SOURCE: Department of Water Resources

Department of Water Resources

October 19, 2009 17:29 ET

DWR Announces Water Information Management Symposium

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - The Western States Water Council and the Department of Water Resources will hold a Water Information Management Symposium in San Diego on November 17-19, with a special focus on climate change adaptation.

Next month's symposium will begin at 1 p.m. on November 17 (location information and agenda are below). Registration forms are available at the WSWC's website ( The registration fee is $175.

The Council is an organization consisting of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 western states. Purposes of the Council include encouraging cooperation among western states in management of water resources and providing a forum for exchanging views and perspectives among states.

This year's symposium is the Council's 14th water management event with locations rotating annually among the member states.

             Western States Water Council
        Water Information Management Symposium
                 November 17-19, 2009

            Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
               901 Camino del Rio South
                       San Diego

Tues, Nov 17th

12:00 - Registration

1:00 - Welcome and introductions, symposium overview

1:30 - Topics of special interest
Climate change adaptation (Jeanine Jones, California Department of
Water Resources)
Water/energy nexus (Lorraine White, California Energy Commission)
Emerging drinking water contaminants (Betty Olson, University of
California Irvine)
ARRA SRF funding - green projects (Roger Gorke, US Environmental
Protection Agency)
Demographic trends in the West (David Plane, University of Arizona)

3:15 - break

3:30 - Climate activities at the state level
Western Governors' Association actions (Tom Iseman, WGA)
California's climate change adaptation plan (John Andrew, CDWR)
Incorporating climate change in the Bay-Delta planning (Francis Chung,
Colorado's climate change action plan (Jennifer Gimbel*, Colorado Water
Conservation Board)
Planning for sea level rise in Washington (Spencer Reeder, Washington
Department of Ecology)

5:30 - adjourn

6:00 - Reception

Wed, Nov 18th

8:30 - Federal actions relating to USGS Circular 1331 (water sector
climate change adaptation)
Dave Raff, US Bureau of Reclamation
Rolf Olsen, US Army Corps of Engineers
Earl Greene, US Geological Survey
Jim Verdin, National Integrated Drought Information System Program Office

10:15 - Break

10:30 - Applications from remote sensing
Landsat applications (Jim Verdin, USGS)
Remote sensing applications for snow cover and snow water equivalent (Simon
Yueh, Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
NASA Ames Ecological Forecasting Lab (Forrest Melton, NASA)

11:45 - Lunch
Pending congressional legislation on climate change, Tom Iseman, WGA

1:15 - Climate change & ecosystem/fishery implications
National Marine Fisheries Service planning activities (John Stein, NMFS)
Climate change and anadromous fish in California's Central Valley (Larry
Brown, USGS)
Gordon Reeves*, US Forest Service
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies' Climate Change Wildlife Action
Plan (Arpita Choudhury, AFWA)

3:00 - break

3:15 - Monitoring & data needs
Upgrading the California Irrigation Management Information System (Kent
Frame, CDWR)
Remote sensing tool for water use estimation (Grant Davids, Davids
Remote sensing applications for groundwater (Tom Farr, JPL)

5:00 - adjourn

Thurs, Nov 19th

8:30 - Research programs and activities
Regional climate modeling (Linda Mearns, National Center for Atmospheric
Atmospheric rivers (Tim Schneider, NOAA)
Capacity building for water users (Andrea Bair, National Weather Service)

9:45 - break

10:00 - Adaptation Planning and Projects
Updating flood flow frequencies (David Ford, David Ford Consulting
California reservoir system reoperation (Art Hinojosa, CDWR)
NOAA's coastal program activities (Becky Smythe, NOAA)
Climate data support from state climatologists (Nolan Doesken, Colorado
Climate Center)

11:45 - closing remarks

12:00 - adjourn


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