CAL DESAL October Newsletter





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2nd         Annual CalDesal Perspectives on Desalination and Salinity Management         Conference




The CalDesal         conference, themed “Perspectives on Desalination and Salinity         Management: Local, Regional & Statewide,” took place at the Hyatt         RegencyMission         Bay in San         Diego on October 3-4, 2013. The conference         programs were aimed at bringing a fresh perspective to the current         water policy discussion and featured a host of state, local and         regional speakers.




The conference         was attended by local, regional and statewide participants, scientists,         researchers, water and legal experts and decision makers.




There were twenty         different presentations focusing on Perspectives on Salinity         Management, Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Desal, Reliability:         Project Delivery, Economics, & Financing, Ocean Plan Amendment         Process Update, and Public Health Perspectives.




CalDesal         continues to grow and the great success of its second conference was         possible because of the contributions and support of those in the         industry or interested in the industry and their willingness to share         their experiences and opinions.




Day one started         off with Perspectives on Salinity Management panelists: Celeste Cantú,         Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority; Sarge Green, California Water         Institute, CSU Fresno; Phil Rosentrater, County of Riverside Economic         Development Agency; and Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute.




Scheduled keynote         speaker, State Water Resources Control Board Member, Steven Moore took         the podium during CalDesal’s keynote luncheon to share his perspective         on both salinity management and desalination with CalDesal members and         participants.




Energy Efficiency         Opportunities for Desal panelists included: Heather Cooley, The Pacific         Institute; Gerry Filteau, President, Separation Processes, Inc.; Scott         Valentino, NRG; and Dr. Amy Childress, University of Southern         California.




Anthony DeFrenza         of Kiewit Shea Desalination kicked off the next panel titled         Reliability: Project Delivery, Economics, & Financing, followed by         Eric Petersen, Hawkins, Delafield, & Wood LLP and Richard         Svindland, California American Water.




Day two kicked         off with Ocean Plan Amendment Process Update panelists: Joe Monaco,         Dudek; Diane Gatza, West Basin Municipal Water District; and Vicki         Whitney, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board.




Leda Katebian,         University of California Irvine student, gave a fresh take on Public         Health Perspectives, followed by Greg Wetterau, CDM Smith; Sean         Sterchi, California Department of Public Health; and Justin Pickard,         West Basin Municipal Water District.




CalDesal honored         agencies and individuals during an inaugural awards ceremony on October         3, 2013 at the 2nd Annual Conference. Award recipients were honored as         follows: Carol Kwan, West Basin Municipal Water District with the         “CalDesal Visionary Environmental Leadership in Desalination         Award”; Jerry Brown, Contra Costa Water District with the         “CalDesal Visionary Environmental Leadership in Salinity         Award”; Mesa Water District with the “Member Agency of the         Year Award”; San Diego County Water Authority with the         “CalDesal Landmark Contribution Award” and Paul Shoenberger,         Mesa Water District with the “Incorporator of CalDesal         Award”. 




CalDesal’s 2nd         Annual Conference was made possible thanks to our sponsors for their         contributions and support. Sponsors include: Dudek, RBF         Consulting, Poseidon Water, Metropolitan Water District, West Basin         Municipal District Tenera, GHD, Inc., and IntakeWorks.




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Groundwater         Resources Association
        CalDesal &
        Association of         California Water Agencies

        Present         the 3rd GRACast Web Seminar in the
        Series on Salt and Nutrient Management Plans
        Contrasting SNMPs for
        the Northern California Wine Country
        and Southern California Desert
        Marcus Trotta, Sonoma County Water Agency
        Alec Naugle, San         Francisco Bay Area RWQCB
        Lance Eckhart, Mojave         Water Agency
        Mike Plaziak, South         Lahontan RWQCB
        Wednesday,         October 30, 2013
        12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-07:00)
        Early Registration (by October 24) is $50 for Members*         and $75 for Non-Members
        Registration         after October 24 is $75 for Members* and $100 for Non-Members

        (*Includes GRA, ACWA, and CalDesal Members)
        Register For         This Event –


        Please join us for the third Web Seminar in the Series on Salt and Nutrient         Management Plans. This GRACast will compare a plan that has         been completed in the Northern California wine country, which has only         minor salt and nutrient issues, although seawater intrusion is a         concern, and an approach being taken in the Southern California desert         where salt accumulation is a major challenge. 
        1. GRACast         Introduction and Overview (5 min)
        Tim Parker, PG,         CEG, CHG, Parker Groundwater

        2. Sonoma Valley         Salt and Nutrient Management Plan (20 min)
        Marcus Trotta,         Sonoma County Water Agency

        The Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sub-basin is approximately 166         square-miles and is surrounded by the San Pablo Bay to the south, the         Mayacamas Mountains and Mount Hood to the east and north, and Sonoma         Mountain to the west. The community includes both an urban center, as         well as a significant amount of rural and agricultural land.         Groundwater is an important resource to the area, and there is the         potential for expanded usage of recycled water for irrigation to         augment or offset existing groundwater pumping. As the primary local         distributor of recycled water in Sonoma Valley, the Sonoma Valley         County Sanitation District has led the development of the SNMP. The         development of the SNMP was partially funded by a Proposition 84         Planning Grant through the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water         Management Plan. 
        The SNMP includes the following elements: baseline water quality         parameters; water quality data gaps; salt- and nutrient-specific         groundwater monitoring plan; salt and nutrient source characterization,         loading, and movement; and goals and objectives for recycled water and         storm water use as well as documentation of existing salt and nutrient         management measures. The technical analysis completed as part of the SNMP         found that existing water quality is good with future trends not         projected to exceed water quality objectives established for the basin.         These findings indicate that current management measures underway         within the basin are adequate for maintaining water quality. The draft         Final draft SNMP incorporates input and comments from local         stakeholders who participated in the development of the SNMP and the         San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. 
        3. SNMP         Development for San Francisco Bay Region Groundwater Basins (10 min)
        Alec Naugle, San         Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

        Alec will summarize the status of SNMP development for three priority         groundwater basins in the S.F. Bay Region. He will also discuss key         technical and policy issues concerning assimilative capacity and         anti-degradation analyses, and challenges of incorporating SNMPs into         the S.F. Bay Water Board’s Basin Plan. 
        4. Mojave Salt         and Nutrient Management Plan (20 min)
        Lance Eckhart,         Mojave Water Agency

        As part of an update to the local Integrated Regional Water Management         Plan (IRWMP) update, the Mojave Water Agency and local stakeholders are         incorporating the development Salt and Nutrient Management Plan (SNMP)         into the IRWMP process. The purpose of combining efforts is to not only         reduce duplicative work but to also maximize the attention and support         of long-term regional water quality management in a broad planning         perspective. The planning region (~5,000 sq mi) covers areas managed by         both Lahontan and Colorado Regional Boards. Collaboration and technical         “buy in” with Board staff during the key milestones in         development of the SNMP are considered mission-critical to the success         of the plan and enduring locally driven policies that make sense for         the region.
        5. South         Lahontan RWQCB Progress on SNMPs (10 min)
        Mike Plaziak,         South Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board

        Mr. Plaziak will provide an overview on the South Lahontan RWQCB         progress on SNMPs and discuss any related issues and concerns. 
        6. Question         & Answers (25 min)
        Marcus Trotta is         a hydrogeologist for the Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Resource         Planning Section. The primary focus of his work at the Water Agency         involves leading feasibility studies for enhanced groundwater recharge         projects and managing groundwater monitoring programs and technical         studies in support of collaborative groundwater management activities.         His role also includes investigating the interaction and exchange of         surface water and groundwater associated with the Water Agency’s         production facilities along the Russian River. He is a Professional         Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist in the State of California and         received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with an emphasis in         Hydrologic Science from the University of California at Davis.
        Alec Naugle is         a Senior Engineering Geologist in the Groundwater Protection Division         at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco         Bay Region where he has worked since 1999. Alec leads a unit that         oversees solvent and petroleum cleanups at Department of Defense and         Energy facilities. He has been an active member of the California         Groundwater Resources Association since 1998 and the Interstate         Technology and Regulatory Council since 2000. Alec earned a bachelor’s         degree in chemistry and geology from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio         in 1986, and a master’s degree in groundwater hydrology from the         University of California at Davis in 2001. Alec is a Registered         Professional Geologist in California. 
        Lance Eckhart is         the Principal Hydrogeologist for the Mojave Water Agency and has been         with the Agency since November 2001. Mr. Eckhart has worked in the         public and private sectors during his 15 plus years of experience in         Water Resources management. His experience in recent years has focused         on management of regional groundwater basins and the development of         basin conceptual models, Integrated Regional Water Management Plans and         Urban Water Management Plans. Mr. Eckhart received his Bachelor of         Science degree in in Geology and a Master of Science degree in         Environmental Science from California State University, Fullerton. He         is a licensed Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist in         the State of California. 
        Mike Plaziak is         the Division Manager for the South Lahontan Basin Division of the         Lahontan Water Board. Mr. Plaziak has been with the Lahontan Water         Board since 1995. His experience is in the public sector dealing with         water quality issues. Mr. Plaziak also has recent water resource management         experience as a Marine Corps Reservist deployed to Afghanistan and the         Horn of Africa where he worked with USAID and host nation governments         to develop and implement water resource management strategies. He holds         a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Vanderbilt University and         a Master of Science degree in geology from San Diego State University.         Mr. Plaziak is a licensed professional geologist in the state of         California.
        Register For         This Event —
        This is the third of several planned GRACasts exploring Salt and         Nutrient Management Plans being developed and implemented in         California. This is intended to be a vehicle where various agencies         that are or will be developing SNMPs can share their respective         experiences, learn from each other, not “reinvent the wheel”,         and still understand the differences in local situations that warrant         unique approaches. 
        Please join us         for the rest of the Series
        February 19, 2014: Salt and Nutrient Management Plans, Part 4
        If you register for         the first three GRACasts in the Series, then you will qualify to attend         the fourth for free. 
        This GRACast will         use a conference call for audio and WebEx to display the presentation         slides. Each registration is allowed access via one phone line and one         log in to the WebEx module. More than one person may participate per         registration by using a shared computer screen and speaker phone. GRA         reserves the right to invoice those individuals and/or organizations         that are logged in or connected from telephone numbers that don’t         correspond to a paid registration.









IN         THIS ISSUE:



  2nd         Annual Conference 






 California         Water Plan



 3rd         GRACast Webinar






Conference Power Point Presentations can be         viewed here













Update 2013


California Water Plan Surverying the Public Plenary




October 29-30, 2013




2013 Draft Program




Red Lion Woodlake Conference Center,


500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA




Day 1 –


Registration 8:00 AM


Day 2 –


Adjourn 5:00 PM














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