SGMA Compliance Workshop


SGMA Compliance Workshop

Ever since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed, the clock started ticking, growing louder as key deadlines approach. First stop — June 2017. Are you clear about what path is best for your organization?

GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc., Best Best & Krieger LLP and John Robinson Consulting, Inc. are hosting a workshop to help you in your journey to SGMA compliance. We will help you:

  • Fully understand what is or is not required for your organization’s compliance and key deadlines
  • Demystify the legal, financial and planning aspects of forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency
  • Learn what is involved in developing and implementing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan

The workshop will include presentations and open group discussions.

Workshop Agenda:

9 a.m. — Welcome and Overview — Dr. Dennis Williams, GEOSCIENCE

9:20 a.m. — Legal Aspects — Forming an Agency — Steve Anderson, Best Best & Krieger LLP

9:40 a.m. — Open Group Discussion

10 a.m. — Financial Aspects — Obtaining Funding — John Robinson, John Robinson Consulting, Inc.

10:15 a.m. — Open Group Discussion

10:30 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. — Planning Aspects — Developing Your GSP — Lindsay Swain, GEOSCIENCE

11:15 a.m. — Open Group Discussion

11:30 a.m. — Wrap Up, Additional Questions from Group

12 p.m. — Adjourn

Speaker Bios
From GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc.:
Dennis Williams, PhD, PG, CHG is president of GEOSCIENCE, a pioneer in geohydrology and an expert in California groundwater hydrology. During his 40-year career, he has directed hundreds of geohydrologic investigations domestically and internationally on groundwater supply, development and management. A prolific author and speaker on the subject of groundwater management, Dr. Williams is a sought after expert witness for agencies across California and the globe. He is a research professor at the University of Southern California’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, having taught graduate level courses in geohydrology since 1980. dwilliams@gssiwater.com
Lindsay Swain, PG, CHG is a Senior Geohydrologist at GEOSCIENCE with more than 40 years of experience with geohydrologic investigations on groundwater management. Prior to joining GEOSCIENCE, Mr. Swain was a Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey working throughout California and across the country helping communities solve their challenges and improve their groundwater supplies. He has focused his career on California since 2002, becoming an expert in the state’s unique geohydrologic challenges. Mr. Swain has worked with communities throughout the state helping them better manage their resources with increased efficiency and sustainability. lswain@gssiwater.com
From Best Best & Krieger LLP:
A partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP, Steve Anderson is a member of the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources, Special Districts and Municipal Law practice groups. He is regularly involved in water issues faced by public agencies and private clients across California, including water rights disputes, groundwater, recycled water, water diversions and reporting, drought impacts on water supply, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, water bonds (Proposition 1), water supply assessments, wastewater and integrated water planning. Steve serves as general counsel to water districts, court-appointed watermasters, resource conservation districts and other special districts. steve.anderson@bbklaw.com
From John Robinson Consulting, Inc.:
With a background in civil engineering, John Robinson’s experience encompasses the planning, design and construction of water projects. For 20 years, he has been heavily involved in assisting public agencies with the coordination, management and completion of local, state and federal grant funding applications. His professional expertise and comprehensive knowledge of bond laws, grant funding guidelines and regulations has helped Southern California organizations secure more than $180 million of water funding. Mr. Robinson is a board member of the California Water Environmental Association — Los Angeles Basin Section, Orange County Water Association and WateReuse Los Angeles Chapter. jrobinson@johnrobinsonconsulting.com