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This page contains links to upcoming and past DWR events related to climate change. Presentations and materials from events will be posted when they are available.

December 17, 2013, Fresno
Agricultural Drought Workshop

 DWR agricultural drought workshop, co-sponsored with the Center for Irrigation Technology as CSU, Fresno.

  Information.

  Draft Agenda.

November 27, 2013, Sacramento
Winter Outlook for Water Year 2014

  DWR convened its annual Winter Outlook Workshop with researchers to develop an experimental winter outlook forecast and review other factors in improving forecasting skill at lead times ranging from several weeks to a year. Water Year 2014 (October 1 -- September 20) brings the possibility of a third dry year.

  Further information about the winter outlook.

  Information about an initial water supply estimate of deliveries to State Water Project contractors.

October 8-9, 2013, Palmdale (Oct 8) & Bakersfield (Oct 9)
Drought Preparedness Training for Small Water Systems

 DWR drought preparedness training for small water systems, co-sponsored with the California Rural Water Association (CRWA) and the federal National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program

 Workshop flyer (Palmdale).

 Workshop flyer (Bakersfield).

October 8, 2013, Irvine
Urban Drought Response Workshop

  DWR urban drought workshop, co-sponsored with the National Water Research Institute, reviewed and provided updates on drought planning, response, and mitigation measures. It was intended for water agencies and other public and local agencies involved in drought response and planning efforts.

 Speaker presentations.

September 24-25, 2013, San Diego (Sept 24) & Riverside (Sept 25)
Drought Preparedness Training for Small Water Systems

 DWR drought preparedness training for small water systems, co-sponsored with the California Rural Water Association (CRWA) and the federal National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program

 Workshop flyer (San Diego).

 Workshop flyer (Riverside).

September 10, 2013, Sacramento
Preparing for the Possibility of a Dry 2014: Joint Meeting of California State Board of Food and Agriculture and California Water Commission

 Joint meeting of California State Board of Food and Agriculture – California Water Commission focused on preparing for the potential of continued dry conditions

 News release

 Agenda and meeting information.

 Meeting minutes.

August 5-7, 2013, San Diego
Workshop on Measuring, Quantifying, and Reporting Drought Impacts

 The Western States Water Council and DWR, in cooperation with the Western Governors' Association, co-sponsored a workshop on measuring, quantifying, and reporting drought impacts

 Speaker Presentations.

April 29 - May 1, 2013, San Diego
Improving Drought Prediction at Seasonal to Inter-Annual Timescales Workshop

  The Western States Water Council and DWR, in cooperation with the Western Governors' Association, co-sponsored a workshop on practical approaches for improving seasonal forecasting and drought prediction.

 Speaker Presentations.

 At this meeting DWR presented Climate Science Service Awards to Drs. Marty Ralph and Allen White of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth Systems Research -- http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2013/043013.pdf

March 20, 2013, Long Beach
Colorado River: Lifeblood of the Southwest Lecture (videos)

 Shared among seven states and Mexico, the Colorado River is an important water supply for Southern California. The river basin, now experiencing long-term drought conditions, faces an expected future shortage as climate change increases water demands and lessens mountain runoff. Aquacast at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach recorded Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for DWR, as she discussed the Colorado River basin's complex legal and institutional framework, together with efforts under way to mitigate the impacts of shortages, including innovative bi-national partnerships -- link to video

 An expansion of the Aquacast video on the Colorado River as presented by Jeanine Jones, PE, can be found in the lecture archive of the Aquarium of the Pactific -- link to video

December, 2012, Bodega Bay
Installation of an Atmospheric River Observatory

  Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other colleagues installed the first of four long-term "atmospheric river observatories" in coastal California in December 2012 to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers. These powerful winter systems, sometimes called "pineapple express" storms, can be beneficial, in that they help to fill the state's reservoirs, but they can also cause destructive floods and debris flows. The coastal observatories, which are arrays of custom instruments, are being installed in collaboration with DWR and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego. .Installation of an atmospheric river observatory occurred in Bodega Bay, California, and will be followed by installations at Eureka, Point Sur and Goleta.

  More information

November 6, 2012, Fountain Valley
Drought Response Workshop

  DWR urban drought workshop, co-sponsored with the National Water Research Institute, reviewed and provided updates on drought planning, response, and mitigation measures. It was intended for water agencies and other public and local agencies involved in drought response and planning efforts.

  Speaker presentations

October 10, 2012
Green Energy for the State Water Project

  DWR, in an effort to "green" the energy portfolio of the State Water Project, has entered into a renewable power purchase agreement with Alameda Municipal Power. The renewable power procured under this agreement will help fill the energy gap for the State Water Project with a much cleaner resource than an expiring DWR contract for coal-fired generation. The new energy contract will move DWR closer to its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

  More information

October 1, 2012, Sacramento
Beginning of the New Water Year 2013 (podcast)

  October 1st marks the beginning of the new water year, which represents the wet season in California. In this episode of the DWR Aquacast, DWR's Interstate Resources Manager Jeanine Jones explained what the water year means, the status of current water conditions, and what to expect if 2013 turns out to be a dry year.

  Podcast

September 24-26, 2012, San Diego
Workshop on National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Reauthorization

  DWR cosponsored a NIDS workshop with the Western States Water Council, in coordination with the Western Governors' Association. The workshop reviewed NIDIS and other federal agency drought programs from the perspective of states and included discussions of gaps in the prediction and early warning of droughts.

  News release

  Presentations

September 2012, Lodi
Secretary Laird's Remarks at the Lodi Energy Center (video)

  The new Lodi Energy Center was recently completed, providing clean natural gas energy to many parts of California, including the State Water Project. To learn more about the DWR's investments in sustainable energy, take a look at this video of California Natural Resource Agency Secretary John Laird's remarks from the ribbon cutting ceremony.

  News release

August 10, 2012, Lodi
New Lodi Energy Plant Opening

  A new natural gas energy plant opened on August 10, 2012 in Lodi to enable California's State Water Project to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions. The new, 296-megawatt Lodi Energy Center will provide DWR, which operates the State Water Project, cleaner energy to replace a portion of its power needs now served by coal-fired generation and reduce DWR's emissions of greenhouse gases.

  Video (23MB)

August 7, 2012
Meeting to Receive Public Comment on the Draft 2012 California Climate Adaptation Strategy- Water Sector Strategies Outline

  This two hour meeting was devoted to gathering public comments and feedback on the draft outline of Water Sector Strategies for the 2012 California Climate Adaptation Strategy (which has since been renamed the Safeguarding California Plan- An update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy). Under the direction of the California Natural Resources Agency, DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in cooperation with other state agencies are developing an update to the 2009 California Adaption Strategy. This strategy will layout the priority activities that the state will pursue in the coming years to prepare the state's water sector for and adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change on water resources and water resource related activities.

  Click here to view The Draft Water Sector Adaptation Strategy Outline.

  Information on Safeguarding California Plan: Preparing for Climate Risks

July 30-August 1, 2012, San Diego
Workshop on Extreme Weather Events: Science, Planning and Preparedness

 DWR co-sponsored a workshop with the Western States Water Council, in coordination with the Western Governors’ Association, on extreme weather events.

Managing water in the West is about managing for extremes – droughts and floods. The purpose of this workshop was to help the western states and federal water and science agencies identify and scope actions that could assist in preparing for and responding to extreme events. Topics discussed at the workshop included lessons learned from past extreme events, needs for enhanced observations and monitoring, and weather/climate forecasts and predictions.

 Agenda and logistics information

 Presentations



June 11, 2012, Sacramento
DWR Finalized Climate Action Plan

  DWR released a plan to curtail its emissions of greenhouse gases. The plan approved by the DWR Director shows how DWR can cut release of gases linked to global warming by 50 percent below 1990 levels within the next seven years. The plan also sets the stage for an 80 percent reduction of emissions by 2050.

 Further information



May 9, 2012, Sacramento
Webcast on Winter 2011-12 Water Conditions Wrap-up

  DWR held a webcast to review this winter's weather conditions and water supply implications. The presentations illustrated the vagaries California experienced in its weather this past winter, and provided tips for conserving water in urban landscaping.

 Further information



April 9, 2012, Los Angeles
Confronting Climate Change: A Focus on Local Government Impacts, Actions and Resources(

  This event provided a summary on the most recent scientific understanding of climate change impacts to cities and counties throughout California and outlined the tools and resources for local governments to address climate change impacts. Discussions focused on coordinated regional efforts, funding opportunities and strategies to reduce risk and impacts that will create jobs and help local economies. The event offered opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and networking between local governments in attendance.

  Recordings of the conference are available. Please see the agenda for more detailed information or the following website for the recordings: http://opr.ca.gov/s_climateconference.php.

 

 

February 29, 2012, Long Beach (Aquarium of the Pacific)
Climate Change and Coastal Inundation

 By 2100, increases in global mean sea level will result in long-term inundation of low-lying coastal areas throughout the state. Within the next few decades, however, coastal flood damages will be driven by event-based inundation from storm surges, inland riverine flooding, and shallow flooding from high tides combined with storm conditions. This recorded lecture by speakers from DWR and the University of California discusses the climatic influence on flooding mechanisms, expected impacts, and vulnerability of infrastructure such as stormwater systems. Also covered is flood frequency analysis in a changing climate.

  More information

February 14, 2012, West Sacramento
Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Central Valley Floods Workshop

 This one-day public workshop presented information on climate change and Central Valley floods with a focus on extreme precipitation and atmospheric rivers, the Draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, hazard warning capabilities, the Calwater research project, and potential adaptation opportunities.

  Agenda with Links to Presentations



January 31, 2012, Alhambra (Los Angeles County Department of Public Works)
Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Southern California Floods Workshop

  Extreme precipitation events present unique flooding risks to Southern California with respect to alluvial fan flooding and debris flows. This DWR workshop covered recognition of flood hazards from high-intensity precipitation events, predictive ability for extreme storms, and emerging understanding of risk factors, including wildfires. The agenda included updates related to the recommendations of the 2010 Alluvial Fan Task Force Findings and Recommendations Report and the status of development of the state plan of flood protection.
  Agenda with Links to Presentations



January 25, 2012, Long Beach (Aquarium of the Pacific)
Atmospheric Rivers, Floods, and Climate Change

  Recent scientific discoveries are helping us understand atmospheric rivers – the concentrated streams of moisture that originate over the Pacific Ocean and cause California's major winter floods when they reach landfall here. This recorded lecture for the general public by speakers from DWR and the National Weather Service describes just how extreme these extreme precipitation and flooding events can be, puts them in the context of our historical flooding, and discusses what is known about the effects of climate change on these extreme events. Also covered is "ARkstorm", the simulated flooding event used to gauge California’s emergency preparedness for a flood of epic proportions.

  More information

March 21-23, 2011, San Diego
Climate Change on Extreme Events Workshop

  A workshop on the impacts of climate change on extreme events and severe weather was held in San Diego and sponsored by DWR and the Western States Water Council, in cooperation with the Western Governors Association

  Conference webpage and on-line registration

  Speaker presentations

December 23, 2010, Sacramento
DWR Accomplishment Fact Sheet on Climate Change

  DWR released a series of fact sheets highlighting some of DWR's recent major accomplishments, including in the realm of climate change

  Climate Change Accomplishments Fact Sheet

December 9, 2010, Sacramento
Final CALFED Surface Storage Investigations Progress Report Released

  The Progress Report provided information on how active surface storage investigations are evaluating alternatives to address regional and statewide challenges related to water supply reliability, declining ecosystems, water quality, flood protection, hydropower generation, and recreation opportunities. Further, the report discussed uncertainties related to climate change and water management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

  Further Information

November 17, 2010, San Diego
2010-2011 Winter Outlook Workshop

  DWR hosted a Winter Outlook Workshop to bring together research and operational meteorologists to provide water managers with a discussion of projected water supply conditions for Water Year 2011

  News release

  Workshop notes ( note: workship video no longer available)

October 26-29, 2010, San Diego
2010 Western States Water Council (WSWC) Fall Meeting

  California hosted the 2010 Fall Council Meeting of the WSWC. Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for DWR, serves as a California representative on the WSWC. The 164th Council Meeting was held in San Diego and included committee meetings on water resources, water quality, and legal issues. The full council meeting focused on California's response to climate change

  More information

  Powerpoint presentations

October 19-20, 2010, Long Beach
2010 Water & Climate Change Adaptation Symposium: From the Sierra to the Ocean

  DWR and the Water Education Foundation, in coordination with the Ocean Protection Council, co-sponsored a water and climate change adaptation symposium. Presentations highlighted the connection between fresh water and coastal/ocean adaptation issues, including the effects of climate change on severe weather and coastal flooding.

  At the symposium, DWR presented its Climate Services and Remote Sensing Science Services Awards to Dr. Kelly Redmond (Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno), Ms. Stephanie Granger (National Aeronautics and Space Administration-NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and Dr. Forrest Melton (NASA Ames Research Center & California State University, Monterey Bay):
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2010/102510awards.pdf

  Conference Webpage and Speaker Presentations

  Podcast announcement for October 2010

October 14, 2010, Long Beach
Water Sector Adaptation to Climate Change (Aquarium of the Pacific video lecture series)

  Kathy Kelly, PE, Chief of the Bay Delta Office at DWR, and Jeannine Jones, PE, interstate resources manager for DWR, discuss adapting to climate change for the water sector Video

October 7, 2010, Long Beach
Climate Change Impacts on California Water (Aquarium of the Pacific video lecture series)

  Mike Anderson, PE and PhD, State Climatologist at DWR, and Jeanine Jones, PE, interstate resources manager for DWR, discuss the impacts of climate change on the water in California Video

September 30, 2010, Long Beach
Overview of California's Water Supply (Aquarium of the Pacific video lecture series)

  Eric Soderlund, JD, staff counsel with DWR's legal office, and Jeanine Jones, PE, interstate resources manager for DWR, present an overview of the water supply in California, including its legal history Video

September - October, 2010, Long Beach
Climate Change and What It Means to California (Aquarium of the Pacific video lecture series – overview interviews)

  Jeanine Jones , PE, interstate resources manager for DWR: Overview of California's Water Supply (part 1)

  Eric Soderlund, JD, staff counsel with the DWR's legal office: Overview of California's Water Supply (part 2)

  Jeanine Jones, PE: Climate Change Impacts on California Water (part 1)

  Mike Anderson, PE and PhD, state climatologist at DWR: Climate Change Impacts on California Water (part 2)

  Jeanine Jones, PE: Water Sector Adaptation to Climate Change (part 1)

  Kathy Kelly, PE, Chief of the Bay-Delta Office at DWR: Water Sector Adaptation to Climate Change (part 2)

September 28, 2010, Sacramento
DWR Released Final 2009 SWP Delivery Reliability Report

  DWR released for public review the Final State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report 2009, which estimated current (2009) and future (through 2029) State Water Project delivery reliability and incorporated potential impacts of climate change

  More Information

June 17, 2010, Sacramento
Climate Change Work Group for 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP)

  DWR was accepting applications from Central Valley subject-matter experts interested in joining the Climate Change Thresholds Approach Work Group, a technical work group chartered for Phase 2 of the 2012 CVFPP development process. The focus of the group was to assist between July and October 2010 with developing an evaluation framework to incorporate climate change planning considerations into the CVFPP from an event-based hydrologic aspect. Phase 2 focused on the development and review of management actions for inclusion in subsequent regional solution sets.

  Application

  Draft Charter

  Final 2012 CVFPP

June 8, 16-17, 2010, Long Beach (June 8), San Francisco (June 16) and Eureka (June 17)
DWR-NRC West Coast Sea Level Rise Projection Assessment Public Meetings

  DWR, along with other California state agencies, the states of Oregon and Washington, and three federal agencies engaged the National Research Council (NRC) in a contract for science review of sea level rise for the West Coast. Public meetings were held in Long Beach, San Francisco, and Eureka to solicit reference information that could be considered by NRC in its science study, which was completed in 2012.

  Speaker Presentations

May 26-27, 2010, San Diego
2010 Border Governors' Binational Desalination Conference

  A binational conference on desalination in the U.S.-Mexico border region was co-sponsored by DWR and many other entities. The purpose of the conference was to address issues of mutual importance in the border region (four U.S. and six Mexican states) in finding new sources of water for growing communities in a region noted for its aridity and population growth.

  Further Information

  General conference summary

  Presentations

March 31 - April 1, 2010, San Francisco
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and Climate Services Workshop

  The Western Governors' Association, Western States Water Council (WSWC), and Western States Federal Agency Support Team held a workshop on NIDIS and Climate Services in San Francisco. Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for DWR, serves as a California representative on the WSWC. The workshop's purpose was to bring together a diverse group of federal, state, tribal, and local partners and stakeholders from the water and land-management communities to discuss and understand decision-makers' needs for climate, weather, and water-related information and improving our capacity to meet those needs.

  Powerpoint presentations

March 30, 2010, Sacramento
DWR Publishes California Water Plan Update 2009

  The 2009 California Water Plan Update documents California water conditions, challenges, and water resource management. This update has 13 objectives and more than 115 actions to help California cope with water demands, fluctuating supply, changing climate, and other risks and uncertainties. The five-volume report evolved into expert analyses of complex issues of hydrology, water use, conservation, flood safety, and adaptation to climate change

  Further Information

March 2-4, 2010, San Diego
Eighth Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop: Managing Water Resources and Drought in a Changing Climate

  DWR sponsored a science workshop on climate prediction applications. Other sponsors included the National Weather Service, the National Integrated Drought Information System Program, and Water Education Foundation. New for this annual workshop was an integrated theme of Managing Water Resources and Drought in a Changing Climate

  Speaker Presentations

January 26, 2010, Sacramento
DWR Releases Draft State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report

  The Draft State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report 2009 was available for public review. This report updated estimates of the current (2009) and future (2029) State Water Project delivery reliability and incorporated potential impacts of climate change.

  Report summary

  Draft report

January 25, 2010, Sacramento
DWR Director on California Water Issues and Climate Change

  DWR Director Lester Snow testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water and Power about California water issues, including current water supply challenges, climate change impacts, and opportunities

  Testimony

November 17-19, 2009, San Diego
Water Information Management Symposium

  The Western States Water Council and DWR held a Water Information Management Symposium with a special focus on climate change adaptation.

  Further Information

  Presentations

November 3, 2009, San Diego
2010 Winter Outlook Workshop

  DWR hosted a Winter Outlook Workshop to address California's drought. The workshop brought together research meteorologists and climate change scientists to provide water managers with a discussion of prospects for water supply conditions in Water Year 2010 after three consecutive dry years.

  Further information

September 30, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Public Forum on California's Water Challenges

  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar hosted a public meeting in Washington, D.C. with federal and California officials to discuss strategies for addressing a range of water supply challenges facing the state. Among the challenges discussed were federal and state plans to address California drought impacts in 2010; the Bay Delta Conservation Plan; seismic risks and impacts; and climate change impacts, adaptation possibilities, and federal and state actions. This was the second public meeting on California water challenges jointly held by the U.S. Department of the Interior and California officials, including the Director of DWR

  Agenda

August 19, 2009, Bakersfield
Drought Response Workshop

  DWR held a workshop in the offices of the City of Bakersfield Water Resources Department to provide updates about small water system drought response activities. Water year 2009 was California's third consecutive dry year, with water years 2007 through 2009 representing the 12th driest three-year period in the state's measured hydrologic record. Precipitation in the Tulare Lake hydrologic region, which includes the watersheds of the Kings and Kern rivers, was 55 percent of average in 2007, and 80 percent of average in both 2008 and 2009. Small drinking water systems, which have historically experienced the majority of drought-related health and safety impacts and water shortage emergencies, constitute the majority of the state's public water systems even though they serve a low percentage of California's total population.

  Information

  Agenda

June 17-18, 2009, Sacramento
Training Course on Climate, Drought, and Remote Sensing for Water Agencies

  DWR hosted a training course on climate, drought, and remote sensing for water agencies, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey. NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System program and National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Services Division sponsored the training as part of pilot efforts to tailor existing NWS climate training services to the information needs of users of NOAA climate products. The goal of the training was to elevate participants' level of understanding of drought, climate variability and change, modeling, and remote sensing, with special emphasis given to impacts on hydrologic variables and water resources.

 Speaker Presentations

 Announcement on DWR offering a virtual course on Climate, Drought, and Remote Sensing

  Podcast announcement for the virtual course (September 2009)

June 2, 2009, Sacramento
DWR Named 'Climate Action Leader'

  DWR was named a "Climate Action Leader" by the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR). CCAR member organizations earn this special recognition by calculating, disclosing, and independently verifying their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. During 2008, DWR voluntarily measured its prior-year (2007) GHG emissions, which totaled 3.24 million metric tons. In 2009, DWR officially reported those emissions after receiving certification from a CCAR-approved independent, third-party verifier. The majority of DWR's GHG emissions come from the power it uses to operate the State Water Project (SWP), which delivers water to 25 million Californians and irrigates 700,000 acres of agricultural lands. However, in a given year over half of the power used by the SWP to deliver water comes from zero-carbon hydroelectricity. DWR is taking aggressive actions to reduce its carbon footprint, such as equipment and pumping refurbishments to increase efficiency, the inclusion of additional renewables into the power portfolio of the SWP and a variety of other activities.

  The California Climate Action Registry is a non-profit organization originally formed by the state to serve as a voluntary registry to encourage GHG emissions reductions. DWR joined the CCAR in May 2007. The California Registry has transitioned its members to The Climate Registry, a nonprofit GHG emissions registry for North America that was established in 2007 by U.S. states and Canadian provinces and today is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of senior officials from 41 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, 13 Canadian provinces and territories, 6 Mexican states and 4 Native Sovereign Nations. For more information, visit www.theclimateregistry.org.

 Press release

April 29, 2009, Sacramento
DWR Climate Change Report Released

  DWR released "Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California." The report evaluates how climate change could affect the reliability of California's water supply.

  Summary

  Report

April 22, 2009, Sacramento
DWR released the mini-documentary, "A Climate of Change."

  Co-produced with Water Education Foundation, the video tells the story of California's changing climate, and what it means for the state's water supply. The 22-minute mini-documentary gives the current state of science on California climate change; what we've seen already, and what the future might hold. State, federal, and local perspectives are presented, with a dozen experts in the field. The film showcases California's unique weather patterns, specific model projections, and proposed adaptation strategies. A screening of A Climate of Change was held in Sacramento at the Natural Resources building.

  Press release

  Video