Exploring Landscape-Scale Water Resilience Strategies

Friday, October 29, 2021
1:00 pm PDT3:30 pm PDT
Zoom

California water leaders to explore regional landscape-scale water resilience strategies

• Gain an increased understanding of new, collaborative strategies for integrated watershed stewardship, multi-benefit recharge and water banking, and their applicability to our region.
• Achieve alignment on regional resilience solutions and priorities
• Get updates on key water efforts
• Establish a set of actions and next steps

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 1-3:30 p.m. PST

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Please join us, and dozens of practitioners and leaders from throughout the region and State, for the latest session in this series that explores bold solutions and ways to integrate them into landscape and regional resilience approaches–that also increase upper and lower watershed connectivity and generate multiple benefits.

See Speaker Panel member bios below! The first 90 minutes will be focused on this water resiliency session. Immediately following will be the Tulare Basin Watershed Partnership's quarterly gathering of those interested in exploring how best to take action and collaborate on bold regional water solutions, as well as hear about updates on Network efforts and plans.

In this session, the third of three, we will focus on integrative, strategic and bold approaches that foster upper and lower watershed connections, as well as ways to leverage landscape- and region-wide collaboration to generate greater benefits and holistic, whole-basin returns and impact. We will look at practical solutions that can be transferred and scaled throughout the Tulare Basin. These approaches build on themes from Sessions 1 & 2 and are, likewise, critical solutions but not silver bullets or a panacea. However, if well-designed and executed, they can yield major benefits and create common ground among diverse and historically competing interests.

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE THESE WATER AUTHORITIES:

DANIEL MOUNTJOY, Director of Resource Stewardship, Sustainable Conservation

Utilizing next-generation groundwater recharge to generate targeted and multiple benefits with recharge basins at multiple scales, Sustainable Conservation is enabling greater collaboration and shared value. Benefits include water sustainability, water quality, subsidence mitigation, water security for farmers and challenged communities, habitat, and climate/drought resilience can be combined to meet specific priorities for multiple parties. He will also share recent insights from Sustainable Conservation work on the Merced Watershed Assessment, a comprehensive effort to understand the dynamics of an entire watershed to better manage water resources as a whole system.

KAMYAR GUIVETCHI, Manager, Division of Planning, Department of Water Resources

Leveraging the ongoing work with FloodMAR (managed aquifer recharge), the Integrated Regional Watershed Management plans, and SGMA, Kamyar will share lessons learned from these programs, including their challenges and emerging opportunities for new modes of networked coordination and collaboration to accelerate and scale resilience in the region and statewide. He will also share key findings from the Merced Watershed Assessment, including
advanced climate modeling that shows significantly increasing flood risks across the entire region and ways to manage them. He will touch on deep channel recharge mapping with Airborne Electromagnetic surveys (AEM), 'reservoir re-operation', and opportunities for greater, basin-scale collaboration among GSAs.

PHIL BACHAND, Engineer, McMullin Area GSA.

Serving the area at the convergence of the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers, this GSA is growing its vision for a major water banking effort in the area that simultaneously requires substantial conveyance and habitat restoration as well as an equal increase in the ability to coordinate and collaborate closely with a number of stakeholders to bring this multi-benefit vision to life. This GSA is finding that the social side of innovation and change is perhaps the most intriguing and challenging as it fosters new ways of operating sustainably with the health of ecosystems, the community, and the economy squarely in mind.

We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Matt Hurley, Carole Combs, Safeeq Khan, Jeff Powers, Dez Bagalayos, Rob Hansen, Larry Saslaw, and Robert Gould