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GRA First Annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit

June 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Groundwater Resources Association of California will host its First Annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit on June 6-7, 2018 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.  Meet SCS Engineers professional Tony Maggio who will be attending the summit.

GRA is planning the First Annual GSA Summit for June 6-7, 2018 in Sacramento, with a slightly different GRA format to serve as a forum for members of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) to network and connect on technical and policy issues to address SGMA compliance. Summit sessions will have 1–2 topic-focused presentations followed by 4–5 brief “flash” presentations by GSAs to provide information on their approach to addressing each specific topic.

Planned Sessions include:

  • Governance – including a keynote presentation by Bill Blomquist, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, and author of “Dividing the Waters”
  • Adaptive Management – Operating Under Unknowns
  • Stakeholder Engagement Under SGMA
  • Coordination – Negotiating Agreements
  • Sustainability Criteria – Technical and Policy Decisions
  • County and City Roles in SGMA
  • Water Markets in SGMA – including a keynote by Ellen Hanak, Director of the Public
  • Policy Institute Water Policy Center, and Senior Fellow with PPIC

There will also be an optional pre-conference workshop on “Turning Theory, Fear and Loathing into Sustainable Success.”

GRA is working with the California Department of Water Resources and the Center for Collaborative Policy planning a Groundwater Sustainability Planning Workshop for June 5, 2018 in Sacramento. The morning will consist of presentations by DWR and other groundwater professionals, and is being structured to cover the following main topics:

  • Overall Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development Workflow
  • Conceptual Hydrogeological Modeling / Basin Setting
  • Water Budgets
  • Sustainable Management Criteria (SG, UR, MT, and MO)
  • Monitoring Networks
  • Addressing GW-SW Interaction (or other Sustainability Indicators?)
  • Coordination/Outreach/Community Engagement

The afternoon session is being facilitated and will be structured for GSA members to jointly discuss and work through initial considerations for developing sustainability criteria for the six undesirable results (deadly sins) of SGMA.

GRA event attendance allows you to keep up with evolving industry priorities, state-of-the-practice technologies, and emerging strategies for the challenges facing the groundwater world. In addition, GRA events offer fantastic opportunities for networking, learning from vendors exhibiting the latest tools and technologies, and exposure for your organization.


Hilton Sacramento Arden West
2200 Harvard Street,  Sacramento, CA 95815
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Groundwater Resources Association of CA (GRA)
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3900 Kilroy Airport Way Ste 100
Long Beach, CA 90806-6816


1 (800) 767-4727
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