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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 4/01/2015 -- Modflow Series, Part 2 -- Flow and Transport Simulations with MODFLOW-USG
    unstructured grid discretization scheme that provides immense flexibility in adapting a numerical model to appropriate scale and resolution requirements and complex site stratigraphic hydrogeologic conditions The code is actively supported by the USGS with continual development and version releases that include feature enhancements and fixes A contaminant fate and transport package will be released soon for analysis of advective dispersive transport of dissolved component species subject to retardation and decay in the interconnected porous medium and CLN domains Retardation decay and dual domain diffusion mechanisms for steady state and transient flow fields are accommodated in a mass conserved manner This webinar will introduce participants to the various features functionalities and capabilities of the MODFLOW USG transport simulation process It complements the Fundamentals of MODFLOW USG webinar conducted by the GRA in October 2013 by introducing participants to the additional upcoming features Gridding and flow simulation issues will also be discussed in relation to transport analyses The webinar will be presented by Dr Sorab Panday from GSI Environmental Inc who is the lead author of MODFLOW USG SPEAKER AND MODERATOR BIOS Sorab Panday Ph D Principal Engineer GSI Environmental Inc has over 26 years of experience as a water resource modeling consultant He has directed managed and conducted projects using flow and transport models for hydrologic and hydrogeologic solutions to water management for public supply agricultural industrial mining waste disposal climate and land use change water rights and permitting issues He is the lead author on MODFLOW USG an unstructured grid version of MODFLOW released by the USGS He is also the lead author of the contaminant transport modules for MODFLOW USG soon to be released by the USGS He has published several refereed articles in reputed journals provides review and editorial support to industry publications and conducts short courses and

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gracast040115.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 4/15/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 5 -- Legal Agreements for GSAs
    use water quality and reclamation In addition to his water practice he has significant experience concerning regulated utilities energy land use real estate local government and environmental matters including CEQA and ESA compliance He represents private companies municipalities special districts and individual landowners with transactional negotiations litigation and administrative agency proceedings This past year Russell participated in a small group of lawyers and other policy specialists convened by the Association of California Water Agencies to develop historic legislation recently enacted to reform California groundwater law He also frequently publishes and speaks on water law topics Particularly notable publications include a recent journal article published in the Denver Water Law Review titled No Fictions Required Assessing the Public Trust Doctrine in Pursuit of Balanced Water Management and authorship of two chapters of the Groundwater Resources Association s handbook California Groundwater Management He is also member of the Council of Legal Advisors to the Bren School of Environmental Science Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara Valerie C Kincaid is a partner at the firm of O Laughlin Paris LLP whose practice focuses on water law including water rights water transfers and water quality issues She also handles environmental law issues related to the use of water resources including state and federal endangered species law habitat conservation planning public trust issues and state and federal environmental regulations Ms Kincaid represents various public irrigation districts water districts and water authorities in the areas of permitting enforcement and regulatory matters at both the administrative and judicial levels Prior to specializing in California water law Ms Kincaid specialized in mortgage derivative securities while practicing in Washington D C Ms Kincaid is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton New York where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology She obtained her

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gracast041515.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • 04/20-4/22/2015 Principles of Groundwater Flow & Transport Modeling
    groundwater modeling projects Who Should Attend The short course is intended for professional consultants technical personnel in engineering geology firms and irrigation water districts regulatory agency specialists and managers and those in the legal community specialized on groundwater issues Participants should have a working knowledge of the principles of groundwater hydrology and be familiar with the PC Windows environment No formal training in computer programming is necessary Course Topics principles and concepts of groundwater modeling overview of groundwater modeling software conceptual model development data collection and preparation model grid design boundary conditions concepts and application implementing rivers lakes recharge drainage and other special situations modeling multiple aquifer systems sensitivity analysis model calibration and verification contaminant transport modeling capture zone analysis nonpoint source pollution modeling Course Instructors Graham E Fogg Ph D is a professor of hydrogeology with the Hydrology Program of the Department of Land Air and Water Resources University of California Davis He received a B S in hydrology at the University of New Hampshire a M S in hydrology from the University of Arizona and a Ph D in geology from The University of Texas at Austin He is currently teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in groundwater hydrology and groundwater modeling His research interests include geologic geostatistical characterization of subsurface heterogeneity mass transport in heterogeneous porous media numerical modeling of groundwater systems and regional system hydrogeology Fogg has 20 years experience characterizing and analyzing groundwater under a diversity of conditions in the southwest and western United States Thomas Harter Ph D received a B S in hydrology from the Universities of Freiburg Germany and a M S in hydrology from the University of Stuttgart Germany He received his Ph D in hydrology with emphasis on subsurface hydrology at the University of Arizona In 1995 he joined the faculty

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/pgftm.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 5/13/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 6 -- Public Notification, Public Participation, and Consideration of All Interests of Groundwater Users and Beneficial Uses
    facilitator and mediator of the Demand Management Measures Independent Technical Panel and held the same role for DWR s Commercial Industrial and Institutional Task Force He is the Program Manager for stakeholder and mediation efforts on numerous water quality efforts including several Total Maximum Daily Load cases Irrigated Lands Regulatory Programs and nutrient management programs with the Central Valley San Francisco Bay San Diego and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Boards Dave received a B LA in landscape architecture from the University of Florida UF in 1985 He conducted post graduate studies at the UF Department of Sociology in environmentally related behavior He has completed additional graduate level studies in mediation facilitation and risk communication through Emory University Columbia University and Pepperdine University Gina Bartlett is a 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 Lucy Eidam Crocker is a Partner at Crocker Crocker Crocker where she is Northern California s leading social marketing public outreach and public affairs strategist For nearly 30 years she s managed water supply conservation and rate increase flood management and public works projects on behalf of her clients She opened her business LucyCo Communications now Crocker Crocker in 1995 and has been on the forefront of issues that impact key elected officials stakeholders community members and business owners ever since Lucy likes to roll up her sleeves and lead controversial and high profile projects to successful outcomes through public outreach She is appointed to the Association of California Water Agencies Communications Committee and chairs the Sacramento Metro Chamber s Water Resources Committee She has 15 years of experience lobbying for water and flood money through the Sacramento Metro Chamber s Cap to Cap and State Legislative Day events Lucy is also a founding member of the Carmichael Water Buffalos As an alum from the Communications Department at the University of Oregon she s a die hard Ducks football fan Anna West is a principal and co founder of Kearns West with more than 30 years of experience using facilitation mediation and public engagement to generate collaborative solutions in the fields of

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gracast051315.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 5/20/2015 -- Series on Land Subsidence, Part 3 -- Impacts of Land Subsidence on Water Delivery Infrastructure and Ongoing Management Efforts
    Neill Pump Generating Plant San Luis Drain and all associated facilities Mr Martin is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer with the State of California and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers His civil engineering career includes 13 years with the U S Bureau of Reclamation and 21 years with the San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority Mr Martin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University Chris White is the General Manager and District Engineer for the Central California Irrigation District He started with the District in 1993 as District Engineer developing and implementing the District s ambitious Water Conservation Plan He became General Manager of the District in 2000 responsible for implementing Board policy direction and protection of some of the most senior water rights in California Chris was Vice President of Stoddard and Associates an engineering and land surveying consulting firm in Los Banos California The company specialized in water resources planning and construction civil engineering services and land surveying services for many local cities irrigation districts and landowners in the San Joaquin Valley He obtained his California Land Surveyors License in 1983 and his Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in 1991 Matt Hurley currently serves as the General Manager of the Angiola Water District the Green Valley Water District the W H Wilbur Reclamation District and the Deer Creek Storm Water District In addition he is the President of the Board of Directors for the Fresno Slough Water District He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of California Water Agencies representing the southern central valley area of California Before his current positions he spent 30 years practicing law in the Silicon Valley with emphasis in all facets of Real

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gracast052015.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • 06/02/2015 Case Studies, Boundary Determination, Legal Agreements, and Public Participation
    notice of intent including the local agencies comprising the GSA and the GSA boundary to DWR and hold a public hearing Subsequently the GSA must develop legal agreements list of interested parties and how they can participate in the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan to DWR The SGMA requires that GSAs consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater as well as other Groundwater Sustainability Plans GSPs Public outreach and stakeholder involvement is clearly underscored in the SGMA and requires a clear framework of organization and thoughtful processes in place during GSA start up and GSP development and implementation Discussion topics are planned to include Challenges and Strategies to GSA Formation Determination of GSA and Basin Boundaries Legal Agreements Concepts and the Devilish Details Interested Party Lists and Public Participation Facilitation as a Key Tool for Public Participation Steps to GSA Formation Attendees will learn about the latest developments on regulations for basin and subbasin boundary changes from the California Department of Water Resources DWR as well as receive an update on the next steps DWR will take for SGMA implementation A number of local agencies will share their current progress challenges and nest steps for GSA formation Attendees will hear from a several attorneys on what goes into the legal agreements and what the biggest hurdles are to form the new GSAs Public Outreach and Stakeholder Involvement for GSAs and GSPs Participants will learn tried and true tools and techniques for developing a strategic outreach plan for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation This session on public participation will present best practices for audience development stakeholder identification message development and building an action plan based on research and project milestones Participants will then identify the best outreach materials and ongoing communication tools to keep stakeholders updated

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gsaf.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar on 5/13/2015 -- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Part 6 -- Public Notification, Public Participation, and Consideration of All Interests of Groundwater Users and Beneficial Uses
    proceedings He serves as counsel to the Chino Basin Watermaster and the South Tahoe Public Utility District and represents private landowners in the Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication and golf courses throughout the Southwest Sarge Green is a water management specialist at the California Water Institute and Center for Irrigation Technology at California State University Fresno His main focus has been water policy and integrated regional water management planning in the San Joaquin Valley Recently he has been assisting two San Joaquin Valley counties with groundwater ordinances designed to assure availability of groundwater for County users while also meeting the goals of the new State groundwater law Green served previously as General Manager of Tranquility Irrigation District in western Fresno County for 18 years and also worked 13 years at the Central Valley Region Water Quality Control Board He s currently a member of the California Water Quality Monitoring Council the PPIC Water Policy Center advisory network the California Roundtable for Water and Food Security and serves as the Chair of the Clean Water Subcommittee for the Association of California Water Agencies Craig M Murphy is the Advanced Planning Division Chief for the Kern County Planning Community Development Department His responsibilities include oversight of all advanced planning programs within the department the processing and development of all environmental impact reports and implementation of the County s general and specific plans Craig has worked for the Kern County since 2005 and has held his current title of Advanced Planning Division Chief since 2010 During his tenure with the department Craig has participated in the development of over 65 environmental impact reports which include multiple large scale applicant and County initiated specific plans development proposals and alternative energy projects totaling over 9 000 megawatts of approved renewable energy Craig holds a Bachelor of

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gracast/gracast071515.asp (2016-05-02)
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  • GRACast Web Seminar - Nature and Estimated Toxicity of Polar Metabolite Mixtures in Groundwater Quantified as Extractable "TPH" at Biodegrading Fuel Release Sites
    toxicity profile of the mixture becomes ever lower with continued biodegradation The life cycle of the metabolites mixture is consistent with the natural attenuation paradigm adopted for petroleum release sites The Study results support the use of SGC and its important role in 1 documenting that biodegradation is occurring 2 focusing resources on the hydrocarbon component of the plume and 3 not applying hydrocarbon based cleanup criteria to the metabolites component Abstract Register Today Early Registration by August 21 is 75 for Members and 100 for Non Members Registration after August 21 is 100 for Members and 125 for Non Members SPEAKER BIO Dawn A Zemo received her B A in geology from Stephens College in 1980 and her M S in geology from Vanderbilt University in 1982 She is a Professional Geologist and a Certified Engineering Geologist in California Ms Zemo is principal hydrogeologist of Zemo Associates which she formed in 2002 Her professional experience includes petroleum hydrocarbon exploration and development geology petrophysics hydrogeology environmental site characterization and remediation environmental forensics and expert witness and confidential litigation consulting Ms Zemo has practiced in the environmental field since 1988 Ms Zemo serves on the editorial review boards peer review teams for the international journals Ground Water Monitoring Remediation and Environmental Forensics She was on the technical expert author team for the 2012 Leaking Underground Fuel Tank LUFT Manual guidance document and also served as a technical expert consultant during development of the Low Threat UST Case Closure Policy both on behalf of the California State Water Resources Control Board UST Program Ms Zemo is a nationally recognized expert and published author in the areas of petroleum fate and analysis especially issues with TPH site characterization groundwater monitoring and the use of environmental forensic chemistry for regulatory or litigation applications Ms

    Original URL path: http://grac.org/gracast/gracast082615.asp (2016-05-02)
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