International Seminar on Integrated Water Management in California, Nagano (Engineering) Campus, Shinshu University, November 15, 2016

On November 15, 2016, International Seminar on Integrated Water Management in California was held at International Center for Science and Innovation, Shinshu University. Japan Society of Hydrology Water Resources and Water Environment and Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shinshu University jointly hosted this seminar supported by Global Aqua Innovation Center. The main speaker, Mr. Kamyar Guivetchi, Manager of the Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management, California Department of Water Resources made a presentation on "California Water Plan Updates 2013 and 2018: Roadmap for Integrated Water Management".

P1040162.JPGDr. Junichi Yoshitani who took up a professorship of Water Environment and Civil Engineering in April 2016 organized this Seminar, obtaining sponsorship of River Foundation and Nishihara Cultural Foundation. This was the third in a series of seminars by the same speaker and commentator after seminars in Tokyo and Kyoto in April 2015.

California has a Mediterranean climate with a portfolio of water sources including surface water fed by rain and snowpack, groundwater (GW), imported water from the Colorado River, and to a lesser extent, recycled and desalinated water. In recent years, snowpack has decreased and is melting sooner, and water demands have changed because of population growth and urbanization, and more water dedicated for environmental stewardship and restoration. Some areas of California have seen extensive land subsidence due to extensive overdraft of groundwater and unsustainable water management. There is growing consensus among Californians that Integrated Water Management, in particular at a regional and river basin scale, is essential to overcome many challenges to its water resources and systems.

This seminar had approximately 80 participants from government, industry, academia, and others.

Mr. Guivetchi presented in detail about California water resources/systems, key challenges & vulnerabilities, drought condition & responses, Governor's Water Action Plan, California Water Plan 2013, and preparing for Water Plan 2018.

P1040182.JPGDr. Takashi Asano, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Davis commented for the Japanese audience, "It is very beneficial for Japan to learn up-to-date policy and practices from the working manager of California's government on integrated water management. California is now in its sixth year of drought. The challenge and opportunity is how to implement integrated water resources by aligning State Agencies' plans, policies and regulations to the Governor's Water Action Plan."

P1040186.JPGDr. Yoshitani extended the questions and answers session to 100 minutes from the original schedule of 80 minutes responding to robust participation from seminar participants including preparing water budgets to improve GW management planning, importance of GW Banking, management and reuse of shared water, and directions in direct portable reuse of recycled water.