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Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture
Conference Linking Science and Policy
Released: 6/14/2010 3:24:07 PM

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The latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world is the topic of an international conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, Calif., June 15-17. Featured speakers include scientists, managers, and water policy experts from governmental agencies, universities, consulting firms, nongovernmental organizations, and research foundations.

Groundwater is the lifeline for many rural and agricultural regions and their associated cultures and populations around the globe and a cornerstone of global food production. Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world's drinking water and much of the world's irrigation water supply. California is no exception and the state shares many of the same problems – and potential solutions – as other semi-arid/arid areas around the globe. Topics to be discussed during the 3-day conference include:

  • Managing Groundwater Scarcity
  • The Groundwater/Surface Water Connection in California
  • Groundwater and Energy
  • Groundwater Use for Irrigation: A Global Inventory
  • Agricultural Contamination and Groundwater Quality
  • Efforts to Tackle Salinity and Nitrates

What: Conference for scientists, water managers, and policy makers: Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: An International Conference Linking Science and Policy

When: June 15-17, 2010 with optional workshops June 14 and optional tour June 18

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel at the San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, Calif.

Who: Organized by the Water Education Foundation and the University of California, Davis.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and other organizations

Web: More information and a detailed program are available online.

Breakout sessions led by USGS scientists on Tuesday, June 15 include: Groundwater and Global Food Security (Jeff Stoner), Agricultural Groundwater Management (Randy Hanson), and Pesticides in Groundwater (Karen Burow). On Wednesday the session on Nutrients in Groundwater will be led by Chris Green.

During the plenary session at 8:30 a.m. Wed, June16, Bill Alley, Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Office of Groundwater, will speak about Challenges in groundwater supply and quality in the US.

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