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USGS Scientists to Present on a Variety of Groundwater Topics


Released: 9/29/2011

The USGS California Water Science Center will be broadly represented at the Groundwater Resources Association Conference on October 5-6, 2011. Scientists will give presentations on topics ranging from groundwater modeling and artificial recharge to groundwater quality.

For more than 50 years, the Biennial Groundwater Conference has provided policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, and educators the opportunity to learn about the current policies, regulations, and technical challenges affecting the use and management of groundwater in California. This year's conference will focus on the unprecedented water resources challenges that California faces, including conditions exacerbated by climate change, drought, the debate over groundwater management at local or state levels, legal decisions, infrastructure funding, a failing Delta ecosystem, and a tenuous economy.

The conference will also host the 20th Groundwater Resources Association Annual Meeting and will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento California.

USGS scientist Ken Belitz, program chief for the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) program will participate in the General Session Plenary Discussion: Present and Future Groundwater Outlook along with John Laird, Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, and Steve Arakawa of the Metropolitan Water District. USGS scientist Steve Phillips will moderate sessions on groundwater modeling.

Conference session topics and USGS presenters include:

General Session: Present and Future Groundwater Outlook

Ken Belitz: Statewide Groundwater Quality and the GAMA Project: Where Have We Been? What Have We Learned? Where Are We Headed?

Groundwater Modeling: Latest Approaches

Moderator: Steve Phillips,
Role of Surface and Groundwater Interactions on Projected Baseflows in Snow Dominated Regions: An Integrated Modeling Approach
Rich Niswonger


Linking Global Climate Models (GCMs) to Regional Hydrologic Models to Assess Potential Future Conjunctive Use
Randy Hanson


The Progression of Studies by the US Geological Survey to Improve the Understanding of the Aquifer System in Antelope Valley, California: From Artesian to Adjudication
Adam Saide

Regional Groundwater Monitoring: Implementation

Occurrence of Pharmaceuticals and Perchlorate in Deep Groundwater: Results from the GAMA Priority Basin Project
Miranda Fram

Nitrate in Groundwater: Current Status & Future Implications

Nitrate Occurrence and Trends in Groundwater: From the U.S. to California’s Central Valley
Karen Burow

Groundwater Recharge Approaches & Issues

Feasibility and Potential Benefits of the Proposed Amargosa Creek Recharge Project, Palmdale, California
Allen Christensen

Poster Sessions

Analysis of InSAR Data, Groundwater Levels, and Lithology in the Mojave River and Morongo Groundwater Basin, CA
Mike Solt


Characterization of the Rialto-Colton Fault by Using Water-Level, Well-Bore-Flow, and Isotopic Data
Nicholas Teague

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