Dr. Stephen J. Cullen, P.G., DBS&A principal hydrogeologist and senior vice president, and session moderator; Gregory Schnaar, Ph.D., DBS&A principal environmental scientist, and presenter; and DBS&A hydrogeologists, Michael J. Cruikshank, P.G., and Farag Botros, P.h.D., P.E., will be at the conference co-hosted by the Association of Ground Water Agencies - American Ground Water Trust (AGWA-AGWT), in cooperation with Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) and the California Groundwater Coalition (CGC), on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16, 2017, in Ontario, California. The annual event has provided an important information exchange and networking opportunity for California’s water agencies, utilities, and water districts, and for all water professionals (scientific, engineering, managerial, legal, environmental, regulatory), end-users of water, and local and state elected officials involved with water policy issues. The focus of every program has been on current groundwater management issues in California. Click here for more information on the event.
Dr. Cullen will moderate the session, “After Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): Challenges of Sustainably Managing Groundwater.” SGMA, enacted in January 2015, established compliance milestones for reaching sustainable groundwater management. This session presents experiences and lessons learned in the pursuit of achieving the sustainability goal. The speakers draw from case studies and data derived from specific adjudicated basins where the goal of groundwater sustainability is a critical component of a workable water rights settlement or judgment by examining sustainability indicators that are also identified in SGMA. Case studies being presented include:
- Lessons Learned in Developing Defensible Groundwater Budgets and Evaluating Sustainability Indicators by Dr. Schnaar, principal environmental scientist, DBS&A
- Challenges and Experiences in Sustainable Groundwater Management in the Chino Basin by Peter Kavounas, P.E., general manager, Chino Basin Watermaster
- Groundwater Sustainability, Salinity, and Nitrate: The Central Valley And The Santa Ana Watershed by Joe LeClaire, Ph.D., associate, CDM Smith
- SGMA-Alternative Analysis for the Central Basin by Brian Partington, P.G., C.HG., hydrogeologist, Water Replenishment District of Southern California
As an affiliate of Geo-Logic Associates (GLA), we have 10 offices in California and more than 250 employee-owners in 27 offices. DBS&A’s California water resources professionals leverage their experience in developing groundwater budgets and numerical models, and estimating the sustainable yield for adjudicated basins to support water agencies working toward compliance with SGMA. DBS&A provides hydrologic services to help groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs), utilities, and communities comply with SGMA regulations and ensure the sustainability of their water resources. We provide assistance to communities and agencies by:
- Conducting stakeholder and public outreach at the outset of the groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) implementation in medium- and high-priority basins
- Evaluating the feasibility of artificial recharge and conjunctive use projects as a component of GSP development and implementation
- Performing groundwater monitoring, data collection and data management needed to support GSP implementation in medium- and high-priority basins
- Preparing annual reports on progress towards sustainability for submittal to Department of Water Resources (DWR) following the submission of GSPs
- Providing assistance in developing technical information to support requests for basin boundary adjustments
- Providing expert services for water rights conflicts between senior and junior water rights holders that may lead to additional basin adjudication of medium- and high-priority basins
- Preparing annual extraction reports required for individual landowners that pump more than two acre-feet per year
Click here to learn more about SGMA.