Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) of California SGMA Conference

Event Location: Modesto, CA
Event Date: 5/03/2017 – 5/04/2017
Jacobson James & Associates participated in GRA’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) planning-themed conference as platform speakers.

Principal Hydrogeologist, Bob Abrams (top) presented during the first session, focused on stream depletion and groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs). The title of the talk was “Comparison of Surface-Groundwater Interaction Model Approaches to Establish Surface Water Protection Zones in Stanislaus County”.
Principal Engineering Geologist, Mike Tietze (bottom), presented during the second session, where the talks were focused on groundwater data, modeling approaches, and setting measurable objectives. The title of his talk was “Stanislaus County Groundwater Ordinance and Discretionary Well Permitting: Lessons Learned and Tools for Sustainable Groundwater Management”.

The goal of the conference was to provide information and tools that may be of help to groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs), consultants and other involved agencies in their preparation and implementation of groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs). JJ&A is currently working with Stanislaus County to construct a regional groundwater flow model and prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the implementation of the Stanislaus County Groundwater Ordinance, the first in the State that is deliberately aligned with the SGMA.

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