director of Recharge Operations and as Senior Hydrogeologist Prior to working at the District Adam spent seven years as a Senior Hydrogeologist for CH2M HILL working on a wide variety of water resources projects with most having an artificial recharge component He has an undergraduate degree in Geology a master s degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona and a master s degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach He is also a Professional Geologist PG and Certified Hydrogeolgist CHG in the state of California Peter Kavounas was hired as the General Manager of Chino Basin Watermaster in September of 2012 Mr Kavounas has over 25 years experience and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California He worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as the Eastern Sierra Environmental Issues Manager and subsequently for the City of Glendale s Water and Power Department as the Assistant General Manager Water Services Mr Kavounas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota a Master of Engineering Structural from UC Berkeley

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/sgma3.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 2/25/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 3 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Agency Examples
    in an effort to halt hydraulic fracturing and related well stimulation techniques Environmental groups have filed suits under the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA and analogous state statues to halt enhanced recovery of oil and gas Municipalities and counties have also enacted moratoriums and outright bans on hydraulic fracturing In December 2014 the State of New York banned hydraulic fracturing The result of these ad hoc bans is a checkerboard of regulations which make the development of natural resources more costly Oil and gas interests initially challenged these bans on preemption grounds arguing that the local ordinances conflicted with state statutes governing oil and gas operations and were impermissible intrusions on the exclusive powers granted to the state This argument has met with mixed success As such oil and gas interests are fashioning and asserting arguments based upon the protections afforded private parties under the Fifth Amendment to the U S Constitution which prohibits the government from taking private property without just compensation In California Citadel Exploration has filed suit against San Benito County asking for 1 2 billion in damages for banning fracking and oil extraction on land within its county Citadel argues that the ban constitutes a regulatory taking and that it is entitled to the value lost which it says amounts to 20 40 million barrels of oil and a profit of 1 2 billion Private party landowners and mineral interest owners have joined industry in opposing the bans State lawmakers in Colorado are expected to debate a bill that would require counties that ban hydraulic fracturing to compensate mineral rights owners for lost revenue SPEAKER AND MODERATOR BIOS Walt Hufford is the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Talisman Energy USA He is a senior leader with 32 years of experience in the energy industry Mr Hufford has managed multimillion dollar exploration projects in the offshore shelf and Deepwater Gulf of Mexico He has extensive experience managing complex environmental contamination issues including nuclear chemical petrochemical manufacturing and downstream projects He worked on BP s 2010 Macondo incident and has served as a 30 b 6 witness on numerous litigation cases Mr Hufford was appointed to USEPA s Science Advisory Board Ad Hoc Panel providing counsel to the agency s efforts in evaluating the potential impact to drinking water resources associated with hydraulic fracturing He is also a member of the graduate faculty at Texas A M University s College of Geology Geophysics department He has served on various boards including the Pennsylvania Environmental Council PEC the Pennsylvania Resource Council PRC NAEM and trade organizations MSC and AXPC Earl Hagström is an Environmental Litigation Partner residing in Sedgwick s San Francisco office Mr Hagström is Chair of Sedgwick LLP s Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force and Co Editor of its Hydraulic Fracturing Digest He litigates groundwater contamination cases involving MTBE PCE perchlorate and Cr VI and counsels clients on water rights matters He has represented clients in litigation over the disposal of flowback fluids from oil and

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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 2/25/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 3 -- GSA Boundaries: Hydrogeological, Geopolitical, or Geomystical?
    models performed â safe yieldâ investigations designed and constructed high capacity municipal water supply wells â Aquifer Storage and Recoveryâ ASR wells and injection wells developed large scale integrated water supply management plans and worked on numerous conjunctive use projects including those using reclaimed water His groundwater work in California includes basinwide modeling of the Central Valley and modeling well construction and groundwater management projects in the San Diego Los Angeles Ventura Santa Barbara San Francisco and Salinas areas Danâ s recent work with the Nature Conservancy has focused on the environmental aspects of groundwater development including impacts to ecosystems and river flows He recently completed a study of the Central Valley using DWRâ s C2VSim model to illustrate these impacts in the context of historical pumping as well as potential future changes in pumping He is currently profiling successful groundwater management agencies to identify common characteristics especially as they relate to implementation of the new groundwater law Jeremy Jungreis is senior counsel in the Government Regulatory Section He is an accomplished water and environmental attorney with extensive experience guiding public and private clients through complex matters Mr Jungreisâ practice includes assisting clients in environmental compliance and litigation land use natural resource strategies water rightsâ permitting and protection water supply development projects public agency law utility law strategic planning coalition building and governmental relations He has advised clients on all of the major federal and California specific environmental and land use statutes Mr Jungreis is an expert in the development and production of local water supplies He currently serves as General Counsel for the Pauma Valley Community Services District and Assistant General Counsel for the Vista Irrigation District and Serrano Water District and General Counsel Special Water Litigation Counsel for the Rancho Pauma Mutual Water Company He provides special counsel

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/sgma4.asp (2016-05-02)
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