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"Can We Stop Undermining Our Water Supplies? Groundwater and California's Water Future"

Jay R. Lund
UC Davis Watershed Sciences Center

Thursday, May 2, 2013
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"We are fortunate to have Dr. Lund as a distinguished speaker through the California Groundwater Resource Association (GRA)'s 2013 David Keith Todd Lecture Series; the topic of groundwater could not be more important or timely." — Hosted by Trish Holden

Integration of groundwater into overall water and environmental management is central to California's water future. Groundwater encompasses most of the water storage in California and is a major water source for most of the state. Cities, farms, and ecosystems depend on it for both water supply and water quality. Over time, groundwater's role has changed, from an isolated and convenient source of clean water to an increasingly contaminated and diminishing resource, with increasing effects on surface water bodies, users, and ecosystems. Lowered water tables, overdraft, and accumulations of salts, nitrate, and other contaminants have brought widespread effects to almost every part of the state. This talk reviews groundwater's diverse roles in water management in California, current and growing issues for groundwater supply and management, and promising approaches to integrating groundwater into broader water and environmental management. Political and scientific challenges for accomplishing such management also are discussed.

Dr. Jay Lund's work on groundwater mostly involves the integration of groundwater management with the management of surface water, water demands, and the environment. Examples include work on conjunctive use of surface and groundwater and, most recently, policy and management of nitrate contamination of groundwater. His overall research is in applying systems analysis and economic concepts to water resource and environmental problems. He has led development and application of a large-scale optimization model for California's water supply, as well as various other modeling and policy studies. In recent years he has been a principal author of several books and reports on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and California water policy, including "Managing California's Water - From Conflict to Reconciliation," with the Public Policy Institute of California. He is also a frequent contributor to

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