Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Western States Ground Water and Source Water Protection Forum 2009
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Forum Proceedings, May 5-7, 2009
Approximately fifty participants [EPA Regions 8-10, western states (i.e., AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT) and various other source water professionals] attended the May 2009 event held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. The Forum brought together source water partners to share and discuss solutions to source water and groundwater protection challenges in the West.
Day One of the Forum featured fourteen speakers covering a variety of topics linked to source water protection including: climate change; recycled water; fire; agriculture; low impact development; local collaboratives; and on-site wastewater management.
Day Two utilized "Open Space", a dynamic and engaging meeting technique, and featured nineteen breakout discussions covering a range of source water topics. Day Two also included a field trip to sites in the Carmel River watershed highlighting (1) the use of recycled water for irrigation and conservation of source water, and (2) water resource management in the Carmel River system.
Day Three (a half day) involved: a review of breakout summaries from the Day Two; group prioritization of breakout topics warranting further discussion; a group exercise to draw links between priority topics; and a discussion of next steps. Attendees came away from the meeting energized from the presentations and discussions, with newly formed working relationships and constructive ideas for addressing source water protection issues.
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Agenda (PDF) (2 pp, 190K)
2009 Forum Proceedings (PDF) (49 pp, 448K)
- Climate Change: What We Know & Don't Know, & Implications for Water Resources & Source Water Protection (PDF) (78 pp, 2.6M), Bob Raucher, Stratus Consulting Inc.
- Recycled Water, Innovative Recharge Projects, & Source Water Implications (PDF) (39 pp, 5.4M), Ted Johnson, Water Replenishment District of Southern California
- Wildfires & Water Quality Protection on National Forests in California (PDF) (27 pp, 1.7M), Barry Hill, United States Forest Service
- Integrating Source Water Protection & Wildfire Risk in Colorado (PDF) (26 pp, 1.9M), John Duggan, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Dairies, Irrigated Agriculture, & Ground Water (PDF) (14 pp, 670K), Thomas Harter, University of California - Davis
- Fields to Faucets: Sacramento River Joint Source Water Protection (PDF) (17 pp, 995K), Belinda Arthurs, City of West Sacramento and Elissa Callman, City of Sacramento
- Storm Water, Low Impact Development, & Source Water Implications (PDF) (40 pp, 2.7M), Darla Inglis, Low Impact Development Center
- Building Successful Stakeholder Groups & Implementing Protection Plans (PDF) (18 pp, 998K), Colleen Williams, Colorado Rural Water Association
- Idaho Nitrate Initiative (PDF) (35 pp, 1.2M), Ed Hagan, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
- Boulder County's Septic Smart Program (PDF) (16 pp, 1.3M), Mark Williams, Boulder County, Colorado
- Nitrate Contamination: Tools, Insights, & Potential Solutions (PDF) (38 pp, 6.7M), Christian Kropf, Washoe County, Nevada
- Source Water Protection Issues Monterey Bay Area (PDF) (17 pp, 161K), Jan Sweigert, California Department of Public Health
- Carmel River Watershed: Water Supply Perspective (PDF) (38 pp, 4.1M), Joe Oliver, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
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