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Community Water Forums

In an effort to provide entry-level water knowledge to the citizens of both the campus and local communities, local environmental groups have come together to host educational water forums where these individuals can learn about California's water issues through informational presentations and collaborative discussions. In total, four forums were hosted.  Find links below.

Forums are Held in new ARTS building, Room 111 on the CSU Chico Campus from 6:00 to 7:30pm


March 8, 2017: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: an Overview of the Law and County Compliance in the Sacramento River Hydrologic Region

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is a state law passed by the California Legislature in 2014. As explained by Alison Divine, Environmental Advocates Director of CSU Chico's Community Legal Information Center and BEC Executive Director, Natalie Carter, SGMA provides a framework for ensuring long-term sustainable management of California groundwater, requires Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to be created in every county by June 20, 2017, and provides 20 years for the creation and implementation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan. The presenters focus on efforts to implement SGMA in the Sacramento River Watershed and in Butte County.

Please note the audio was recorded low for Ms. Carter's portion of the presentation.

Presentation Time: 47 minutes


February 8, 2017: Water Origins: Where Does our Water Come from and Where Does it Go?

Every day, we turn on a tap and water comes out. As we do this, we might want to ask some basic questions, such as "Where does water come from and where does it go?" While it seems like a simple question, the answer is more complex than might be expected. In this presentation, Becky Holden, Assistant Director of Butte Environmental Council provides a basic introduction to water, with an emphasis on Northern California, the Sacramento River Watershed, and its six subregions. The topics she covers include the water cycle, surface water, groundwater, watersheds, and water systems.

Presentation Time: 43 minutes


December 14, 2016:  Seeking Solutions: Solving California's Water Storage With The Drought As The New Normal

As California enters another year of drought conditions, Citizens Water Watch Chair, Robyn DiFalco points out that California’s water crisis cannot be solved with the same thinking and engineering that helped cause the crisis in the first place; adaptation and conservation are the only solutions. This presentation focuses on water recycling, conservation, efficiency, and water storage strategies. These strategies have been identified in recent studies as the most effective and achievable options for transforming the water supply-demand equation in California.

Presentation Time:  1 hour, 6 minutes

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November 9, 2016: The Delta, What is it? and How does it affect you?

The San Francisco Bay Delta is the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. In this video, Natalie Carter, Executive Director of Butte Environmental Council provides a natural history of the Bay Delta, explaining how human activities have caused significant changes in its ecosystem over the past 150-plus years. Next, US Bureau of Reclamation's Bay-Delta office Manager, Michelle Banonis, discusses the Bay Delta’s relationship to California water. She gives an overview of the massive federal Central Valley Project that includes 20 dams and reservoirs, 11 power plants, and 500 miles of canals. This huge infrastructure has greatly affected the Bay Delta ecosystem, especially the amount of freshwater that flows into the Bay. Both speakers conclude by offering possible solutions to improving the natural values of the Bay Delta. 

Presentation Time:  1 hour, 29 minutes